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Nancy given Strictly boot after Halloween nightmare

ITALIAN businesswoman Nancy Dell'Olio has been criticised for the last time by the Strictly Come Dancing judges after she was voted off the show.

The property lawyer and former girlfriend of one-time England soccer manager Sven-Goran Eriksson had been clinging on to a place in the BBC1 dance contest despite maulings from the judges but left the show after a rumba with her professional partner Anton Du Beke failed to impress.

They picked up the lowest score from the judges in Saturday's show, just 14 points out of a possible 40, and the viewers seemed to share the opinion of the experts.

In keeping with the Halloween theme of Saturday's show, Dell'Olio climbed out of a coffin before the pair danced to Spooky.

Judge Craig Revel Horwood told her: "The moment you stepped out of that sarcophagus was the moment it went horribly wrong."

Another judge, Len Goodman, said: "There were moments of Mills and Boon, and moments of meals on wheels."

Yet another, Alesha Dixon, said: "Nancy, I think you're a sexy woman and you know how to work it but I have to be honest, you are a walking disaster... And the lift, Anton the lift was so unflattering. The lift was so unflattering, you both should have stayed in the coffin. But, having said that, I'm sure the viewers at home will love it."

When asked what she would miss about her Strictly experience, Dell'Olio said: "Let me think about it ... I will miss many moments, of course. It has been such a full-on experience."

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