For­mer Holby City star is first to bow out of Strictly

Tele­vi­sion: Ac­tress loses dance-off af­ter view­ers save break­fast pre­sen­ter

The Press and Journal (Inverness) - - NEWS - BY SHERNA NOAH

Ac­tress Chizzy Aku­dolu has be­come the first con­tes­tant to leave the new se­ries of Strictly Come Danc­ing, af­ter view­ers opted to save Char­lotte Hawkins.

For­mer Holby City star Aku­dolu, 43, faced the dance-off with co­me­dian Brian Con­ley, 56, af­ter the re­sults of the view­ers’ vote were com­bined with the judges’ scores.

At the end of Satur­day night’s BBC1 show, Good Morn­ing Bri­tain pre­sen­ter Hawkins, 42, and broad­caster Rev Richard Coles, 55, were at the bot­tom of the leader­board.

Hawkins stum­bled on many of the steps dur­ing the rou­tine, scor­ing the low­est amount of points from the judges in the com­pe­ti­tion so far.

But Aku­dolu and en­ter­tainer Con­ley ended up in the dance-off af­ter view­ers’ votes were taken into ac­count.

Aku­dolu and her dance part­ner Pasha Ko­valev per­formed their fox­trot and Con­ley and his part­ner Amy Dow­den did their Cha Cha once again on last night’s show.

Judge Craig Revel Hor­wood wanted to save Aku­dolu be­cause he “loved” watch­ing her dance “more”.

But Darcey Bus­sell and Bruno To­nioli opted to save Con­ley for “hav­ing more dance con­tent” and for a rou­tine which “popped more”.

New head judge Shirley Bal­las had the cast­ing vote and saved Con­ley, say­ing his dance had “a bit more mu­si­cal­ity and con­tent”.

Aku­dolu thanked judges for their “con­struc­tive crit­i­cism” and called her dance

RE­SULTS: Host Tess Daly, left, with Chizzy Aku­dolu and dance part­ner Pasha Ko­valev on Strictly Come Danc­ing

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