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Jennifer's last dance as foxtrot fails to impress Strictly judges

For use in UK, Ireland or Benelux countries only. BBC handout photo of host Tess Daly with Jennifer Gibney and Tristan MacManus after the Mrs Brown's Boy star became the latest celebrity to be voted of BBC's Strictly Come Dancing. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date date: Sunday October 12, 2014. See PA story SHOWBIZ Strictly. Photo credit should read: Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire
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For use in UK, Ireland or Benelux countries only. BBC handout photo of host Tess Daly with Jennifer Gibney and Tristan MacManus after the Mrs Brown's Boy star became the latest celebrity to be voted of BBC's Strictly Come Dancing. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date date: Sunday October 12, 2014. See PA story SHOWBIZ Strictly. Photo credit should read: Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: Not for use more than 21 days after issue. You may use this picture without charge only for the purpose of publicising or reporting on current BBC programming, personnel or other BBC output or activity within 21 days of issue. Any use after that time MUST be cleared through BBC Picture Publicity. Please credit the image to the BBC and any named photographer or independent programme maker, as described in the caption.
Jennifer Gibney and Tristan MacManus (left) with Simon Webbe and Kristina Rihanoff before the Mrs Brown's Boy star became the latest celebrity to be voted of BBC's Strictly Come Dancing. Photo: Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire

Mrs Brown's Boys star Jennifer Gibney has foxtrotted off Strictly Come Dancing after losing the elimination dance-off against Blue's Simon Webbe.

She bid farewell to the show last night after she and partner Tristan MacManus failed to wow the panel, for the second time over the weekend.

The pair finished second bottom on judges' scores - joined this week by American singer Donny Osmond as a guest judge - after her foxtrot fell flat.

The judges weren't impressed and Jennifer was made the bookies' favourite for elimination after Saturday night's show, in which Judy Murray and television presenter Tim Wonnacott also struggled to find their feet.

Gibney, who plays husband Brendan O'Carroll's on-screen daughter Cathy in the hit comedy said she was delighted that she had learned how to move on the dance floor.

"Before this, I didn't know how to dance," she said.

"I wanted to learn how to dance and I now know how to jive, how to waltz and how to foxtrot, however badly.

"I've learned three dances and I've had a great time with Tristan.

"He is one of the family and he will remain one of the family," she added.

MacManus, who is from Bray, Co Wicklow, said his partner had tried her best during her run on the show.

"She made every day that I've known her so far as enjoyable as the next," he said.

"I hope she's not telling lies now and she will talk to me after tonight," he laughed. "It's been a pleasure to get to know you and your family."

Puppy Love singer Osmond previously won Dancing With The Stars - the US version of the hit show - and was full of praise and high scores on a weekend of Hollywood-inspired routines.

They included some notable displays, with the most flamboyant being BBC Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills, who took to the floor as Sebastian the crab from The Little Mermaid.

His performance was panned by the judges, with Craig Revel Horwood calling him a "lobster on acid".

Saturday's singer Frankie Bridge was the top performer with a sizzling Paso Doble with Kevin Clifton, set to America from West Side Story, which gained the first 10 of the series from Osmond.

Strictly continued to dominate the ratings on Saturday night, with almost a million more viewers than rival The X Factor, according to weekend figures.

BBC1's Strictly pulled in an average audience of 8.6 million while ITV's formerly all-conquering singing contest drew 7.7 million for its first live show of the series.

X Factor was down 400,000 viewers from last year, showing Simon Cowell and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini's return this year is failing to boost ratings.

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