Strictly Come Dancing 2012: Johnny Ball glad the dance off is back!

Johnny Ball (Strictly Come Dancing)

Strictly Come Dancing's Johnny Ball has backed the return of the dance off!

This series will see the extra feature return to the Sunday night results shows, after it was axed last year.

Last series saw the celebrity with the lowest score, combined from the public vote and judges' scores, automatically given the axe.

However this year will see the two lowest scoring celebrities asked to dance again, with judges Len Goodman, Darcey Bussel, Bruno Toniloi and Craig Revel Horwood deciding which one stays in the competition.

In previous years the dance off has given some controversial results, and it's something that former kids telly presenter Johnny hopes will help give him a fighting chance.

Johnny said: "In the past viewers have had sympathy for someone and voted to keep them in and a better dancer has ended up leaving the contest.

"Having the dance-off may be cruel but it is fairer."

The 74-year-old, who is the oldest ever competitor in Strictly Come Dancing, added: "Heartbreak will come for everyone in the contest at some time - apart from the champ."

The Strictly Come Dancing 2012 live shows kick off on October 5, and no doubt Johnny will be pleased to learn no one will be booted out during the first week!

Instead, the judges' scores will be carried over to week two where they'll be combined with the public vote.

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