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Our Nicky escapes axe on Strictly

FORMER Westlife singer Nicky Byrne escaped unscathed from the dreaded dance-off last night to survive for another week on Strictly Come Dancing.

The singer and his partner Karen Hauer was back in the bottom two after the judges' scores were combined with the results of the viewers' votes.

Joining the crooner in the elimination battle was Michael Vaughan and his partner Natalie Lowe.

The two couples had to perform their dance from Saturday night in a bid to win over judges Len Goodman, Darcey Bussell, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood and be saved from elimination.

All four judges voted to save Byrne after his second performance of the Argentine Tango impressed while Former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan has been voted off after his samba failed to impress any of the judges.


Horwood said of Byrne and Hauer: "Well this couple were absolutely sensational, the second time round. That couple was Nicky and Karen."

Bussell said: "Well they both upped their game tonight. It's really difficult, but I'm going to save Nicky and Karen."

Tonioli said: "Well I really have to go for the couple who for me had the licence to thrill...and that was Nicky and Karen."

With this unanimous vote, it meant that Vaughan became the eighth celebrity to leave the competition.

After being booted out, Vaughan said: "I've had a ball. Nine weeks ago I had never been on a shiny floor, and I've got to December.

"September, October, November and still dancing in December.

"Nicky thoroughly deserved that win, he wiped the floor with me! I've had a ball, and the real winner for me is this one (Lowe). She got me to the ninth week, which is quite remarkable."

Lowe said: "Words can't describe how incredible you are. Thank you so much for making this dream come true.

"I'm sorry I couldn't have taken you further."

There are now six celebrities left to battle it out in the BBC competition and three weeks until the final.