And the unlucky celebrity to leave the dance floor in Strictly Come Dancing 2013 this weekend is…Fiona Fullerton.
The actress and her partner Anton du Beke lost after a dance off with actor Mark Benton and his partner Iveta Lukosiute at this weekend’s seaside special broadcast from Blackpool’s Tower Ballroom. She becomes the seventh celebrity to leave.
Hosts Sir Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daley welcomed the remaining nine couples onto the famous dance floor for another chance to impress judges Len Goodman, Darcey Bussell, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood, and the viewers at home.
The show opened with a carnival Samba which saw more than 80 dancers fill the floor.
But then it was the contestants’ turn and the nine remaining couples danced a Quickstep, Charleston, Paso Doble, Jive, American Smooth and a Samba. The judges’ scores were combined with the results of the viewers’ votes to leave Mark and Fiona in the bottom two.
Both couples then performed their routines again; Mark and Iveta, in their second dance off, performed their Jive to ‘You Can’t Stop the Beat’, from Hairspray while Fiona and Anton performed their American Smooth to ‘Come Fly with Me’ by Frank Sinatra.
Craig saved Fiona and Anton, and Darcey and Bruno chose to save Mark and Iveta. It was then down to Len as Head Judge to cast the final decision.
Giving his verdict Len said: “It’s very, very close here. I gave them both eight when they danced first time round. The thing is in the dance-off, you’ve really got to up your game or nerves stifle your performance. One couple I felt really did up their game. The other I think nerves got them and there was a lot of mistakes going on, and for that reason I’m going to save Mark.”
Fiona said of her time on the show: “It’s been the most amazing trip. I cant thank you enough, or the producers at the BBC, for asking me to take part this show. It’s like being a guest at the best party in the world. It’s been fantastic, thank you. Anton has been unbelievably patient I can tell you. I honestly have a memory like a colander. He’s been utterly brilliant. It’s just lovely, thank you darling.”
Anton added: “From my perspective this whole fabulous show is made fun because of the people we get to dance with, and you are just a joy. Every day I come in I get to dance with you. You are really lovely.”
Sunday’s Results Show featured a performance by violinist and conductor André Reiu, plus a performance from JLS with their new single ‘Billion Lights’.