Strictly Come Dancing 2014: Who will face dance-off and miss trip to Blackpool Town Ballroom?

PUBLISHED: 11:22 09 November 2014 | UPDATED: 21:17 09 November 2014

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

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

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EastEnders star Jake Wood is in danger of the dance-off and missing out on a trip to Blackpool’s famous ballroom after finishing well down the leaderboard on Strictly Come Dancing.

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

With the prospect of a trip to the mecca of dance, the Blackpool Tower Ballroom, next weekend, the 10 remaining couples all had added incentive to wow the Strictly judges on Saturday.

However, EastEnders star Jake Wood and professional partner Janette Manrara failed to impress them and finished joint second from bottom on last night’s leaderboard.

The snake-hipped actor from Tewin, Hertfordshire, scored 27 out of a possible 40 and could face the dreaded dance-off in tonight’s Strictly Come Dancing Results Show.

After opening the 2014 series as one of the favourites, Jake, who plays bad boy Max Branning in the BBC One soap, has slipped down the leaderboard in recent weeks.

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

And Jake and Janette found themselves in unfamiliar territory last night after their cruise ship inspired rumba to Strangers In The Night received rocky reviews.

Head judge Len Goodman said of Jake that he was “all at sea with his arms”, while Craig Revel Horwood claimed the routine was “too safe and too subtle”.

Their score of 27 was matched by Alison Hammond and Aljaz’s Charleston, with Judy Murray bottom on 18 points, after her courtroom drama paso doble to I Fought The Law with Anton Du Bekek didn’t impress any of the judges.

After Saturday’s show had finished, Jake’s pro partner Janette Manrara took to Twitter to ask the public to vote for them.

From her Twitter handle @JManrara, she posted: “Well guys, we did our best rumba. @mrjakedwood you never let me down! No disappointment on my end! Now everyone PLEASE VOTE!! @bbcstrictly”

Jake (@mrjakedwood) also tweeted: “Thanks all your votes guys, got a feeling we’re gonna need them this week.”

Singer Pixie Lott once again topped the leaderboard with Trent Whiddon, the couple scoring 36 for their “gorgeous” foxtrot, with Darcey giving the couple their first 10 of the series.

Blue star Simon Webbe and Kristina Rihanoff’s quickstep was also popular with Craig, Darcey, Len and Bruno, scoring 33 out of 40.

Viewers will discover tonight (Sunday) which two couples will face the dreaded dance-off, and who will miss out on a trip to the mecca of ballroom.

Here are this Saturday’s dances and songs and scores:

* Pixie Lott and Trent Whiddon: Foxtrot to When I’m Sixty Four by The Beatles.

Score: 36. Points: 10.

* Simon Webbe and Kristina Rihanoff: Quickstep to I Got Rhythm by Bobby Darin.

Score: 33. Points: 9.

* Frankie Bridge and Kevin Clifton: Samba to La Bamba by Connie Francis.

Score: 32. Points: 8.

* Caroline Flack and Pasha Kovalev: Waltz to Three Times a Lady by The Commodores.

Score: 31. Points: 7.

* Sunetra Sarker and Brendan Cole: Foxtrot to All of Me by John Legend.

Score: 31. Points: 7.

* Mark Wright and Karen Hauer: Waltz to Weekend In New England by Barry Manilow.

Score: 31. Points: 7.

* Steve Backshall and Ola Jordan: Paso to Use Somebody by Kings of Leon.

Score: 28. Points: 6.

* Jake Wood and Janette Manrara: Rumba to Strangers in the Night by Frank Sinatra.

Score: 27. Points: 5.

* Alison Hammond and Aljaž Skorjanec: Charleston to Friend like Me by Robin Williams, from the film Aladdin.

Score: 27. Points: 5.

* Judy Murray and Anton Du Beke: Paso to I Fought the Law by The Clash.

Score: 18. Points: 4

* The Strictly Come Dancing Results Show can be seen on BBC One tonight (Sunday) at 7.45pm.


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