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Greg Rutherford booted off Strictly, Ryan Lawrie leaves The X Factor

Honey G and Ed Balls, the underdogs on The X Factor and Strictly Come Dancing respectively, have survived another week on the TV talent contests.

Greg Rutherford and Ryan Lawrie were the latest contestants to leave Britain’s television talent shows on Sunday night (20Nov16).

Olympic long jumper Greg has been consistently among the lower scoring celebrities on Strictly Come Dancing, and found himself in the bottom two alongside his fellow Olympian, gymnast Claudia Fragapane, on Sunday's special show in Blackpool, England.

After the dance-off, for which Greg performed to the song Hand Jive from the musical Grease with partner Natalie Lowe, it was left up to the judges to decide who should go home.

Expert panellists Craig Revel Horwood, Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Darcey Bussell unanimously decided to put Claudia through.

After learning of his departure a tearful Greg told host Tess Daly, "It’s been one of the most incredible things of my life. I’ve been very lucky in my life, I’ve done some amazing things but this is truly one of the best things I’ve done ", before hugging dance partner Natalie and saying they had become great friends.

An emotional Natalie told her celebrity partner, “You are an amazing man. You’ve never had any dance experience but you got out there and you’ve just shown the world that you can dance. It's been incredible and I wouldn’t have changed it for the world. Sorry I couldn’t get you any further.”

Greg’s exit means that politician turned national treasure Ed Balls has survived another week on the show despite receiving the lowest score from the judges.

The British public once again decided to save Ed, who on Saturday night (19Nov16) descended to the dance floor on a piano before jiving to Jerry Lee Lewis’ Great Balls of Fire.

Surviving in more controversial fashion this week was The X Factor underdog Honey G. Following the singing contest's movies week the IT worker turned comedy hip hop phenomenon was relegated to the sing-off in the public vote.

However to the surprise of viewers judges Simon Cowell, Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh voted to send her sing-off opponent Ryan Lawrie home, with only Nicole Scherzinger backing him to stay after his rendition of Ed Sheeran's track Lego House.

Controversy also hit ITV's other reality TV show I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here over the weekend (19-20Nov16), with radio presenter Danny Baker and TV host Martin Roberts engaged in a series of furious disputes that turned the atmosphere in the jungle camp toxic.

The pair first fell out over Danny's supposed gloating over his victory in a Bushtucker trial and Sunday's instalment showed them having another angry altercation over Martin's treatment of camp president Scarlett Moffatt.

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