Judy Murray bows out of Strictly

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Published: Monday 17th November 2014 by The News Editor

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Tennis coach Judy Murray departed Strictly Come Dancing after the public finally failed to keep her out of the elimination dance-off.

The viewers’ votes had previously kept her in the competition despite several poor performances.

But the Scot’s luck ran out this week and all the judges decided it was time for her to go after she was pitted against Casualty actress Sunetra Sarker.

Murray, who danced with professional partner Anton Du Beke, said: ” I was starting to think I was absolutely hopeless but I know I’m still not very good.

“Anton has treated everything with the most incredible sense of humour, he is great fun to be around and has made my Strictly experience very, very special.”

Du Beke added: “I am so excited and thrilled about the whole experience for Judy as she is such a big fan of the show and the fun that we have had has purely been because of Judy’s great sense of humour.

“She is such a warm spirit and character and personality and is such a great sport with such enthusiasm, which made the whole thing enormous fun.”

Judges Darcey Bussell, Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli all voted for the pair to leave the show following their Viennese Waltz to Let’s Go Fly a Kite from the musical Mary Poppins.

Head judge Len Goodman revealed that he agreed with the verdict, but added: “I’d like to say that I thought tonight’s performance was fantastic.”

Sarker and her partner Brendan Cole were saved after performing their Samba to I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’ by the Scissor Sisters.

The results show featured Dame Shirley Bassey, who sang Goldfinger, and McBusted, who performed their debut single Air Guitar.

The BBC was forced to apologise on Saturday when Goodman swore live on air.

He appeared to mutter the f-word after expressing his delight at a performance by Blue star Simon Webbe and his partner Kristina Rihanoff.

Presenter Zoe Ball told viewers on the BBC One prime time show: “I also would like to apologise. Len got a little bit carried away with the excitement of the dance and I’m very sorry for the bad language.”

Published: Monday 17th November 2014 by The News Editor

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