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Strictly's Ruth 'going to have fun with the samba'

Ruth Langsford, wife of Ulster-born television presenter Eamonn Holmes, is set to dance the seductive samba as she battles to stay on Strictly Come Dancing.

Looking nervous about the upcoming performance, Ruth took to social media last night to share her progress with fans.

Talking directly to the camera alongside her dance partner Anton Du Beke, Ruth said: "So we have just finished our first rehearsal on the Strictly floor, and I was rubbish on the first one, not quite so rubbish on the second and third I was fairly pleased with. The thing is, I loved the tango last week and then everyone says 'you're getting better', but then come Monday you feel like a beginner again because I don't get to do the tango again. It's fun though, I've just got to have fun with this."

Anton chipped in to agree: "Just have fun with it."

Ruth has scraped by each week despite languishing on the bottom of the leader board with low scores from the judges, due to her popularity with the public.

However, the pair will have one less judge than usual to worry about impressing with the flamboyant Bruno Tonioli not expected to appear on the programme this weekend due to his busy work schedule.

A Strictly spokesperson said: "As was always the plan, Bruno Tonioli is not on the judging panel this weekend due to a very busy work schedule. He will be back as normal for our Halloween special and the rest of the series."

Bruno will not be replaced on the judging panel during his absence.

It is the first time Tonioli, who has been a judge on the series since it began in 2004, will have missed filming the show.

Along with Tonioli, the Strictly judging panel consists of Craig Revel Horwood, Darcey Bussell and new head judge Shirley Ballas, who replaced long-time Strictly star Len Goodman.

Last weekend's leaderboard champion Alexandra Burke, who scored 39 points for her jive, will be hoping to maintain her position when she and her partner Gorka Marquez perform a samba to Shape Of You by Ed Sheeran.

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