Thumbs down for Strictly Come Dancing's Laila Rouass
Sunday 06 December 2009
Actress Laila Rouass has left Strictly Come Dancing after stinging criticism of her performances.
Rouass was bottom of the judges' scoreboard and found herself facing top-placed Ricky Whittle in the dance-off.
Earlier judge Bruno Tonioli said of her salsa: "A deflated balloon would have had more rhythm. I have never seen, in a quarter-final, such a mess."
Although Rouass visibly improved when she danced for a place in next week's semi-final, the judges plumped to save Whittle and sent Rouass and her partner Anton du Beke packing.
Du Beke and Rouass parted as the best of friends despite hitting the headlines for the wrong reasons earlier in the series. Du Beke was forced to make a public apology after he joked that Rouass looked like a "Paki" after having a spray tan. He said he used the term "in jest" and denied he was racist.
On Saturday night, Rouass said it had been "a dream" dancing with du Beke: "I have had such a fantastic time." Her partner responded by saying: "She's been an absolute joy to be with. Not once has she moaned or complained."
Rouass did not complain when both her dances were criticised by the judges, leaving her with just 59 points out of a possible 100.
Ballerina Darcey Bussell, who joined the judging panel this week, showed she had no qualms about giving criticism when she told Rouass: "I was expecting so much more from you." But Bussell showed her softer side when she ended her criticism of Rouass's posture with "sorry".
The retired ballerina was full of praise for BBC Breakfast sports presenter Chris Hollins, saying: "Out of all the four celebrities, you come out and sell it. You have made the biggest improvement out of all of them." But she added that Hollins needed to have more faith in himself and tackle harder steps.
Whittle returned to the judges' good books this week, with 95 out of a possible 100 marks but found himself in the bottom two for the second week running after failing to attract public support. Whittle will join Hollins and The Bill actress Ali Bastian in next week's semi-final.
Review: Imaginative storytelling returns with vigourfilm
Bannatyne leaves Dragon's DenTV
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Howard Jacobson: Let's see the 'criticism' of Israel for what it really is
- 2 Game of Thrones author George RR Martin says 'f*** you' to fans who fear he will die before finishing Westeros saga
- 3 Belgium fan Axelle Despiegelaere lands L'Oreal campaign after World Cup viral photo
- 4 Britney Spears sings 'Alien' without Auto-Tune in embarrassingly brilliant leaked audio clip
- 5 PornHub begs users to stop uploading video clips of Brazil getting beaten 7-1
Sustained immigration has not harmed Britons' employment, say government advisers
Australia facing international condemnation after turning around Sri Lankans at sea
7/7 memorial defaced on anniversary of 2005 attacks with ‘Blair lied thousands died’ graffiti
Even when it brutalises one of its own teenage citizens, America is helpless against Israel
There’s a nasty smell in the political air – and it’s coming from the Tories
Vanessa Feltz criticises 'vile' reaction to Rolf Harris allegations