Graeme Swann leaves Strictly Come Dancing
25 November 2018 - 9:00 PM

Graeme Swann leaves Strictly Come Dancing

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Graeme Swann has become the ninth celebrity to leave this year's "Strictly Come Dancing".

The 39-year-old retired cricketer and his professional partner Oti Mabuse once again found themselves in the dreaded dance-off - this time against pop star Ashley Roberts and her partner Pasha Kovalev.

But, on this occasion, Graeme - who performed a Quickstep to "Sing Sing Sing" by The Andrews Sisters - couldn't do enough to retain his place on the BBC show.

Judge Craig Revel Horwood chose to save Ashley and Pasha, describing the decision as a "no brainer".

And Darcey Bussell came to the same conclusion, saying: "The couple I would like to save based on this dance is the more technically efficient performance and that was Ashley and Pasha."

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Fellow judge Bruno Tonioli also chose to save Ashley and Pasha.

He said to Graeme: "No disrespect but it's evident. Overall much much stronger on every level, come on, it's Ashley. Ashley and Pasha."

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Despite his disappointment, Graeme insisted he'd relished his time on "Strictly", thanking Oti for helping him to "fall in love" with dancing.

He shared: "This show and what you've got is something special and thank you for letting me be a part of it.

"Secretly I've had 25 years of ballroom experience but I kept that to myself! No, I was a novice coming in to this.

"This woman Oti is ... this girl, sorry ... she's not old enough to be a woman obviously, has just made me fall in love with this whole dance nonsense that I thought it was before. I absolutely adore you for that."

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