But after it was revealed on Sunday's results show that Karim, 25, and his professional dance partner Amy Dowden, 28, had made it through to next week, Claudia said she was "really sorry" for the joke.
Michelle Visage and Giovanni Pernice - who performed a stunning American Smooth - followed closely behind with 36, while Emmerdale's Kelvin Fletcher and Oti Mabuse bagged an reasonable 35 points for their Salsa to "Let's Hear It For the Boys".
As fashioned, the judges' scores will now be combined with the public vote and the 2 couples with the lowest combined scores will dance for survival - however will viewers agree with the judges?
Explaining her decision, Motsi said: "I honestly have to say I have seen the best performance from most couples".
She said: 'I know you love me but I know you were disappointed, how relieved are you to be through?'
Shirley Ballas declared: 'The thing I admired the most is that focus. I have lost a stone and half. It has changed me completely and honestly I'm not going to stop dancing.
The presenter replied: 'I was shocked, I was adamant I was going to be in that dance off so thank you to everyone supporting, I was just gutted that I messed up really'.
"My wife Emily has supported me all the way through and my daughters".
"Every moment has been an absolute honour and a joy".
Saffron Barker topped the "Strictly Come Dancing" leaderboard on Saturday (09.11.19).
And Zeroual quipped: "I'm doing a speech but she doesn't know that!" She'd make the greatest sporting coach ever, she makes you believe that anything is possible.
Judges criticised his efforts, with Craig Revel Horwood telling him: "I think you'll be disappointed with the two large mistakes and entanglement.a bad shame tonight".