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Wednesday 25 May 2016

Dragon Deborah Meaden gets the boot off Strictly Come Dancing

Published 27/10/2013

Robin Windsor and Deborah Meaden performing during the live show for the BBC programme Strictly Come Dancing.
Robin Windsor and Deborah Meaden performing during the live show for the BBC programme Strictly Come Dancing.
Presenter Tess Daly and Deborah Meaden and Robin Windsor, voted off during the results show for the BBC programme Strictly Come Dancing.

Dragons' Den star Deborah Meaden was the fourth celebrity to be voted off Strictly Come Dancing.

She was given the boot by the judges after going head-to-head with Casualty's Patrick Robinson in the dance-off.

Meaden and her partner Robin Windsor performed their Viennese Waltz to It's a Man's World by James Brown, while Robinson and his partner Anya Garnis performed their Salsa to Wings by Little Mix.

Judges Darcey Bussell, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood all chose to save Robinson.

Revel Horwood said: "I would like to save the couple who both did the best dancing in the dance-off tonight and that couple is Patrick and Anya."

Bussell described how she wished "both couples weren't even here", while Tonioli said: "Let me say you both did a great job but one of you had the edge for me and that was Patrick and Anya."

Head judge Len Goodman added that he would have voted the same way as his colleagues if required, saying: "Deborah you did much better in that dance-off and my heart goes out to you."

Speaking after her elimination was confirmed, Meaden praised the efforts of her partner.

"Strictly gave me a gift but the big gift that Strictly gave me was this guy," she said. "To teach me to dance, to find something I never even knew I could do and to make it the best. He's wonderful. There's going to be tears. No, I'm a dragon, there'll be no tears."

An emotional Windsor added: "I just want to say for Deborah, she loved it so much."

A number of the dancers braved injuries in their bid to impress the judges on Saturday night.

Robinson had to soldier through his salsa with a sprained right hand, while ex-Coronation Street actress Natalie Gumede is still undergoing treatment for her painful spinal injury. Her partner Artem Chigvintsev revealed he had fractured his nose.

Even the Strictly judges were not free from the litany of aches and pains, with Revel Horwood making it to the panel despite undergoing a hip operation after last week's show.

Gumede and her partner battled through their injuries to deliver an impressive samba, winning 35 points and coming joint top of the leaderboard with Abbey Clancy.

The women were on form last night as former Bond girl Fiona Fullerton came back fighting against her critics after coming bottom last week to win a standing ovation for her quickstep.

The A View To A Kill star, who was given a few words of encouragement by 007 actor Sir Roger Moore ahead of the show, picked up 30 points from the judges.

Darcey Bussell hailed her performance as her most impressive yet, saying: "Finally, fabulous Fiona. You were light on your feet and beautifully confident - your best dance."

The results show also featured a performance from US band Earth, Wind and Fire.

Eleven couples now remain in the competition.


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