Strictly Come Dancing 2014: Week 9 dance-off result
PUBLISHED: 20:16 23 November 2014 | UPDATED: 20:25 23 November 2014
EastEnders favourite Jake Wood is through to week 10 of Strictly Come Dancing after wildlife presenter Steve Backshall became the latest celebrity to leave the competition.
Jake, who plays Max Branning in the BBC One soap, was never in any real danger of facing the dance-off after finishing joint top of the judges’ leaderboard on Saturday.
The snake-hipped star from Hertfordshire scored 38 points out of 40 – including two 10s from the judges – for his bottom-shaking samba with professional partner Janette Manrara.
In tonight’s (Sunday’s) results show it was Backshall and partner Ola Jordan, and Casualty actress Sunetra Sarker and her pro Brendan Cole who had to dance again.
And Sunetra’s waltz won the battle for survival, with Backshall axed from the ballroom contest.
Darcey Bussell wanted to save Backshall, but judges Craig Revel Horwood, Bruno Tonioli and Len Goodman opted to keep Sunetra in the celebrity contest.
After the result was announced, Judy Murray, who exited the show last week, tweeted: “I love Stevie B. Gentleman. And gr8 fun. Even if he does wrestle snakes.... #SCD.”
Surviving Strictly contestant Caroline Flack also took to Twitter and posted: “That was very emotional. Will miss @SteveBackshall so much.. what a fun 9 weeks we had Steve :) xx”
After seeing his pal go, Jake (@mrjakedwood) thanked viewers for voting for him again, and tweeted a picture of himself with Steve Backshall.
He wrote: “Thank you SO much to everyone who voted, means so much. Gonna miss this fella though, absolute gent @SteveBackshall”
Here are the dances the couples performed on Saturday night’s show and the music played:
* Frankie Bridge and Kevin Clifton: Viennese Waltz to Tom Jones’ ‘What’s new Pussycat?’.
* Jake Wood and Janette Manrara: Samba to the ‘Macarena’ by Los Del Rio.
* Pixie Lott and Trent Whiddon: Charleston to ‘Sparkling Diamonds’ as sung by Nicole Kidman in the film ‘Moulin Rouge’.
* Simon Webbe and Kristina Rihanoff: Salsa to ‘Let’s Hear For The Boy’ by Deniece Williams.
* Caroline Flack and Pasha Kovalev: American Smooth to Robbie Williams’ version of ‘Mack the Knife’.
* Mark Wright and Karen Hauer: Tango to OneRepublic’s ‘Love Runs Out’.
* Sunetra Sarker and Brendan Cole: Waltz to Paolo Nutini’s ‘Last Request’.
* Steve Backshall and Ola Jordan: Jive to Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers version of ‘Little Bitty Pretty One’.