Strictly fans brand show a FIX after Michelle Visage is voted off just days after being 'snubbed' from live tour

STRICTLY Come Dancing fans have branded the show a FIX after Michelle Visage was voted off –  just days after being 'snubbed' from the live tour.

The RuPaul's Drag Race star found herself in the bottom two in tonight's results show after finishing bottom of the leaderboard during Saturday's live show.

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Michelle, 51, had danced a couple's choice routine to Madonna classic Vogue with her professional partner Giovanni Pernice, but only managed to score 32 points.

The star ended up in the dance off against YouTube star Saffron Barker and her professional partner AJ Pritchard, but after both couple's danced again, the judges unanimously decided to save Saffron and send Michelle home.

Craig Revel Horwood said: “I’m having a really difficult time with myself over this. This doesn’t normally happen to me.

"I normally make a very quick, instant decision. This has been really, really difficult. One couple took all the notes on board and one couple were better.

"And the couple I’ve decided I would like to save is save is Saffron and AJ.”

Motsi Mabuse said: "I feel like we saw two brilliant dances. Its so, so tough this week, I have to say. But I’m going to save Saffron and AJ.”

Bruno Tonioli also chose to save Saffron and AJ, saying: "Ahh, it’s so competitive its unbelievable. First I want to congratulate both of you.

"You both really raised the game tonight – much, much better than Saturday. And it’s very hard to decide but based on what I saw somebody I really thought nailed the dance. Right on the money. Saffron and AJ.”

Head Judge Shirley Ballas would have also chosen to save Saffron and AJ.

When asked by Tess Daly about her time on the show, Michelle said: “This whole experience has been amazing. At 51 years old and never danced in my life, I never thought I’d be able to do what I have done and to have such an incredible partner.

"To be here for my husband and my kids and the entire community, that’s why I did what I did. I am so honoured to be welcomed by my new friends here.”

When asked about Giovanni, Michelle said: “Obviously I couldn’t have done it without him. He has been so amazing, so transformative.

"Just my rock and my best friend throughout this entire competition. He could take it as much as he could dish it, and I needed somebody like that. I’m going to miss seeing him every day.

"I would never have wanted to do this with anyone else.”

Giovanni praised Michelle, saying: “You are wonderful. We laugh, we cry, we fight and we argue and we’ve done everything but I’ve loved every single second.

"I think you are inspirational and we did this dance and wanted to send a message. You are a phenomenal lady and I am so proud of everything we’ve done.

"I’m here to say thank you, thank you, thank you.”

Viewers were outraged by the result, which comes days after it was revealed Michelle had been 'snubbed' from the show's live tour next year. 

One wrote: "not one for conspiracy theories but drag race finishes this week and michelle has been quite vocal about being excluded from the live tour…. #scd #strictly."
Another added: "Funny how they’ve got rid of Michelle the week after she was campaigning to get on the live tour…. blatant rigging once again #strictly."

A third tweeted: "This screams fix to me – isn’t Michelle on record earlier this week saying she was upset not to be invited to the live tour?? #Strictly".
While a fourth shared: "Michelle was the only reason I watched strictly this year. Lost a viewer. In my eyes Michelle was the real winner and always will be especially with her meaningful vogue dance. I love you Michelle!"

An insider told The Daily Star: "Michelle was approached by the producers working on the tour a while ago. They talked her through the dates and asked if she could be available.

"But then suddenly she got an email saying she wasn't needed. The message was short and blunt.

"Michelle was left feeling confused by the whole thing and pretty annoyed. She is trying her hardest to impress on Strictly and feels like she deserved a place on the tour."



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