Saturday 21 September 2019

Carol Kirkwood leaves Strictly as she hits bottom place on leader's board

Presenter Tess Daly (left) Carol Kirkwood and Pasha Kovalev during BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing results show.
Presenter Tess Daly (left) Carol Kirkwood and Pasha Kovalev during BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing results show.

Carol Kirkwood is the sixth celebrity to leave Strictly Come Dancing after her American Smooth earned her the bottom spot on the leader's board.

Kirkwood, 53, and her professional partner, Pasha Kovalev, landed up in the dance off alongside EastEnders star Kellie Bright and Kevin Clifton.

Both couples performed again, but Kirkwood's routine, performed to Man! I Feel Like A Woman by Shania Twain, failed to impress the judges who voted to keep Bright in the competition.

Talking about her exit, Kirkwood said it was the "right time" for her to go, but she said she went out on a high note.

"I'm sad it's over but the time was right for me to go and I've just had the best time ever, it completely exceeded my expectations of what it was going to be and it was wonderful," she said.

The weather presenter also revealed she's lost nearly a stone in weight and gone down two dress sizes.

"But believe you me, I'm eating like a horse, I wasn't on a diet," she explained.

"I was the type of person who would drive around the car park to get to the supermarket door so I went from doing virtually no exercise to seven or eight hours a day, so it's not surprising... I just need to keep it up now!"

Asked if she thought anyone over 45 or 50 could ever win the show, she said she thought it could definitely happen.

"I don't see why not, I think if you're fit, I think it's got more to do with your ability to pick up dances, rather than anything else. Of course you have to be fit to start with," she said.

She also rubbished any reports saying there was tension behind the scenes among the celebrity competitors.

"That's absolute nonsense, there's no tension between us, it's the complete opposite. You know, if I was having a bad day or something hadn't gone so well, I could have turned to any of these guys and they have had my back the whole way.

"There was no tension, I've never met such a lovely group of people."

Singer and TV star Peter Andre is leading the scoreboard after his Charleston earned him two 10s and a total score of 38.

But Kirkwood said she was hesitant to predict who would win, adding that predicting a winner was "harder than asking if there's going to be a white Christmas".

"I don't know, I don't think there is a clear winner and also because they're all my friends, I wouldn't want to pick one of them over another," she said.

She was full of praise for her partner, Kovalev, who won the show last year with Caroline Flack.

"I can't praise this man highly enough... he must have been frustrated with me a million times but he never ever showed it. I couldn't have been paired with anyone better for me," she said.

The Sunday night show also featured a performance from Seal and there was a special Remembrance Sunday performance.

Nine couples remain in the show and will battle it out again in next week's show.

Strictly Come Dancing returns on Saturday November 14 at 6.50pm with the results show on Sunday November 15 at 7.20pm on BBC One.

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