Caroline Quentin and Johannes eliminated from Strictly Come Dancing after Cha Cha Cha fails to impress judges

April Roach
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Caroline Quentin and Johannes Radebe during the live show for Saturday's programme (PA)
Caroline Quentin and Johannes Radebe during the live show for Saturday's programme (PA)

Caroline Quentin was the latest celebrity to be eliminated from Strictly Come Dancing after her Cha Cha Cha failed to impress the judges.

The judges instead chose to save Maisie Smith and Gorka Marquez. Smith, 19, was in the dance-off for a second consecutive week, despite wowing the judges on Saturday night.

The former Men Behaving Badly star, 60, raised eyebrows when she licked her professional partner Johannes Radebe’s arm during Saturday night’s routine.

Craig Revel Horwood said that “one couple was outstanding and danced as though their lives depended on it and that couple I would like to save, Maisie and Gorka (Marquez).”

Anton Du Beke, who is standing in for judge Motsi Mabuse, said there were “a couple of mistakes” in Quentin and Radebe’s performance.

Head judge Shirley Ballas said she would have also chosen to save Smith and Marquez.

Quentin said she had enjoyed “the honour and privilege of working with some of the greatest dancers this country has ever known…


“But of course my greatest gift coming on this show is this man,” she said of her dance partner.

On Saturday’s show, Ballas asked of the flirty dance: “Were you licking his arm?” while Revel Horwood quipped that Radebe “could have done without your tongue”.

Quentin, who alongside her partner Johannes Radebe danced the cha cha to Rescue Me by Fontella Bass on Saturday, has lost a total of 0.1 stone since training began.

She said: “I don’t think it has quite changed my life. It hasn’t really changed me physically that much. I am a bit stronger but all the rumours of losing four stone in four days are absolutely untrue."

Quentin became the fourth celebrity to leave the show after Jacqui Smith, Jason Bell and Max George were prebiously given the boot from Strictly.

Sunday’s results show also featured a musical performance by Billy Ocean.

Strictly continues on BBC One.

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