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Strictly’s Caroline Quentin looks sombre as she leaves studio after elimination

She was the fourth contestant to be eliminated from Strictly Come Dancing this year after falling short in the dance off against Maisie Smith.

And Caroline Quentin looked a little downtrodden as she left the BBC studios for the last time after Sunday evening’s pre-recorded results show.

The former Jonathan Creek star, 60, had abandoned her glitzy red ballgown for a cozy blue jumper and black leggings as she headed home in her car.

Goodbye! Strictly's Caroline Quentin looked a little downtrodden as she left the BBC studios for the last time after being eliminated during Sunday evening's pre-recorded results show

Goodbye! Strictly's Caroline Quentin looked a little downtrodden as she left the BBC studios for the last time after being eliminated during Sunday evening's pre-recorded results show

Goodbye! Strictly’s Caroline Quentin looked a little downtrodden as she left the BBC studios for the last time after being eliminated during Sunday evening’s pre-recorded results show

But she was still sporting a glamorous palette of make-up and a slick of red lipstick after the show, and wore her short silver curls naturally tucked behind her ears.

Caroline also made sure to keep herself protected amid the Covid-19 pandemic and held a vibrant orange scarf across her nose and mouth.

The broadcaster left the studios with a stunning bouquet of flowers and a handwritten ‘thank you’ note, presumably gifted to her by the Strictly team.

She clutched an umbrella securely in one hand amid the rainy autumnal weather and carried a large beige shoulder bag filled with her belongings.

Eliminated: The former Jonathan Creek star, 60, had abandoned her glitzy red ballgown for a cozy blue jumper and black leggings as she headed home in her car

Eliminated: The former Jonathan Creek star, 60, had abandoned her glitzy red ballgown for a cozy blue jumper and black leggings as she headed home in her car

Eliminated: The former Jonathan Creek star, 60, had abandoned her glitzy red ballgown for a cozy blue jumper and black leggings as she headed home in her car

Safety first: Caroline made sure to keep herself protected amid the Covid-19 pandemic and held a vibrant orange scarf across her nose and mouth

Safety first: Caroline made sure to keep herself protected amid the Covid-19 pandemic and held a vibrant orange scarf across her nose and mouth

You'll be missed! Caroline left the studios with a bouquet of flowers and a handwritten 'thank you' note, presumably gifted to her by the Strictly team

You'll be missed! Caroline left the studios with a bouquet of flowers and a handwritten 'thank you' note, presumably gifted to her by the Strictly team

You’ll be missed! Caroline held a vibrant orange scarf across her face amid the Covid-19 crisis and left the studios with a bouquet of flowers and a handwritten ‘thank you’ note

The Blue Murder star was saddened to be leaving the dance competition as she claimed that her five-week stint had fulfilled her childhood dream of becoming a dancer.

She caused quite the stir during her Cha Cha on Saturday night as she appeared to cheekily lick her professional partner Johannes Radebe’s arm.

Caroline seemed to be in her element during the ‘Blackpool’ special of the show, throwing herself into the fun-filled routine, which she and her cat were saved by Johannes, who posed as a firefighter.

And just as she was performing some intricate moves, the Men Behaving Badly actress leaned forward and got a taste of her partner’s bicep, before moving seamlessly into her next step.

Dream come true: The Blue Murder star was gutted to be leaving the competition this week as she claimed that her five-week stint had fulfilled her childhood dream of becoming a dancer

Dream come true: The Blue Murder star was gutted to be leaving the competition this week as she claimed that her five-week stint had fulfilled her childhood dream of becoming a dancer

Dream come true: The Blue Murder star was gutted to be leaving the competition this week as she claimed that her five-week stint had fulfilled her childhood dream of becoming a dancer

Head judge Shirley later praised the energetic routine, remarking on her ‘beautiful posture’, before suddenly turning her attention to the unexpected lick. 

Pointing to the dance floor, she asked: ‘Were you licking his arm then?’  

Responding to her remarks, Caroline said: ‘I was licking his arm for the nation, I’d like to say’ as Johannes giggled behind her.

But Caroline sadly fell short when she and South African dancer Johannes performed the Cha Cha to Rescue Me by Fontella Bass after ranking in the bottom two.

Meanwhile, their dance-off rivals Maisie, 19, and professional partner Gorka Márquez danced the Salsa to Meghan Trainor’s Better When I’m Dancing.

Fun: Caroline seemed to be in her element during the 'Blackpool' special of the show, throwing herself into routine, which saw she and her cat saved by Johannes, who posed as a firefighter

Fun: Caroline seemed to be in her element during the 'Blackpool' special of the show, throwing herself into routine, which saw she and her cat saved by Johannes, who posed as a firefighter

Fun: Caroline seemed to be in her element during the ‘Blackpool’ special of the show, throwing herself into routine, which saw she and her cat saved by Johannes, who posed as a firefighter

It was the EastEnders star’s second week running in the dreaded dance-off, despite scoring her highest set of points yet, following a challenging couple of weeks.

Judges Craig Revel Horwood, Shirley Ballas and Anton Du Beke – who filled in for Motsi Mabuse while she self-isolates – unanimously chose to save the soap actress once again. 

Speaking after her elimination, she hailed her professional partner, 33, as her ‘greatest gift’ as she hopes she has made a lifelong friendship with Johannes.

When asked whether she’s accomplished her aims by appearing on the BBC hit, presenter Caroline told hosts Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly: ‘Yeah.

Friends forever: Speaking after her elimination, Caroline hailed her professional partner Johannes Radebe, 33, as her 'greatest gift' as she hopes she has made a lifelong friendship

Friends forever: Speaking after her elimination, Caroline hailed her professional partner Johannes Radebe, 33, as her 'greatest gift' as she hopes she has made a lifelong friendship

Friends forever: Speaking after her elimination, Caroline hailed her professional partner Johannes Radebe, 33, as her ‘greatest gift’ as she hopes she has made a lifelong friendship

‘In a way slightly more than that because I have had the honour and privilege of working with some of the greatest dancers this country has ever known I mean I really believe it, I think they are absolutely fantastic. 

‘But of course my greatest gift coming on this show is this man.’

Choreographer Johannes expressed his gratitude towards the axed star as he added: ‘Oh my gosh, what a woman, thank you, thank you again!

‘Thank you, thank you, thank you. I don’t know what to say, because it was a beautiful one, I had a beautiful journey with you, thank you my darling, thank you.’ 

Gone: Caroline fell short when she and South African dancer Johannes performed the Cha Cha to Rescue Me by Fontella Bass against Maisie Smith and Gorka Marquez in the dance-off

Gone: Caroline fell short when she and South African dancer Johannes performed the Cha Cha to Rescue Me by Fontella Bass against Maisie Smith and Gorka Marquez in the dance-off

Gone: Caroline fell short when she and South African dancer Johannes performed the Cha Cha to Rescue Me by Fontella Bass against Maisie Smith and Gorka Marquez in the dance-off

Source: Daily Mail | BBC News & Gossip

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