Sunday 18 March 2018

Nancy Dell’Olio kicked out of Strictly Come Dancing

Nancy Dell'Olio dancing the Rumba to Spooky by Dusty Springfield. Photo: BBC
Nancy Dell'Olio dancing the Rumba to Spooky by Dusty Springfield. Photo: BBC

Michael Hogan

Self-styled Italian siren Nancy Dell'Olio has been knocked out of Strictly Come Dancing in a cloud of silvery cobwebs, unintelligible speech and streaked mascara.

During last night’s Halloween special, the 50-year-old emerged from a sequin-spangeld coffin before stomping mannishly through a ropy rumba that scored just 14 points. Joining her in the bottom two was heavyweight boxer Audley Harrison, after a jive that exposed his size 17 feet as two left ones.

It was Dell’Olio’s third time in the bottom two.

Viewer votes have been saving the clod-hopping lawyer until now, but last night her luck ran out.

Her earring seemed more surprised than the audience and promptly fell to the floor in shock.

We’re left with memories of her fight with a misbehaving feather boa, her drunken-looking salsa and a paso doble in which she was flung around like pizza dough.

“I'm going to miss a lot of it,” she smouldered in that hammed-up accent.

“It has given to me quite a lot - meeting incredible people and learning dancing… partly! I'm definitely going to keep dancing, because it is fantastic exercise, not only physically but for the mind, for everything.”

Her professional partner, the gentlemanly Anton Du Beke, added: “I'm going to miss you. You’re a superstar and I’ve had the most lovely time.”

Something tells us his toes won’t miss being constantly trodden on.

The show’s backstage crew might also breathe a sigh of relief, as Dell’Olio was rumoured to be rather a diva.

The BBC has been delighted with how Strictly has been performing in the ratings this series, especially as it’s been eclipsing ailing arch rival The X Factor.

They’ll hope that the exit of one of its most talked-about contestants – nicknamed Nancy De LOL by Twitter wags – won’t check the show’s momentum.

Thankfully several big characters still remain, notably joyously camp astrologer Russell Grant, footballing Afghan hound Robbie Savage and hot favourite Jason Donovan.

Dell’Olio’s ex, football manager Sven-Goran Eriksson, is also currently at a loose end, having left Leicester City “by mutual consent” last week.

Perhaps the old flames can cry on each other’s designer padded shoulders.

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