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Zoe Lucker struts out of Strictly Come Dancing

Zoe Lucker and James Jordan

Actress Zoe Lucker tonight became the seventh celebrity to be voted off the seventh series of BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing.

In week seven of the competition, all 10 of the remaining celebrity contestants and their professional dance partners took to the floor to perform a variety of dances.

After tonight's performance, the combination of the judges' scores and viewers' votes left Zoe Lucker and her professional partner James Jordan in the bottom two and facing the dance off with Ali Bastian and her professional partner Brian Fortuna.

Zoe and James then performed their samba to Boogie Nights and Ali and Brian performed their paso doble to El Gato Montes for a second time for the judges' deciding vote.

Handing over to the judges, Bruce Forsyth said: "All I can say is I wouldn't like to be a judge tonight."

Making their decision on who to save, the judges said –

Craig Revel Horwood: "Well, what a heinous dilemma, I have to say, both couples mucked up and timing was out, for both couples that is, but I am going to save Ali and Brian."

Alesha Dixon, when asked who she would save: "Both!... Zoe and James."

Bruno Tonioli: "They shouldn't be there either of them, it's ridiculous because, whoever we are going to save, it's not fair for the other person. Based on what I saw, I have to go with Ali and Brian."

Len Goodman: "I'm sorry, I know the viewers can do what they like and it's a popularity contest and all that, this is ludicrous, it's nonsensical that either of these are in the bottom two! There are five couples that are worse than these, but I've got to make a decision and, as somebody said, they both did go wrong, and I'm having to save Ali and Brian."

On tonight's show, Zoe Lucker and James Jordan were awarded 32 points for their samba by the judges.

Leaving the competition, Zoe Lucker said: "I've had an amazing time, James is the best teacher I have to say. I'm so sorry I couldn't get him to Blackpool but thank you very much for the opportunity, it's been brilliant."

James Jordan said: "Can I just say, winning that Strictly trophy ball means everything to me, but I would never swap this wonderful lady for that ball. She's brilliant, she's brilliant."

Tonight's show saw musical legends The Bee Gees perform their disco classic You Should Be Dancing and viewers were treated to a Hip Hop Samba and a Latin Medley from Strictly's professional dancers.

Next week, the show comes live from the world famous Blackpool Tower Ballroom and the remaining nine couples will dance to stay in the competition.

Notes to Editors

Strictly Come Dancing is available on BBC One and BBC HD.

Tune in to the next episode live from Blackpool Tower Ballroom on Saturday 7 November 2009 at 6.25pm.

Don't forget you can get all the up-to-date gossip on Strictly Come Dancing's sister show It Takes Two, weekdays at 6.30pm on BBC Two.

For more information and gossip, visit bbc.co.uk/strictlycomedancing or follow on Twitter: bbcstrictly.

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