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Benton out after Strictly dance-off

Actor Mark Benton was finally eliminated from Strictly Come Dancing after failing to survive a fourth dance-off in a row.

The Waterloo Road star and his partner Iveta Lukosiute were up against actor Ashley Taylor Dawson and his partner Ola Jordan.

Benton's samba to I Just Can't Wait To Be King from The Lion King failed to convince any of the judges that he should be saved.

Looking back on his run on the BBC One show, he said: " What a time I have had. I've got to say thank you to my dear friend and fantastic teacher Iveta, she is amazing.

"I also want to thank my amazing wife and children, the backstage guys, the beautiful band, the judges. They are all amazing. I have had a ball."

Lukosiute commented : "This is my first season and Mark made it so special and memorable. I enjoyed every minute with him, he made me laugh.

"I taught him dance and he taught me many more things than that. He is my family."

On Saturday night, model Abbey Clancy and her partner Aljaz Skorjanec were given the first perfect score of the series.

The judges heaped praise on the couple as they marked their stunning salsa 40 out of 40.

Bruno Tonioli said Clancy was "the disco diva" while Craig Revel Horwood described their routine as "absolutely amazing".

Darcey Bussell told her: "Finally you are oozing confidence in the Latin. A five-star performance."

Clancy wore a frilly red dress for a flawless performance to You Should Be Dancing from Saturday Night Fever.

She was visibly delighted when the scores were read out and exclaimed: "I can't believe it!".

Former Casualty star Patrick Robinson began his routine at the wheel of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

The Casualty actor was in the famous magical airborne car - created by author Ian Fleming - to celebrate musicals week.

He began his Charleston with partner Anya Garnis by taking a brief flight and they scored 38 to finish second on the scoreboard.

Head judge Len Goodman commented: "That was full of flash, bang, wallop. It was fantastic."

Tonioli said he thought the car was being "driven by Lewis Hamilton going for the Grand Prix" while Revel Horwood added: "It was extremely fast, I don't know how you kept up."

Next week the remaining couples will compete in a swingathon.

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