Strictly Come Dancing 2019: ‘Let her go home’ Amy Dowden leaves fans concerned

Strictly Come Dancing contestant Karim Zeroual was revealed to be suffering with the flu earlier this week, and it seemed that his professional partner had caught the illness, as she was coughing after her routine leaving viewers worried whether she was okay. 


The pair performed a sensational Tango as they closed the competition this evening, and scored their highest score of 38 points, leaving them at the top of the leaderboard after they received two 10s. 

The duo were left delighted after the judges flooded them with positive comments, with Bruno Tonioli telling them: “The boy can’t Tango, you were a machine tonight, you killed it!”

Craig told them that: “I think it’s the first time we’ve seen a male celebrity lead, and it’s incredible.” 

Motsi Mabuse dubbed it: “The best dance of the night.”


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However, unfortunately Amy seemed to be visibly unwell, as she was coughing as she spoke to Claudia Winkleman after the pair received their high score.

As Claudia addressed her illness live on the show as someone in the production team handed Amy some water. 

“Extraordinary comments there, you took a dip in the leaderboard… you’re so ill my love! Do it on me,” she said, after Amy coughed on screen. 

She reassured her, as she continued: “You are so ill, you’re being extremely brave.” 

Amy told the host that the pair’s impressive score, Amy replied: “That’s the best medicine!”

Fans on Twitter seemed concerned for the usually bubbly pro, who was clearly struggling. 

One tweeted: “Amy is so ill let her go home now! #Strictly” 

“Poor Amy someone give her a lemsip #Strictly,” said another concerned viewer. 

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“Oh poor Amy, she’s so poorly! #Strictly,” commented a third. 

As Amy and Karim soared to the top of the leaderboard, will they make it through to the next week of the competition?  

The 13 remaining couples are back tonight as they continue to compete to win the coveted Glitterball Trophy.

Last week, viewers saw TV Presenter Anneka Rice depart the competition after she failed to impress with her Kill Bill inspired Charleston, scoring just 11 points.


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As for who is most likely to leave the competition this weekend, Alex Scott found herself on the bottom of the leaderboard. 

According to Coral bookmakers, the football pundit is the favourite to be booted out. 

After scoring just 23 points for her Tango tonight spokesman John Hill said: “Alex Scott is under the most pressure to survive this weekend according to our odds. 

“It was a great night for David James who produced arguably the most surprising performance and the betting suggests he will avoid the dance-off this weekend for the first time.”

Strictly Come Dancing continues tomorrow night on BBC One. 


2004 winner: Natasha Kaplinsky

Newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky was the first celebrity to win the BBC dancing series, which originally aired in July of 2004. She was partnered with Brendan Cole. They finished 39 points ahead of competitor Christopher Parker.

2004 winner: Jill Halfpenny

Jill Halfpenny was the second star to impress the judges with her dancing skills. Partnered with Darren Bennett, the pair beat off competition from Julian Clary and Denise Lewis in December of 2004. 

2005 winner: Darren Gough

Cricketer Darren Gough won the third series of Strictly. He and partner Lilia Kopylova wowed audiences but never once finished at the top of the leaderboard.

2006 winner: Mark Ramprakash

Mark Ramprakash was the fourth star to lift the Glitterball Trophy. He was partnered with Karen Hardy and they were the first couple to restart a routine after their initial attempt saw Mark’s mic get caught in Karen’s dress.

2007 winner: Alesha Dixon

Before becoming a Strictly judge, Alesha Dixon won the nation’s hearts and the Glitterball Trophy during the fifth series. She was partnered with professional dancer Matthew Cutler.

2008 winner: Tom Chambers

Holby City star Tom Chambers was partnered with Camilla Dallerup when he won the sixth series. He performed the Foxtrot and Salsa in the final week.

2009 winner: Chris Hollins

BBC Breakfast presenter Chris Hollins and his professional partner Ola Jordan surprised viewers when they beat Ricky Whittle and his partner Natalie Lowe in the final. They wowed with the Foxtrot, Charleston, Lindy Hop and Showdance.

2010 winner: Kara Tointon

Kara Tointon was the eighth celebrity to win Strictly. She danced with Artem Chigvintsev and failed to receive 40 points throughout her time on the show.

2011 winner: Harry Judd

Former McFly star Harry Judd was the ninth star to lift the Glitterball Trophy. He didn’t top the leaderboard until week seven but then scored 40 points twice in the final.

2012 winner: Louis Smith

The tenth series of the BBC show was won by Olympian Louis Smith. He danced his way to victory with professional partner Flavia Cacace. He faced competition from Kimberley Walsh, Denise Van Outen and Danni Harmer in the series finale.

2013 winner: Abbey Clancy

Model Abbey Clancy won series eleven of Strictly alongside partner Alijaz Skorjanec. She was called a “spectacular dancer” with “wonderful posture” by former head judge Len Goodman.

2014 winner: Caroline Flack

Love Island host Caroline Flack took to the dance floor in series 12 where she scooped the Glitterball Trophy with Pasha Kovalev.

2015 winner: Jay McGuiness

Jay McGuiness surprised viewers when he won the thirteenth series of the BBC dancing competition with Aliona Vilani. When he learned he’d won, he told host Tess Daly: “I feel spaced out – it’s really weird.”

2016 winner: Ore Oduba

Ore Oduba won the thirteenth series of the BBC dancing competition with Joanne Clifton.

The sports presenter broke down in tears after beating Danny Mac and Louise Redknapp.

2017 winner: Joe McFadden

Joe McFadden was victorious with professional dance partner Katya Jones. The Holby City star beat off competition from fan favourite Debbie McGee, Gemma Atkinson and Alexandra Burke.

2018 winner: Stacey Dooley

Documentary-maker Stacey fought off competition to make it to the Grand Final of Strictly Come Dancing with professional dance partner Kevin Clifton last year. When they won, Kevin described her as “the most wonderful person”.

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