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Ali Bastian voted out of Strictly Come Dancing final


Ali Bastian out of Strictly final

The Bill actress Ali Bastian has been voted out of next weekend's final of Strictly Come Dancing.

Hollyoaks actor Ricky Whittle and BBC sports presenter Chris Hollins will now compete for this year's title.

Injury stricken Bastian, 26, performed despite spraining her foot earlier in the competition.

Bastian and partner Brian Fortuna lost the public vote despite getting the second highest combined mark from the five judges.

She said: "It's devastating but at the same time I feel like we're going out on a tremendous high," adding, "It's been an incredible experience and I've loved every moment of it."

Adding to the pressure of the semi-final, the couples did not get a chance to be saved in the dance-off.

Instead, the lowest scoring couple from the combination of the judges' scores and viewers' votes was automatically eliminated from the competition.

Bastian and Fortuna ended on a high, scoring a perfect 50 points for their American Smooth routine, performed to Frank Sinatra's Come Dance With Me.

In next week's series finale, Hollins and partner Ola Jordan, and Whittle and partner Natalie Lowe will be required to do four dances each.

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