Strictly Come Dancing 2014: Jake Wood’s Greek tragedy leaves him facing possible dance-off

PUBLISHED: 22:49 29 November 2014 | UPDATED: 18:46 30 November 2014

Jake Wood and Janette Manrara's Argentine Tango on Strictly Come Dancing  [Picture: BBC / Guy Levy]

Jake Wood and Janette Manrara's Argentine Tango on Strictly Come Dancing [Picture: BBC / Guy Levy]

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EastEnders actor Jake Wood needs the viewers’ votes to keep him in Strictly Come Dancing after scoring just five from one of the judges for his dance “disaster” to Zorba the Greek.

Jake Wood [Picture: BBC / Guy Levy]Jake Wood [Picture: BBC / Guy Levy]

With an Around the World theme for tonight’s live show, Jake and partner Janette Manrara performed a Greek-themed Argentine Tango.

However, the couple scored just 29 from the four judges to finish second last on the leaderboard.

Judge Craig Revel Horwood thought it was a dance disaster and gave the snake-hipped actor from Tewin, Hertfordshire, a paltry five – his lowest singular score of the series so far.

Darcey Bussell also said: “You did lose your balance and then we got very messy… It was a shame that that went wrong because I could see that there was going to be something very special there.”

Only Sunetra Sarker and Brendan Cole scored lower overall than Jake and Janette with 27, and both couples are in danger of facing the dreaded dance-off in Sunday’s Strictly results show and, possibly, missing out on a quarter-final spot.

Mark Wright and Karen Hauer finished third from bottom with the judges, and will also be counting on the viewers to keep them in the show for another week.

After the show, Jake (@mrjakedwood) tweeted: “Whatever happens we’ll always give it 100%. Thank you SO much from me and @JManrara to everyone who voted, appreciate your support”

While his partner Janette also took to Twitter to tell her followers: “We need your votes more than ever tonight! @mrjakedwood did the best he could! I am proud of him as I am every other week! #ThingsHappen”

Former Strictly professional James Jordan was fuming at Craig’s scoring of Jake and Janette – and urged his 165,000 Twitter followers to vote for them this week.

In his weekly online Strictly tweets, James (@The_JamesJordan), posted: “SEE extra dancers danced into him!!

And after hearing the judges’ comments, James tweeted: “Jake What is Craig talking about??? I loved it....!!!!! He is what Strictly is all about!!! Never danced and giving it all. LOVE THEM”

He added: “What are they talking about.... They danced into him!!! He is amazing!!!! I’m angry..... Please VOTE JAKE!!!!!”

Viewer Jane Callaghan (@JaneEMCallaghan) backed Jake, and tweeted: “@The_JamesJordan Totally agree. It’s not his fault a professional dancer ran into him! Very unfair.”

Michelle Hedley (@Shelle02) also tweeted: “@The_JamesJordan Have never been more disgusted at the judges than tonight with Jake! Have done all my online votes for him He deserves it”

James Jordan later added from his official Twitter account: “I’m glad I helped to get @mrjakedwood and @JManrara loads of votes tonight.

“He is what Strictly is about.... Not his best but must stay!!”

Caroline Flack and Pasha Kovalev topped the leaderboard with 39 out of 40, including three tens, for their Turkish delight of a Charleston to They Might Be Giants’ version of ‘Istanbul’.

Len Goodman praised the couple, saying: “I had a good vibe about this dance and it was your best yet.”

Craig also said to Caroline: “I can see you doing that at the final.”

Pixie Lott and Simon Webbe both scored 38 for their routines, while Frankie Bridge totalled 36.

Here are the dances the remaining couples performed and their scores:

* Caroline Flack and Pasha Kovalev: Charleston to They Might Be Giants’ version of ‘Istanbul’.

SCORE: 39.

* Simon Webbe and Kristina Rihanoff: Waltz to ‘Edelweiss’ from The Sound of Music.

SCORE: 38.

* Pixie Lott and Trent Whiddon: Viennese Waltz to ‘Tulips From Amsterdam’ by Max Bygraves.

SCORE: 38.

* Frankie Bridge and Kevin Clifton: Jive to ‘Surfin’ USA’ by The Beach Boys.

SCORE: 36.

* Mark Wright and Karen Hauer: Salsa to ‘Viva Las Vegas’ by Elvis Presley.

SCORE: 32.

* Jake Wood and Janette Manrara: Argentine Tango to ‘Zorba The Greek’.

SCORE: 29.

* Sunetra Sarker and Brendan Cole: Rumba to Michael Bolton’s version of ‘Girl From Ipanema’.

SCORE: 27.

Strictly Come Dancing The Results is on Sunday at 7.15pm on BBC One.


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