Russell Grant leaves Strictly Come Dancing

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 21 November 2011
Russell Grant

Russell Grant

Russell Grant was given his marching orders from 'Strictly Come Dancing' last night (20.11.11) after landing in the bottom two alongside Holly Valance

Russell Grant was given his marching orders from 'Strictly Come Dancing' last night (20.11.11).

The TV astrologer - who lost 10 stone in weight prior to appearing on the BBC One show - and his professional partner Flavia Cacace were voted off the series after landing in the bottom two alongside former 'Neighbours' actress Holly Valance and Artem Chingvintsev.

However, the 60-year-old star admitted he owed the competition his "life".

Speaking after the verdict was announced at London's Wembley Arena - where a Children In Need special episode was filmed on Saturday night (19.11.11) - Russell said: "Every show I've done has been a highlight. It's been fantastic.

"The public have been great, the audiences have been great. I've learnt from the judges, I've listened to the judges . but most of all I've had the most fantastic partner in Flavia Cacace.'

"'Strictly' has saved my life, absolutely. I owe this show so much and I've got my life back. I only wish this had happened to me 30 years ago, but there's a time and a place for everything."

An emotional Flavia added: "I completely agree with everyone out there who absolutely loves you because you are a true inspiration. It has been an absolute pleasure and joy partnering you."

The 'Strictly' judging panel - Bruno Tonioli, Len Goodman, Craig Revel Horwood and Alesha Dixon - praised Russell for his hilarious entrance on Saturday night, which saw him fired out of a cannon and earned him a standing ovation from the Wembley audience.

However, Bruno admitted he was lacking in technical ability.

He said: "For total unashamed entertainment, Russell is right there at the top. But technically he is far below some of the others. If he has to go I really will miss him."

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