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Wallace is latest Strictly loser

Jessie Wallace and Darren Bennett
Jessie Wallace and Darren Bennett's moves did not impress judges

Former EastEnders star Jessie Wallace has become the fourth celebrity contestant to be knocked out of the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing series.

Wallace, together with partner Darren Bennett, had to perform against singer Heather Small and her partner, Brian Fortuna, to stay in the series.

But judge Arlene Phillips told her: "Sometimes you looked like you were on the football field."

Wallace said: "It wish it could have been longer, but that's the game."

"I've had a wicked time, Darren's brilliant," she added.

Celebrities are paired with professional dance partners in the series, hoping their new-found dancing skills will win the backing of viewers and a panel of judges headed by Len Goodman.

Wallace is the third EastEnders star to leave the show, following in the footsteps of Gillian Taylforth and Phil Daniels.

X Factor rejects

Meanwhile, rival talent show The X Factor lost the first of its 12 acts hoping for stardom when girl group Bad Lashes were booted off the ITV show.

The group - friends from Durham and Hartlepool, Stacey Lincoln, 20, Sophie Wilson, 23, Emily McNamee, 19, and Sam Bennett, 21 - said mentor and judge Louis Walsh had been focusing his attention on boy band JLS instead of helping them.

McNamee said: "Louis said 'Look - I know how boy bands work, I've done it with Westlife, blah blah blah.'

"He said he managed Girls Aloud for a bit and wasn't very good."

Asked if Walsh spent more time with JLS, Bennett said: "A little bit. He loves boy groups, that's his thing. Boy groups are totally his thing."

The group said they planned to move to London to pursue a record deal, with Bennett adding: "This is not the end of Bad Lashes, and if all this fails we'll bring out our own eyelash range or makeup range."

Ratings fight

The X Factor beat Strictly Come Dancing in Saturday night's TV ratings, with overnight figures showing an average of 10.4 million people tuned it in to see it.

The BBC One show had an average audience of 7.4 million, with many viewers opting to watch England's World Cup football qualifying match against Kazakhstan on ITV1 instead.

The X Factor's late results programme attracted eight million viewers, according to the overnight ratings, which do not take into account those who recorded the show to watch later.




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