Time To Go For Mark and Iveta On Strictly – it was not a tense show tonight as even Mark and Iveta seemed to be somewhat resigned to the fact that they had got as far as they were likely to in this year’s series.
As soon as it was announced that they were in their 4th consecutive dance-off a smile of resignation appeared on both of their faces and they just looked to enjoy their last dance together. In truth Mark realised that he was unlikely to withstand the rigours of training so hard over the coming weeks and with the bar being raised from now and the celebrities having to learn 2 dances for next week’s show no wonder he was smiling.
After the judges scored a unanimous victory for Ashley and Ola in tonight’s dance-off Mark said: ‘I feel fine actually because if I’m brutally honest I think it was right for me to go. “If I’d have stayed and Ashley had gone out it would’ve been wrong. All the guys are all so good so I think it was the right time because I couldn’t really compete.’
Mark’s relationship with Lithuanian dance professional Iveta was great from the very start with their appearances on Strictly It Takes Two with Zoe Ball one of the highlights of the show. They both have a great sense of humour and had a real chemistry together. Mark quickly found his own ‘Iveta’ accent which he used on many occasions to get his own back after she had made him work hard in training.
Iveta herself has been a real revelation this season and has turned herself into one of the show’s most popular female professionals. She was only seen fleetingly last series when she stepped in at the last moment to partner Johnny Ball (Zoe’s dad) after his original dance partner, Aliona Vilani, had fractured her ankle just before filming was due to begin.
With Johnny being the first celebrity to leave last series we never got the chance to see any of Iveta’s great sense of humour, not to mention those trademark leg raises and her passion for catsuits!
She clearly had a great time with Mark during their run in this year’s series and made a very moving tribute to him after they found out they had lost the dance-off : ‘I taught him dance and he taught me many more things than that. He is my family.’
As mentioned above things are about to get even tougher for the remaining celebrities as next week not only do they have their solo routine to learn but they also have to prepare to compete in a swingathon dance. This will involve all the couples starting off dancing together with the judges then deciding in what order they should leave until they are left with a winning pair.
The swingathon will carry a points award ranging from 1 point for the first pair to be voted off right up to a 6 points award for the victorious dancers. Those extra points could be vital to see the dancers through to the next round of the competition.
The swingathon round was first introduced to Strictly at the semi-final stage in the 2010 series. It proved a popular feature and we suggest you watch the winners of this round carefully as in 2010 Kara Tointon and Artem won the round before going on to victory and in 2011 Harry Judd and Aliona won that year’s swingathon round before they too went on to win the competition. In case you were wondering what happened in 2012, the swingathon was not held during last year’s Strictly series.