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Chris Ramsey favourite to get the boot after Strictly Come Dancing semi-final

Kelvin Fletcher is at the top of the leaderboard.

Funnyman Chris Ramsey is favourite to get the boot after Strictly Come Dancing’s semi-final.

The show saw four celebrities compete for a place in the final week of the hit, BBC One competition.

Ramsey, 33, is up against EastEnders actress Emma Barton, CBBC star Karim Zeroual  and ex-Emmerdale actor Kelvin Fletcher.

Fletcher, 35, and dance partner Oti Mabuse ended the show at the top of the Strictly Come Dancing leaderboard, with a score of 77.

And with only three places in the final, bookies have made comedian Ramsey and his partner Karen Hauer favourite to get the boot on Sunday.

The pair performed a Viennese Waltz and a rumba.

But their efforts have put them at the bottom of the leaderboard with a score of 54.

Judges cited “too many mistakes”, saying Ramsey’s “footwork went off the rails”.

But some viewers complained on Twitter that he had been marked too harshly and that the judges were too generous with Barton, 42.

Fletcher and Mabuse performed a quickstep and a paso doble, leaving the judges with “goosebumps”.

Their quickstep prompted a standing ovation from Shirley Ballas, Motsi Mabuse and Bruno Tonioli.

But it was an accidental innuendo that had the judges in hysterics, when Ballas exclaimed to Fletcher “your woodpecker, that was amazing”.

To a puzzled Fletcher, she had to explain it was a dance move.

The comment came after Fletcher has wowed viewers and judges during the course of the show, with his “sensual hip action” and for “oozing masculinity”.

Barton  – the only woman left in the competition – and Du Beke performed a waltz and a cha cha cha.

Zeroual, 26, and  Dowden performed an Argentine tango and an American Smooth, putting them second on the leaderboard.

Ballas said it was one of the most difficult Argentine tango routines she had seen.

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