Helen George is surprised four men in a row have been voted off Strictly

Call the Midwife actress says it’s "lovely" viewers are voting for the women, as four dance-offs see four male contestants leave the competition

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Strictly Come Dancing contestant Helen George admits she’s been taken aback by the fact that four male celebrities have left the competition in quick succession.

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“Really, really surprised,” Helen told RadioTimes.com after chef Ainsley Harriott followed singer Daniel O’Donnell, boxer Anthony Ogogo and athlete Iwan Thomas out of the ballroom –the worst opening run for male contestants yet.

“I always assumed it was quite a female audience that watched Strictly. It’s lovely to feel that people are keeping the women in and that there’s a real sort of camaraderie.

“There is a lovely group of strong women here. It sort of feels quite similar to Call the Midwife in a way. I’ve been very lucky in that regard,” the actress added after dashing between the two shows for the last time this week, with filming just wrapped on the fifth series of the BBC drama.

Although, Helen did think the ladies’ luck was going to run out last week.

“I think last week we all thought one of us girls would be going home.”

But the original eight female contestants live to dance another day, albeit with a few gaps left by those “lovely guys”.

“There’s only three of them left! We did a group performance the other day and we were like, ‘Where are all the boys? This is so weird.’”

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Strictly Come Dancing continues Saturday at 6:35pm on BBC1