Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 27 November 2014

Meaden gets the boot from Strictly

Deborah Meaden and Robin Windsor perform during Strictly Come Dancing (BBC/PA)
Deborah Meaden and Robin Windsor perform during Strictly Come Dancing (BBC/PA)

Dragons' Den star Deborah Meaden was the fourth celebrity to be voted off Strictly Come Dancing.

She was given the boot by the judges after going head-to-head with Casualty's Patrick Robinson in the dance-off.

Meaden and her partner Robin Windsor performed their Viennese Waltz to It's a Man's World by James Brown, while Robinson and his partner Anya Garnis performed their Salsa to Wings by Little Mix.

Judges Darcey Bussell, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood all chose to save Robinson.

Revel Horwood said: "I would like to save the couple who both did the best dancing in the dance-off tonight and that couple is Patrick and Anya."

Bussell described how she wished "both couples weren't even here", while Tonioli said: "Let me say you both did a great job but one of you had the edge for me and that was Patrick and Anya."

Head judge Len Goodman added that he would have voted the same way as his colleagues if required, saying: "Deborah you did much better in that dance-off and my heart goes out to you."

Speaking after her elimination was confirmed, Meaden praised the efforts of her partner.

"Strictly gave me a gift but the big gift that Strictly gave me was this guy," she said. "To teach me to dance, to find something I never even knew I could do and to make it the best. He's wonderful. There's going to be tears. No, I'm a dragon, there'll be no tears."

An emotional Windsor added: "I just want to say for Deborah, she loved it so much."

Eleven couples now remain in the competition.

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