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Sunetra latest Strictly casualty

Sunetra Sarker is the latest casualty of the dance-off on Strictly Come Dancing as the final seven celebrities were whittled down to six.

The actress and her professional partner Brendan Cole were knocked out of the dance show after the judges chose to save former Towie star Mark Wright and his partner Karen Hauer.

Sunetra, who stars in BBC's Casualty, was in the dance-off for a third time this series and performed the Rumba to Girl From Ipanema while Mark danced the Salsa to Viva Las Vegas.

Judges Craig Revel Horwood, Darcey Bussell and Bruno Tonioli all chose to save Mark, which meant Sunetra was sent home.

Head judge Len Goodman said he would have agreed with his fellow judges' decisions.

Sunetra said: "It's been such a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be able to do this.

"I'd like to thank Brendan for being just so committed and understanding, and such a natural dancer, this guy - you've been great - thank you so much for everything.

"I also want to say a thank you to every single one of the contestants and all the pro dancers for holding my hand so very tightly - love you all."

Brendan said: "You should be very proud of yourself to get this far - it's no mean feat.

"To reiterate, thanks to everyone that works on the show - it's the best show on television."

Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance troupe opened the show and later Andre Rieu and his Johann Strauss Orchestra teamed up with Alfie Boe to perform a classic Italian track.

The quarter-final takes place next Saturday from 7pm on BBC One when the couples perform a new routine as well as taking part in a "Walzathon".

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