West told spin-off show It Takes Two: “I don’t know how necessary that comment was. But I’m so grateful to be able to dance in front of them and take their comments each week; they’re all amazing in their own right. [Negative comments] are part of it, you take it onboard and you grow with it.”
West said he had no regrets as he knew he and Buswell had danced their very best.
He said: “Coming off that dance floor and feeling like you left it all there, it's the best feeling in the world. If I had messed up and done wrong steps you'd feel so guilty, but we genuinely gave it our all and we couldn't have done any more than that.”
West said of making it to Blackpool: “It was genuinely everything and more. Dancing on that floor, I can't describe that feeling. Honestly, I loved every second it literally just felt like it was me and Di dancing out there, and the amazing dancers as well. It was surreal, just absolutely surreal.”
Head judge Shirley Ballas had the casting vote and opted to save Rainford.
Both couples had scored 35/40 for the performances, but some viewers were outraged at the decision to send West home after the dance-off.
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Saturday's live show, the first to be back at Blackpool Tower Ballroom since 2019, saw Fleur East and Vito Coppola achieve the first perfect 40 of the series for their couple's choice routine.
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