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Friday 30 January 2015

Strictly axe for cricketer Vaughan

Michael Vaughan has been voted out of Strictly Come Dancing
Michael Vaughan has been voted out of Strictly Come Dancing

Michael Vaughan has been voted out of Strictly Come Dancing after the former England cricket captain's samba failed to impress any of the judges.

When the judges' scores were combined with the results of the viewers' votes, Michael and his partner Natalie Lowe, and former Westlife singer Nicky Byrne and his partner Karen Hauer, became the next two couples to face the dreaded dance-off.

The two couples had to perform their dance from Saturday's live show in a bid to win over judges Len Goodman, Darcey Bussell, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood and be saved from elimination.

All four judges voted to save Nicky after his second performance of the Argentine Tango. With this unanimous vote, it meant that Michael became the eighth celebrity to leave the competition.

After being booted out, Michael said: "I've had a ball. Nine weeks ago I had never been on a shiny floor, and I've got to December.

"September, October, November and still dancing in December. I've drained every ounce of dance ability out of my body because of this lady... everything about this show, the judges and everyone backstage, all the contestants have been great, I've got new friends that I've made for life.

"Nicky thoroughly deserved that win, he wiped the floor with me! I've had a ball, and the real winner for me is this one (Natalie). She got me to the ninth week, which is quite remarkable."

Natalie said: "Words can't describe how incredible you are. Thank you so much for making this dream come true. I'm sorry I couldn't have taken you further."

The couple scored a total of 24 in Saturday night's show - the lowest score of the night. Their samba also received the worst criticism from the judges with Len having said "it wasn't fantastic" and that Michael looked awkward.

There are now six celebrities left in the competition and three weeks until the final.

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