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Naga Munchetty waltzes off Strictly Come Dancing

Naga Munchetty thanked her Strictly Come Dancing partner Pasha Kovalev for being "the best teacher I've ever had" as she was voted off Strictly Come Dancing on Sunday night (16Oct16).

BBC Breakfast presenter Naga Munchetty was the third contestant voted off Strictly Come Dancing on Sunday night (16Oct16).

The 41-year-old anchor was forced to compete in the dance-off after failing to impress the public with her routine and therefore receiving among the lowest public votes.

Wearing a bright green wig and sparkling outfit, Naga joined partner Pasha Kovalev to once again perform their Charleston routine to Firehouse Five Plus Two's Minnie The Mermaid.

However, it wasn't enough to save the couple when the judges compared the performance to fellow dance-off competitors Anastacia and Brendan Cole, who did a Rumba to Barbra Streisand's The Way We Were.

Deciding which couple to send home, judge Craig Revel Horwood said: "The couple who I thought danced actually the best in this dance-off this evening was Anastacia and Brendan."

Darcey Bussell concurred, adding: "It's always incredibly difficult when it gets to this and very hard but the couple I would like to save because of their performance value and natural artistry is Anastacia and Brendan."

Head judge Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli also voted to send Naga and Pasha home.

After being told the news, host Tess Daly asked Naga what her favourite part of competing on Strictly was, to which she replied: "This week. Getting to know Pasha, working with Pasha, I've loved every minute of it, your patience, your brilliance with your choreography and just being the best teacher I've ever had."

The feeling was very much mutual, with Pasha saying: "Thank you for being the best student I've ever had, so determined and so much fun all the time."

Meanwhile, the show was embroiled in controversy once again when it was revealed former Hollyoaks actor Danny Mac has had four years of dance training and experience on London's West End.

While the judges have praised Danny for his polished performances, and apparently said in private that he's the best they've ever seen, they are said to be handicapping his scores in order to make it fair with the other contestants.

“There’s definitely some handicapping going on because he just gets nines and it puzzles everyone why they’re not tens. It’s the only way they can make it fair," a source told The Sun newspaper.

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