Strictly Come Dancing 2012 celebs brand dance off "excruciating"

Richard Arnold (Strictly Come Dancing)

The Strictly Come Dancing stars have branded the first dance off "excruciating".

Sunday night saw the first elimination of the series, with Richard Arnold and Johnny Ball in the bottom two.

The pair had to dance off for the judges, who decided to save Richard from elimination.

Reacting after the first elimination of the series, Olympic cyclist Victoria Pendleton said: "It was pretty nerve wrecking, facing the elimination for the first time. I was like 'Please say Victoria and Brendan!'."

Richard Arnold, who was saved by the panel said: "It feels really nice to be saved be the judges, it was awful, you're standing there and it's excruciating."

And eliminated Johnny Ball added: "It's so sad to be out the first week. I thought I'd make a few more than that. It's such a wonderful show."

Meanwhile Victoria's pro Strictly dance partner Brendan Cole compared losing Johnny from the competition to the loss of a family member.

He said: "It really feels like you're losing a family member, it's so sad."

However it all continues again on Saturday and Sunday night this weekend, with the third week of live shows.

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