Saturday 7 December 2019

Strictly Come Dancing: Alison Hammond voted off after losing dance off to Caroline Flack

Alison Hammond is the latest to be voted off Strictly Come Dancing
Alison Hammond is the latest to be voted off Strictly Come Dancing

Matilda Battersby

She might be set to play the Genie in pantomime this Christmas, but Aladdin held little magic for television presenter Alison Hammond who was axed from Strictly Come Dancing after her Charleston to music from the Disney film failed to impress the judges.

The This Morning presenter, who competed in the show alongside professional dancer Aljaz Skorjanec, found herself in the bottom two following the public vote, competing against X Factor presenter Caroline Flack.

The Birmingham-born TV personality, who is gearing up for a stint in Aladdin at The Cresset theatre, Peterborough in December, was sent packing by judges Len Goodman, Darcey Bussell, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood.

Flack and professional partner Pasha Kovalev waltzed to “Three Times a Lady” by The Commodores while Hammond and Skorjanec did their Charleston to “Friend Like Me” by the late Robin Williams who played the Genie in Disney’s Aladdin.

Choosing to save Flack, judge Revel Horwood said: "One is a fun dance, one is a very serious dance, but I have to go for the best dance and that is Caroline and Pasha." The three other judges agreed.

Hammond will miss out on performing in Blackpool next week, which is considered one of the Strictly highlights.

Reflecting on the result of tonight's show, Hammond said: "Caroline smashed it tonight - I want her to go on and get to the final.

"I've had the best time ever and I am still going to Blackpool and I don't care what anyone says.

"I've had the best time, thank you judges for all your comments I've had an absolute ball. I'd say to anyone who is thinking about doing this show to just go for it and do it, I don't care what colour you are or what size you are, I've loved it."

To partner Skorjanec, Hammond said: "From day one when I got you I thought I'd won.

"Thank you for being so patient and so kind you have been amazing. I really, genuinely from the bottom of my heart love you as a friend."

Tonight to mark Remembrance Sunday, Katherine Jenkins performed “We'll Gather Lilacs” while professional dancers Pasha Kovalev and Ola Jordan waltzed.

Last night tennis coach Judy Murray again failed to impress judges with her rigid pasa doble but was saved by the public vote.

Top of the leaderboard was pop star Pixie Lott, who impressed the judges with her foxtrot to “When I'm 64” by The Beatles.

While the Saturdays singer Frankie Bridge was in tears after her samba to “La Bamba” was branded her "worst dance yet" by Revel Horwood.

This weekend’s shows were co-presented by Tess Daly and Zoe Ball who is standing in for Claudia Winkleman whose daughter Matilda was hospitalised over Halloween weekend.

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