Strictly’s Caroline Quentin gets the axe after tense dance off with Maisie Smith

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Caroline Quentin was the unlucky fourth celebrity to leave Strictly Come Dancing after a dance-off with Maisie Smith.

Departing actor Caroline, 60, who had scored 24 points on Saturday's show, paid tribute to the show and her professional partner Johannes Radebe in her exit speech.

She said: “I have had the honour and privilege of working with some of the greatest dancers this country has ever known I mean I really believe it, I think they are absolutely fantastic.

"But of course my greatest gift coming on this show is this man (Johannes).”

Caroline Quentin said the best part of her whole experience was meeting Johannes Radebe
(Image: PA)

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For the second week in a row despite a good judges score of 27 on Saturday, EastEnders star Maisie failed to win many public votes and had to be saved by the judges.

Earlier, both couples performed their routines again in a dance off with Caroline and her partner Johannes their Cha Cha to Rescue Me by Fontella Bass and Maisie and her partner Gorka Márquez performed their Salsa to Better When I’m Dancing by Meghan Trainor in a bid to impress the judges and remain in the competition.

Judges Craig Revel Horwood and Anton Du Beke both chose to save Maisie and Gorka meaning they were safe and Head judge Shirley Ballas agreed and would have also saved Maisie and Gorka.

Caroline licked Johannes' biceps on Saturday night
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Craig said: “I absolutely love both couples, but for me one couple was outstanding and danced as though their lives depended on it and that couple I would like to save, Maisie and Gorka."

Anton added: “Well I thought both couples danced beautifully. I think they are beautiful couples danced fabulous routines.

"One couple was a bit cleaner than the other couple, there were a couple of mistakes in there.

"So the couple I would like to save are Maisie and Gorka.”

Caroline and Johannes divided fans as some thought the licking was "strange"

Ahead of Sunday's show in an interview conducted at the weekend, Caroline, who took ballet lessons as a child, dismissed claims her training gave her an advantage over her co-stars at the start of the series.

She said: "I studied ballet as a little girl and when you dance you are taught to turn your feet out and the very first thing I learnt here is that your feet have to be parallel, so it's like 'great'.

"The one thing I thought would really help is the thing I got told off for during my first ever dance.

Gorka Marquez and Maisie Smith were saved this week
(Image: PA)

"On the other hand, there is an upside as well I think that is probably about deportment and carrying yourself and perhaps the use of arms and things like that.

"So it's probably swings and roundabouts really.

"I think it is helpful but then a lot of things are helpful. Being quite musical, that helps a bit because you can follow a beat.

Caroline said Johannes had a dark side that she had inadvertently brought out of him
(Image: BBC)

"I like being taught things because that is the most helpful thing, because I spend a lot of time with Johannes who is trying to get me to learn things that are not my skill set."

She had also admitted she was “stunned" at her failure to lose weight during her time on Strictly Come Dancing.

The Men Behaving Badly actress said rumours that contestants on the BBC One show lost "four stone in four days" were untrue.

She said: "I don't think it has quite changed my life. It hasn't really changed me physically that much.

"I am a bit stronger but all the rumours of losing four stone in four days are absolutely untrue.

"I have worked over five weeks and I have lost a pound and a half. I am stunned. I am actually stunned.

"I am joking really but I am quite surprised because I am moving about from dawn 'til dusk. Has it changed my life in that way? Not really, no.

"But the best thing that has happened to me is that I have met this person called Johannes and I really like him."

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