Dancing With The Stars NZ: Anna Wilcox sent home after season's first dance-off

Anna Wilcox has been eliminated from Dancing with the Stars NZ following this season's first ever dance-off.

The Olympic freestyle skiier found herself in the bottom two and was forced into a showdown with kids' TV presenter K'Lee.

But with K'Lee having bravely danced twice after being struck down with whiplash in a rehearsal, the judges sided with her and sent Wilcox home.

"I've had such a good time and met such amazing people - the cast this year have been incredible and the production staff have been unbelievable," she said after her exit was sealed.

"It's been such a privilege to dance for the Mental Health Foundation, so thank you so much for having me on this show - I've had such a good time.

"And thank you to Brad!" she added, turning to her dance partner, who had some words of his own.

"I'm absolutely so proud of what you've done," he told her. "You've come out here every week and done something different, and I couldn't ask for anything better."

The next episode of DWTS NZ will air on Sunday at 7pm on Three. The full episode can be watched again on ThreeNow.

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