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Strictly Come Dancing: Lauren Steadman becomes the eleventh celebrity to be eliminated



Strictly Come Dancing: Lauren Steadman becomes the eleventh star to be eliminated from show... as Ashley Roberts ends up in the dreaded dance off for a THIRD TIME

By Roxy Simons For Mailonline

Published: 15:02 EST, 9 December 2018 | Updated: 15:56 EST, 9 December 2018

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Lauren Steadman was the eleventh celebrity to leave Strictly Come Dancing on Sunday night, after she faced Ashley Roberts in the dreaded dance off.

Having performed twice in the main show, both celebrities had to dance to one of their two song choices to persuade the judges that they should make it to the Strictly final next weekend.

However, Lauren's passionate tango to Tina Turner’s Nutbush City Limits with professional partner AJ Pritchard wasn't enough to save the Paralympic athlete, 25.

Last dance: Lauren Steadman became the eleventh celebrity to be eliminated from Strictly Come Dancing on Sunday night. pictured with her professional partner AJ Pritchard
Last dance: Lauren Steadman became the eleventh celebrity to be eliminated from Strictly Come Dancing on Sunday night. pictured with her professional partner AJ Pritchard

Last dance: Lauren Steadman became the eleventh celebrity to be eliminated from Strictly Come Dancing on Sunday night. pictured with her professional partner AJ Pritchard

Meanwhile, Ashley and her dance partner Pasha Kovalev chose to perform their American Smooth to Ain’t That A Kick In The Head by Dean Martin.

Once they had both performed, it was time for the judges to give their verdicts and Craig Revel Horwood, who had called Lauren's dance 'pedestrian' on Saturday night, chose to save Ashley and Pasha.

He explained: 'Well one couple for me were clean, precise and dyanmic. And that couple? Ashley and Pasha.'

Third time: She was eliminated after Ashley Roberts ended up in the dance off for a third time. Pictured with her professional partner Pasha Kovalev
Third time: She was eliminated after Ashley Roberts ended up in the dance off for a third time. Pictured with her professional partner Pasha Kovalev

Third time: She was eliminated after Ashley Roberts ended up in the dance off for a third time. Pictured with her professional partner Pasha Kovalev

Nervous: Both dance duos waited nervously for the verdict on Sunday's episode of the show
Nervous: Both dance duos waited nervously for the verdict on Sunday's episode of the show

Nervous: Both dance duos waited nervously for the verdict on Sunday's episode of the show

Hug it out: Lauren hugged her fellow celebrities after learning it was her turn to exit the show
Hug it out: Lauren hugged her fellow celebrities after learning it was her turn to exit the show

Hug it out: Lauren hugged her fellow celebrities after learning it was her turn to exit the show

Main man: She saved an enthusiastic hug for dance partner AJ as they prepared to part ways
Main man: She saved an enthusiastic hug for dance partner AJ as they prepared to part ways

Main man: She saved an enthusiastic hug for dance partner AJ as they prepared to part ways

Elimination: The dancing twosome spoke with host Tess Daly after learning of their elimination
Elimination: The dancing twosome spoke with host Tess Daly after learning of their elimination

Elimination: The dancing twosome spoke with host Tess Daly after learning of their elimination

Darcey Bussell was up next, and she chose to save Ashley and Pasha as well as she said: 'It’s really hard because you’ve worked so hard and you’ve got so far to the semi-finals, fabulous. 

'But on a more finished performance, the couple I would like to save is Ashley and Pasha.'

It was Bruno Tonioli's choice next, and he followed suit as he chose to keep The Pussycat Dolls star and her dance partner in the competition.

The Italian choreographer said of his verdict: 'Well first I would like to say that all of you should be very very proud of what you have accomplished so far, you really did very very well. I have to choose a dance that is more accomplished overall so I will go for Ashley and Pasha.'

Head Judge Shirley Ballas was the final one to give her decision, and she agreed with her fellow judges to save Ashley and Pasha.

Passionate: Lauren's passionate tango to Tina Turner’s Nutbush City Limits with professional partner AJ sadly wasn't enough to save the Paralympic athlete 
Passionate: Lauren's passionate tango to Tina Turner’s Nutbush City Limits with professional partner AJ sadly wasn't enough to save the Paralympic athlete 

Passionate: Lauren's passionate tango to Tina Turner’s Nutbush City Limits with professional partner AJ sadly wasn't enough to save the Paralympic athlete 

Going for it: Ashley and her dance partner Pasha chose to perform their American Smooth to Ain’t That A Kick In The Head by Dean Martin
Going for it: Ashley and her dance partner Pasha chose to perform their American Smooth to Ain’t That A Kick In The Head by Dean Martin

Going for it: Ashley and her dance partner Pasha chose to perform their American Smooth to Ain’t That A Kick In The Head by Dean Martin

Despite the bad news, Lauren was happy with her time on the show, as she told host Tess Daly: 'I have absolutely loved my Strictly journey and it has been so much more than anyone ever tells you it’s going to be and that you thought it would be. 

'Down to the smallest things; I mean outfits, hair, makeup, this man [referring to AJ], the judges, all the choreographers. It’s just… I can’t tell you just how magical it is.'

AJ then gushed: 'Lauren has been fantastic. Honestly at the beginning of the series I couldn’t have expected to make the semi-final which was just beautiful but honestly I’m so proud of you as a person. You have changed so many people’s opinions and it has always been about ability not disability. 

'You have attacked everything, you have always been stubborn, you have always been "I will be able to get this lift" even though it’s not going to work but we’ll get there somehow by Friday and Saturday. But for me honestly it’s been a fantastic journey and you’ve done yourself proud.'

Little Mix: Sunday night's instalment also featured a performance by Little Mix stars (L-R) Jesy Nelson, Perrie Edwards, Jade Thirlwall and Leigh-Anne Pinnock
Little Mix: Sunday night's instalment also featured a performance by Little Mix stars (L-R) Jesy Nelson, Perrie Edwards, Jade Thirlwall and Leigh-Anne Pinnock

Little Mix: Sunday night's instalment also featured a performance by Little Mix stars (L-R) Jesy Nelson, Perrie Edwards, Jade Thirlwall and Leigh-Anne Pinnock

Racy: The band put on a typically raunchy display as they performed on the BBC show 
Racy: The band put on a typically raunchy display as they performed on the BBC show 

Racy: The band put on a typically raunchy display as they performed on the BBC show 

Plenty to smile about: The former X Factor winners were in high spirits after entertaining the studio audience on Sunday evening 
Plenty to smile about: The former X Factor winners were in high spirits after entertaining the studio audience on Sunday evening 

Plenty to smile about: The former X Factor winners were in high spirits after entertaining the studio audience on Sunday evening 

His kind words prompted Lauren to add: 'I think it goes without saying that for you AJ everybody can think you’re an amazing dancer and sometimes you’re a bit hard on the outside but you’re so squishy and marshmallow like on the inside. 

'I’ve got a lot of resilience and determination but I’ve never met somebody quite like you. As a pair I didn’t think we would be partnered and I’m so grateful I got you as a partner, words can’t explain how much I appreciate it.' 

The remaining four couples will return for the last time for the final next weekend, where it will be down to the viewers alone to decide who wins. 

Each couple will perform three dances in the hope of being crowned the Strictly Come Dancing champions of 2018.

Strictly Come Dancing will return to BBC One Saturday 15th December at 6.30pm.

Happy: Despite the bad news, Lauren said, 'I have absolutely loved my Strictly journey and it has been so much more than anyone ever tells you'
Happy: Despite the bad news, Lauren said, 'I have absolutely loved my Strictly journey and it has been so much more than anyone ever tells you'

Happy: Despite the bad news, Lauren said, 'I have absolutely loved my Strictly journey and it has been so much more than anyone ever tells you'

Proud: AJ gushed about the Paralympic athlete, 'You have changed so many people’s opinions and it has always been about ability not disability'
Proud: AJ gushed about the Paralympic athlete, 'You have changed so many people’s opinions and it has always been about ability not disability'

Proud: AJ gushed about the Paralympic athlete, 'You have changed so many people’s opinions and it has always been about ability not disability'

Close to the wire: The remaining four couples will return for the last time for the final next weekend, where it will be down to the viewers alone to decide who wins
Close to the wire: The remaining four couples will return for the last time for the final next weekend, where it will be down to the viewers alone to decide who wins

Close to the wire: The remaining four couples will return for the last time for the final next weekend, where it will be down to the viewers alone to decide who wins

Hopeful: Each couple will perform three dances in the hope of being crowned the Strictly Come Dancing champions of 2018
Hopeful: Each couple will perform three dances in the hope of being crowned the Strictly Come Dancing champions of 2018

Hopeful: Each couple will perform three dances in the hope of being crowned the Strictly Come Dancing champions of 2018

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