Strictly Come Dancing

Strictly was a bruising experience but I’ll miss it, says Rachel Riley

By Sandy Rashty, November 7, 2013

Rachel Riley was this week trying to get over the disappointment of being voted out of Strictly Come Dancing.

The bubbly TV presenter left the BBC show after losing a dance-off against top model Abbey Clancy at the weekend.

“I wish I didn’t have to leave, but it’s out of my control,” she said. “I absolutely loved it and wish I could have stayed longer.”

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Watch: Rachel Riley's final dance

November 6, 2013
Rachel Riley danced off Strictly Come Dancing last weekend, after becoming the fifth celebrity to be eliminated. Watch her perform her last dance here - to Screamin' Jay Hawkinswith's "Put A Spell On You". Read our exclusive interview with Ms Riley here

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Rachel Riley voted off Strictly Come Dancing

By Sandy Rashty, November 4, 2013

Rachel Riley was the fifth celebrity to be eliminated from BBC's Strictly Come Dancing.

The Countdown co-presenter performed the American Smooth to "Put A Spell On You" by Screamin' Jay Hawkinswith on the Halloween themed show this weekend.

But the 27-year-old found herself in the bottom two against model Abbey Clancy, a favourite to win the show's eleventh series.

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Rachel Riley survives 'scary' Strictly dance-off

By Sandy Rashty, October 21, 2013

Rachel Riley survived the Strictly Come Dancing dance-off against fashion designer Julien Macdonald last night.

The 27-year-old TV presenter and her professional dance partner Pasha Kovalev were saved by all four judges after they performed the quickstep to "Johnny Got a Boom Boom" by Imelda May.

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Vanessa Feltz dances out of Strictly

By Sandy Rashty, October 14, 2013

Vanessa Feltz became the second celebrity to be eliminated from Strictly Come Dancing when she lost a dance off against fashion designer Julien Macdonald.

The broadcaster expressed her sadness at leaving but said her time on the show had been "lovely".

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Feltz and Riley survive first Strictly Come Dancing elimination

By Sandy Rashty, October 6, 2013

Vanessa Feltz and Rachel Riley survived the first elimination on BBC One dance show, Strictly Come Dancing.

The pairs' respective waltz and salsa performances took them to the next round after veteran golfer Tony Jacklin was the first to be eliminated tonight - after losing a dance-off to fellow contestant and fashion designer Julien Macdonald.

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Why Vanessa Feltz is sobbing ahead of Strictly performance

By Sandy Rashty, October 4, 2013

Vanessa Feltz says reheasing the waltz for Strictly Come Dancing this week has made her want to cry.

The broadcaster and journalist has spent the week practising the dance with her partner James Jordan, for a performance on the BBC show tomorrow night.

She said: “The waltz is about love and loss. Just like everyone else, I have been through some tough times.

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Mixed fortunes for Rachel Riley and Vanessa Feltz in Strictly

By Charlotte Oliver, September 29, 2013

Strictly Come Dancing shimmied back onto television screens this weekend, with notable performances from contestants Rachel Riley and Vanessa Feltz.

Ms Riley and her professional dance partner Pasha Kovalev impressed the audience with their romantic waltz to Luther Vandross’s When I Need You.

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Maureen Lipman 'turned down' Strictly Come Dancing opportunity

By Sandy Rashty, September 27, 2013

Veteran actor Maureen Lipman turned down an opportunity to join Rachel Riley and Vanessa Feltz on BBC's Strictly Come Dancing.

Last week, the 67-year-old told the Loose Women panel that: "I turned it down, if anyone talked to me like that panel talk to those people, I'd bop them.

"I've worked hard all week to be this good, how dare you tell me my bum's fat? How dare you? I'd bop them."

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