Gorka Marquez and Katie McGlynn were booted off Strictly Come Dancing on Sunday night. After their exit Gorka’s partner Gemma Atkinson commented on their lack of rehearsal time
Strictly Come Dancing professional Gorka Marquez and actress Katie McGlynn hung up their dancing shoes on Sunday after being voted off.
And following the duo’s exit, Gorka’s girlfriend Gemma Atkinson – who shares daughter Mia Louise with the dancer – appeared to take a swipe at Katie McGlynn.
Former actress Gemma – who took part in the series in 2017 – paid tribute to the pair on Instagram and told how the stars had “no rehearsal time” as she wrote a message that seemed to be disguised as a compliment.
“@katiexmcglynn you should be SO proud of yourself,” Gemma began the note.
She then told how Katie and Gorka did not spend a lot of time in the studio rehearsing as she continued: “Doing those dances with practically no rehearsal time at all is incredible! I struggled with 8hrs a day never mind 3hrs! You did ace! The best team. You did yourself and Gorks Proud!”
Katie and Gorka waved goodbye to their hopes of winning the Strictly Glitterball trophy on Sunday’s results show.
They were sent home, after losing the dance-off against Loose Women’s Judi Love and her partner Graziano Di Prima.
Judge Anton Du Beke had actually voted to save Katie and Gorka, while Shirley Ballas, Motsi Mabuse and Craig Revel Horwood all saved Judi and Graziano.
As the result came in, Katie and Gorka were gutted to be leaving so soon, just three weeks into the series.
Instead, she praised the pro dancer and said she’d had a great experience doing the series.
She told host Tess Daly: “I have absolutely loved my time, I am so happy I got to be Cruella, and dance with this amazing guy, I have loved every second of it.
“Thank you for being an amazing partner, we have laughed so much, and I get to walk away with an amazing friend.
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“Thanks so much for teaching me in your funny ways, we have had so much fun.”
Gorka then praised Katie back, revealing the love she has for the show made their partnership and time on the series “enjoyable and easy”.
He explained: “I have loved it, the love that she has for the show.
“I think talking for myself, and all the pros, when we come to the show, it isn’t just about someone who can dance, it is someone who wants to learn, who wants to improve, and makes us love what we do, and makes our job enjoyable and easy.
“That’s what I had with Katie and I will never forget this experience, it’s been incredible.”
*Strictly Come Dancing returns next weekend, with the main show on Saturday evening followed by the results show on Sunday evening.