Strictly all-female as Robinson out

This Is Lancashire: Patrick Robinson and his partner Anya Garnis have been eliminated from Strictly Come Dancing Patrick Robinson and his partner Anya Garnis have been eliminated from Strictly Come Dancing

Patrick Robinson has become the latest celebrity to be eliminated from Strictly Come Dancing, making the finals an all-female affair for the first time.

Sophie Ellis Bextor, Abbey Clancy and Susanna Reid all made it through while Natalie Gumede survived a dance-off with Patrick to perform again for the Strictly trophy.

This week's semi-final saw each couple perform two dance routines, a ballroom and a latin dance. The judges' scores were combined with the results of the viewers' votes to decide the lowest scoring two couples facing the dance-off.

Patrick and his partner Anya Garnis were in jeopardy for the third time, while Natalie and Artem Chigvintsev were in the bottom two for the first time in the series.

After both couples had danced a second time, the judges delivered their verdicts with Craig Revel Horwood, Darcey Bussell and Bruno Tonioli all choosing to save former Coronation Street actress Natalie and her partner. Head judge Len Goodman said he agreed with his fellow judges and would also have saved the couple.

Looking back at his time on the show, Casualty star Patrick said: "I've had an incredible journey, an incredible time, what an experience.

"Anya Garnis is just an incredible dancer, an incredible choreographer.

"My highlight really may be a surprise, but being in the training room was the place I had the most fun and the most hard work, so being here was just the icing on the cake."

Anya had nothing but praise for her celebrity dance partner.

"You surprised me, you delivered week after week, but more than anything you inspired me so much," she told him.

"I couldn't have done it without you. I think from my heart that you are a true artist. Thank you for your hard work."

His exit leaves Sophie, Abbey, Susanna and Natalie to compete in the first ever all-female Strictly final next weekend.

The couples' magical performances were complemented by a real magician, Dynamo, who featured on the results show.

" I am blown away by the amount of hard work all the guys are putting in, they are all brilliant. Perhaps one day I'll get my dancing shoes on again," Dynamo said.

The renowned magician then quipped: "Without wanting to spoil it this is the semi-final week and I already know who is going to win Strictly this year - I think it will surprise you all."

Grammy Award winning artist Celine Dion also performed her single Breakaway.

Patrick said he did not think the best dancer would necessarily go on to win the competition.

"On the dancing, so far as I can see, Natalie is by far the most gifted dancer among us all," he said.

"(But) the public has the vote, so it's whoever they like.

"They may not want certain people and they may want others. Depending on their dancing capabilities, that's pretty much going to be secondary.

"So I would say it's the public who vote for the winner and whoever's the most popular will win."

But popularity aside, Patrick said it still took a lot of work to reach the stage he did.

The TV star said he was regularly pulling 11-hour days between shooting Casualty and dance rehearsals for three months.

"I'll get some time to sleep," he laughed.

"Because that was the one thing that was happening - I was dreaming steps and not sleeping if you know what I mean.

"To have a little bit more time to get back to my normal routine is great."

The 50-year-old said his semi-finals appearance was testament to his ability to match the fitness of competitors half his age.

"Fitness wise I think I dealt with it as well as they did," he said.

"I'm very pleased to have made it to the semi-final and I don't think I could have got there without hard work."

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