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Ex-MP Currie first to exit Strictly

Edwina Currie has become the first celebrity to foxtrot off Strictly Come Dancing.

After getting a low score of 19 from the judging panel, the public vote saw off the 64-year-old former Tory MP.

She danced the foxtrot around a table and chairs, accompanied by professional dancer Vincent Simone, but failed to impress the judges.

The other couple in the bottom two were Audley Harrison and Natalie Lowe - who got 23 points for their salsa to a rendition of Michael Jackson's Don't Stop Til You Get Enough.

After Edwina's performance, Len Goodman said: "Make the most of that meal, because it could be the last supper," with Bruno Tonioli comparing her to a "bendy bus".

Edwina said that she had a "fabulous" time learning the dance moves. She said: "Well I feel sorry for Vincent, because he has worked very hard. He's been a terrific teacher, he really, really has. Anything that we did wrong is entirely my fault.

"Whoever dances with Vincent is a very, very lucky woman. It has been fabulous - absolutely fabulous.

"I mean we have had several weeks of it because we started off with the launch programme as well. During which I think I've lost about half a stone and a dress size."

Her dance partner Vincent added: "I just want to say I've had so much fun with you. Which I didn't expect because you were a politicianist. But yes, you've taken care of me - so thank you for that."

A Strictly spokeswoman said that 8.7 million people tuned in to watch the two-hour show on Saturday.

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