Vanessa Feltz became the second celebrity contestant to be voted off the new series of Strictly Come Dancing last night.

The broadcaster and her professional dance partner James Jordan lost out to designer Julien Macdonald and his professional partner Janette Manrara in the dance-off.

Judges Craig Revel Horwood, Darcey Bussell and Bruno Tonioli all chose to save Macdonald and Manrara.

Head judge Len Goodman added: "Funnily enough Vanessa, I thought you danced a little better in that second dance. However, I would have gone for Julien and Janette."

After her elimination, Feltz said: "Yes, I'm disappointed because it was a great, great pleasure to be part of the programme.

"It was so much fun, and so enjoyable, and so great. So of course I'm sad, and I would have liked to have stayed as long as possible, but it wasn't to be obviously, which is a big shame."

Feltz continued: "I think I was probably due to leave... If there had been one more week, or two more weeks, I think that would have been my limit.

"I don't think it's a great personal tragedy. I was never exactly set to win the show, was I? Let's face it.

"I really, really tried hard. I really loved his [Jordan's] company. I loved the dancing. I loved the clothes. I loved the people. I made some very good friends.

"I loved being part of something that's so all encompassing. It's the Strictly bubble - when you're in it you can barely think of anything else.

"I've proved that I can get up at ten past four in the morning and be at work for 4.30am, do two radio shows, write a column, train for four, five, even six hours, and still be alive and survive, which I never thought I could do.

"I'll have to just get back to my real life and luckily I enjoy my real life, so that's not a terrible tragedy."

Feltz said she hoped Sophie Ellis-Bextor or Abbey Clancy would win the series.