Johnny Ball is first to leave Strictly Come Dancing

Johnny Ball is the first contestant to leave 'Strictly Come Dancing'.

The TV personality and his professional partner Iveta Lukosiute were forced into a dance-off with Richard Arnold and his partner Erin Boag last night (14.10.12) after both couples scored the lowest points in the public vote, but the 74-year-old lost out after judges voted Richard to stay.

Before Johnny left the competition he looked back on his short time on the show, saying: ''I think for my age I did quite, quite well. I'm so disappointed I'm leaving, I really, really am.''

Both couples performed their routines for a second time when battling it out - with Johnny and Iveta dancing a fox-trot to 'Everything' by Michael Buble and Richard and Erin cha-chaing to 'Love Shack' by The B52s.

Judge Bruno Tonioli said to the contestants: ''For both couples it wasn't as good the second time round. Again, for content alone, for that reason I would go for Richard and Erin.''

Fellow judge Craig Revel Horwood supported his choice, as did Darcey Bussell, who said: ''For me, it is about the dance content between the two dances, and who gave me the most confidence in them (as a couple), and for me that is Richard and Erin.''

Johnny's daughter Zoe Ball - who hosts 'Strictly' spin off show 'It Takes Two' - said last week that she was proud of her father, explaining: ''My dad has embarrassed me quite a lot during my life in the same way that I now embarrass my children

''It's your job as a parent to embarrass and humiliate your children as much as you can to get them back for the stress they cause you at times!

''I feel very proud of Dad. Anything he does out there will be amazing and I am certainly not worrying about the fact he is the oldest contestant.''

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