Nina Wadia first celebrity to be voted off Strictly Come Dancing

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Nina Wadia and Neil Jones  (PA)
Nina Wadia and Neil Jones (PA)

Actress Nina Wadia has become the first celebrity to be voted off Strictly Come Dancing.

She faced Coronation Street actress Katie McGlynn in a tense - and tight - dance off.

Wadia, known for her roles in EastEnders and Goodness Gracious Me, had been scored 18 for her tango on Saturday with partner Neil Jones.

The judges’ scores from Saturday were added to those from last week before being combined with the results from a public vote, with the bottom two couples then competing in a dance-off in front of the judges.

After opting to save McGlynn, judge Craig Revel Horwood said: “Nina, you got every step right. Katie, you really kept the energy up all the way through to the end with lots of retraction but the couple I’d like to save is Katie and Gorka.”

Head judge Shirley Ballas said Sunday’s show featured “one of the closest battles I think we’ve ever had in a dance-off”.

When asked about her time on the show, Wadia said: “It’s been really fun, thank you so much.

“Neil is incredible, thank you.”

Sunday’s results show also featured a group performance from the professional dancers to Tom Grennan song Something Better.

Next week, the 14 remaining celebrity couples will perform themed dances as part of Movie Week.

Saturday’s episode of Strictly Come Dancing was the most watched of the series so far, according to overnight ratings.

The programme was watched by an average audience of 8.2 million people with a 48.5% share of the television audience, the BBC said.

The viewing figure for the BBC One celebrity dancing competition peaked at 8.8 million.

Last week’s programme was watched by an average audience of 7.9 million while the launch show was watched by 7.0 million viewers.

Saturday’s episode saw influencer Tilly Ramsay move her celebrity chef father Gordon Ramsay to tears after being given the joint best score for her Charleston.

Dragon’s Den star Sara Davies, who was bottom last week, was also awarded 34 for her foxtrot with Aljaz Skorjanec.

Celebrities including comedians Robert Webb and Judi Love, BBC Breakfast host Dan Walker, actor Greg Wise and actress Rose Ayling-Ellis are also among the stars taking part in the current series.

McFly singer Tom Fletcher and his partner Amy Dowden were absent from Saturday’s show after they tested positive for coronavirus.

Strictly Come Dancing continues on BBC One on Saturday at 6.45pm.

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