Dianne Buswell was almost inconsolable tonight after discovering that she and Dev Griffin were the third couple to leave the competition.

The professional dancer was in floods of tears after the judges chose to send them home.

Away from the dance floor, DJ Dev consoled her by hugging her and insisted that they still had their highly-praised movie week performance to remember.

Changed out of their dance wear, the pair hugged as a crying Dianne told him: "I believed in you. 150,000,000 per cent."

Dianne Buswell was in floods of tears tonight over the Strictly result
She was devastated to be leaving the competition
 

"Well thank you," he told her. "We'll always have Aladdin.

The radio DJ and his partner Dianne landed in the dance-off tonight with Viscountess Emma Weymouth and partner Aljaz Skorjanec.

Emma and Aljaž performed their Jive to Kids in America by Kim Wilde while Dev and Dianne performed their Cha Cha to Dancing With A Stranger to Sam Smith and Normani again in a bid to impress the judges.

One they had danced, the judges delivered their verdict.

Dev Griffin and Dianne Buswell were booted out of the competition tonight
 

Choosing to save Emma and Aljaz, Craig Revel Horwood said: "They were the couple that really shone for me in this dance off. They came to life and went the extra mile."

Motsi Mabuse also chose to save Emma and Aljaz, saying: "Particularly in the dance off, Emma and Aljaž were the couple that looked more rehearsed and on top of it."

Bruno Tonioli agreed with his fellow judges and said: "Emma and Aljaž were the couple that showed no mistakes. They were stronger, cleaner and focused.”

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Dev and Dianne performed their Cha Cha to Dancing With A Stranger again

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Head Judge Shirley Ballas said that she would have voted in the same way.

Speaking afterwards, Dev said that he was "absolutely gutted" to be out so early.

He said: "I’m not going to lie I am absolutely gutted, but learning how to dance, hanging out with Dianne and the other pros and celebs… I’ve absolutely loved it."

The pair were up against Emma Weymouth and Aljaz Skorjanec
The judges voted to save Emma and Aljaz, sending Dev and Dianne home

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Dianne said: "Dev has been absolutely amazing. His work ethic is insane. I see him everywhere practising and I couldn’t have asked for a better partner. Thank you so much for all your time and your effort.

"This boy has so much talent, I’m really sad he won’t be able to show you guys any more of it."

*Strictly Come Dancing returns on Saturday 19th October at 6.40pm with the results show on Sunday 20th October at 7.15pm on BBC One