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Strictly exit for TV chef Rhodes

5 October 08 20:04 GMT

Television chef Gary Rhodes has become the third celebrity to waltz off Strictly Come Dancing.

The judges chose to save swimmer Mark Foster, who was left fighting for survival along with Rhodes in the BBC One show's dance-off.

Rhodes' footwork was described as "flat as a pancake" by the panel, and he picked up only 18 points out of 40 in Saturday's live programme.

Next week's show will witness the exit of a second female competitor.

"Lurching neck"

Presenter Lisa Snowdon and ex-EastEnders actress Jessie Wallace are considered to be in the danger zone after weak opening performances.

Actress Gilian Taylforth became the first woman to be ousted last week, with another former EastEnder, Phil Daniels, the first famous face to fall in week one.

After making his exit, Rhodes, who was partnered by professional Karen Hardy, said: "I would go through it all again - I want that ballroom dance. Maybe we'll have that privately."

Judge Craig Revel Horwood told the chef after his performance that his "hunched back" and "lurching neck" were hindering his progress.

"There are major timing issues and stompy flat footedness that make it laboured," he added.

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