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Strictly's DJ Odoom exits as Anastacia unable to dance

By Julia Hunt

Published 03/10/2016

Anastacia and Brendan Cole
Anastacia and Brendan Cole
Tess Daly consoles Melvin Odoom and Janette Manrara after their exit

Melvin Odoom left Strictly Come Dancing without the opportunity to perform to keep his place, after injury left tearful Anastacia too "scared" to take part in the dance off.

Odoom and professional partner Janette Manrara were due to face Anastacia and partner Brendan Cole in the competition's first dance-off after the public vote was combined with the judges' scores.

When breast cancer survivor Anastacia was unable to dance due to a tear to scar tissue from a double mastectomy, Odoom and Manrara became the first pair to leave the show, as Strictly rules state the couple with the fewest viewer votes should be eliminated.

The DJ and presenter became the first contestant to leave Strictly without a dance-off in the opening rounds.

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