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Kirsty Gallacher first female celebrity to be voted off Strictly Come Dancing

Published 01/11/2015

Kirsty Gallacher and her dance partner Brendan Cole.
Kirsty Gallacher and her dance partner Brendan Cole.

Presenter Kirsty Gallacher became the first female celebrity to be voted out of the Strictly Come Dancing competition.

Halloween Week proved to be a little bit of a nightmare for Gallacher and singer Jamelia who ended up in the dreaded dance-off after the judges' scores were combined with the results of the viewers' votes to decide the lowest scoring two couples.

Jamelia's jive with partner Tristan MacManus edged out Gallacher whose Charleston with professional dancer Brendan Cole had failed to impress.

In saying goodbye to the glitz and glamour of Strictly Come Dancing, Gallacher said: "It's been a wonderful experience but Jamelia deserves it more than me and I really mean that, she's a very natural dancer.

"I did my best but it was time to go. My Strictly highlight was the Viennese Waltz, it was a wonderful week and it went really well, it felt great and it was a good dance for me. I just want to say thank you to Brendan who's been incredible and I really mean that. He's an incredible friend and dancer and so supportive."

Cole told Gallacher: "When we got partnered up together I was very excited and I've seen somebody who had no dance experience and not really any performing experience, turn it around and become quite a performer. I'm so proud of that last performance and I'm proud of you."

The judges had unanimously decided to save Jamelia, making Gallacher the fifth celebrity to leave the show.

Craig Revel Horwood said: "Well both couples actually raised their game enormously and it was just so wonderful to see everyone dancing like that but I would like to save Jamelia and Tristan."

Darcey Bussell said: "Again they did perform so much better, they upped their game and it's very hard but the couple I would like to save is Jamelia and Tristan."

Bruno Tonioli also chose to save the couple saying: "Well they really both improved on last time but I have to save Jamelia and Tristan."

Head judge Len Goodman agreed with his fellow judges.

There are now 10 remaining couples in the competition and next week's results show will pay a fitting tribute to Remembrance Day, a spokesman said.

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