‘Diabolical’ Paul Daniels axed from Strictly Come Dancing

The 72-year-old magician was the second star to go, losing out during the dance off at the weekend

Aging magician Paul Daniels was the second contestant to leave Strictly Come Dancing over the weekend, after being voted off by viewers for his ‘diabolical’ version of the Rumba.

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The 72-year-old star took to the floor to the tune of Rihanna’s Take A Bow with dance partner Ola Jordan during Saturday’s show.

But his performance was blasted as ‘diabolocal’ and ‘wooden’ by judges, one of whom hilariously compared the magician to a ‘giant pepper pot’.

‘It was like watching Ola and the giant pepper pot. It was entertaining in a kind of funny way,’ flamboyant judge Bruno Tonioli said of the performance.

‘It didn’t flow – nothing in the dance flowed. A pepper pot would have been better.’

‘Parts were magical, parts were comical, parts were diabolical, but the whole thing was entertaining,’ Len Goodman added.

But Paul took the comments with good humour, revealing he had had a ‘wonderful time’ on the show.

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‘I’ve had a wonderful time on Strictly Come Dancing, I really have,’ he told hosts Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly. ‘If I hadn’t had a good time, I’d tell you.’

Paul was joined in the bottom two by Destiny’s Child Michelle Williams – who eventually made it through to next week’s show – while Corrie star Tina O’Brien missed out on the weekend’s dancing action, due to a bout of chicken pox.

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