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Thursday 28 August 2014

Strictly Come Dancing: Vanessa Feltz admits "I was never set to win, was I?"

Presenter lost out to designer Julien Macdonald after performing tango to Abba's Lay All Your Love On Me

Vanessa Feltz and James Jordan performing on BBC 1's Strictly Come Dancing. Photo Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire
Janette Manrara and Julien Macdonald performing on Strictly Come Dancing. Photo Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire
Janette Manrara and Julien Macdonald performing on Strictly Come Dancing. Photo Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire
Vanessa Feltz and James Jordan performing on BBC 1's Strictly Come Dancing. Photo Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire

Vanessa Feltz and James Jordan have become the second couple to exit Strictly Come Dancing - but the presenter said her departure was not a "terrible tragedy".

Feltz lost out to designer Julien Macdonald in a dance-off that she hoped she might win due to Macdonald finding himself in the bottom two for the second week running.

"We thought maybe we would just dance for our lives and we might be saved by the judges, but we were wrong," she said.

Feltz and Jordan performed their tango to Lay All Your Love On Me by Abba in a bid to impress the judges and remain in the competition.

After both couples had danced, the judges delivered their verdicts with Craig Revel Horwood, Darcey Bussell and Bruno Tonioli all choosing to save Macdonald.

Head judge Len Goodman said: "Funnily enough Vanessa, I thought you danced a little better in that second dance, however I would have gone for Julien and Janette."

Reflecting on her exit, Feltz said: "Yes, I'm disappointed because it was a great, great pleasure to be part of the programme.

"It was so much fun, and so enjoyable, and so great. So of course I'm sad, and I would have liked to have stayed as long as possible, but it wasn't to be obviously which is a big shame.

"I think I was probably due to leave... If there had been one more week, or two more weeks, I think that would have been my limit.

"I don't think it's a great personal tragedy. I was never exactly set to win the show, was I? Let's face it."

Feltz described her time on the show as a "wonderful opportunity" and gushed about her partner and all that comes with being a contestant on the BBC show.

"I really, really tried hard. I really loved his company. I loved the dancing. I loved the clothes. I loved the people. I made some very good friends.

"I loved being part of something that's so all encompassing. It's the Strictly bubble - when you're in it you can barely think of anything else," she said.

Feltz said the last few weeks have made her fitter, and said she was juggling more tasks than she thought was possible.

"I've proved that I can get up at ten past four in the morning and be at work for 4.30am, do two radio shows, write a column, train for four, five, even six hours, and still be alive and survive, which I never thought I could do," she said.

Although disappointed, Feltz seemed content enough to move on with life post-Strictly.

"I'll have to just get back to my real life and luckily I enjoy my real life, so that's not a terrible tragedy," she said.

She said she hoped Sophie Ellis-Bextor or Abbey Clancy would go on to win the competition.

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