Tameka Empson speaks out over shock Strictly Come Dancing exit

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Tameka Empson has spoken out after making a surprise exit from Strictly Come Dancing 2016.

It was EatsEnders star Tameka who left in tonight's Strictly Come Dancing 2016 results after dancing off against Laura Whitmore.

After Saturday's show Tameka and Laura looked to be in a strong position based on the judges' marks.

However Judge Rinder, Lesley Joseph, Anastacia, Naga Munchetty and Ed Balls all leap frogged the pair once the viewer vote was added, leaving them in the bottom two.

Laura and Tameka reprised their dances for the judges who decided which should stay.

It wasn't a unanimous vote - Darcey baked Tameka but Bruno and Craig backed Laura - leaving head judge Len Goodman to decide.

Len said: “In my opinion neither should be in the dance off but that’s the nature of the thing. But I’ve got to go with the couple that I felt did the more polished performance and that’s Laura and Giovanni.”

As a result it was Tameka and Gorka who found themselves leaving the competition.

When asked by Tess if she had enjoyed her time on the show, Tameka said: “I have enjoyed my time immensely I really have. The costume, the hair, everybody. There are just so many people. Every department shows a lot of love and you guys watch it at home but it’s really lovely to be a part of it and I’m grateful so thank you.”

Gorka was asked if he had any words for Tameka and said: “Well she knows already everything as I say it all the time. Thank you. Thank you for being an amazing partner, for teaching me so many things in this new world for me. And thank you for being such an amazing person.”

Tameka added: “Gorka is such a lovely person, I think he is a great asset to the show. And you have showed me so much passion, so much patience, motivation and I love you. I really do. I think you’re fantastic.”

Strictly Come Dancing 2016 results next Saturday and Sunday night on BBC One.

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