It was another evening of sequins and sparkles on Saturday night as Strictly Come Dancing waltzed back home to Elstree Studios following last weekend’s phenomenal seaside special brought from the dizzy heights of the iconic Blackpool Tower Ballroom.
Hosts Sir Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly welcomed the remaining eight couples onto the Strictly dance floor for another chance to impress judges Len Goodman, Darcey Bussell, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood, and the viewers at home.
Between them, the eight remaining couples danced a Waltz, Paso Doble, Viennese Waltz, Rumba, Foxtrot, Cha Cha, Charleston and Tango. The judges’ scores were combined with the results of the viewers’ votes to decide the lowest scoring two couples facing the dance off.
This week facing their third dance-off in three consecutive weeks was Mark Benton and his partner Iveta Lukosiute, and Ben Cohen and his partner Kristina Rihanoff for their first time in the bottom two.
Both couples performed their routines again; Mark and Iveta did their Foxtrot to ‘It’s A Beautiful Day’ by Michael Buble, and Ben and Kristina performed their Charleston to ‘No Diggity’ by Minimatic, but it was Mark and Iveta who outshone when it really mattered.
After both couples had danced a second time, the judges delivered their verdicts with Craig saving Mark and Iveta, Darcey saving Ben and Kristina and Bruno choosing to save Mark and Iveta. It was then down to Len as Head Judge to cast the final decision and he chose to save Mark and Iveta, making it a staggering three times the couple have made it through to dance another week.
Giving his reasons, Len said: “The thing was they both went wrong, for me one couple made a small mistake and the others made two blatant mistakes and on that basis and on this performance I have to save Mark & Iveta.”
Looking back at his time on the show, Ben said: “It’s been a great experience and Kristina has been great. I said I was on borrowed time for a while and it has been an amazing experience – when would I get to dress like this every day, wear all the lycra and maybe not a top! "
On Sunday evening, the professional dancers whisked their way across the dance floor during a Great ‘Strictly’ Bake Off themed show opener, featuring a special appearance from the Queen of baking Mary Berry, who popped out of a cake.
Sunday’s Results Show also featured a performance by the classical four-piece Il Divo, singing ‘Tonight’ from their Broadway album.
Next week Strictly Come Dancing, the musicals special is on Saturday 30th November at 7pm, with the results show on Sunday 1st December at 7.20pm on BBC One and BBC One HD.
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