Will Mellor in tears over Strictly exit as he argues he 'wasn't as bad as judges made out'



Strictly Come Dancing’s 2022 finalists were decided on Monday as Will Mellor and Nancy Xu exited the competition after going up against Fleur East and Vito Coppola in the dance-off. On It Takes Two, Will broke down in tears over leaving the competition after reflecting on the routine that put him at the bottom of the judges’ leaderboard.

On Sunday, Will and Nancy received 32 for their first dance of the night, the Paso Doble.

This low score meant that even if they received a perfect 40 for their Couples’ Choice they would have remained at the bottom of the leaderboard. 

Reflecting on the harsh comments from the judges, Will said: “I’m just human and anybody who meets me you get to meet me I don’t have another person I can put on. 

“I was disappointed because I worked so hard and we got so far in the competition and the last thing I wanted to do was get it wrong that night.”

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“It was a great dance,” host Rylan Clark remarked and Will agreed: “From what the judges said I beat myself up and I’ve watched it back and I was too hard on myself.

“I’ve always said what I really care about is making sure [Nancy] is happy and if she’s happy then I’m happy.”

“It wasn’t as bad as they sort of made out,” the Coronation Street star added.

After watching a compilation of their best bits, Will and Nancy were both seen wiping tears from their eyes.

Will broke down as Nancy composed herself to praise her partner.

During the results show, Will reflected after being eliminated: “I have to thank you all for giving me this chance to put a smile on my mum's face, she deserves it.

“ I’ll take whatever I have learnt from this show forward in whatever I do because it shows you can achieve more than you think. 

“I didn’t think I’d be able to get anywhere near this and I am so proud of what we have achieved but also everybody who has voted for me, who has supported me, the messages I’ve had from my local community and children.