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Goldie became the first celebrity to leave Strictly Come Dancing

Goldie became the first celebrity to leave Strictly Come Dancing

Goldie became the first celebrity to leave Strictly Come Dancing

Goldie has become the first celebrity to leave Strictly Come Dancing after viewers voted saved Ann Widdecombe to dance another week.

The former MP for Maidstone and the Weald treated millions of viewers to a unique version of the salsa but her lack of passion or technique left her bottom of the judges' scoreboard.

The show's fans were entertained, however, and voted to save Ann and her partner Anton Du Beke.

Goldie and partner Kristina Rihanoff had been praised by the judges but were left in last place when the panel's scores were combined with viewers' votes.

The couple with the lowest score are automatically eliminated this year after the scrapping of the dance-off, which gave judges the chance to save the better performers of the two lowest scoring pairs.

Goldie took the bad news on the chin, saying: "It's all right. I've had a great time and been superfit, so I'll keep that.

"Kristina is fantastic. It's been a good experience for me - onwards and upwards."

The scrapping of the dance-off gives more power to the public, a spokesman for the show said.

In the event of a draw when scores are combined, the couple with the lowest number of viewers' votes will automatically get the boot.

Fans have often favoured the less gifted dancers and Widdecombe's survival suggests she could become as popular with viewers as John Sergeant did in 2008.

PA