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Wednesday 28 January 2015

Presenter Arnold departs Strictly

Richard Arnold has been voted off Strictly Come Dancing
Richard Arnold has been voted off Strictly Come Dancing

Richard Arnold has become the latest contestant to leave Strictly Come Dancing on the week the show swapped the Strictly ballroom for Wembley Arena.

The 42-year-old TV presenter, Daybreak's showbusiness expert, said the amazing thing about the show is that the "party is happening in millions of homes around the country".

After the judges' scores were combined with viewer votes, Richard and his partner Erin Boag faced former Westlife star Nicky Byrne and his partner Karen Hauer for a place in next week's show.

Three of the four judges chose to save Nicky which meant Richard had performed his final dance on the BBC One show.

Judge Craig Revel Horwood said: "Just for sheer exuberance and energy, I am going to save Nicky and Karen."

Judge Bruno Tonioli said that while both couples were "highly entertaining", he had to go with the "power and content" delivered by Nicky and Karen.

Speaking after his fate was sealed, Richard said: "I've loved it. Do you know what is amazing about this experience is that this party is happening in millions of homes around the country. The one thing I'll take from it is that now when I walk down the street people no longer cross the road to avoid me!

"Now they smile, they want to chat. It's been amazing. You guys here have been amazing."

The presenter said he will be celebrating his birthday next weekend, but will have to accept he will not be ringing in another year by performing to millions on television.

"I know where I'll be next week - it's my birthday, it's a Saturday, I'll be with my godchildren, with my family and friends who have been going through the whole thing, and I'll be popping a cork and seeing who is here next week. It's extraordinary, this show just gets better and better," he said.

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