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'Frozen hips' comment has Eamonn Holmes rush to defend Ruth Langsford

By Francesca Gosling

Eamonn Holmes was swift to defend wife Ruth Langsford after her rumba was slammed by judges in Saturday night's Strictly Come Dancing.

The theme was Movie Week and Ruth looked stunning in a wig of gorgeous golden locks as she danced to the theme tune of Bond movie Diamonds Are Forever.

She and professional partner Anton du Beke scored 15 points, their lowest tally of the competition so far.

Craig Revel Horwood described the pair's performance as "stilted" and said the dance "lacked hip action". He and head judge Shirley Ballas gave them just three points.

Scoring them a four, Bruno Tonioli said 57-year-old Ruth's routine was "frozen", adding that her "hips need defrosting."

However, Darcey Bussell said Ruth's look was "to die for", and gave her a five.

After the judging, Belfast-born This Morning host Holmes took to Twitter to urge fans to vote for his wife.

"Thanks in advance," he wrote. "Even if you just do it to spite Craig."

Meanwhile, Reverend Richard Coles has said he "can't quibble" with the judges' decision as he became the second contestant to leave the show. The 55-year-old priest and former pop star said he was sorry to go so soon, but admitted that he "really can't dance".

His eviction came on last night's results show, when he and partner Dianne Buswell brought their Flash Gordon-inspired Paso Doble back to the stage in a dance-off against Simon Rimmer and Karen Clifton.

While both pairs were the lowest scorers following the judges' results and public vote on Saturday, the panel unanimously agreed to save TV chef Rimmer - almost unrecognisable in his Buzz Lightyear costume.

Having scored the lowest mark of 14 on Saturday's leaderboard, the reverend said: "I'm very sorry to go because I've loved every minute of it, especially being with Di and learning from a real master of her art. It's been wonderful, but I can't really dance so I can't really quibble with the judges' decision."

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The Rev Richard Coles

He continued: "It's just wonderful to come together with a group of people you've never met before, and have such an intensely joyous experience. So many people working so hard to just make the most out of it is just a joy and I'll remember it forever."

After watching them again, the judges agreed that they "loved" Rev Coles' entertainment value, but the technical points had to be awarded to Rimmer and Clifton.

His brief stint on the show also made for a short Strictly debut for professional newcomer Buswell.

But she showed no hard feelings as she said: "I'm super proud of what he's done, he's a non-dancer and he's come out here and he did everything I said to him and was not afraid of it which was amazing. I could not be more proud of him."

Following their last dance, she told viewers: "I have had the time of my life and he is a friend for life."

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