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Daniels first to leave Strictly

Phil Daniels and Flavia Cacace
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Former EastEnders star Phil Daniels has become the first celebrity to leave BBC One hit Strictly Come Dancing.

Daniels and partner Flavia Cacace were voted off the dance show after performing a waltz.

The judges gave them just 20 points and the viewers' votes failed to save them from landing a place in the bottom two, then the dance-off.

Daniels played Jimmy in the cult film Quadrophenia but is perhaps best known now as EastEnder Kevin Wicks.

He lost a dance-off with Rising Damp star Don Warrington and professional partner Lilia Kopylova.

Their performance was given a total of 20 out of 40 by the judges.

Judge Arlene Phillips said of their performance: "You need to introduce your right foot to your left foot and they need to fall in love, because they never came together. Bring them together occasionally".

Bruno Tonioli said: "For a bit of rough you actually scrub up quite well. It was a bit shaky and unsteady. You held your breath - you looked like you were going for a dive."

Len Goodman was left with the casting vote.

He said: "They both did make some mistakes and it is very difficult to judge between a waltz that needs so much control and a cha cha cha which needs so much rhythm.

"But for me the performance I've just seen - the cleanest one - was Don and Lilia."

Daniels said after the vote: "It was a short ride. It's been fantastic, good fun."




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