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Strictly Come Dancing saw the shock elimination of Dev Griffin last night, after a previously solid set of performances.
The BBC Radio 1 DJ and Dianne Buswell were booted off the show after their Cha Cha to 'Dancing With a Stranger' by Sam Smith failed to impress the judges more than Viscountess Emma Weymouth and Aljaz Skorjanec, who jived to 'Kids in America' by Kim Wilde.
While the judges unanimously agreed it was Dev's time to go, Dianne was visibly distraught about the decision, sobbing onto Dev's chest as it was announced.
And many of his fans claimed he shouldn't have been in the dance-off at all, fuming that their votes for him hadn't gone through, and alleging there were jams on the phone-line.
A string of viewers claimed that when they rang in to vote for Dev their calls didn't connect.
One wrote: "What a bleeding fix!! Some off us couldn't vote for Diane and Dev last night because the phone line was down!!...Sort it out strictly or you've lost a viewer for good!"
Right! Dev and Dianne were robbed tonight! Firstly, The dance was amazing, secondly there was a problem with voting or something so people couldn't vote. And also other contestants were overmarked! yesterday by the judges! Dev deserved more!I'm not happy at all! #strictly
- Amy Davies (@Amy_Louise111) October 13, 2019
I'm not being funny but how the hell have Dev and Dianne been kicked out? They are finalists material AND the vote wasn't working for them last night. If they don't get put back into the competition then strictly has made a fool of its self, no credibility #Strictlyresults
- stressed,depressed,boybandobsessed (@stresseddepre16) October 13, 2019
Dev and Diann were ROBBED, ppl couldn't vote for them, they got 36 last week & gone when they were better than lots of them there #strictly
- it is what it is (@aliyaaaaxx) October 13, 2019
Nah I'm fuming, Dev and diane should have NOT gone out, boycott strictly I say #Strictlyresults #strictly
- Sarah :sparkles: (@sarah_x35) October 13, 2019
While a fourth joined many in vowing to boycott the show unless the BBC addressed the issue.
"Justice for Dianne and Dev. Boycott sh*tly next week," they wrote.
Strictly also has an online voting system, which appeared to be working fine, where fans of the show could vote for free.
On Saturday night, the BBC warned viewers that they were experiencing a high volume of calls, and advised them to try the other method.
There's a high volume of calls tonight, so if you don't get though first time keep trying! And remember you can vote online.
- BBC Strictly :sparkles: (@bbcstrictly) October 12, 2019
Tyla has contacted the BBC for comment.
The elimination wasn't just a shock to the nation but also to Dev too.
Speaking to Tess Daly after the controversial decision, he said: "I'm not going to lie I'm absolutely gutted. But learning how to dance, hanging out with Dianne and the other pros and celebs... I've absolutely loved it".
While Dianne later took to Twitter, where she wrote: "I'm sure you could all see how much this meant to us I'm truly gutted as @dev_101 really had so much potential and I wanted to teach him so much more.
"I won't lie I'm devastated but thank you all so much for your support and dev thank you so much I'm so proud of you xx".