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Friday 26 December 2014

Ex-Corrie star kicked off Strictly

Former Coronation Street actress Tina O'Brien has become the fourth celebrity to leave Strictly Come Dancing
Former Coronation Street actress Tina O'Brien has become the fourth celebrity to leave Strictly Come Dancing

Former Coronation Street actress Tina O'Brien has become the fourth celebrity to leave Strictly Come Dancing after her Argentine tango failed to sparkle.

Clad in a rubber catsuit, she was likened to a "gothic version of Olivia Newton John" by judge Craig Revel Horwood.

Tina and fellow actress Felicity Kendal were left at the bottom of the leaderboard, but the combination of the judges' scores and viewer votes meant Tina and partner Jared Murillo were eliminated from the competition.

Her technical performance on Saturday night's show received a mixed response from the panel.

Bruno Tonioli gushed: "Gorgeous, you kinky kitten, you go very well with rubber, I can see you in rubber all the time! The most focused performance of the day, you were right in it, very vampish. However, it needs more drive on the walks of the tango, you need to use your feet on those hooks."

Revel Horwood said: "It was a bit stoppy and a bit starty. I actually was just a little bit bored throughout it."

Alesha Dixon added: "The Argentine steps that you did were really nice - I liked all the leg kicks but for me you were still a little lukewarm...But the acting and the role play was really well done."

Len Goodman praised the lifts, adding: That's your best dance to date, congratulations."

Bowing out from the contest, Tina said: "I've had the best time ever, I'm really sorry to Jared, I really wanted to go further in the competition for him. Dancing is now something I want to do for the rest of my life."

A Strictly spokesman said that Saturday saw the highest viewing figures of the series with a peak of 11.9 million people tuning in to watch the show.

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