'Strictly Come Dancing' Results: Julian MacDonald Voted Off After Dance-Off With Rachel Riley

Fashion designer Julian MacDonald became the third celebrity to exit 'Strictly Come Dancing' on Sunday night, after being placed in the dance-off for the third consecutive week.

The Welshman and his partner Janette Manera found himself up against 'Countdown' presenter Rachel Riley after they received the lowest amount of public votes combined with judges' scores.

But after each performed a dance-off, Julian was told by judges he would be going home.

Julian MacDonald leaves 'Strictly Come Dancing'

The award-winning designer, who is known for his heavily embellished dresses, said: "I'd like to thank everyone at home for voting for me, all the audience and the judges - even Craig! Most of all I've had an amazing time and this has been the best experience of my life and I've left on a high, I hope I have spiced everybody's night up!"

Julian and Rachel both performed their routines from last night's show again - Macdonald dancing the salsa to the Spice Girls' 'Spice Up Your Life' and Riley and partner Pasha Kovalev doing the quickstep to 'Johnny Got A Boom Boom' by Imelda May - in a bid to remain in the competition.

Afterwards judge Darcey Bussell said: "Both performances were 100 times better but for me it goes down to the difficulty of the dance and because of that I would like to save Rachel and Pasha."

Rachel Riley was also placed in the bottom two

Craig Revel Horwood added: "I am choosing the save the couple that simply danced the best on the night, Rachel and Pasha," while Bruno Tonioli said: "I have to go for content, skill and storytelling. My favourite dance was from Rachel and Pasha."

Julian scored 23 points in last night's show, along with Dave Myers and Deborah Meaden.

Meanwhile in joint place at the top of the chart were Abbey Clancy, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Natalie Gumede, who all scored a 35 out of a possible 40.


Strictly Come Dancing

Former 'Coronation Street' star Natalie wowed the judges with her performance after suffering from a compressed disc and sciatica which left her with chronic back pain all week and left her appearance in last night's show in doubt.

The results show also featured a performance from Keane along with this year's 'The Voice UK' winner Andrea Begley.

Twelve couples now remain in the competition and will dance again next Saturday.