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Judge Rinder voted off Strictly as Emily Middlemas exits The X Factor

Judge Rinder bid farewell to Strictly Come Dancing while Emily Middlemas was the latest casualty of The X Factor on Sunday night's (04Dec16) results shows.

Judge Rinder was the latest casualty of Strictly Come Dancing on Sunday night (04Dec16).

The 37-year-old television judge and his partner Oksana Platero were voted off the BBC talent show after the dance-off against Ore Oduba and his partner Joanne Clifton.

While Rinder and Platero danced a samba to a track from Jersey Boys, Oduba and Clifton performed a foxtrot to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory tune Pure Imagination.

But when it came to choosing between the acts, the judges unanimously opted to send Rinder home.

Following the news, Rinder told host Tess Daly: "It's a joy to be here, every single person, there's too many people to thank but I even want to thank the judges. You are never too old to try something new and everyone should try dancing, thank you so much."

He is now backing Louise Redknapp to take home the glitter ball trophy, telling The Sun: "I’ve made such amazing friends that I would be happy if any of them went on to win it.

"But I think Louise has the most to gain after coming out of her shell and growing in confidence." Louise will face off against Oduba, Claudia Fragapane and Danny Mac in next weekend's semi-final (10-11Dec16), before three couples go on to compete in the final of the show.

Meanwhile, over on The X Factor, it was 18-year-old Emily Middlemas' time to leave the competition.

The teenager had failed to impress with her rendition of John Lennon's Happy Christmas (War is Over) for Christmas week on Saturday night (03Dec16).

Following the performance, Sharon Osbourne told her, "This is the best Christmas song lyrically, and I would have liked you to have sung it with a bit more emotion," while Nicole Scherzinger added, "It was like someone had turned on the lights but they weren't shining so bright. It was a bit lacklustre."

Emily's performance saw her placed in the sing-off alongside show favourite Matt Terry, with the judges, bar Emily's mentor Simon Cowell, opting to send the teenager home.

After her exit, Emily took to her Twitter page to write: "What an experience. Thank you for getting me here. I love you guys. It is the beginning and I am SO excited for the future."

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