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.
Tonight former rugby player Ben Cohen became the eighth celebrity to be eliminated from the show. Ben and professional partner Kristina Rihanoff found themselves in the dance-off alongside actor Mark Benton and Iveta Lukosiute. It was the third time in a row Mark has faced the dance-off.
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.
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.
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. – Len Goodman
Tonight’s results show also featured a performance by the classical four-piece Il Divo, singing ‘Tonight’ from their Broadway album as well as a special appearance from Queen of baking Mary Berry, who popped out of a cake.
Next week Strictly Come Dancing is on Saturday 30th November at 7.00pm, with the results show on Sunday 1st December at 7.20pm on BBC One and BBC One HD.
Reflecting on his time in the competition with Kristina, 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! The support has been amazing and I’ve had a great time but now I can dance at my kid’s parties.
Kristina has been great, I have thrown her around a little bit, I’ve thrown her into walls, dropped her a few times and she has been great – thanks ever so much for putting up with me! – Ben Cohen