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Strictly Come Dancing - Week 8

Ali Bastian and Brian Fortuna

ON SATURDAY, November 7, 2009, actor and local boy Craig Kelly became the eighth celebrity to be voted off the seventh series of BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing in a special show live from Blackpool’s Tower Ballroom – the home of ballroom dancing.

All nine of the remaining celebrity contestants and their professional partners took to the floor to perform a variety of show stopping dances. The judges’ scores and viewers’ votes were then combined, leaving Craig and his professional partner Flavia Cacace in the bottom two and facing ‘the dreaded dance off’ with actor Ricky Groves and his professional partner Erin Boag.

Craig and Flavia then performed their cha-cha-cha to Easy Lover and Ricky and Erin performed their Salsa to Acuyuye for the second time.

After both couples had danced it was down to the judges to cast their deciding vote.

Craig Revel Horwood, straight to the point, said: “I’d like to save Ricky and Erin.” Alesha Dixon affectionately said: “Craig, you’ve been very sweet my love, but I have to save Ricky and Erin.” And Bruno Tonioli said: “Based on what I saw, I have to save Ricky and Erin.”

Speaking about his time in the competition, Craig Kelly, whose aim throughout the competition was to make it to Blackpool to dance in front of his home town, said:

“I feel pretty amazing really. It’s great that I made it to Blackpool. I mean, any other week was a massive Brucie bonus. And to have danced with the best dancer in the world, the last two and a half months have been incredible!”

Craig and Flavia scored a total of 17 points for their cha-cha-cha from the judges – his lowest score of the competition.

As part of Strictly‘s Blackpool special, there was a performance by the legendary rocker Rod Stewart, who sang It’s The Same Old Song, while his wife, model and ex-Strictly contestant Penny Lancaster returned to the dance floor with professional dancer Matthew Cutler to perform a cha-cha-cha during her husband’s song.

To commemorate Remembrance Sunday all of the remaining celebrity dancers and their professional partners took to the floor for a 1940s-inspired Swing dance – the first group dance for the celebrities since the beginning of the series. They were accompanied by former Strictly Champion Jill Halfpenny, who was crowned winner in series 2 in 2005, the last time that the show was live from Blackpool .

And as an added bonus Bruce Forsyth accompanied the group swing dance with a rendition of Almost Like Being In Love.

Making the most of the grandeur of Blackpool ‘s Tower Ballroom, the Strictly professional dancers also performed a group Viennese Waltz to I Put A Spell On You.

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