Ben Cohen And Kristina Rihanoff became the eighth couple to leave Strictly Come Dancing as they lost the dance-off with Mark Benton and Iveta Lukosiute in week 9. It was Ben’s first experience of the dance-off which he lost to dance-off specialist Mark who has survived the last three.
The two couples were within a point of each other at the bottom of the judges leaderboard so the outcome was by no means certain and was likely to go the way of the couple who could raise their game the second time around.
With Ben’s departure it will take a lot for Mark to overhaul any of the other celebs in a dance-off so next week could well be his last in the competition. The viewers and the judges appear to be agreeing on who should be in the dance-off but maybe next week will throw up a surprise.
The judges votes saved Mark and Iveta so it was time for Ben Cohen and Kristina Rihanoff to dance their final dance. The judges were again split this week, with Darcey Bussel, Bruno Tonioli voting to save Mark and Craig Revel Horwood voting for Ben. Len Goodman also voted for Mark so he was saved by three votes to one. Len explained that Ben had made more mistakes in the dance-off.
Mark Benton appeared to be shocked that he had survived another week in the competition and will get to perform in the musical themed show.
Ben was very graceful in defeat and explained that he had loved every minute but felt he was on borrowed time for the last couple of weeks.
Mark Benton and Iveta Lukosiute were first to go in the dance-off, performing their Foxtrot to the Michael Buble favourite ‘It’s A Beautiful Day’. Mark had listened to the judges comments and added some sway and swing into his routine.
Ben Cohen And Kristina Rihanoff repeated their Charleston routine to the song ‘No Diggity’ by Minimatic. Ben seemed quite relaxed in the dance-off and for me performed a better routine second time around.
Tess and Claudia took to the baking theme of the results show, which also featured Mary Berry bursting out of a cake!
So we have seven celebs left in the competition so it gets tougher for all of them. Whilst Natalie Gumede is still the strongest on the dance-floor she has a number of rivals with Ashley Taylor Dawson closing the gap and a number of others with major chances of lifting the glitterball trophy.
For details on the week 9 scoring see Strictly Come Dancing Judges Scores