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Lesley Joseph becomes fifth celebrity to be voted off Strictly Come Dancing

Lesley Joseph is the fifth celebrity to be voted off Strictly Come Dancing. Credit: PA Wire

Actress Lesley Joseph has become the fifth celebrity to be voted off Strictly Come Dancing.

The Birds of a Feather actress, 71, was eliminated after all four judges voted to save model Daisy Lowe in the dance-off on Sunday night.

Ed Balls survived to dance another week despite he and his professional partner Katya Jones being placed at the bottom of the judges' leaderboard.

The former shadow chancellor almost dropped Jones during a lift as they performed an American Smooth.

Paying tribute to her professional partner Anton Du Beke after she was voted off, Joseph said: "Learning a new dance every week has just been lovely, working with him has been an absolute joy and we've laughed a lot.

"And, yeah, it's been just a lovely, lovely, lovely journey and it's come to an end and that's absolutely fine. We've loved it."

Lesley Joseph and Judge Robert Rinder at the launch of Strictly Come Dancing. Credit: PA Wire

Du Beke told Joseph: "I would just like to say thank you very much, you enriched my whole Strictly experience this year.

"Dancing with you has been an absolute joy. You pushed me, I don't know about me pushing you, you pushed me to try and be more creative and make the numbers better and that's just down to you and you're just an absolute joy. And I love you dearly."

The duo scored 24 points from the judges for their Tango to Whatever Lola Wants by Gotan Project, while Lowe and her partner Aljaz Skorjanec came in joint fourth place with 32 points for their Charleston to Happy Feet by Manhattan Rhythm Kings.

Ore Oduba topped the judges' leaderboard during Saturday's live show for a second week running, after scoring 36 points for his classic waltz.

The remaining 10 couples will take part in a Fright Night Halloween special when Strictly Come Dancing returns on October 29.