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Strictly’s Dianne Buswell admits she’s heartbroken after Dev Griffin’s shock elimination left her sobbing on the dancefloor

STRICTLY'S Dianne Buswell has admitted she's heartbroken after Dev Griffin's shock elimination left her sobbing on the dancefloor.

The BBC Radio One DJ found himself in the dance off against Viscountess Emma Weymouth in tonight's results show.

In the first major shock of the series, the judges chose to save Emma, and Dev's pro partner Dianne couldn't hold her tears in any more as they took to the floor for their final dance.

Viewers were left devastated to see Dianne sobbing her heart out as Dev, 34, consoled her and taking to Instagram after the results show ended, Dianne admitted she is heartbroken.

The 30-year-old shared a picture of them together from the first live show, and wrote: "My heart is broken. this guy had so much to give and worked sooooo hard I’m so sorry your journey was cut short you have done me so proud , every week you would say you just didn’t want to let me down!

"Dev you sooo didn’t you were a dream to teach and you were turning into such a great dancer thank you so much for everything."

Dianne and Dev were too emotional to speak immediately after the result in the studio, but in a clip from backstage once they had changed out of their all red costumes, Dianne told Dev how proud she was of him.

She said: "I believed in you 150 million per cent."

Viewers were left outraged by tonight's result and branded the show a "fix" as they claimed they were unable to vote for Dev.

Aussie professional Dianne even responded to one fan alerting bosses to the problems on Twitter — but later deleted her reply.

Fan Kirsty Powers, from South Wales, said: "The voting phone line ain’t working for Dev and Dianne!!!! Works for some and not for others!!! Strictly sort it out!"

Dianne retweeted the post with a sad face emoji on Saturday evening, minutes after the elimination was recorded.

Strictly bosses had tweeted the same night: "There’s a high volume of calls, so if you don’t get through first time keep trying! And remember you can vote online."

But viewer Jo King said: "Please can I urge anyone who had issues with phone voting for last night’s Strictly to make a complaint here Regardless of who you were voting for, this needs to be looked at urgently if we’re to have faith in a fair voting system."

BBC insiders said the phone line blockages impacted all contestants equally — and that the likelihood of getting through was not dependent upon the celebrity fans wanted to vote for.

Dev and Dianne were scored 27 out of 40 for their Cha Cha Cha by the judges, leaving them tenth out of 13.

Alex Scott and partner Neil Jones were the bookies’ favourites to be eliminated at evens ahead of the weekend. Dev was 10/1.

Dev Griffin and Diane Buswell perform for the final time on Strictly Come Dancing before being voted out

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