Strictly Come Dancing: James Cracknell is FIRST celeb to be voted off show… as ALL FOUR judges axe him and Luba Mushtuk after they score the lowest EVER for a jive
James Cracknell is the first celebrity to be cut from Strictly Come Dancing 2019.
The rower, 47, and his pro partner Luba Mushtuk, 29, were voted off by all four of the show’s judges – Bruno Tonioli, Motsi Mabuse, Craig Revel Horwood and head judge, Shirley Ballas – on Sunday night’s results show.
The judges’ scores this week were added to those from last week’s first live episode, after which no celebrity faced the axe.
First out: James Cracknell is the first celebrity to be cut from Strictly Come Dancing 2019
They were then combined with the results of the viewers’ votes to decide the lowest scoring two couples facing the dance off.
It wasn’t a great start for either James and Luba or their competition, footballer David James and his partner Nadiya Bychkova.
The former achieved the lowest ever score in Strictly history for a jive, while the latter scored the lowest ever score for a paso doble.
Both sportsmen and their pros therefore faced the dreaded dance off, with James and Luba performing their jive to Tutti Fruitti by Little Richard, and David and Nadiya performing their Paso Doble to Spanish Gypsy by Espana Cani .
Cut: The rower, 47, and his pro partner Luba Mushtuk, 29, were voted off by all four of the show’s judges on Sunday night’s results show
After both couples had danced a second time the judges delivered their verdicts:
Craig Revel Horwood chose to save David and Nadiya. Craig said: ‘Well for me in that dance off one couple improved beyond compare and that couple is the couple I would like to save, David and Nadiya.’
Motsi Mabuse followed suit, saying: ‘I felt a stronger performance, a stronger intention, clearer actions. I’m going to save David.’
Bruno Tonioli agreed: ‘I have to save the couple that really showed to me how you apply and you work on the comments of the judges and deliver a performance that is almost night and day from one day to the other. David and Nadiya.’
Out: It wasn’t a great start for James and Luba – they achieved the lowest ever score in Strictly history for a jive
As it was already three out of four, Shirley’s vote did not matter, but she said she would also have chosen to save David and Nadiya.
When asked by Tess about his time on the show, James said: ‘Definitely enjoyed the last three days of the last 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.’
Luba was asked if she had any words for James and said: ‘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.’
Sunday’s Results show also featured a flamenco-inspired routine set on the rooftops of Barcelona from the pros, plus a musical performance from chart-topping singer and songwriter Lewis Capaldi who performed his number one hit single, Someone You Loved.
James and Luba will be joining Zoe Ball for their first exclusive televised interview live on Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two on Monday.
The remaining fourteen couples will take to the dance floor next week in a spectacular Movie Special.
Strictly Come Dancing returns on Saturday 5th October at 7.10PM with the results show on Sunday 6th October at 7.15PM on BBC One.