David James survives a second dance-off on Strictly Come Dancing

PUBLISHED: 20:01 06 October 2019 | UPDATED: 08:47 07 October 2019

Anneka Rice and Kevin Clifton, and Nadiya Bychkova and David James wait for the result after the Strictly Come Dancing dance-off. Picture: BBC / Guy Levy

Anneka Rice and Kevin Clifton, and Nadiya Bychkova and David James wait for the result after the Strictly Come Dancing dance-off. Picture: BBC / Guy Levy

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Welwyn Garden City's former England goalkeeper David James pulled it out of the bag again in the Strictly Come Dancing dance-off.

Strictly Come Dancing celebs say goodbye to Anneka Rice. Picture: BBC / Guy LevyStrictly Come Dancing celebs say goodbye to Anneka Rice. Picture: BBC / Guy Levy

After finding himself in the bottom two when the public vote was added to the judges' scores, James once again faced the Strictly dance-off in tonight's results show on BBC One.

James and professional dance partner Nadiya Bychkova scored just 16 on Saturday night for their Batman-themed American Smooth to Seal song Kiss From A Rose.

That left them challenging Anneka Rice and Kevin Clifton to stay in the competition in tonight's dreaded dance-off.

Anneka and Kevin had scored a lowly 11 for their Charleston in Saturday's live show.

Like a successful goalkeeper facing a deciding penalty shootout, James survived to reach the next round of the dance competition.

For the second week running, the judges decided to save the ex-Watford, Liverpool, Aston Villa and Manchester City stopper from Welwyn Garden City.

That means Anneka is the second celebrity to leave the hit BBC show after being beaten by James in a dance-off.

Olympic rowing champion James Cracknell's hopes were sunk by the WGC man last week.

Posting a picture on Instagram, David James wrote: "Batman Returns! Thank you to everyone who voted for me and @nadiyabychkova, it means so much to still be on the @bbcstrictly show.

"The hours of training and reconditioning my ideas of how to learn are paying off.

"The physical and now emotional experience may be tough, but worth everything when it comes to performing on the live show.

"I can't wait to start training for next week's show, stretching my arms and pointing my toes! #strictlycomedancing #ballroom #TeamDakova #LetsGetLive"

Nadiya replied to the post, saying: "So happy we are through to the next week, can't wait to show you our next dance."

She also posted on her Instagram page: "There are no words to describe how proud I am of you.

"I know how hard you work and I am there with you on every step of your journey.

Tess Daly with Anneka Rice and Kevin Clifton on the Strictly Come Dancing results show. Picture: BBC / Guy LevyTess Daly with Anneka Rice and Kevin Clifton on the Strictly Come Dancing results show. Picture: BBC / Guy Levy

"You are improving so much, not just every day, but every step you take you becoming a better dancer.

"I love our long hours in the studio trying to make your shoulders, elbows, toes and heels better and better.

"This is what @bbcstrictly is about. It's a magical journey of becoming a dancer #teamdakova #strictlycomedancing #batmanforever"

Harry Connick Jr and dancers Anton Du Beke and Nadiya Bychkova on Strictly Come Dancing. Picture: BBC / Guy LevyHarry Connick Jr and dancers Anton Du Beke and Nadiya Bychkova on Strictly Come Dancing. Picture: BBC / Guy Levy

BBC TV sports presenter Mike Bushell and professional partner Katya Jones narrowly avoided having to dance again this evening after finishing third from bottom on Saturday night.

Katya tweeted: "That was really intense!!! But we are through!!!

"Thank you so so much for your support and votes!!! It means so much that you let @mikebreakfast dance another week!!! All we can do is make sure to keep working hard! #teambabushka"

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