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Colin Salmon: 'Strictly beating X Factor in ratings is fantastic'

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Colin Salmon has said that he thinks Strictly Come Dancing beating The X Factor is "fantastic".

The celebrity dancing contest has been pulling away from its pop talent show rival in recent weeks, after years of dominance by the ITV1 programme.

Strictly Come Dancing: Colin and Kristina.

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Now Salmon, who is partnering Kristina Rihanoff in this year's Strictly, has told Metro that he thinks the recent ratings triumph is good news for everybody.

He argued: 'It's fantastic that Strictly is beating The X Factor for many reasons - but one of the main reasons is I think it's a fantastic piece of variety television.

'It is live, varied TV whereby we are really hanging ourselves out by the seam of our pants."

He continued: 'I love the fact that we have live musicians, I love the fact the camera work is phenomenal, the design, the costumes, the children are loving all of the dressing up.

Strictly Come Dancing Show 1: Kristina and Colin

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'It's just proper family television and it's a very positive thing to be a part of. I'm really, really enjoying myself.'

The Die Another Day star added that while all the competitors are taking the contest seriously, the competition isn't as fierce as he was expecting, with the onus instead being on supporting the hard work of their professional dance partners.

He said: "All of us want to support our partners. The professional partners have put a lot of time and effort into us and nobody wants to let their partners down, so that's the main driving force."

Salmon narrowly avoided leaving the show last week after ending up in the bottom two with Sid Owen - however, he and Rihanoff triumphed in the dance-off and the pair are back for tonight's show.

Watch Colin Salmon and Kristina Rihanoff dance the salsa on last week's Strictly Come Dancing below:

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