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Ben Cohen latest to go on Strictly

1 of 1 Rihanoff and Cohen - Provided lots of smiles during their time on the show
Rihanoff and Cohen - Provided lots of smiles during their time on the show

Former rugby player Ben Cohen and his professional partner Kristina Rihanoff have become the latest couple to be eliminated from Strictly Come Dancing on BBC One.

Cohen and Rihanoff were placed in the dance-off with actor Mark Benton and his professional partner Iveta Lukosiute after judges' scores and viewers' votes were combined.

Judge Craig Revel Horwood voted to save Cohen and Rihanoff, with Darcey Bussell and Bruno Tonioli choosing to save Benton and Lukosiute.

Head judge Len Goodman, who has the deciding vote on the show, also chose to save Benton and Lukosiute.

After his elimination, Cohen said: "It's been a great experience and Kristina has been great. I said I was on borrowed time for a while and it has been an amazing experience."

He continued: "When it's your job playing rugby, you're really in your comfort zone, but when you're dancing you're completely out of your comfort zone.

"I've played in a World Cup final, a Heineken Cup final, but I found it easier playing in a World Cup final than being on Strictly."

Paying tribute to Rihanoff, he said: "She's been thrown against a wall, elbowed, stood on, punched - but not on purpose - to make me look like I can dance to a song."

Rihanoff replied: "If there was a trophy for the most improved person it would go to you. You started at zero and have improved every week and you make me so proud every week and I've had the best, most rewarding time on Strictly. I took someone with no experience and I brought you here and you were amazing."

This Saturday's episode of the show will be devoted to musicals.

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