Russell Grant leaves Strictly Come Dancing

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

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Russell Grant

Russell Grant

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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