Thursday 14 December 2017

Dance final dream ends in tears for Riley

David Mercer

Actress Lisa Riley broke down in tears last night after being voted off 'Strictly Come Dancing' as the line-up for this year's final was revealed.

The ex-'Emmerdale' star lost out in the dance-off to Denise Van Outen, who finished in the bottom two for the second week running despite achieving the second highest score from the judges.

Both contestants received the lowest points totals after last night's judges' scores were combined with the results of the viewers' votes.

The unanimous vote by the judges to save Van Outen meant Riley became the 10th celebrity to exit the competition, leaving Van Outen, gymnast Louis Smith, Girl Aloud star Kimberley Walsh and actress Dani Harmer as the celebrities who will battle it out in Saturday's final.

Riley wept as she received a standing ovation from the judges and the studio audience. "It's been the best time of my entire life, I can't thank you enough," she said.

The final will be shown on BBC One on Saturday at 7pm.

Irish Independent

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