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Alison Hammond voted off Strictly

The magic is over for television presenter Alison Hammond, who was voted off BBC's Strictly Come Dancing after her Charleston to music from the film Aladdin failed to rouse the judges.

The This Morning showbiz reporter said she had "an absolute ball" competing in the show alongside professional partner Aljaz Skorjanec.

Brummie Alison found herself in the bottom two alongside presenter Caroline Flack following the public vote but was sent packing by the panel of Len Goodman, Darcey Bussell, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood.

It means she misses out on performing in Blackpool next week, considered one of the highlights of the Strictly calendar.

Caroline and partner Pasha Kovalev performed their waltz to Three Times a Lady by The Commodores while Alison and Aljaz did their Charleston to Friend Like Me by the late Robin Williams, from the film Aladdin.

Craig chose to save Caroline and said: "One is a fun dance, one is a very serious dance, but I have to go for the best dance and that is Caroline and Pasha."

Darcey and Bruno agreed while head judge Len added: "I would have agreed with my colleagues and saved Caroline and Pasha."

Reflecting on the result of tonight's show, Alison said: "Caroline smashed it tonight - I want her to go on and get to the final.

"I've had the best time ever and I am still going to Blackpool and I don't care what anyone says.

"I've had the best time, thank you judges for all your comments I've had an absolute ball. I'd say to anyone who is thinking about doing this show to just go for it and do it, I don't care what colour you are or what size you are, I've loved it."

To partner Aljaz, Alison said: "From day one when I got you I thought I'd won.

"Thank you for being so patient and so kind you have been amazing. I really, genuinely from the bottom of my heart love you as a friend."

Tonight's results show featured a special performance from Katherine Jenkins singing We'll Gather Lilacs to mark Remembrance Day, accompanied by professional dancers Pasha Kovalev and Ola Jordan.

Yesterday, tennis coach Judy Murray again failed to impress judges with her rigid pasa doble.

The Saturdays singer Frankie Bridge was in tears after her samba to La Bamba was branded her "worst dance yet" by Craig.

But top of the leader board was pop star Pixie Lott, who impressed the judges with her foxtrot to When I'm 64 by The Beatles.

"I thought it was a lovely, charming dance," Goodman said.

"That's how you dance a wonderful foxtrot," Bruno said. "It was refreshingly original. It had a lot of charm and wit. A wonderful dance."

Darcey, who awarded a top score of 10 to the singer, added: "You ate up that dance floor."

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