Last salsa on Strictly for TV's Fern

Updated: 12 November 2012 10:58

TV presenter and novelist Fern Britton has become the fifth celebrity contestant to be voted off Strictly Come Dancing.

TV presenter and novelist Fern Britton has become the fifth celebrity contestant to be voted off Strictly Come Dancing.

Britton and professional dance partner Artem Chigvintsev were placed in the bottom two with Girls Aloud singer Kimberley Walsh and her partner Pasha Kovalev.

Walsh and Kovalev, one of the show's best couples, danced the Viennese Waltz in the dance-off, while Britton and Chigvintsev danced the salsa.

Judges Craig Revel Horwood, Darcey Bussell and Bruno Tonioli all voted to save Walsh and Kovalev, with head judge Len Goodman adding that he would have voted the same way.

After her elimination, Britton said: "This is the best party on the television, it's the best programme in the world, and I'm thrilled to have been part of it.

"My ticket on the train has run out. Everyone else - good luck, good luck, good luck! It's the best party. You've got dancing in the drawing room, you've got snogging upstairs, you've got throwing up in the garden. It's been fantastic. You really do live that - the throwing up mostly!"

Addressing Chigvintsev, she added: "Artem, I've loved it. I wouldn't have swapped you for anything. "There have been highs and lows, we've got to know each other pretty well, and I do adore you... and Kimberley and Pasha are fantastic."