Strictly Come Dancing 2014 semi-final result: Jake Wood misses out on final spot
PUBLISHED: 20:01 14 December 2014 | UPDATED: 20:17 14 December 2014
EastEnders actor Jake Wood was voted off Strictly Come Dancing tonight (Sunday) after finding himself in the dreaded dance-off for the first time.
The snake-hipped Tewin-based star and professional dance partner Janette Manrara finished bottom of the leaderboard in Saturday’s live semi-final.
And Jake, who plays Max Branning in the BBC One soap, and Janette were in the bottom two couples, with Mark Wright and professional Karen Hauer, after the viewers’ votes had been added to the judges’ scores.
After taking to the ballroom once more in tonight’s Strictly Come Dancing Results Show, the judges decided to keep Mark Wright in the competition, meaning Jake misses next weekend’s final showdown.
On an emotional evening, head judge Len Goodman had the casting vote and saved Mark Wright.
After hanging up his dancing shoes, Jake – @mrjakedwood – tweeted: “To @JManrara, the best dancer ever to walk this earth, a million thank yous. Cheers #strictly it’s been a blast”
Despite failing to win over the judges, Jake impressed The Apprentice’s Alan Sugar.
Taking to Twitter, Lord Sugar tweeted: “Nice fellow Jake. Never had a dance lesson in his life was great to get this far @mrjakedwood well done son”
While It Takes Two presenter Zoe Ball tweeted: “Love you @mrjakedwood @JManrara Outstanding dancers been a joy to watch x @bbcstrictly”
Footballer turned TV presenter Darren Eadie also tweeted: “More shocking than an #EastEnders story line........ @mrjakedwood OUT of #strictly he was magnif!”
Celebrities still in contention for the Strictly Glitterball are TV presenter Caroline Flack with Pasha Kovalev, The Saturdays singer Frankie Bridge and Kevin Clifton, Blue star Simon Webbe with Kristina Rihanoff, and former TOWIE Mark Wright and Karen Hauer.
But Jake has waved goodbye to the competition with the final just one step away.
On Saturday, Jake and Janette scored 30 out of 40 for the opening dance of the night, a Cha Cha to Boogie Shoes by KC and the Sunshine Band.
They performed the routine again in the dance-off tonight.
Their second routine on Saturday night, a Viennese Waltz to When a Man Loves a Woman, scored 31, giving them an overall mark of 61 out of 80, leaving them bottom of the leaderboard and facing the Strictly exit door.
Caroline and Pasha had topped the leaderboard, scoring a maximum 40 for their hot salsa.
After reaching the final, Caroline (@carolineflack1) tweeted: “Wow wow wow. I feel so lucky. With sounding like a complete soppy twit... Thank you so much if you voted...it’s changed my life xxxx”
Here are the routines the pairs performed on Saturday and their scores.
Caroline and Pasha
* The Foxtrot to Josef Salvat’s version of Diamonds
* The Salsa to Maria by Ricky Martin.
Frankie and Kevin
* The Argentine Tango to The 5th by David Garrett.
* The Rumba to Lily Allen’s version of Somewhere Only We Know
Simon and Kristina
* The Samba to I Like To Move It by Reel 2 Real.
* The Foxtrot to My Guy by Mary Wells.
Mark and Karen
* The Rumba to Eva Cassidy’s version of Fields of Gold.
* The Viennese Waltz to I Got You Babe by Sonny and Cher.
Jake and Janette
* The Cha Cha to Boogie Shoes by KC and the Sunshine Band.
* The Viennese Waltz to When a Man Loves a Woman by Percy Sledge.
SCORES: 30, 31 = 61.
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