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Last Updated: Sunday September 20 2009 10:41 GMT

Hingis dances off Strictly show

Rav Wilding and Martina Hingis

Former tennis star Martina Hingis is the first celebrity to be kicked off Strictly Come Dancing.

Martina lost out in the dance-off to TV presenter Rav Wilding.

It looked like Martina would survive when the first two judges picked her ahead of Rav, but Bruno Tonioli and then Len Goodman voted for Rav.

Because Len has the casting vote that meant Rav kept his place on the show. Afterwards Martina said: "It was a great experience, I learned so much."

She added: "I wish it would continue but here we are.

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"Maybe I will come back for a few more lessons to London."

And Strictly Come Dancing as a show was a loser in the ratings battle with the X Factor.

Around 10 million people watched the X Factor on ITV1, with around 7.7m tuning in to watch Strictly on BB1C.

The first eight celebs danced on Friday and Saturday, with the remaining eight to make their debuts in seven days time.

It was also a first appearance as a judge for former champion Alesha Dixon.

Afterwards a BBC spokesperson said: We are delighted at Alesha's debut performance as part of the judging panel on Strictly Come Dancing and we know millions tuned in to enjoy the show."