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More brassy than golden

Posted on October 11, 2010

In the first “Strictly Come Dancing” results show of 2010, Goldie became the first celebrity to be voted off. The judges’ scores had left Ann Widdecombe and Anton Du Beke at the bottom of the leaderboard, but the combination of judges’ scores and viewer vote meant that Goldie and his partner Kristina Rihanoff were eliminated.

Head judge Len Goodman had said of Goldie’s foxtrot, “It was more brassy than golden, but I thought it was a far superior performance than we saw from you last week and it was a real performance dance. What I like is that you’re genuinely trying to master the technique, and some of the couples don’t even bother with their footwork, so I commend you for working on that.”

After being voted off, Goldie said, “It’s all right. I’ve had a great time and been superfit, so I’ll keep that. Kristina is fantastic. It’s been a good experience for me – onwards and upwards.”

In this weekend’s show, on Saturday, October 16, the remaining couples will be dancing either a rumba or a quickstep.

For views and analysis, see “Strictly Speaking”, Marianka Swain’s blog of the new series.

Zoë was born in Edinburgh, and saw her first dance performances at the Festival there. She is the dance critic of The Independent, and has also written for The Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman and Dancing Times. In 2002, she received her doctorate from the University of York for a thesis on “Nationhood and epic romance: Ariosto, Sidney, Spenser”. She is the author of The Royal Ballet: 75 Years and The Ballet Lover’s Companion.

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