Strictly 2019 finalists confirmed as Chris Ramsey is eliminated


STRICTLY Come Dancing’s three finalists have been revealed after Chris Ramsey became the latest celebrity to get the boot.

EastEnders actress Emma Barton, 42, CBBC star Karim Zeroual, 26, and ex-Emmerdale actor Kelvin Fletcher, 35, will go through to the final.

The comedian narrowly missed out on a place in the final

Comedian Ramsey, 33, and his dance partner Karen Hauer, 37, were knocked out of the BBC One competition in the semi-final.

They lost their chance of getting their hands on the glitterball following a dance-off with Zeroual and Amy Dowden.

The couples performed in front of judges Shirley Ballas, Bruno Tonioli, Craig Revel Horwood and Motsi Mabuse.

Judges opted to save Zeroual, saying he was the “best dancer” and that the pair’s routine was “brilliant”.

He was in the bottom two with Karim
Chris said he had loved his time on the show

Ramsey, who has become a household name since joining the show, said he is “very proud of myself” to have got so far.

“I never ever thought I would make it past week two, genuinely I had no expectations whatsoever,” he said.

“I am astounded and I’ve got to thank Karen – she is just amazing and so patient it’s crazy!

“I had sleepless nights in the build up and there is no-one else who can have made it what it has been.”

Former Emmerdale star Kelvin was the first contestant announced as safe into the final
EastEnders star Emma Barton rounds out the finalists

Hauer described their experience as a “giggle fest” and said Ramsey, a former co-presenter of I’m A Celebrity: Extra Camp, did not know how to walk when he first stepped through the Strictly door.

She told her dance partner, who was emotional on Saturday night’s show: “From week one, not knowing how to walk, and now you are a semi-finalist and you have made all of us proud and have inspired all of us and I want to thank you for being awesome.”

Both couples performed their choice of routines from Saturday’s show again – Ramsey a Rumba and Zeroual the American Smooth.

The remaining three couples will take to the dancefloor for the Strictly Come Dancing grand final on Saturday December 14 on BBC One.


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