Strictly Come Dancing: Holly Valance and Alex Jones are voted off after nail biting semi-final

Strictly Takes Two! Holly Valance and Alex Jones are voted off Come Dancing after nail biting semi-final

Viewers were left shocked tonight as they witnessed Alex Jones and Holly Valance get the boot from Strictly Come Dancing.

The two female contestants saw their dreams of lifting the coveted glitter-ball trophy slip away as they were voted off the semi-final results show.

The surprise exit sets up a final dance off between Australian actor Jason Donovan, McFly drummer Harry Judd and Waterloo Road actress Chelsee Healey.

The last dance: Holly Valance and Alex Jones shed a tear with partners Artem Chigvinstev and James Jordan as they are voted off Strictly Come Dancing

The last dance: Holly Valance and Alex Jones shed a tear with partners Artem Chigvinstev and James Jordan as they are voted off Strictly Come Dancing

Jason and Chelsee both gave great performances on last night”s show and each scored the first perfect 40 scores of the series.

Rival dancer Harry also did well and received a score of 39 from the judges on both of his performances.

The impressive results left Jones and Valance at the bottom of the leader-board ahead of the audience”s vote.

Going home: Alex couldn

Going home: Alex couldn”t fight back the tears as Tess Daly and James commiserated her

The final tango: Holly sheds a tear as she stands arm in arm with her partner Artem

The final tango: Holly sheds a tear as she stands arm in arm with her partner Artem

Jones, who is the host of BBC”s The One Show, said she had had a “brilliant” time on the show despite sometimes getting her left and right confused.

She said: “I”ve had an incredible time, and when I”m old and grey I”ll look back at these three months and I”ll think “that was a brilliant time”.”

Alex blamed her BBC commitments as she bowed out of Strictly Come Dancing last night.

The 34-year-old told the Daily Mail that her chances had ‘probably’ been affected by her commitments as a presenter on The One Show.

She did not have as much time as other contestants to practise, but she said she had known the risk when she took the show on and had decided not to ‘mention it’.

Miss Valance also took the bad news with dignity, saying: ‘I’m just proud that we’ve been part of the most successful Strictly.’

The final, which will be shown in 3D, is seen as two-way battle between McFly drummer Judd and actress Healey, despite former Neighbours star Donovan getting full marks for his Argentine tango on Saturday night.

Her professional partner James Jordan praised her dedication and said: “If there was a trophy for the most improved dancer, for sure you would have won that trophy.

Bittersweet feeling: The two competitors and their dance partners share one final dance

Bittersweet feeling: The two competitors and their dance partners share one final dance

“I would like to say whoever gets to work with you in the future is very, very lucky. You have been absolutely brilliant to work with, it has been an honour.”

Former Neighbours star Holly took the bad news of her departure graciously and said: “I”m just proud that we”ve been part of the most successful Strictly.

As she fought back tears she added: “The British public has been incredible, this is much further than we ever thought we could ever imagine.”

Both couples then took to the floor one last time for their final dance as The Winner Takes It All by Abba played out.

Captivating moves: Kristina kicks off the show with an emotive dance and a large purple dress

Captivating moves: Kristina kicks off the show with an emotive dance and a large purple dress

Feeling good: Aloe Blacc performs I Need A Dollar while Kristina Rihanoff dances on him

Feeling good: Aloe Blacc performs I Need A Dollar while Kristina Rihanoff dances on him

The show kicked off with an explosive and passionate dance from the professionals with Kristina Rihanoff taking centre stage.

The ballroom dancer began with a large purple dress that was flowing in the wind before having it ripped it off to reveal a leotard.

Next American soul man Aloe Blacc entertained the audience with a rendition of I Need A Dollar.

The Military wives: The choir sang Wherever You Are before the results were announced

The Military wives: The choir sang Wherever You Are before the results were announced

The singer, who wore a black suit and bow tie, was joined by Brendan Cole and Kristina who strutted around the dance-floor and received a standing ovation.

Choir master Gareth Malone and The Military Wives brought a Christmas feeling to the night and sang Wherever You Are.

Judge Bruno Tonioli predicted that “prince Harry could be king of the ballroom” and tipped him to win the final.

Harry said: “I”ve been to Blackpool a few time and I”m just honoured to be dancing there.”

Strictly Come Dancing”s live Grand Final will be broadcast on BBC One next Saturday and Sunday from Blackpool Tower Ballroom.

Merry Christmas: Gareth Malone stands in front of the choir after they performed on Strictly

Merry Christmas: Gareth Malone stands in front of the choir after they performed on Strictly

In the battle of the ratings, ITV aired what was billed as the biggest X Factor final in the show’s history, taking place at Wembley Arena in front of thousands of fans.

But this was not enough to quell the resurgence of the BBC’s Strictly series, which recorded an average audience of 11million – 400,000 more than the ITV show.

Embarrassingly for Simon Cowell’s talent show, ratings for Saturday night’s episode were down by about 3.5million from the equivalent episode last year, while the BBC show’s audience went up by 300,000 from last year.

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