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Redbridge Strictly Come Dancing contestant Chizzy thanks supporters after she is the first celeb to leave the show

PUBLISHED: 17:26 02 October 2017 | UPDATED: 11:48 03 October 2017

Chizzy was sad to be leaving. Picture: BBC/Kieron McCarron

Chizzy was sad to be leaving. Picture: BBC/Kieron McCarron

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The Strictly sequins lost a little bit of sparkle this weekend as Redbridge resident Chizzy Akudolu was the first contestant to leave the show.

Chizzy and her dance partner. Picture: BBC/Kieron McCarron Chizzy and her dance partner. Picture: BBC/Kieron McCarron

Despite dazzling in her foxtrot to I’m a Woman on Saturday night, the Holby City star had to compete in a dance-off against Brian Conley after receiving the lowest score from a combination of judges’ marks and votes from the public.

More fox and less trots, the judges felt her sassy personality shone through in the routine, with dance partner Pasha Kovalev, but the choreography didn’t have enough classic foxtrot steps.

Judge Craig Revel Horwood, known for his abrupt verdicts, was the only expert to back Chizzy’s routine after having to choose between the actress’s performance and Brian’s.

“The person who I love watching more on the dance floor is Chizzy,” he said.

Chizzy performing her Foxtrot. Picture: BBC/Kieron McCarron Chizzy performing her Foxtrot. Picture: BBC/Kieron McCarron

Both Darcey Bussell and Bruno Tonioli backed Brian and his dance partner Amy Dowden for their cha cha to Shake Your Groove leaving head judge Shirley Ballas with the casting vote.

Shirley said: “Well it’s quite a difficult decision. I feel that both of them brought quite nice performances there, but the person I’m going to save, because I felt like they had a bit more musicality and content this evening, is Brian.”

Chizzy, speaking to presenter Tess Daly, said she wanted to say thank you to everyone that supported her.

“I have loved every minute dancing with him (Pasha) and it will continue because I will just be going round his house to dance now,” she joked through tears.

“But I don’t have his address so if anyone could email me I would appreciate it.”

Her dance partner said Chizzy was so much fun to work with and the pair had lots of laughs and great dancing.

“I absolutely enjoyed every single second of it and fine, come over to my house.”

Chizzy missed out on performing in next week’s show which will have a movie theme.

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