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Votes are for Anton, says Fullerton

Strictly Come Dancing star Fiona Fullerton believes it is public support for her partner Anton Du Beke which is keeping her in the contest.

She reckons viewers are delighted that Anton has finally been given a celebrity who has more ability on the dancefloor than the contestants with whom he has recently been matched.

But actress and former Bond Girl Fiona is worried she is letting him down by "goofing up" with her mistakes, which left them at the bottom of the leader board on Saturday night.

Yet despite their dancefloor woes, the public came to the rescue and she avoided the dance-off, with Rachel Riley and Julien MacDonald forced to dance again. Fashion designer Julien was the one who had to exit the show.

Fiona said: "Public support had been extraordinary and it is lovely they believe in us. I have to say the vast majority are voting for Anton and that is absolutely lovely.

"Everyone is being so sweet that Anton has a partner that can dance and then I keep goofing up. I really feel I am letting him down and I know I have the capability to do so much better."

She said she was convinced she would be forced into a second dance, and was relieved but saddened that Countdown star Rachel was there instead.

"Because we were at the bottom of the leader board I was prepared to be in the dance-off, and we thought we would go out there and do it to the best of our ability. I was shocked Rachel was in the dance-off. The sense of relief is tempered by the sadness you feel that it's one of your friends who has to do a dance-off again."

Fiona is also struggling with nerves and self-doubt which set in during the live show. She said: "I've been looking on the internet about how to focus and lose the nerves; it's interesting how psychologically your mind can play all sorts of tricks on you even though you tell yourself otherwise.

"I feel like I'm in control but then my self-belief evaporates as of I've got a voice in my head that goes 'you can't do this'. In training it doesn't happen at all. It's the same in the dress rehearsal, it's as if someone's flicking that insecurity switch as soon as we get live."

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