Strictly Come Dancing 2014: Jake Wood’s jive to leave the judges All Shook Up?

Jake Wood and Janette Manrara scored 40 for their Strictly Come Dancing waltz [Picture: BBC / Guy Levy]

Jake Wood and Janette Manrara scored 40 for their Strictly Come Dancing waltz [Picture: BBC / Guy Levy]

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Snake-hipped EastEnders actor Jake Wood will be showcasing his Elvis pelvis as he attempts to jive his way into the final dozen of the 2014 series of Strictly Come Dancing.

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

Strictly returns to BBC One tonight (Saturday) from 6.30pm with co-hosts Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman presenting another round of the star-studded competition after last week’s glitzy Movie Week spectacular.

Two couples have already left the sparkle and spray tan behind, as the battle for the Strictly 2014 title hots up.

And the routines and music the remaining 13 sequinned-clad celebrities will be dancing to this evening have been confirmed.

Performing a selection of dazzling ballroom and Latin routines, the dancing duos will hope to win over the audience and make it one step closer to the final.

Tewin-based actor Jake, who plays bed-hopping Albert Square bad boy Max Branning in the BBC One soap, will be tackling the jive in tonight’s week four live show, having already mastered the tango, salsa and the waltz in the opening three rounds.

The EastEnders star from Hertfordshire and professional dance partner Janette Manrara will be performing to All Shook Up by Elvis Presley.

Along with the other pairs, they must impress judges Darcey Bussell, Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood, who will be watching their every move before passing their verdicts.

The lines will then open for viewers to cast their votes, deciding who will dance for survival on Sunday’s Results Show.

Despite The Saturdays’ Frankie Bridge topping the judges’ leaderboard last weekend, Jake is currently runaway favourite to lift the Glitterball trophy with Welwyn Hatfield Times readers, polling 36 per cent of the votes so far on our website

And the hips are back as Jake dances to The King.

During training, he tweeted: “Pleased to announce me and @JManrara are dancing a jive this week to Elvis ‘All Shook Up’! Lovin’ it!! #StrictlyComeDancing #hisnameisjake”

Earlier in the week, Janette Manrara tweeted: “Intense 3 hours w/ @mrjakedwood! So impressed he finds time for being a dad, a husband, a Max Branning, & an AMAZING dance partner!”

She later said their jive was a “tiring dance” but added it was “definitely a fun one”.

Janette tweeted on Thursday: “It’s fun to jive but definitely hard on the legs! Exhausted today w/ @mrjakedwood! But, we got through it!”

While Jake wrote on Twitter: “A wise man once told me that if you jive for 20 hours a week your legs get very sore. I never believed him. But now I do”.

You can see the results of their hard word on tonight’s show from 6.30pm on BBC One.

Below is the full list of celebrities with their dances and songs:

* Alison Hammond and Aljaž Skorjanec will perform the Samba to Bootylicious by Destiny’s Child.

* Caroline Flack and Pasha Kovalev will perform the Quickstep to We Go Together from the musical Grease.

* Frankie Bridge and Kevin Clifton will perform the Cha Cha to Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen.

* Jake Wood and Janette Manrara will perform the Jive to All Shook Up by Elvis Presley.

* Judy Murray and Anton Du Beke will perform the Tango to Jealousy by Billy Fury.

* Mark Wright and Karen Hauer will perform the Quickstep to Tiger Feet by Mud.

* Pixie Lott and Trent Whiddon will perform the Rumba to Stay With Me by Sam Smith.

* Scott Mills and Joanne Clifton will perform the American Smooth to Total Eclipse of the Heart by Bonnie Tyler.

* Simon Webbe and Kristina Rihanoff will perform the Charleston to My Old Man (Said Follow The Van).

* Steve Backshall and Ola Jordan will perform the Salsa to Jump in the Line by Harry Belafonte.

* Sunetra Sarker and Brendan Cole will perform the Salsa to Turn the Beat Around by Vicki Sue Robinson.

* Thom Evans and Iveta Lukosuite will perform the Foxtrot to Build Me Up Buttercup by The Foundations.

* Tim Wonnacott and Natalie Lowe will perform the Paso Doble to The Best by Tina Turner.

Strictly Come Dancing can be seen tonight (Saturday, October 18) on BBC One from 6.30pm to 8.25pm.

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