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Strictly Come Dancing: BBC apologises for judge swearing

Strictly judges from left to right, Craig Revel Horwood, Darcey Bussell, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli on the Saturday 15 November live show
Image caption The Strictly judges were impressed by Blue star Simon Webbe's Argentine Tango

The BBC apologised after Strictly Come Dancing judge Len Goodman swore during Saturday's live show.

The head judge appeared to mutter a curse word while praising the performance of Blue star Simon Webbe and his partner Kristina Rihanoff.

Strictly presenter Zoe Ball said: "Len got a little bit carried away with the excitement of the dance and I'm very sorry for the bad language."

The BBC One show was broadcast live from Blackpool's Tower Ballroom.

Webbe scored 38 points out of a possible 40 for an Argentine Tango and received plaudits from all four judges.

'Appalling' posture

His score was later matched by pop star Pixie Lott who took on the Paso Doble with her dance partner Trent Whiddon.

There are nine celebrities left on the show, including television presenter Caroline Flack, reality TV star Mark Wright and Judy Murray, mother of British tennis star Andy Murray.

Murray's performances have been popular with audiences but not the judges.

On Saturday's show, Murray and her partner Anton du Beke danced the Viennese Waltz to Let's Go Fly a Kite from the musical Mary Poppins. They scored the lowest points of the night.

Judge Craig Revel Horwood told her she had "appalling" posture and there was only "a good 15 seconds" in the whole routine.

Another contestant will be eliminated following a dance-off on Sunday night's show.

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