Michael Vaughan leaves BBC dance show after receiving lowest scores
Michael Vaughn and his dance partner Natalie Lowe, who were among the lowest scoring couples once the judges and audience votes had been combined on 'Strictly Come Dancing', are the latest to leave the ballroom dancing contest.
They got the lowest scores along with Nicky Byrne and Karen Hauer, which meant that they competed against each other in the Dance Off before the judges made their final decision on their fate.
Afterwards, Judge Craig Revel Horwood chose to save Nicky and said "Well this couple were absolutely sensational, the second time round. That couple was Nicky and Karen."
Professional dancer Darcy Bussell also opted to save Nicky and said "Well they both upped their game tonight. It's really difficulty, but I'm going to save Nicky andKaren."
When Bruno Tonioli chose to save Nicky as well, he said: "Well I really have to go for the couple who for me had the licence to thrill... and that was Nicky and Karen."
This meant the former cricketer's time was up and he dedicated all his thanks to his dance partner Natalie.
"I've had a ball. Nine weeks ago I had never been on a shiny floor, and I've got to December. September, October, November and still dancing in December," the Mirror quoted him as saying.
"I've drained every ouce of dance ability out of my body because of this lady... everything about this show, the judges and everyone backstage, all the contestants have been great, I've got new friends that I've made for life.
"Nicky thoroughly deserved that win, he wiped the floor with me! I've had a ball, and the real winner for me is this one [Natalie]. She got me to the ninth week, which is quite remarkable," he added.