14/10/2012 19:40 BST

STRICTLY COME DANCING: First Couple Have To Say Goobye, After Denise Van Outen And James Top Leader Board

Johnny Ball and his partner Iveta Lukosiute were the first 'Strictly' couple to have to make their departure from the dance-floor after losing the first dance-off of the series.

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Richard Arnold and Erin Boag were forced to dance-off against Johnny Ball and partner Iveta Lukosiute

Ball, who had a last-minute change of partner after his original pairing Aliona Vilani hurt her ankle during rehearsals, had to compete against TV presenter Richard Arnold with his partner Erin Boag.

Johnny said before his final spin it was shame it had come down to these four, as they'd had the most fun backstage together, and afterwards he admitted it was the worst dance he'd done in his whole run.

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Johnny Ball admitted his final dance-off was the worst he'd performed in the show, but he thought he'd done pretty well "for his age"

All safely through were Nicky Byrne and Karen, Denise Van Outen and James, Lisa Riley and Robin, Louis Smith and Flavia, Fern Britton and Artem, Kimberley Walsh and Pasha, Colin Salmon and Kristina, Victoria Pendleton and Brendan, Dani Harmer and Vincent, Sid Owen and Ola, Jerry Hall and Anton, and Michael Vaughan and .

Denise Van Outen had topped the judges' leader board on Saturday night, despite suffering whiplash in rehearsals the previous week.

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