14 December 2019 10:40
Strictly Come Dancing's Saffron Barker has revealed she has been ill ahead of the final of the show. The YouTube star, from Rottingdean, was asked on Instagram if she would be able to dance in the group performance during tonight's finale. "Omg ofc I am!" she wrote. "I'm just absolutely gutted cause I'm so unwell I couldn't make it to rehearsals today. "But I'll just have to pick it up super fast.
I'll be there at the final dancing [dancing emoji]." The 19-year-old's Strictly experience came to an end when she and partner AJ Pritchard were voted out following a dance-off with Karim Zeroual and Amy Dowden, who have made it through to the final. The judges unanimously voted to save Karim and Saffron became tearful about leaving the show. Speaking on Strictly's sister show It Takes Two, AJ slated the panel for not giving them the marks he felt they deserved. "[Saffron] did amazing, you attacked it so positively and for me the dance was great," he said, adding pointedly, "which I felt was underscored." He added: "Our fans saved us definitely, I feel like the judges sent us home. "It was a sad evening." Meanwhile, it's not the first time Saffron's had to pull through in rehearsals, as she previously faced two injuries during her time on the show.