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Henson facing boot from Strictly

Gavin Henson is teed up to get the boot from Strictly Come Dancing after finishing bottom of the semi-final leader board.

The judges told the 28-year-old rugby star he should be proud of the improvements he has made during the show but he will have to rely on the public vote to save him if he wants to make next week's final.

Gavin scored 31 for his Viennese waltz with dance partner Katya Virshilas, taking his total score after two nights of dancing to just 59 out of a possible 85.

But head judge Len Goodman said: "You've been the underdog over and over. You're my hero. You've come back strong."

And Bruno Tonioli said: "Very elegant. Very smooth. There were a few little issues but the improvement from week one is great. Regardless what happens you should be proud."

Speaking afterwards, Gavin said: "I'm still fighting to the end. Let's see what happens. I want that glitter ball.

"It's unbelievable how nervous I get. It's been a hell of an experience."

The other boys are also at risk in tomorrow night's double elimination, with EastEnders actor Scott Maslen and Countryfile presenter Matt Baker both finishing on a total of 70 points.

Matt made up for a disappointing performance last night with a tango which was "cooking on gas", scoring 38. Scott dressed as a sailor to dance the Charleston with his partner Natalie Lowe.

Pamela Stephenson, who described herself as a "granny moving around the floor", scored a "fabulous" 40 for her theatrical quick step with dance partner James Jordan. With a total of 78, Pamela is one place behind the overall leader, ex-EastEnders actress and model Kara Tointon whose rumba with Artem Chigvintsev was "almost perfect".

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