Tameka Empson's shock exit upsets Strictly Come Dancing fans


Fans have rallied around Tameka Empson after she became the second contestant to get the boot from Strictly.

The EastEnders actress, 39, is off the show following a dance-off which took place with TV presenter Laura Whitmore, 31, despite Tameka having an injury.

Last week's episode saw radio DJ Melvin Odoom, 36, leave the show after receiving the fewest public votes, after Anastacia, 48, was allowed to pull out of the dance-off due to a serious injury.

Tameka Empson with her dance partner Gorka Marquez (Jay Brooks/BBC)

"I did have injuries today but I didn't really want to focus on that," Tameka said.

"It was always going to be tough in the whole competition but I'm really gutted that I'm leaving."

Tameka is thought to have suffered problems with her knee and back.

Her dance partner Gorka Marquez accepted the judges' decision to save Laura.

But TV star Miranda Hart was not so happy:

Gabby Logan was also unimpressed, retweeting Miranda's message with a thumbs down logo:

Professional dancer Kevin Clifton, who is partnered with Louise Redknapp, paid tribute:

Former professional dancer Robin Windsor was annoyed:

Some viewers wondered whether Tameka had accidentally let slip the result before it was broadcast.

Tameka later said that by "tangoed", she hadn't meant that she'd got the boot.

The exit of two black stars in the first weeks has also sparked a racism row.