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Goodman defends Bellingham axe decision

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Goodman defends Bellingham axe decision

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Len Goodman has insisted that he made the right decision in voting Lynda Bellingham off Strictly Come Dancing.

The head judge on the BBC One show was responding to professional dancer Darren Bennett's remarks that he was "gobsmacked" about the dance-off result on Saturday.

"[Darren] dances with Lynda and of course he wants to go back and he wants to defend his position," Goodman told It Take Two. "Lynda is a lovely person, she's got a great personality, I loved her attitude on Strictly, whereas Craig is maybe not such a smiley character - so I can understand people's attitude, 'Oh, why didn't Lynda win?'

"I'll tell you why. Because the key to the foxtrot is the slow. You have to drive off it and without it the foxtrot loses it's character. Now, Lynda's foxtrot was nearly all quick - I'm not blaming Darren for this, I think all the pros do a great job - but if you look at it back and speak to anyone like Karen Hardy, they will tell you that it's virtually all quick throughout the dance."

He added: "I've often said it, but the boy celebrities have a far harder task in the ballroom dances. Apart from all the feet, they've got to look after that hold."

Speaking about the public's response to Bellingham's departure, he said: "A woman at the airport said to me, 'I'm very disappointed Lynda was kicked off'. I said, 'Did you vote?' and she said, 'Oh, no'. Don't moan if you don't phone!"

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