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1 of 1 Ashley Taylor Dawson exits Strictly Come Dancing
Ashley Taylor Dawson exits Strictly Come Dancing

Hollyoaks star Ashley Taylor Dawson has become the latest celeb to be voted out of Strictly Come Dancing.

The actor is the tenth contestant to be voted out of the competition, following Mark Benton's departure last week.

Taylor Dawson and his partner Ola Jordan were in the bottom two for the second week running, alongside Patrick Robinson and Anya Garnis, after the public votes were combined with last night's judges' scores.

The two couples repeated their dances from Saturday to stay in the competition, with Taylor Dawson and Jordan performing a salsa to Gloria Estefen's Conga, while Robinson and Garnis performed a rumba to When I Was Your Man by Bruno Mars.

Judges Craig Revel Horwood, Bruno Tonioli and Darcey Bussell all chose to save Robinson, while Len Goodman revealed that he would have saved Taylor Dawson.

He said:  "I totally disagreed with this verdict. For me Ashley and Ola should have been through. I know he [Ashley] missed that last lift, however I'm only judging this one routine.

"If I hadn't had seen it before I wouldn't have known there was going to be a lift there. Plus, the cardinal sin in rumba is stepping forward on the heel. 

"There is never a heel lead. Unfortunately on that last routine that we saw, Patrick did many and on that basis I would have 100% gone for you [Ashley]." 

After being eliminated, Taylor Dawson said of his time on the show: "It's just been absolutely amazing, from meeting the crews to make-up and costumes, to judges to all the contestants. 

"I've had a fantastic time and of course this lovely lady standing here, it's been an absolute delight. And my amazing fiancé for doing such an incredible job while I've not been there. I'm coming home!"

Next week's semi-final will see Robinson, Abbey Clancey, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Natalie Gumede and Susanna Reid compete to reach the final.

Watch Strictly Come Dancing's semi-final weekend kick off next Saturday (December 14) at 6.40pm on BBC One.

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