cricketer Michael Vaughan’s dance journey is over – after the Sheffield star tonight became the latest celebrity to be kicked off hit TV show Strictly Come Dancing.
The 38-year-old, with dance partner Natalie Lowe, failed to impress the judges with his samba on Saturday night, earning the lowest score of the night – and the couple then lost the subsequent dance-off to be eliminated from the show.
Afterwards, the former Yorkshire and England cricket captain, from Baslow, said: “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.
“I’ve drained every ounce of dance ability out of my body because of Natalie.
“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. I’ve had a ball, and the real winner for me is Natalie. She got me to the ninth week, which is quite remarkable.”
Four-time Australian dance champion Natalie, aged 32, told Michael: “Words can’t describe how incredible you are.
“Thank you so much for making this dream come true.
“I’m sorry I couldn’t have taken you further.”
Former Silverdale School pupil Michael and Natalie performed the samba to Tequila, by The Champs, on Saturday’s live show.
After their dance, show judge Craig Revel Horwood, who awarded the couple five marks out of 10, told Michael: “It looks very awkward, you’re just not at home in these Latin dances.
Head judge Len Goodman, who gave them a six, told Michael: “You never let your right hip know what your left hip is doing.
“You’re tall, so there is a tendency to look awkward. It wasn’t fantastic, but it wasn’t that bad.”
However, the elimination is not the end of Vaughan’s dancing career.
He has confirmed he will be taking part in the show’s live tour, which includes performances at the Motorpoint Arena, Attercliffe, Sheffield, on Saturday and Sunday, February 9 and 10.
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