Victoria Pendleton has become the seventh contestant to be eliminated from this year's Strictly Come Dancing.

Pendleton and professional partner Brendan Cole were placed in the bottom two with Michael Vaughan and professional partner Natalie Lowe after the judges' scores and viewers' votes were combined.

After the dance-off, in which Pendleton and Cole danced the salsa and Vaughan and Lowe danced the Argentine tango, three of the four judges chose to save the latter couple.

Craig Revel Horwood, said: "Well this couple completely smashed it and I thought they were fantastic, Michael and Natalie."

Darcey Bussell said: "Yes, I am going save Michael and Natalie."

Bruno Tonioli added: "I am going to save the best performance, and that came from Michael and Natalie."

Head judge Len Goodman said he agreed with them.

Pendleton, who had the lowest judges' score on Saturday night with 21 out of 40, said of her time on the show: "It's been so much fun. I have loved every second of it. It pushed me totally out of my comfort zone which I think you really need to do in life.

"Brendan has been fantastic, the people behind the scenes here - the hair, make-up. I love the costumes. It's been a fantastic experience."

Cole said: "It's been an emotional roller-coaster but I said from the start I was so excited to be paired with Victoria and I haven't changed my mind. She has been a diamond to work with.

"What a girl. She is the pride of the nation and I couldn't be happier or prouder of you for the way you have attacked it."