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Winkleman misses Strictly again

Presenter Claudia Winkleman was again absent from Strictly Come Dancing tonight after her daughter's fire accident, as co-host Tess Daly wished the youngster a "speedy recovery".

Winkleman's eight-year-old daughter Matilda is recovering in hospital after her Halloween costume went up in flames while she was out trick-or-treating.

At the start of tonight's BBC One show, Daly said: "Claudia can't be with us again this week.

"All our thoughts go out to her and her daughter and we're wishing her a speedy recovery."

Former Radio 1 DJ Zoe Ball, who normally hosts Strictly: It Takes Two, has replaced Winkleman, 45, on the show for a second week running.

Judy Murray failed to impress the judges again as she finished bottom of the leader board, despite going through her dance steps with her tennis ace son Andy.

The former Wimbledon champion was shown helping his mother with her routine when they met on the tennis court this week.

After Andy admitted he struggles to listen to criticism of his mother's performances on the dancefloor, Judy ended up with the lowest score of the night with 18 from the judges.

After her courtroom-themed pasa doble to The Clash's I Fought The Law, head judge Len Goodman said: "You've gone from Centre Court to criminal court. If stiffness was a crime, you would get life."

Bruno Tonioli said Murray was "re-imagining dance as we know it", while Craig Revel Horwood described her performance as "all very pedestrian".

"You really did walk your way through the entire thing," he added.

After her performance, Judy revealed her son cannot bear to hear the judges' disparaging remarks about her dancing.

She said: "Now that he knows they're going to be foul to me, he switches the volume down before they start."

Andy, who is preparing to play in the ATP World Tour finals at London's O2 Arena tomorrow, told the programme: "I do enjoy watching mum dancing but it's hard to watch when the judges are talking about her because it's not particularly complimentary."

The Saturdays singer Frankie Bridge was in tears after her samba to La Bamba was branded her "worst dance yet" by Revel Horwood.

But top of the leader board was pop star Pixie Lott, who impressed the judges with her foxtrot to When I'm 64 by The Beatles.

"I thought it was a lovely, charming dance," Goodman said.

"That's how you dance a wonderful foxtrot," Tonioli said. "It was refreshingly original. It had a lot of charm and wit. A wonderful dance."

Darcey Bussell, who awarded a top score of 10 to the singer, added: "You ate up that dance floor."

Another contestant will leave the series on tomorrow's elimination show, which is broadcast on BBC One at 7.45pm.


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