Strictly Come Dancing 2014: Steve Backshall is the eighth celebrity to leave

The TV presenter called his time on the BBC1 dancing competition "an experience I'll never forget"

Steve Backshall has become the eighth person to leave Strictly Come Dancing. 

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The 41-year-old TV presenter and his professional dancing parter Ola Jordan were voted out of the competition this weekend after dancing an American football-themed Jive to Little Bitty Pretty One by Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers.

Backshall found himself in the dance off for the first time this week with Sunetra Sarker and Brendan Cole. Both celebrities performed their routines again before the judges decided to send Steve home. 

Craig and Bruno chose to save Sunetra while Darcey voted for Steve. Head judge Len cast the deciding vote, saying: “My heart goes out to both of the couples in the dance off, to come out and give it all they had – the couple that were the cleanest and for me the better couple on tonight’s performance – Sunetra and Brendan.”

Of his departure Steve said: “I’ll be gutted to go but the first thing I have to say is to this extraordinary lady, walking out on Blackpool Ballroom floor with all that nostalgia and history, with a dancer of your calibre, being taught to dance by you is an experience I’ll never forget and I am so, so privileged by that.”

“To all my fellow contestants, the absolute highlight of this adventure for me has been seeing all these people who have become really good friends of mine and seeing what they have achieved.”

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Strictly Come Dancing continues on Saturday at 7:00pm on BBC1