Former Holby City favourite Chizzy Akudolu & Pasha Kovalev are the first couple to be eliminated from this year’s Strictly Come Dancing after tonight’s live results show

Former Holby City favourite Chizzy Akudolu and her partner Pasha Kovalev are the first couple to be eliminated from this year’s Strictly Come Dancing after tonight’s live results show.

The pair were up against Brian Conley and Amy Dowden in the dance-off after the two couples received the lowest number of public votes. A tearful Chizzy thanked everyone for their support.

The vote went down to the wire, with new head judge Shirley Ballas having the casting vote.

“I’m so sorry Shirley it’s all down to you,” said host Tess Daly.

Shirley replied: “Well quite a difficult decision, I thought both of them brought quite nice performances there. But the person I’m going to save because I felt like they had a little more musicality and content this evening is Brian.”

Good Morning Britain presenter Charlotte Hawkins survived the night despite scoring only 12 points on Saturday night.

Meanwhile, Saturday’s episode of Strictly beat The X Factor in the ratings battle. A whopping 9.3 million tuned into Strictly, while The X Factor pulled in 4.9 million viewers.

Next week is movie week on Strictly.