Alison Hammond

Alison Hammond

Alison Hammond is the latest celebrity to be given the boot from Strictly Come Dancing.

The television presenter competed in a dance-off against Caroline Flack and lost out when all four judges opted to save the former Xtra Factor host.

Speaking after her exit, Alison commented: "Caroline smashed it tonight. I want her to go on and get to the finals. I think she's a wonderful dancer. In fact, I think all you guys are amazing. I've had the best time ever.

"And I'd say to anybody who's thinking of doing this show, just go and do it. Don't care what colour you are or what size you are, just rock it."

She was also full of praise for her professional dance partner, Aljaž Skorjanec.

Speaking to him she gushed: "To be honest with you, from day one when I got you, I thought I'd won. I did feel like a winner.

"So thank you for being so patient and so kind and being absolutely amazing. And I really, genuinely, from the bottom of my heart, love you as a friend."

Aljaž admitted it wouldn't be the pair's last dance, telling Tess Daly and Zoe Ball: "I'm extremely proud ... I can't describe how much fun and laughter we had from the very first day. I'm definitely going to miss her going back to rehearsals. I'm gonna miss her a lot. And that definitely wasn't our last dance."

The rest of the contestants will go to Blackpool for next week's show, performing at the Tower Ballroom, and Alison joked she'll be joining them whether or not she's on the stage.

She said: "I'm still coming to Blackpool, I don't care what anyone says. I'm rocking up, I'll be in the audience."

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