Strictly Come Dancing 2014: Jake Wood ‘Feeling Good’ but who will leave the Blackpool ballroom?

PUBLISHED: 12:08 16 November 2014 | UPDATED: 20:07 16 November 2014

Janette Manrara and Jake Wood dancing in Blackpool [Picture: BBC/Guy Levy]

Janette Manrara and Jake Wood dancing in Blackpool [Picture: BBC/Guy Levy]

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EastEnders favourite Jake Wood was ‘Feeling Good’ after his American Smooth in Blackpool – but will it be enough to keep him in the 2014 Strictly Come Dancing competition?

Jake Wood and Simon Webbe [Picture: BBC/Guy Levy]Jake Wood and Simon Webbe [Picture: BBC/Guy Levy]

The twinkle-toed talent from Tewin, who plays Max Branning in the BBC One soap, scored nines across the board from the judges for his performance on the dance floor at the Blackpool Tower Ballroom last night (Saturday).

After a couple of poor results in recent weeks, Jake and professional dance partner Janette Manrara scored 36 out of 40 for their slick American Smooth to Feeling Good by Michael Bublé.

You can watch their dance on the YouTube video clip above.

However, their score was only good enough for joint fifth on the leaderboard after rival couples also upped their game.

Janette Manrara and Jake Wood [Picture: BBC/Guy Levy]Janette Manrara and Jake Wood [Picture: BBC/Guy Levy]

After the Strictly Blackpool spectacular, the snake-hipped Jake took to Twitter to thank fans for keeping him in the competition so far.

Jake (@mrjakedwood) tweeted: “Wow that was an amazing experience. Thank you for all your support and for your votes. Great show tonight I thought x #StrictlyComeDancing”

After choreographing another great routine, dance partner Janette (@JManrara) also posted: “Wow!! Amazing night at Blackpool w/@mrjakedwood for @bbcstrictly! Everyone was FANTASTIC! Hope we all made you guys a happy audience!”

Blue star Simon Webbe and singer Pixie Lott topped the Saturday night leaderboard in Blackpool, both scoring 38 out of a possible 40.

Simon and partner Kristina Rihanoff performed the first Argentine Tango of the series and their sexy and sultry routine scored 38, with Darcey, Len and Bruno all giving 10 points.

Pixie and Trent Whiddon’s fierce Paso Doble to Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds also received tens from Len and Bruno.

Frankie Bridge and Kevin Clifton had earlier opened the show with a quickstep to The Jam’s A Town Called Malice.

They rocked the Blackpool Tower Ballroom and totalled an impressive 37 points, with both Len Goodman and Bruno handing out tens.

Their score was equalled by the final dance of the night, as Caroline Flack and Pasha Kovalev jived to Elton John’s Crocodile Rock.

Tennis ace Andy Murray’s mum Judy Murray failed to reach those giddy heights at the top of the Blackpool Tower, as she and Anton Du Beke were rock bottom of the leaderboard for the fourth successive week.

They totalled 24 points, their highest score of the series, for their Viennese Waltz to Let’s Go Fly a Kite.

Casualty actress Sunetra Sarker and Brendan Cole also found themselves perilously close to the bottom last night, despite scoring a respectable 30 points, and could face the dance-off.

Steve Backshall and Ola Jordan scored just one more point for their American Smooth and are also in danger of the dreaded dance-off on tonight’s Strictly Results Show.

Viewers will find out who leaves the competition tonight (Sunday) at 7.15pm on BBC One.

Here are the dances the couples performed in Blackpool, and their scores from the judges:

* Simon Webbe and Kristina Rihanoff: Argentine Tango to ‘El Tango De Roxanne’ from the film Moulin Rouge.

Score: 38.

* Pixie Lott and Trent Whiddon: Paso Doble to ‘The Eve of War’ by Jeff Wayne.

Score: 38.

* Caroline Flack and Pasha Kovalev: Jive to ‘Crocodile Rock’ by Elton John.

Score: 37.

* Frankie Bridge and Kevin Clifton: Quickstep to ‘A Town Called Malice’ by The Jam.

Score: 37.

* Jake Wood and Janette Manrara: American Smooth to ‘Feeling Good’.

Score: 36.

* Mark Wright and Karen Hauer: Charleston to ‘We No Speak Americano’ by Yolanda Be Cool.

Score: 36.

* Steve Backshall and Ola Jordan: American Smooth to ‘Rolling in the Deep’ by Adele.

Score: 31.

* Sunetra Sarker and Brendan Cole: Samba to ‘I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’ by Scissor Sisters.

Score: 30.

* Judy Murray and Anton Du Beke: Viennese Waltz to ‘Let’s Go Fly a Kite’ from the musical Mary Poppins.

Score: 24.


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