Mark Benton

The ninth celebrity has departed the Strictly Come Dancing ballroom. Mark Benton left the series following Saturday Night Fever hitting the ballroom this weekend with a host of spectacular routines from the musicals.

Hosts Sir Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly welcomed the remaining seven 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 seven remaining couples danced a Charleston, Salsa, Quickstep, American Smooth, Viennese Waltz, Samba and Rumba. The judges’ scores were combined with the results of the viewers’ votes to decide the lowest scoring two couples facing the dance off.

Top billing on Saturday night went to Abbey Clancy and Aljaž Skorjanec who earned the first perfect score of the series for their Salsa to ‘You Should Be Dancing’ from Saturday Night Fever, securing 10 points from each judge.

This week Mark Benton and his partner Iveta Lukosiute faced Sunday night’s dance off for the fourth week in a row alongside Ashley Taylor Dawson and his partner Ola Jordan who faced the dance off for the very first time.

Both couples performed their routines again; Mark and Iveta did their Samba to ‘I Just Can’t Wait to be King’ from The Lion King, and Ashley and Ola performed their Rumba to ‘A Whole New World’ from Aladdin.

After both couples had danced a second time, the judges delivered their verdicts with Craig, Darcey and Bruno all choosing to save Ashley and Ola. Len added that he would have agreed with his colleague’s decision to save Ashley and Ola.

The professional dancers raised the curtain on Sunday evening’s results show with a special themed dance from the musical Fame followed later in the evening by UK multi-platinum-selling and Tony Award-winning opera singer Alfie Boe who sang his rendition of ‘Bring Him Home’ from the hit musical Les Misérables.

What a time I have had! I’ve got to say thank you to my dear friend and fantastic teacher Iveta, she is amazing. I also want to thank my amazing wife and children, the backstage guys, the beautiful band, the judges they are all amazing. I have had a ball. – Mark Benton

Next week’s quarter final show will feature the return of the Swing-a-thon, where the remaining couples dance Swing simultaneously and will be voted off the dance floor one by one by the judges until only one couple remains, all before getting back down to the serious business of seeing which two couples will face the dreaded dance off.

The quarter final will be on Saturday 7th December at 7.10pm, with the results show on Sunday 8th December at 7.20pm on BBC One and BBC One HD.

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