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Rhys Stephenson flashes wide smile as he leaves It Takes Two following Strictly elimination

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He was the eleventh star to be eliminated from the BBC dancing show.

And on Monday Rhys Stephenson flashed a wide smile as he and Nancy Xu strolled along together after filming It Takes Two, following his shock Strictly Come Dancing axe on Sunday.

The CBBC presenter, 28, was in good spirits as he was seen leaving at London‘s Riverside Studios with his professional dance partner, after filming for the spin-off show.

Happy: On Monday Rhys Stephenson, 28, flashed a wide smile as he and Nancy Xu strolled along together after filming It Takes Two, following his shock Strictly Come Dancing axe

Happy: On Monday Rhys Stephenson, 28, flashed a wide smile as he and Nancy Xu strolled along together after filming It Takes Two, following his shock Strictly Come Dancing axe

Rhys earlier looked downcast as he was seen for the first time since his shock Strictly Come Dancing axe on Sunday. 

The TV presenter lost out in a place in next week’s final after going head to head with Bake Off star John Whaite in the dreaded dance off.

He was dressed in a button-tan long coat, matched with a green shirt and black T-shirt. He also took precautions by wearing a face covering while out and about.  

Loving life: The CBBC presenter was in good spirits as he was seen leaving at London 's Riverside Studios with his professional dance partner, after filming for the spin-off show

Loving life: The CBBC presenter was in good spirits as he was seen leaving at London ‘s Riverside Studios with his professional dance partner, after filming for the spin-off show

Delighted: Rhys couldn't hide his delight after chatting to Rylan on It Takes Two

Delighted: Rhys couldn’t hide his delight after chatting to Rylan on It Takes Two

Stylish: Nancy stunned in a pair of red hot trousers and pointed stilettos, which she teamed with a jazzy multicoloured blouse

Stylish: Nancy stunned in a pair of red hot trousers and pointed stilettos, which she teamed with a jazzy multicoloured blouse

Rhys teamed the outfit with some black trousers and Chelsea boots. He also had a black backpack with him during the outing.

The star looked downbeat less than twenty four hours after getting the boot from the BBC hit show. 

Fellow show contestants John Whaite and Johannes Radebe were also in attendance ahead of filming along with show host Rylan Clark-Neal who looked as dapper as ever.  

Grateful: 'Yes, we didn't make it to the final but we had everyone's support behind us. They gave us their heart, supporting us in so many ways. I'm so grateful for everything' said Nancy

Grateful: ‘Yes, we didn’t make it to the final but we had everyone’s support behind us. They gave us their heart, supporting us in so many ways. I’m so grateful for everything’ said Nancy

Chuffed: Nancy gushed of Rhys: 'For Strictly to give me this chance and to give me this wonderful person to learn from me… I also learnt some much from him'

Magical! On her first year on the show with a partner, Nancy said: 'Teaching Rhys has been the most magical moment for me in this Strictly journey'

Chuffed: Nancy gushed of Rhys: ‘For Strictly to give me this chance and to give me this wonderful person to learn from me… I also learnt some much from him’

Speaking to Rylan on It Takes Two, when asked about he felt since their elimination, Rhys said, ‘I feel good. I feel really proud of what we did and excited because… it was the semi finals! 

‘That semi final was intense, it was so good. That could have been the All Stars of Strictly so to be a part of that line up was incredible.’

On training for the Samba, Rhys said: ‘We just laughed through learning the Samba, we just giggled. That was so special when you’re just able to laugh throughout learning a routine. That’s the joy of dance. That’s what it should be.’

On her first year on the show with a partner, Nancy said: ‘Teaching Rhys has been the most magical moment for me in this Strictly journey.

Finalists! John Whaite looked happier than ever after appearing on It Takes Two

Exciting: He and his partner Johannes Radebe appeared on the spin-off show as they gear up to compete in the Strictly final

Finalists! John Whaite and his partner Johannes Radebe looked happier than ever after appearing on It Takes Two, as they gear up to compete in the Strictly final

Happy man! Johannes beamed from ear-to-ear as he left the TV studios

Happy man! Johannes beamed from ear-to-ear as he left the TV studios

Loaded: The duo dragged suitcases and carried bagfuls of belongings

Loaded: The duo dragged suitcases and carried bagfuls of belongings

‘Yes, we didn’t make it to the final but we had everyone’s support behind us. They gave us their heart, supporting us in so many ways. I’m so grateful for everything.

‘For Strictly to give me this chance and to give me this wonderful person to learn from me… I also learnt some much from him.’

Rhys added: ‘Nancy has been the most important part of this journey. It wasn’t just all about the dancing – it was about building a bond and I think we did that.’

When looking back at their best bits, Rhys said: ‘I will take away the memories of how it felt to be on [Strictly]. The memories of how it felt to get the frame and get the steps right. The memory of meeting Nancy for the first time.

‘I’ll take away the confidence to be able to do anything that comes to mind and to know nothing can be as scary as this was… I can conquer the world now!’

Doggy bag: Rylan carried a paper bag full of food in one hand, and a black holdall in the other

Whoops! He accidentally dropped his food just before getting into a taxi

Whoops! Rylan accidentally dropped his paper bag full of food just before getting into a taxi

Helping hand: An assistant helped to clear up Rylan's mess

Helping hand: An assistant helped to clear up Rylan’s mess

Low-key: Rylan kept things casual in light wash jeans and a black hoodie after filming

Group exit: Her left the studio with two crew members

Low-key: Rylan kept things casual in light wash jeans and a black hoodie after filming

Fully loaded: Rylan was accompanied by a pal carrying clothes and a gorgeous bouquet

Fully loaded: Rylan was accompanied by a pal carrying clothes and a gorgeous bouquet

All that clobber! Rylan's clothes were carried for him by an assistant

All that clobber! Rylan’s clothes were carried for him by an assistant 

After performing two routines each in Saturday’s semi-final, Rhys and his partner Nancy Xu performed their Samba to It Had Better Be Tonight (Meglio Stasera) by Michael Bublé. 

Meanwhile, John and his partner Johannes performed their Jive to Higher Power by Coldplay, in a bid to impress the judges and secure their place in the final.  

After both couples had danced, all four judges unanimously chose to save John and Johannes.

Emotional: Earlier in the day, looked downcast as he was seen for the first time since his shock Strictly axe on Sunday

Emotional: Earlier in the day, looked downcast as he was seen for the first time since his shock Strictly axe on Sunday

Glum: The star looked downbeat less than twenty four hours after getting the boot from the BBC hit show

Outing: Rhys was dressed in a button-tan long coat, matched with a green shirt and black T-shirt. He also took precautions by wearing a face covering while out and about

Glum: The star looked downbeat less than twenty four hours after getting the boot from the BBC hit show

When asked by the shows presenter Tess Daly about their time on the show, Rhys said: ‘I might not have gotten to the final but I learnt so much from just being on this show, from everyone here who’s just supported us in this new family.

‘To have the time to spend with this champion of a dancer [Nancy] who’s put so much into me. Thank you for just letting my energy shine.

‘Thank you for being that partner. I should use your actual name which is Xu YouJie. Thank you so much Nancy Xu YouJie, for just being there, being my rock and everything I needed to get through this. Thank you.’

Dance off: John and Johannes performed their Jive to Higher Power by Coldplay, which secured their place in the final (pictured arriving to It Takes Two, Monday)

Dance off: John and Johannes performed their Jive to Higher Power by Coldplay, which secured their place in the final (pictured arriving to It Takes Two, Monday) 

Host: Show host Rylan was all smiles as he arrived for filming

Host: Show host Rylan was all smiles as he arrived for filming 

Style: Rylan looked as stylish as ever as he showed off his new blond highlights

Style: Rylan looked as stylish as ever as he showed off his new blond highlights 

Nancy was then asked if she had any words for Rhys and said: ‘First I want to say a massive thank you to everyone in the show for supporting us from the very beginning.

‘You’ve become stronger and stronger every week. And thank you [Rhys] for being an amazing dancer partner. My first year, it has been absolutely epic.’

After watching their best bits, an emotional Rhys added: ‘It’s good to cry, it’s good to feel. Strictly makes you feel things. You feel so much and sometimes that’s overwhelming.’

With John and Johannes saved, they will join Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice and AJ Odudu and Kai Widdrington in next week’s final 

Final: With John and Johannes saved, they will join Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice and AJ Odudu and Kai Widdrington in next week’s final 

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