‘I cried nonstop’: Emotional Ellie Simmonds likens her Strictly exit to ‘heartbreak’ and says Nikita Kuzmin ‘changed lives’ for people coping with disabilities
Ellie Simmonds compared her Strictly Come Dancing exit to heartbreak as she reflected on her time on the show.
The former Paralympic swimmer – who was the first person with dwarfism to compete on the show – was eliminated along with her professional partner Nikita Kuzmin after losing the dance-off to Molly Rainford.
During an emotional appearance on Monday It Takes Two, the 27-year-old athlete shared her “terrible” departure in a conversation with host Rylan Clark.
Devastated: Ellie Simmonds compared her Strictly Come Dancing exit to heartbreak as she looked back on her time on the show
She confessed: ‘I have found’ [since my exit] that it’s like coming out of a broken heart.
‘Strict is everything, and it’s the most incredible time. I’ve been doing it for seven weeks and now it’s suddenly over.’
Ellie admitted that she and Nikita were “so shocked” when they found themselves in the bottom two with Molly and her professional partner Carlos Gu.
She added: ‘We were so shocked. We don’t want anyone in the dance-off.
All lover: The former Paralympic swimmer was knocked out along with her professional partner Nikita Kuzmin after losing the dance-off to Molly Rainford
Opening: Ellie and Nikita announced their departure on Monday’s edition of the Strictly sister show It Takes Two
“When we saw the red light on us and Molly and Carlos, who are absolutely unbelievable, it was so sad.”
On Saturday’s show, Ellie scored 33 points for her Charleston, and Nikita has now admitted the moment was “bittersweet,” while still expressing his pride.
When she saw a montage of their time together, Ellie said, “Oh no, don’t get me emotional, I’ve been crying non-stop since Saturday night anyway!”
Difficult: During an emotional appearance, the 27-year-old athlete told her ‘terrible’ departure in a conversation with host Rylan Clark
Unexpectedly: Ellie admitted she and Nikita were ‘so shocked’ when they were in the bottom two with Molly and her professional partner Carlos Gu
She added: ‘The Strictly experience has been everything to me.’
The athlete further praised Nikita for helping debunk myths that dancing isn’t for everyone and for “changing the lives” of viewers with disabilities who may have thought they couldn’t dance.
Ellie gushed, “Nikita is the best. What he has done with our choreography; he realized that anyone can dance and adapted it to me.
‘It shows that choreographers can do anything, with dwarfism or another handicap. [He’s] changed people’s lives.’
So close: On Saturday’s show, Ellie scored 33 points for her Charleston, and Nikita has now admitted the moment was ‘bittersweet’, while still expressing his pride
Tribute: Ellie further praised Nikita for helping dispel myths that dance isn’t for everyone and for “changing lives” of viewers with disabilities who may have thought they couldn’t dance
When asked if he wanted to say a few words to Ellie, Nikita said, “It’s honestly a little hard to talk right now, but I’m just so grateful that I’ve had this experience, that I’m with you every second. have had. Any moment, even our struggles.
“You have made me so much better, not only as a choreographer, but you have taught me so much as a person and taught me so much about life… It really has been one of the best times of my life and I will be forever grateful to you.” are for it and I really mean that.’
Strictly – It Takes Two continues every weeknight at 6.30pm on BBC Two and Strictly Come Dancing is broadcast on Saturday and Sunday nights on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.
Tune in: Strictly – It Takes Two continues every weeknight at 6.30pm on BBC Two and Strictly Come Dancing is broadcast Saturday and Sunday nights on BBC One and BBC iPlayer