Having managed to make it to the tenth week of Strictly, 2012, Nicky Byrne must have been feeling as though his nine lives were all but used up. He and Karen were no strange to the dreaded dance off, but after seen off Michael Vaughn just one week ago, the luck of the Irish finally ran out as Denise and James scored a unanimous judges vote against Nicky and Karen.

Characteristically positive and upbeat, Nicky said: “It has been just so much fun. It is the biggest and best show in the world. To come out every Saturday night is hard but it’s playing a different character, doing a different dance – it’s just been amazing. Karen, every week, every day has been incredible. We had a bit of a shaky start in terms of judges and stuff, but we just seemed to improve. I have to say thank you to the judges – you have been absolutely amazing with all your advice, all the people backstage – even the people that get you your coffee - I am going to miss the whole thing it’s been an amazing experience.”

With Nicky and Karen waving goodbye to the competition, we are now down to just five couples. Click below to see how they feel about this weekend’s results and the challenge ahead in next week’s semi-final.

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