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Hairy biker Myers exits Strictly

Hairy Biker Dave Myers rode into the Strictly sunset after being voted off the dancing show - but said it had been a "spectacular privilege" to take part.

The television chef failed to impress with his tango to I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) by The Proclaimers, making him and partner Karen Hauer the sixth couple to leave Strictly Come Dancing this year. He had ended up in the bottom two along with his "good mate" Mark Benton following the public vote, but all of the judges chose to save the actor and professional dancer Iveta Lukosiute.

Dave was praised by judge Bruno Tonioli for being so entertaining - but admitted that Mark's Rumba to Shirley Bassey's Goldfinger was a better dance.

Speaking to show host Tess Daly, Dave said: "I've had the time of my life Tess. I mean, I've met some wonderful friends, but everything is down to our Karen. I did come to this having never danced before, well - only planted my feet and banged my head. The first dancing lesson is a bit like having your first driving lesson but they give you a Ferrari, so you're bound to crunch the gears, but she's still in one piece.

"But I think with her and Kevin, myself and my wife, we've just made the most wonderful friends. And you lot (judges) are alright as well. I would like to thank everyone at Strictly, including yourself (Tess), including all of the professional dancers who've embraced us lot. The wonderful thing about Strictly, it's democratic, the public have a say, the professionals have a say and everybody looks out for everybody else and I've loved every minute."

The pair had been criticised for performing a "stompy" dance this weekend and had the lowest score of all the contestants, with just 20 points. Dave, wearing a kilt, was compared to a "grizzly bear" by judge Craig Revel Horwood.

The top score of the week went to former Casualty actor Patrick Robinson, who was awarded a total of 37 points - including the only perfect 10 of the week - for his "pure Hollywood" American smooth to Harry Connick Jr's It Had To Be You.

Show favourite Natalie Gumede did not compete in Saturday night's show after fainting during rehearsals and is due to undergo medical tests to decide if she will be well enough to perform next weekend.

Contestants will take to the dance floor in Blackpool next weekend.

Following his exit, Dave said: "I loved it. It's been a spectacular privilege. It's the biggest show on British television and I managed to last 'til half-way, which for someone with my limited achievement and age was quite an achievement. I gave it as much enthusiasm and energy as I could."

"It's like being part of an exclusive family," said Dave. "I was going to say a club, but it is more like a family. I was a little bit cynical about that before, but it really is."

Despite being seen by many as the entertainer of the show, Dave said: " I think the term 'joke candidate' is offensive. There's nothing funny about putting 30 or 40 hours of training in a week - which is fantastic, full of joy and a pleasure - and then I had the balls to stand there every Saturday night and try to do the best I could."

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