Strictly 2012: Nicky Byrne leaves (sob) in dance-off with Denise Van Outen

Westlife's Nicky Byrne became the latest celebrity to leave Strictly Come Dancing, after he found himself in the dance-off with Denise Van Outen.

Nicky Byrne and Karen went out of the show tonight. Copyright [Rex]

NOOOO we hear you cry.

The Irish hottie didn't impress judges on Saturday night's show with his American Smooth/foxtrot routine to Olly Murs' 'Troublemaker' and scored just 27 points.

And he was joined in the dance-off by favourite throughout the series Denise Van Outen, who we never thought would be dancing her way out of trouble.

Judges Craig Revel Horwood, Darcey Bussell and Bruno Tonioli ALL voted in favour of keeping Essex star Denise after both couples danced again on the Results Show.

Nicky said “It has been just so much fun. It is the biggest and best show in the world. To come out every Saturday night is hard but it’s playing a different character, doing a different dance – it’s just been amazing. 

"Karen, every week, every day has been incredible. We had a bit of a shaky start in terms of judges and stuff, but we just seemed to improve. 

"I have to say thank you to the judges – you have been absolutely amazing with all your advice, all the people backstage – even the people that get you your coffee - I am going to miss the whole thing it’s been an amazing experience.”

Karen added: “I just want to say thank you to everyone – all the celebs and professional dancers. It’s been my first year and I could not have asked for a better celeb – [to Nicky] you were amazing.”

Craig had predicted on Saturday night that Nicky would be finding himself in the dance-off: "There wasn't any bounce - your posture was awful in the American Smooth. I suspect that we're going to be seeing that dance again."
Meanwhile it was Girls Aloud star Kimberley Walsh who REALLY wowed this week, scoring a perfect score of 40 on Saturday night's show.

The beauty danced a combination of the cha-cha-cha and the tango to the Weather Girls' 'It's Raining Men' with her partner Pasha Kovalev and was catapulted to the top of the leader board after landing an impressive four 10s from the judges.

Bruno Tonioli described it as "the dance of the season" and the high score put the couple two points ahead of Dani Harmer and Vincent Simone, whose "extraordinary" Charleston/quickstep to Paul Whiteman's 'Happy Feet' was described as "extraordinary", scored 38, including their first 10s of the series.

In third place, Louis Smith and Flavia Cacace danced a rumba/tango to U2's 'With or Without You', matching their score of 37 from last week.