Stepping Out results: Denise Welch and Lincoln Townley eliminated first

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Denise Welch and Lincoln Townley have become the first couple to be eliminated from ITV dance competition Stepping Out.

The talent show - seen as the broadcaster's answer to Strictly Come Dancing - involves six celebrities and their real life partners putting their relationships to the test as they learn a new dance routine each week.

Last night's episode was the first to feature a public vote, which was combined with the judges' scores from the first two episodes to determine the results.

Unfortunately for Denise and Lincoln, they received another low score this week for their rumba, with The Front Row awarding it only 26 points out of a possible 60.

After host Davina McCall announced their exit, Lincoln said: "It's been amazing. We will definitely continue dancing.

"We are going to take what we have learned out of here and keep doing it."

However, it was a different story for JLS singer Oritse Williams and his girlfriend AJ Azari, who topped the leaderboard once again with 56 points for their salsa.

Mel B scored both of them ten out of ten - but warned them that she'd like to see them dancing together in the future, as she found herself watching AJ more than Oritse.

Brian McFadden and Vogue Williams were hot on their heels, gaining 47 points for their contemporary routine, while last week's lowest scorers Laurence and Jackie Llewelyn-Bowen shooting up to third with 36 points for their American Smooth.

Carl Froch and Rachel Cordingley just managed to improve on their first performance, earning 34 points for their bangra moves.

This meant Glynis Barber and Michael Brandon's line dance came last, on just 21 points - 16 less than they had recieved last week.

Stepping Out continues next Saturday at 6.30pm on ITV.

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