Strictly Come Dancing Results Week 9
Ben Cohen is the eighth celebrity to leave the Strictly dance floor as Mark Benton survives his third dance-off
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 Ben & Kristina, Darcey saving Mark & Iveta 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! 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!”
A tearful Kristina added: “If there was a trophy for the most improved person it would go to you. You started at zero and have improved every week and you make me so proud every week and I’ve had the best, most rewarding time on Strictly. I took someone with no experience and I brought you here and you were amazing.”
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.