The paralympic gold medallist was eliminated from the competiton this weekend as Strictly came from the world famous Blackpool Tower Ballroom.
Jonnie and his partner Oti Mabuse found themselves in the dance off alongside entertainer and radio presenter Debbie McGee and her partner Giovanni Pernice after the judges’ scores were combined with the results of the viewers’ votes.
Both couples took to the dance-floor once again; Jonnie and Oti performed their Tango to Sweet Dreams by Eurythmics and Debbie and Giovanni did their Samba to a Spice Girls Medley (Wannabe/Who Do You Think You Are?) in an attempt to win over the judges.
Craig Revel Horwood, Darcey Bussell and Bruno Tonioli all chose to save Debbie and Giovanni, with head judge Shirley Ballas noting that she agreed with their decision.
“It’s been an absolute honour to be the first disabled person and I want to thank each and every one of you for judging me as an equal. That’s what I want. You’ve been critical with me and I want that criticism; and I think that’s fantastic and hope it paves the way for more people to come through and I think they may be able to stick their bum under a bit better than me. I need to say an absolutely gigantic thank you to this woman for pushing me because she knows what I’m capable of. Her choreography has been has been outstanding, and for putting up with me, pinching me, biting me – thank you so much.” – Jonnie Peacock
Oti added: “This has been one of the most life changing things that could ever happen to me. Jonnie is not only an inspiration but he represents so much more. If anybody wants to do anything, if you put your mind to it then you can achieve it and that’s what he represents.”
Sunday’s results show also featured a magnificent Northern Soul group performance including the celebrities and professional dancers on the grandest scale and two musical acts from vocal powerhouses Michael Ball and Alfie Boe and Tears for Fears.