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Snooker legend Willie Thorne

Willie's Strictly Exit

Leicester-born snooker legend Willie Thorne was voted off BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing on Sunday 21 October. Willie told BBC Leicester about his dancing experience. Listen to the interview here!

If you watched Strictly Come Dancing at the weekend, you will know that Leicestershire's own Willie Thorne failed Waltz his way into the judges hearts.

It was a miscarriage of justice some have suggested, especially after some of the judges praised his footwork.

"It's been fabulous. Erin's been an absolute angel."

Willie Thorne, Leicester-Born Snooker Legend

Listen: Willie's Strictly Interview

BBC Leicester's Tony Wadsworth caught up with Willie to hear how he felt about the whole dancing experience...

Thorne admitted he was very disappointed to hang up his dancing shoes and leave the competition so soon as he felt it was not his time to go.

John Barnes (Getty)

Dance-Off!

Thorne was left in the bottom two, alongside soccer legend John Barnes, after dancing in Saturday night's show.

The couples had to dance the tango or the jive, but one had to leave and Thorne failed to impress the judges in the dance-off with Barnes.

Judge Bruno Tonioli told Thorne his dancing style resembled "a polar bear in the Sahara".

But judge Len Goodman, who awarded him six out of 10, said: "Impeccable footwork. I looked at your feet and there were no balls when there should have been heels.

"Your posture, it's all those years of popping the green... it will get better, of course it will."

The competition continues on Saturday 27 October when the remaining couples perform either the American Smooth or the Samba.

Snooker

Leicester-Born Willie

Willie Thorne is a former professional snooker player, commentator and the current World Seniors Snooker Champion.

He has had a very successful career, gaining a total of 14 tournament victories worldwide.

Willie is famously the World Record holder for the highest number of 147 breaks in the history of snooker (a staggering 190) earning him the nickname "Mr Maximum".

last updated: 23/10/07

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