Jockey Richard Dunwoody has become the second casualty of Strictly Come Dancing after losing out to soap star Craig Kelly in the dance-off.

Dunwoody – who had been one of the outsiders to win the series – failed to impress the judges with either his tango on Friday night’s show or his cha cha cha on Saturday’s.

He is the second sportsperson in a row to be voted off the show following tennis ace Martina Hingis’ departure last week.

Dunwoody described the experience of being on the show as “unbelievable” – and he also praised his dance partner Lilia Kopylova. “She has really done a tremendous job the last four weeks,” he said.

Lilia, meanwhile, described him as “the most hard-working partner I’ve had”.

Dunwoody finished towards the bottom of the scoreboard on both nights, with only Jo Wood finishing below him. However the public voted her back in for another week.

Earlier in the show, the judges had said that while his cha cha cha kept them entertained, his actual dancing abilities were somewhat lacking.

“You don’t have natural rhythm,” Alesha Dixon told him, “but you know what, I don’t really care.”

And Craig Revel Horwood grudgingly told Dunwoody, “It’s left me with a smile on my face. In a vague sort of way I suppose it was entertaining.”

Coronation Street star Craig Kelly, meanwhile, also left the judges underwhelmed but was praised for his efforts. “For me there was a lot of posing going on,” Len Goodman told him, “but as always you came out and gave us a performance.”

Elsewhere in the show – which saw the eight couples from Friday’s show perform either a cha cha cha or a rumba – there was more praise for Hollyoaks star Ricky Whittle, who once again finished top of the scoreboard.

“You were born to dance,” Craig told him following his rumba with partner Natalie Lowe. “That was absolutely amazing.”

Footballers Wives actress Zoe Lucker also fared well, finishing second on the judges’ scoreboard following her rumba. “The chemistry between you two is incredible,” Bruno Tonioli said of Lucker and her dance partner James Jordan.

However the panel weren’t so sure about Laila Rouass’ cha cha cha, following rave reviews for her tango on Friday night.

“It was like a garden with no flowers,” Len told her, “very safe.”

And Jo Wood once again finished in last place, despite her best efforts with dance partner Brendan Cole. “The best part of that for me was when you were standing still,” said Craig Revel Horwood of her rumba.