Strictly Come Dancing star Molly Rainford struggled to ‘hold back tears’ during ‘tough’ dance-off

star has confessed she was on the verge of tears when she was in the dreaded dance-off.

The CBBC star and pro dancer Carlos Gu over the weekend and were pitted against comedian Jayde Adams and Karen Hauer.

Judges , Motsi Mabuse, Anton Du Beke and Craig Revel Horwood ultimately opted to save Molly and Carlos, who had performed a street dance to the Grange Hill theme tune.

Reflecting about that moment on Tuesday’s It Takes Two, Molly admitted to host Rylan Clark that she struggled to ‘hold back tears’ when she battled against the Alma’s Not Normal actor to stay in the juggernaut series.

Describing the experience as ‘tough’, Molly said she has been ‘having so much fun’ in the competition that she was praying it wouldn’t be her ‘last dance’.

She told the former The X Factor contestant that she hoped she hadn’t let down ‘amazing’ Carlos because she’s having ‘such a good time and didn’t want it to end there’.

‘It was a tough night,’ she added.

Molly was pitted against Jayde in the dance-off (Credits: PA)

Having received negative feedback from the panel, Molly also said she ‘completely understood’ their criticism.

She added that the routine hadn’t been as ‘exciting’ as their previous performances.

Molly, who has generally impressed the fabulous four over the series, had previously said she felt the pressure after soaring to the top of the leaderboard in the first couple of weeks.

Molly and Carlos had been wowing the judges (Picture: PA)

She told Janette Manrara in a previous It Takes Two: ‘I am feeling a little bit scared for the coming weeks just because I feel like we have set a good bar and there’s pressure to keep that up.’

However, she also admitted it ‘felt good’ to be in the top spot on the leaderboard after scoring some nines from the judges in week two.

This week Molly and other celebs, including Ellie Simmonds and Hamza Yassin, will be testing out their Tangos in a Halloween spooktacular.

Molly and Carlos will perform the Argentine Tango to Stranger Things tune Running Up That Hill by Kate Bush.

They will be trying to overtake wildlife presenter and cameraman Hamza, who is currently top of the leaderboard with 35 points, followed by Helen Skelton and Fleur East.

Strictly: It Takes Two continues tomorrow at 6.30pm on BBC Two.

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