Strictly Come Dancing star Molly Rainford has thanked fans for “keeping the dream alive” following her progress to the semi-final.
The television presenter, who is partnered with Carlos Gu, survived her fourth dance-off of the series on Saturday night, prevailing over Kym Marsh and Graziano di Prima.
Following her performance, which saw her score 38 points for the Charleston, Molly took to Instagram to post a heartfelt message to her fans.
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“I’m feeling so blessed to still be in this competition,” she wrote. “Thank you to everyone who did vote and support us, I couldn’t be more grateful & thank you to the judges for keeping my @bbcstrictly dream alive for another week.”
In the same post, she also thanked the choreographers and her partner, describing him as “amazing”: “@gkx_carlos I’m so proud of us, whichever way we did it we’re officially semi-finalists 🤍 I couldn’t do any of this week after week without you, you’re amazing! Thank you for being YOU!”
In a subsequent post following the eliminator, Molly thanked her fans for the “lovely messages and comments” she had received, adding that she was “humbled” and would use the result as “motivation” for the coming dances.
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The presenter, who previously reached the final of Britain’s Got Talent in 2012, recently denied rumours that she was romantically involved with a male peer on Strictly, with speculation surrounding her relationships with Tyler West and Nikita Kuzmin.
“Anyone who’s squeezing it in, please share the tips. I want to know how you do it. They’re both lovely boys but I’m too busy for any of that,” she said. “My priority on this show is to dance and learn and put on a good performance. I didn’t factor any time in for romance, unfortunately.”
Molly will compete in Sunday’s semi-final against Hamza Yassin, Will Mellor, Helen Skelton and Fleur East, as they all seek to lift the Glitterball trophy the following week.
For one week only, Strictly Come Dancing airs on Sunday (December 11) at 7.15pm on BBC One, with a results show on Monday (December 12). Spin-off show Strictly: It Takes Two airs on weeknights on BBC Two. Both shows also stream on BBC iPlayer.
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