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Graeme Swann graciously messages angry fans after Bruno Tonioli backlash

His time on the show came to an end last night

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Graeme Swann has opened up about his Strictly Come Dancing experience after losing his place on the show.

The cricketer became the ninth celebrity to leave the competition last night, after going up against former Pussycat Doll Ashley Roberts and her pro partner Pasha Kovalev in the bottom two.

Ashley and Graeme went head to head
Graeme lost out to Ashley on the night (Credit: Wenn/BBC)

Graeme even made a cheeky remark about his dancing expertise as he was booted off the show, which was thought to be about Ashley’s experience.

The 39-year-old sportsman joked: “Secretly I’ve had 25 years of ballroom experience, but I kept that to myself.”

However, he also hailed Ashley, 37, as an “incredible dancer”.

Oti and Graeme were elminated
Graeme and Oti lost their place in the competition (Credit: Wenn/BBC)

He later thanked viewers and his professional partner, Oti Mabuse, on Twitter.

Graeme wrote: “And so the @bbcstrictly adventure comes to an end. I embraced it with all I had and loved every minute. Your messages of love and support are beautiful and I thank you all.

“I’m the lucky one, I got to spend ten weeks with the truly incredible @OtiMabuse.”

Oti, 28, couldn’t praise Graeme enough after their journey together on the show.

She called their time “unforgettable” and said fans helped them get through each week.

They have had fun on the show
They have had a blast over the weeks (Credit: Wenn/BBC)

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She tweeted: “Just want to truly make a special thank you to everyone who was on our side, sent positive messages and energy to us.

“Without you we wouldn’t have made it passed week 2 thank you for voting and seeing and hope and potential is Graeme and myself! It’s been unforgettable.”

Meanwhile, Ashley shared her gratitude for staying in the competition.

Fans voiced their sadness at Graeme leaving the competition, with some feeling judge Craig Revel-Horwood was too harsh for calling his elimination a “no brainer”.

While judge Bruno Tonioli said Ashley was “much stronger on every level”.

Craig and Bruno gave their opinion
Craig and Bruno had their say (Credit: BBC)

However, it’s not the last we will be seeing of Oti.

She will be back on our screens alongside Cheryl Tweedy, to judge new dance show The Greatest Dancer.

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The new show is set to air next year.

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