Lauren Steadman and AJ Pritchard were eliminated from Strictly (Credit: BBC)

Lauren Steadman and AJ Pritchard eliminated from Strictly

Ashley Roberts faced the dance-off for a third week running

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Lauren Steadman and AJ Pritchard have become the eighth couple to be voted off Strictly Come Dancing.

The show’s youngest pairing went toe to toe with Ashley Roberts and Pasha Kovalev, who found themselves in the dance-off for a third consecutive week.

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Ashley and Pasha scored a 40 last night (Credit: BBC) 

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On Saturday, all five of the remaining couples in the competition performed two routines.

Lauren found herself at the bottom of the leaderboard, while Ashley was at the top, joint with Faye Tozer, having scored a 40, her second of the series.

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Claudia and Tess presided over the semi-final (Credit: BBC)

When asked how she felt about being in the dance-off again,Ashley said: “We’re going to go out there and dance our hearts out. Again.”

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Ashley appeared gutted to be in the dance-off again (Credit: BBC)

They chose to perform their American smooth again.

Lauren, meanwhile, said she was happy to have got this far in the competition.

Craig Revel Horwood decided to keep Ashley and Pasha first, followed by Darcey Bussell, and then Bruno Tonioli.

Head judge Shirley Ballas said she agreed with that judgment.

Viewers had mixed reaction to seeing Ashley, who is so obviously one of the most talented dancers in the competition, face the dance-off yet again.

A lot was negative, due to her perceived professional status as a dancer.

There was plenty of support too…

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