Alison charged into her Charleston with as much energy as she could muster, but it wasn’t enough to win out over Caroline’s wonderful waltz in the dance-off…
The latest Strictly Come Dancing results show saw Alison voted out of the contest – and Judy Murray escape the dance-off altogether, even though even nice judge Len Goodman described Judy’s Paso Doble as “criminal”.
Instead, it was Alison and Caroline – who had scored 31/40 – who faced each other and the result was, really, a foregone conclusion.
Caroline, dancing with Pasha Kovalev, would have had to put more than a foot wrong to lose and she didn’t.
“You love to dance and it shows,” Bruno Tonioli told Caroline after her waltz.
“You’re a smooth lady,” added Darcey Bussell.
“I’d like to say to the public that we like an underdog but we also like justice,” said Len, “and there’s no justice in Caroline being in the bottom two.”
All the judges agreed that Alison’s Charleston with Aljaz Skorjanec was “fun” but, added Craig Revel Horwood, “it wasn’t a brilliant routine technically. The best dance in the dance-off was Caroline and Pasha.”
And so Alison misses out on dancing at Blackpool’s Tower Ballroom…
“Caroline deserved the vote,” Alison said. “I hope she makes it to the final. I think she’s brilliant.”
The nine remaining contestants going on the trip to the seaside for next week’s show are: Pixie Lott, Caroline Flack, Judy Murray, Sunetra Sarker, Frankie Bridge, Mark Wright, Jake Wood, Simon Webbe and Steve Backshall.
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Strictly Come Dancing continues on BBC1, Saturday, November 15, 7.00pm.