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Judy Murray bows out of Strictly

Judy Murray has departed Strictly Come Dancing after the public finally failed to keep her out of the elimination dance-off.

Viewers' votes had previously kept the tennis coach in the competition despite several poor performances.

But the Scot's luck ran out this week and all the judges decided it was time for her to go after she was pitted against Casualty actress Sunetra Sarker.

Judy, who danced with professional partner Anton Du Beke, said: " I was starting to think I was absolutely hopeless but I know I'm still not very good.

"Anton has treated everything with the most incredible sense of humour, he is great fun to be around and has made my Strictly experience very, very special."

Anton added: "I am so excited and thrilled about the whole experience for Judy as she is such a big fan of the show and the fun that we have had has purely been because of Judy's great sense of humour.

"She is such a warm spirit and character and personality and is such a great sport with such enthusiasm, which made the whole thing enormous fun."

Judges Darcey Bussell, Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli all voted for the pair to leave the show following their Viennese Waltz to Let's Go Fly A Kite from the musical Mary Poppins.

Head judge Len Goodman revealed that he agreed with the verdict, but added: "I'd like to say that I thought tonight's performance was fantastic."

Sunetra and her partner Brendan Cole were saved after performing their Samba to I Don't Feel Like Dancin' by the Scissor Sisters.

The results show featured Dame Shirley Bassey, who sang Goldfinger, and McBusted, who performed their single Air Guitar.

The BBC was forced to apologise on Saturday when judge Len swore live on air.

He appeared to mutter the f-word after expressing his delight at a performance by Blue star Simon Webbe and his partner Kristina Rihanoff.

Presenter Zoe Ball told viewers on the BBC One prime time show: "I also would like to apologise. Len got a little bit carried away with the excitement of the dance and I'm very sorry for the bad language."

After her exit, Judy attended the Bafta Scotland awards in Glasgow, where she was presenting the gong for Comedy/Entertainment Programme.

She described taking part in Strictly Come Dancing as "so much fun".

"I've loved it, I've had a great time," she said.

"I lasted a whole lot longer than I ever imagined that I would do and it's given me a chance to see a whole new world. My life's kind of been saturated by tennis for years and years and it's just been great to be part of something completely different and a show that is so much fun."

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