Strictly Come Dancing 2013 results: Who Left? Mark Benton or Ashley Taylor Dawson?

by Nick Barnes

Strictly Come Dancing Mark Benton Ashley Taylor Dawson

Well, after four times in the bottom two, Mark Benton has finally been given the Strictly boot!

I’m not too surprised either after the palaver that was caused last week when rugby hunk Ben Cohen was eliminated and Mark was saved, but the Waterloo Road star has had it coming for a few weeks now, I would say.

Musical fever hit the show last night as the celebrities and their professional partners took on some amazing musical numbers. However, I must say, some of the scoring was a bit dodgy. Natalie Gumede and Artem Chigvintsev were pushed into third place with 37 points as Abbey Clancy and her professional partner Aljaz Skorjanec received the first 40 of the series.

But, Mark’s Samba to I Just Can’t Wait to be King from The Lion King was all over the place. It wasn’t technically correct or very appealing as he danced around the floor in a weird Lion costume. The judges said that he was lacking a bit of bounce as well.

Next week see’s the quarter finals and the standard is starting to get higher and higher. So much so, Ashley Taylor Dawson and his professional partner Ola Jordan ended up in the bottom two along with Mark and Iveta Lukosiute.

As the shows rules dictate, the pair had to dance once again, but we were positive who the judges were going to save.

When it came to the results, Craig Revel Horwood, Darcey Bussell and Bruno Tonioli all opted to save Ashley and Ola. As head judge, Len Goodman also agreed with his fellow judges.

Strictly Come Dancing Mark Benton

Reflecting on his time on the show, Mark said: “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”.

Iveta added: “This is my first season and Mark made it so special and memorable. I enjoyed every minute with him, he made me laugh. I taught him dance and he taught me many more things than that. He is my family”.

Next weekend’s show sees the return of the swing-athon in which the remaining couples dance Swing simultaneously on the dance floor and will be voted off one by one by the judges until only one couple remains.

Strictly Come Dancing continues next Saturday, December 7 at 7:10pm with the results show following at 7:20pm on Sunday, December 8 on BBC One.

1 Comment

  1. Wendy on December 1, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    I will miss Mark and Yveta (who I hope will be back next year) but it was the right decision

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