James Cracknell is the first celebrity to depart the dance floor on this year’s Strictly Come Dancing.
Olympic gold medal-winning rower James and his partner Luba Mushtuk scored just 13 points with their Jive last night, and when the judges’ scores were combined with the viewers’ votes they found themselves in the dreaded dance-off against David James and Nadiya Bychkova.
After both couples danced a second time, judges Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse and Bruno Tonioli all voted to save David and Nadiya, sending James and Luba home. Head judge Shirley Ballas also said she would have voted for David and Nadiya.
When asked by presenter Tess Daly about his time on the show, James said: “Definitely enjoyed the last three days of the week as I got to grips with the steps and started to enjoy it. I’m enjoying it anyway, the luxury of being with someone so good and learning off them. I’m a way better dancer than I was two weeks ago. Luba’s been amazing with being so patient with a couple of left feet.”
His partner Luba added: “I would like to say a huge thank you with all my heart to make this journey so amazing. You inspired me every day and I hope you inspire many more other people to start dancing.”
The show also featured a spectacular flamenco-inspired routine from Strictly’s professional performers, set on the rooftops of Barcelona, as well as an appearance from chart-topping singer and songwriter Lewis Capaldi who performed his number one hit Someone You Loved.
Strictly Come Dancing will return with a spectacular Movie Special on Saturday 5th October at 7.10pm, with the results show on Sunday 6th October at 7.15pm.