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Alison Hammond’s Charleston loses to Caroline Flack’s waltz in Strictly dance-off

Alison Hammond (opens in new tab) survived last week’s dance-off against Scott Mills (opens in new tab) but she couldn’t do it again this week against Caroline Flack (opens in new tab).

Alison charged into her Charleston with as much energy as she could muster, but it wasn’t enough to win out over Caroline’s wonderful waltz in the dance-off…

The latest Strictly Come Dancing results show saw Alison voted out of the contest - and Judy Murray (opens in new tab) escape the dance-off altogether, even though even nice judge Len Goodman (opens in new tab) described Judy’s Paso Doble as “criminal”.

Instead, it was Alison and Caroline - who had scored 31/40 - who faced each other and the result was, really, a foregone conclusion.

Caroline, dancing with Pasha Kovalev, would have had to put more than a foot wrong to lose and she didn’t.

“You love to dance and it shows,” Bruno Tonioli (opens in new tab) told Caroline after her waltz.

“You’re a smooth lady,” added Darcey Bussell (opens in new tab).

“I’d like to say to the public that we like an underdog but we also like justice,” said Len, “and there's no justice in Caroline being in the bottom two.”

All the judges agreed that Alison’s Charleston with Aljaz Skorjanec was “fun” but, added Craig Revel Horwood (opens in new tab), “it wasn’t a brilliant routine technically. The best dance in the dance-off was Caroline and Pasha."

And so Alison misses out on dancing at Blackpool’s Tower Ballroom…

“Caroline deserved the vote,” Alison said. “I hope she makes it to the final. I think she’s brilliant.”

The nine remaining contestants going on the trip to the seaside for next week’s show are: Pixie Lott (opens in new tab), Caroline Flack (opens in new tab), Judy Murray (opens in new tab), Sunetra Sarker (opens in new tab), Frankie Bridge (opens in new tab), Mark Wright (opens in new tab), Jake Wood (opens in new tab), Simon Webbe (opens in new tab) and Steve Backshall (opens in new tab).

Click here (opens in new tab) for our picture special on this week's show.

Strictly Come Dancing (opens in new tab) continues on BBC1, Saturday, November 15, 7.00pm.