Strictly Come Dancing results: Denise Van Outen expected to be in dance off

Denise Van Outen (Strictly Come Dancing)

Denise Van Outen has claimed she expected to be in the dance off on Strictly Come Dancing 2012 tonight.

Nicky Byrne became the latest star to leave the show in Sunday's Strictly Come Dancing 2012 results, losing in the dance off against Denise.

Speaking after his exit, 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. "

Praising his pro partner Karen Hauer, Nicky continued: "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.”

Denise meanwhile confessed: "I'm really pleased to go through but it's been a hard, tough evening, I kinda of expected it though."

Her pro partner James Jordan added: "I feel gutted for Nicky, especially to go with a hard time from the judges. I thought he did a really good job."

Browse pictures of this weekend's Strictly Come Dancing 2012 below...

Strictly Come Dancing continues this weekend with the semi-finals on Saturday 15th December at 6.30pm with the results show on Sunday 16th December at 7.30pm on BBC One and BBC One HD.

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