Murray bottom again on Strictly

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Published: Sunday 9th November 2014 by The News Editor

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Judy Murray may have practised her dance moves with her tennis ace son Andy but she failed to impress the judges again on Strictly Come Dancing.

The contestant finished bottom of the leader board for a second week running with her courtroom-themed pasa doble to I Fought The Law by The Clash.

Former Wimbledon champion Andy admitted he struggles to listen to criticism of his mother’s performances on the dancefloor, but the judges did not hold back as Judy ended up with the lowest score of 18 on last night’s BBC One show.

Head judge Len Goodman said: “You’ve gone from Centre Court to criminal court. If stiffness was a crime, you would get life.”

Bruno Tonioli said Murray was “re-imagining dance as we know it”, while Craig Revel Horwood described her performance as “all very pedestrian”.

“You really did walk your way through the entire thing,” he added.

After her performance, Judy revealed her son cannot bear to hear the judges’ disparaging remarks about her dancing.

She said: “Now that he knows they’re going to be foul to me, he switches the volume down before they start.”

Andy, who is due to play in the ATP World Tour finals at London’s O2 Arena today, told the programme: “I do enjoy watching mum dancing but it’s hard to watch when the judges are talking about her because it’s not particularly complimentary.”

Presenter Claudia Winkleman was again absent from the show after her daughter’s fire accident, as co-host Tess Daly wished the youngster a “speedy recovery”.

Winkleman’s eight-year-old daughter Matilda is recovering in hospital after her Halloween costume went up in flames while she was out trick-or-treating.

At the start of last night’s edition, Daly said: “Claudia can’t be with us again this week.

“All our thoughts go out to her and her daughter and we’re wishing her a speedy recovery.”

Former Radio 1 DJ Zoe Ball, who normally hosts Strictly: It Takes Two, replaced Winkleman, 45, on the show for a second week running.

The Saturdays singer Frankie Bridge was in tears after her samba to La Bamba was branded her “worst dance yet” by Revel Horwood.

But top of the leader board was pop star Pixie Lott, who impressed the judges with her foxtrot to When I’m 64 by The Beatles.

“I thought it was a lovely, charming dance,” Goodman said.

“That’s how you dance a wonderful foxtrot,” Tonioli said. “It was refreshingly original. It had a lot of charm and wit. A wonderful dance.”

Darcey Bussell, who awarded a top score of 10 to the singer, added: “You ate up that dance floor.”

Another contestant will leave the series on tonight’s elimination show, which is broadcast on BBC One at 7.45pm.

Published: Sunday 9th November 2014 by The News Editor

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