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Cha-cha cheerio for Strictly's Thom


Iveta Lukosiute and Thom Evans

Iveta Lukosiute and Thom Evans

Iveta Lukosiute and Thom Evans

The party is over for rugby hunk Thom Evans who has been booted off Strictly Come Dancing.

The former Scotland international s aid he wanted to thank his partner Iveta Lukosiute "from the bottom of my heart", after losing the dance-off against Blue star Simon Webbe and his partner Kristina Rihanoff.

Thom and Iveta did their cha-cha to It's My Party by Jessie J, while Simon and Kristina performed their Viennese Waltz to Somebody To Love by Queen in a bid to impress the judges and remain in the competition.

Both Craig Revel Horwood and Darcey Bussell chose to save Thom and Iveta, whilst Bruno Tonioli opted to save Simon and Kristina, meaning head judge Len Goodman had the casting vote.

"I look at the footwork and the feet and the couple with the cleanest footwork were Simon and Kristina, so that is the couple I am saving," he said.

Reflecting on his exit, Thom said: "This experience exceeded all my expectations; it is one of the best experiences of my life.

"From the judges to the other contestants to the backroom staff, everyone does such a brilliant job and helps you feel confident going into every show.

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"I also want to thank my partner Iveta. She has been immensely patient over these last couple of weeks and she couldn't have worked harder. I want to thank her from the bottom of my heart."

Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills was the favourite to be axed this weekend, according to bookmakers, with Judy Murray close behind.

Scott was told he could be the "love child" of Ann Widdecombe and John Sergeant, after he scored 19 out of 40 for his Charleston with partner Joanne Clifton, and even though judge Craig Revel Horwood told Scott it was his best dance yet, he also said: "I think a three-year-old could have done that better to be honest."

Judge Bruno Tonioli said: "How can I put it? Your dance skills are unique. You could be the love child of Ann Widdecombe and John Sergeant."

Ann and John are former contestants who are remembered as two of the BBC show's worst ever dancers.

Scott was the odds-on 8-13 favourite to be axed from the show, according to odds from bookmaker Coral.

Judy Murray was the second favourite to leave the competition at 7-2, ahead of Alison Hammond at 5-1.

Judy scored 18 for her Charleston with Anton du Beke which Bruno said was "a bit like the Titanic" - a reference to their use of a boat as a prop.

Strictly's Halloween special will air next Saturday.

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