Colin Salmon has been voted out of Strictly Come Dancing, becoming the fourth victim of the deadly Sunday-night dance-off.
On Saturday evening, Colin, 49, wowed the studio audience with his high-kicking foxtrot to Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive by Aretha Franklin, and managed to stay out of the danger zone following the judges’ vote.
But viewers were less kind, and after their votes were combined with the judges’ scores the next evening, the actor found himself in the bottom two for the second week in a row and facing the dance-off with showbiz reporter Richard Arnold.
Following their routines, a unanimous decision from the first three judges sealed Colin’s fate.
Craig Revel Horwood, who had called the actor’s performance “a disaster” the night before said: “One couple was better in the dance off, one couple was worse,” before voting to save Richard.
Darcey Bussell added: “I find this so hard, as I wouldn’t have any of these couples in the dance off,” but she again plumped for Richard – and Bruno Tonioli followed suit, rendering fourth judge Len Goodman’s vote superfluous.
Colin was magnanimous in defeat, saying: “I’ve got to say without question, this is one of the greatest shows I’ve ever been involved in. The quality of the competitors this year is seminal. Judges, I respect everything that’s been said, what you do is knowledge. Anybody who is out there who may have doubts, you have to understand that this is a discipline beyond anything we understand. So I accept with grace this decision.”
Watch the contestant’s reactions to Colin and Christina’s departure below:
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