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Ninth celebrity eliminated from Strictly Come Dancing

There are now only six stars left in the competition.

Comic Susan Calman has said she got “far further” in Strictly Come Dancing than she thought she would as she became the ninth star to be eliminated from the show.

The Scottish stand-up and her dance partner Kevin Clifton lost their place in the competition following a dance-off against Alexandra Burke and pro dancer Gorka Marquez.

Calman and Clifton returned to the dancefloor to perform their American smooth to Bobby Darin’s Beyond the Sea, while singer Burke and Marquez repeated their rumba to Beyonce’s Halo.

The judges voted unanimously to save Burke, calling time on Calman and Clifton’s Strictly journey.

The 43-year-old comedian said she has “loved every minute” of being on the show, and that she and Clifton are now friends for life.

She said: “Everyone from wardrobe, make-up, the runners, (Tess Daly) and lovely Claudia (Winkleman), Zoe (Ball) on It Takes Two, the beautiful judges who have brought such light into my life every single week, everyone involved in the show, the audience, everyone who voted for us, we got far further than we thought we would.

“To my friends and my family and my lovely wife who’s here every single week supporting me.”

She added: “Most of all, I’ve made a friend for life and Kevin may not have won the Glitterball this year but he’s won Strictly for me.”

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Susan Calman

Clifton thanked his wife, fellow Strictly professional dancer Karen Clifton – who left the competition several weeks ago along with TV presenter Simon Rimmer – for her support.

He said: “I’d like to say a couple of thank-yous actually; when Strictly is on I’m not the easiest person to live with, I go a bit mad so I’d like to say first of all thanks to my wife for putting up with me.

“I’d like to say thank you to Strictly Come Dancing and echoing everything that Susan said about everyone on it because I think in a world where not everything going on at the moment is always nice, Strictly is the one thing that brings a lot of joy and happiness into the world through the wonderful thing that is dance.”

He told Calman: “And I think Susan you’ve been the absolute epitome of joy and happiness throughout this whole competition which in my eyes makes you a beautiful dancer. So thank you for dancing with me and thanks for being my friend.”

Calman and Clifton had landed at the bottom of the leaderboard for their routine with just 22 points.

Burke remains in the competition alongside broadcaster Debbie McGee, soap stars Joe McFadden, Gemma Atkinson and Davood Ghadami, and singer Mollie King.

Saturday night’s show saw Holby City star McFadden top the leaderboard as he scored a new high of 38 for his 1920s-inspired quickstep with Katya Jones, while combined with a further six points after a second-place finish in the bonus group dance pasodoblethon.

Strictly Come Dancing continues on Saturday at 7.05pm on BBC One.

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