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Melvin Odoom is the first celebrity to leave Strictly Come Dancing 2016

The presenter is eliminated in the first results show of the series.

Credit: BBC / Guy Levy

Presenter Melvin Odoom was the first celebrity eliminated from this series of Strictly Come Dancing.

Melvin and his partner Janette Manrara found themselves in the bottom two along with Anastacia and her partner Brendan Cole. There was no dance off tonight as it was announced that Anastacia was unable to perform again following an injury.

That meant that the couple with the fewest votes was going straight home, and that was Melvin and Janette.

Speaking about his Strictly experience Melvin said, “I just need to say, every single person on this show; the contestants, the dancers, the production, the judges, everyone is absolutely amazing. It’s a blessing to be on the show and thank you for Janette, it’s been a great experience for me, thank you!”

Janette added, “In this industry, we get to meet a lot of different kind of people and I think Melvin is one of those individuals that you meet and never forget from the first moment you meet them. He’s got such a beautiful soul, such a gorgeous smile, an infectious personality and I just want to thank you for making this, although short, an extremely sweet journey amazing for me.”

Commenting on not being able to participate in the dance off Anastacia said, “I danced on Saturday even though the doctor had advised me to rest after I ripped the scar tissue around where I had my double mastectomy. After that I was unable to dance again and I was devastated that I couldn’t take part in the Dance Off. I am so very sad to see Melvin and Janette go, they are the most the most wonderful pair and I will miss Melvin’s unique spirit and beautiful smile.”

Tonight’s results show opened with a group dance featuring new pros Oksana Platero and Gorka Marquez taking centerstage. There was also a performance from Barry Gibb.

Strictly Come Dancing 2016 continues Saturday at 6.45pm. See all of the action from tonight’s results show below:

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