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Snowdon knocked out of Strictly

Lisa Snowdon and Brendan Cole
Snowdon won over the judges, but not the public

Lisa Snowdon has been eliminated from Strictly Come Dancing in the grand final on BBC One.

It leaves Tom Chambers and Rachel Stevens to battle it out for this year's title.

Stevens, Snowdon and Chambers all made it through to the final, thanks to a controversial scoring anomaly on last week's show.

Stevens and Snowdon were in the top two positions on judges scores alone following the first round.

But the public chose to save Chambers and Stevens to dance for the title, to be decided by public vote alone.

Snowdon said: "It has been amazing. I know it's a cliche but I already feel like a winner. I've had a great time - it's been brilliant."

Her dance partner, Brendan Cole, paid tribute to the model, describing her as "fantastic" and a "hard worker".

The three celebrities each performed two dances in the first part of the final - ballroom and Latin - in a bid to win over the judges and the public.

Snowdon was awarded the maximum 80 points by the judges, ending the first show of the two-part final with three points.

Stevens was in second place with 79 out of 80 from the judges, equating to two points, while Chambers' judges score of 73 resulted in one point.

Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli look ahead to the final

The combined total of last week's and this week's results left Snowdon and Stevens at the top of the leaderboard with a score of seven, followed by Chambers' five.

Those figures were then converted into three points each for the women and one for Chambers before telephone lines were opened to the public vote.

Strictly Come Dancing presenters Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly opened the grand final by apologising to viewers for the voting problems which marred last week's show.

The programme sparked controversy after Chambers was saved from the semi-final dance-off by a last-minute decision to let all three remaining couples go through to the final.

The decision followed a tie between Stevens and Snowdon, who were awarded exactly the same amount of points by the judges, meaning the public vote could not save Chambers.

Daly told viewers: "We are sorry we didn't realise this earlier but when we did we took the fairest decision in the circumstances to put all three couples through to the final."

Rehearsal time

All of this years contestants returned to perform during the grand final, apart from model Jodie Kidd who was sick. It also featured a performance by singer Duffy.

All five previous winners of Strictly Come Dancing - Natasha Kaplinsky, Jill Halfpenny, Darren Gough, Mark Ramprakash and Alesha Dixon - also appeared, with all but Kaplinsky performing a group routine to a version of Robbie Williams' Let Me Entertain You.

The three finalists have put in a total of 820 hours' training between them, with former S Club 7 singer Stevens racking up the most time in the rehearsal studio - 304 hours.

"I am absolutely over the moon to be in the final - I don't think it's even sunk in," said the star, whose waist measurement has shrunk by 8cm over the last three months.

Former Holby City actor Chambers - who has postponed his honeymoon until after the final - said he wanted to win for the sake of his dance partner, Camilla Dallerup.

"It would mean granting Camilla her dream. She's been working for this for six years and she's been in the semi-final twice," he said.

Snowdon said she was excited by the final, adding she planned to "enjoy every last moment".

Rachel Stevens, Tom Chambers and Lisa Snowdon
Rachel (left), Tom (middle) and Lisa (right) started training in the summer

The problems encountered on last Saturday's show occurred when there was a tie between Snowdon and Stevens following the judges' scoring.

However, the problem was not realised until after voting had started. Producers took the decision to scrap the voting and put all three contestants into the final.

Votes cast last week were carried forward to the final - but viewers who want a refund can obtain one via the show's official website.

After explaining what happened last week, Forsyth and Daly also revealed for the first time the results of the semi-final after the judges scores were combined with the viewers' votes.

Stevens and her partner, Vincent Simone, were at the top with five points, followed by Chambers and Dallerup and model Snowdon and Brendan Cole with four points.

Viewers were told these points would be combined with the judges scores from tonight's dances and converted into a final leader board.



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