Sunetra Sarker is ninth celebrity to leave Strictly Come Dancing

The Casualty actress's rumba proved even less popular than Mark Wright's racy salsa

It was third time unlucky for Sunetra Sarker tonight. The Casualty actress faced Mark Wright in her third dance-off, after she failed to impress both judges and voters yesterday.

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The theme for the tenth week of the ballroom-dancing competition was “around the world”. The top-scorer was Caroline Flack with 39 points for her Turkish Charleston, closely followed by Pixie Lott performing a balletic Viennese waltz and Simon Webbe with a poised waltz.

At the other end of the table was Sarker, whose rumba to 60s bossa nova classic ‘The Girl from Ipanema’ only won 27 points – the lowest score of the evening. Jake Wood also trailed with 29, but it was Mark Wright who found himself in the dance-off. His half-clothed, thrusting salsa to Elvis Presley’s ‘Viva Las Vegas’ clearly failed to charm viewers.

Sarker’s repeat performance on tonight’s results show proved no more popular, with all four judges opting to keep Wright in the competition instead.

“It’s been such a once in a life time opportunity to be able to do this,” said Sarker. “I’d like to thank Brendan for being just so committed and understanding, and such a natural dancer this guy – you’ve been great – thank you so much for everything.  I also want to say a thank you to every single one of the contestants and all the pro-dancers for holding my hand so very tightly – love you all.”

“She was a dancer from the beginning,” added Brendan Cole. “I am extremely proud of her. You should be very proud of yourself to get this far – it’s no mean feat!”

In addition to the usual individual routine, next week’s quarter-finals will see the seven remaining couples compete in a “waltzathon”: all the couples will take to the floor at the same time to battle it out for bonus points.

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Strictly Come Dancing continues on Saturdays at 7.00pm and Sundays at 7.20pm on BBC1