Strictly Come Dancing is set to play host to its first all-female final after the last man standing, Casualty’s Patrick Robinson, was voted off the show.
The actor and his pro partner Anya Garnis had survived two previous dance-offs, seeing off both Deborah Meaden and Ashley Taylor Dawson.
However he proved unable to withstand the challenge from Natalie Gumede and Artem Chigvintsev, who found themselves in the bottom two for the first time on Sunday night.
And the judges’ verdict, once Patrick and Anya had reprised their waltz from Saturday night, and Natalie and Artem had reprised their Argentine Tango, was unanimous.
Afterwards the actor said: “I’ve had an incredible journey, an incredible time, what an experience. Anya Garnis is just an incredible dancer, an incredible choreographer.”
He added: “My highlight really may be a surprise, but being in the training room was the place I had the most fun and the most hard work, so being here was just the icing on the cake.”
Anya also sung his praises, saying: “You surprised me, you delivered week after week, but more than anything you inspired me so much. I couldn’t have done it without you.
“I think from my heart that you are a true artist, thank you for your hard work.”
Patrick performed both a waltz and a paso doble on Saturday night’s show in his bid to reach the final, but received a mixed response from the judges for his efforts.
“It had control and command but it didn’t have a Spanish feel at all,” Craig Revel Horwood said of his paso, while Bruno Tonioli added: “The performance was very good but you needed more artistry.”
As a result of his departure Abbey Clancy, Natalie Gumede, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Susanna Reid will compete in next weekend’s Strictly final for the chance to lift the coveted Glitterball trophy.