'Strictly curse' strikes Eamonn Holmes after Ruth's tumble
Eamonn Holmes has joked that he had fallen victim to the so-called Strictly curse "right in front of his eyes" as wife Ruth Langsford and dance partner Anton Du Beke fell on top of each other.
The pair, despite ending up at the bottom of the leaderboard and taking a tumble - survived to dance another week as Sunday night saw a shock exit with favourite Aston Merrygold becoming the sixth star to get the boot.
The 29-year-old, who was tipped as one of the favourites to win, made his exit after judge Shirley Ballas had the final, casting vote, following a dance off with Mollie King.
Merrygold and dance partner Janette Manrara had a score of just 25 at the end of Saturday night's show, putting them only one place above Ruth and Anton.
They scored the lowest marks of the night after they fell during the paso doble.
As they neared the end of the routine, Du Beke lost his balance in a hold with his celebrity partner and the pair crashed down.
The "Strictly curse" was coined after some relationships ended in the past after dance couples formed relationships off the dance floor.
Holmes took to Twitter on Saturday night as he joked: "The Curse of Strictly before my very Eyes" as Anton teased him saying "This wasn't meant for the live stage ... Normally we do this in rehearsal. Sorry @EamonnHolmes needs must". In the spirit of the comical routine Langsford lay on top of her dance partner leaving the judges, audience and Eamonn in hysterics with judge Revel Horwood telling Du Beke: "I think you're being really smart Anton by choosing the entertainment route because at least the people at home will vote for it but I can't possibly." Speaking to the Mail on Sunday Ruth said she is usually so relieved the dance is over she barely hears the critique. And when asked about the so-called curse she laughed: "If anything, it's been the opposite - Eamonn loves me looking so glamorous. And with all the dancing I've finally got my waist back."