Strictly Come Dancing’s Joe Calzaghe has admitted that he’ll miss the “make-up, spangles and spray tan” of the show after becoming the latest contestant to be eliminated.

The former boxing champion lost out to actress Zoe Lucker and her partner James Jordan at the weekend, when both couples received the least votes.

Joe said: “It was a blessing in disguise to be honest, I knew I was going to lose when I saw I was up against Zoe – I really enjoyed it but the next time I dance will probably be on the dance floor after a couple of beers.”

He added: “I’m probably going to miss all the make-up, spangles and spray tan – it was one of the most nerve-wracking things I’ve ever done and I’m a bit disappointed, I did my best dance so I was a bit surprised to go out.”

Joe tipped The Bill’s Ali Bastian and Hollyoaks’ Ricky Whittle as potential winners, saying that he hoped Ali would steal the trophy.

The boxer also defended controversial judge Alesha Dixon – who has been the subject of criticism after she replaced Arlene Phillips – saying she was “cool”.

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