Nikita Kuzmin has agreed with the judges after his and Tilly Ramsay's final 'Strictly Come Dancing' performance.
The panel - made up of Shirley Ballas, Anton Du Beke, Craig Revel Horwood and Cynthia Eviro - voted the pair off the show over the weekend after giving their Samba a score of 30, and the pro dancer has suggested it was fair.
Appearing on 'Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two' on Monday evening (29.11.21), he said: "I agree with this absolutely. Because Samba is the most difficult dance.
"Samba is a very difficult dance, you have different body rhythm to your step rhythm; you have different actions, you have feet action, you have arms – so many things that you have to do.
"At the same time, you have to be sassy. You have to be all of the beautiful shimmy things that Tilly did. So yeah, unfortunately, I agree."
Following their exit, Tilly thanked Nikita for helping guide her "out of [her] shell".
She told Tess Daly: "I'd just like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has made this an amazing, positive journey for me. From everyone here to backstage, wardrobe, make-up and camera crew.
"It's just been the most extraordinary time. I found out something about myself that I didn't know I could do, I didn't know I could dance and have fun like this.
"So a massive thank you and, obviously, a huge thank you to Nikita who has guided me out of my shell and has just made this the most amazing experience."
And the overwhelmed pro dancer gushed: “I’m the most emotional person so I hope I don’t cry. I’m just grateful for everything, for the whole Strictly team, for the production team, for the costume, for the make-up, for everything. Thank you guys, thank you to the professionals and cast, and a huge, huge thank you to Tilly.”
The remaining couples will take to the dancefloor in the 'Strictly Come Dancing' quarter-finals on Saturday 4th December at 6:40pm, with the results show on Sunday 5th December at 7:20pm on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.