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Pixie Lott kicked out of Strictly

Pixie Lott has made a surprise exit from Strictly Come Dancing when she became the 10th celebrity to leave the competition.

Despite being one of the favourites to win after triumphing in the show's "waltz-a-thon", the pop princess was still kicked out of the quarter finals.

She nailed second place on the leaderboard after two dances, but a lack of viewer votes earned her a spot in the dance-off alongside Blue singer Simon Webbe.

The Boys And Girls singer repeated her Cha Cha to the Glee Cast version of Love Shack, which judge Len Goodman criticised on Saturday for containing illegal lifts and awkward legs.

The dance put her third at 35 points in last night's show, but she was redeemed by her performance in the group "waltz-a-thon", when all six couples waltzed on the floor at the same time in a bid to win all-important extra marks from the judges.

The pair were then pipped to the post in the dance-off by Simon and his professional partner Kristina Rihanoff's American Smooth to Heartache Tonight by Michael Buble.

It was the first and last time Pixie and her partner Trent Whiddon faced elimination in this year's competition.

Craig Revel Horwood chose to save Pixie and Trent, saying: "It's quite tough at this stage in the competition, but I am going to save Pixie and Trent."

Bruno Tonioli also came to their rescue, adding: "It was really good seeing you both again, both of you were absolutely brilliant and better than Saturday night but for me, I have to go for overall dance ability and tonight, Pixie and Trent stood out."

However Darcey Bussell favoured their rivals, saying, "I wish I wasn't having to choose between these two couples, because they've become outstanding performers, but having to judge tonight's dance-off - the couple I would love to save is Simon and Kristina."

And head judge Len sealed the Higher And Higher singer's exit, commenting: "I have to judge this on this one dance that I have seen - not what has been in the past, [or] what my expectations are in the future. I tell you - this is hard as a judge but harder as person but I am judging it and I know when I drive home, in my heart, I have the right result for me, and my winners were Simon and Kristina."

Speaking after the verdict , Pixie expressed her gratitude at being given the chance to dance.

She said: "I was absolutely loving it, I had the best time ever. I am sad that I won't get to learn the Salsa and the American Smooth next week. I have honestly loved this experience so much and I am so pleased that I decided to do it. I couldn't have asked for a better dance partner - honestly, Trent, you have been amazing. I have learnt so much and I am so grateful for it."

Trent added: "I couldn't have asked for a better partner, someone who is a super talent and so hard working - the nicest, sweetest, most genuine person you could ever meet. I have had such a fantastic time. She is so fantastic and deserves all the success in the world. I wish her all the very best."

Sunday's results show featured a special performance by American band OneRepublic.

Strictly Come Dancing is back next weekend for the semi finals at 6.50pm on BBC One.

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