Strictly's Melvin Odoom, Janette Manrara send best wishes to injured Anastacia after dance off is axed

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Strictly Come Dancing's Melvin Odoom and Janette Manrara have sent their love to Anastacia after the injured popstar was unable to compete in last night's dance off, meaning automatic elimination for Melvin and Janette.

Anastacia and Brendan Cole had been in the bottom two alongside Melvin and Janette on Sunday night's results show, but because of an injury Anastacia sustained prior to the Saturday evening performance she was unable to dance again.

Strictly Come Dancing: Melvin faces Anastacia in bottom two
2 October 2016


Melvin and Janette.

But showing there are no hard feelings, Melvin tweeted at the couple: "Wishing you all the best."

Janette added: "I want to send @AnastaciaMusic all the positive vibes for a speedy recovery. Nothing but love for you & @BrendanCole."

'I'm Outta Love' singer Anastacia, who is a breast cancer survivor, had referenced the injury ahead of her performance on Saturday, saying: "We had to rechoreograph about 30 per cent of the choreography because I tore my inner scar tissue from surgery for my mastectomy."

Strictly Come Dancing: Melvin faces Anastacia in bottom two
2 October 2016


Anastacia was nervous about dancing again.

When it was announced on Sunday night that she was in the bottom two, Anastacia was visibly upset, saying: "I am scared to [dance again]. I'm scared to hurt myself. I'll do it because this is what the process is and what the show is, but I'm very scared to hurt myself. That's the honest truth."

Host Tess Daly told her: "We don't want you to hurt yourself."

Then, at the end of the show, when we knew it was between Anastacia and Melvin to go home, co-host Claudia Winkleman announced there would be no dance off as Anastacia was unable to perform.

Strictly Come Dancing 2016 cast picture: Melvin Odoom, Anastacia, Greg Rutherford, Laura Whitmore, Daisy Lowe, Ed Balls MP, Louise Redknapp, Danny Mac, Tameka Empson, Will Young, Ore Oduba, Claudia Fragapane, Judge Robert Rinder, Lesley Joseph, Naga Munchetty

© BBC/Jay Brooks/Matt Burlem

This year's Strictly lineup.

Claudia said: "As we know, Anastacia performed while injured on Saturday night. We saw earlier she was worried about being able to dance again with her injury. A decision has been made that Anastacia and Brendan can't perform again.

"In this situation, under the rules of Strictly Come Dancing, this means there can be no dance off, but we can still give you a result. The couple with the fewest number of viewer votes will sadly be leaving."

That was Melvin and Janette.

Melvin, however, remained upbeat, saying he'd had a fantastic time on the show and he wished all the remaining competitors the best of luck.

He tweeted: "I have really enjoy my @bbcstrictly experience ....I have had so much fun and want to thank everyone for their support! #teamjboom."

Many Strictly fans, as you'd expect, took to Twitter to share their views:

Some suggested it was unfair for Melvin to be sent home:

Others voiced the opinion that Anastacia should withdraw from the show if she is unable to perform:

Some thought it was the right decision given Melvin has the least public votes:

Others were just Team Anastacia: