Rav Wilding is booted off Strictly

Crimewatch presenter Rav Wilding loses out to Oxo mum Lynda Bellingham on Strictly Come Dancing

The male eye candy count on Strictly Come Dancing is dwindling, as Crimewatch presenter Rav Wilding became the third contestant to be voted off the show.

Rav narrowly lost out to Oxo mum Lynda Bellingham, despite putting in a cartwheel at the end of his quickstep performance.

Strictly judge Craig Revel Horwood described Rav‘s moves as ‘disjointed’ and ‘orangutan-ish’. Oh dear!

But judge Len Goodman was a little kinder on the former soldier and policeman. ‘You got a difficult dance that didn’t suit you,’ he said.

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It was still not enough to save Rav, 31, and partner Aliona Vilani in the dance-off with Lynda.

Lynda’s strong paso doble put her in the judges’ favour, despite only scoring 25 points on Saturday night.

Rav later blamed jammed phonelines for getting the boot from the show, claiming fans had been unable to vote for him.

Sorry for so many of you who say you tried to vote and couldn’t get through. Maybe you would have saved me,’ Rav posted on his Twitter page.

But a BBC spokesperson told The Sun, ‘The phonelines are carefully monitored on the night and independently verified. There were no reported problems with lines for any of the contestants.’

Boxer Joe Calzaghe came bottom of the board, after his paso doble with real-life partner Kristina Rihanoff only scored him 19 points. But the public voted to keep him in the competition for one more week.

Hollyoaks star Ricky Whittle put in the best performance of the night, for the second week running. But will he be able to keep his crown as the dancing gets more competitive?

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