Strictly Come Dancing: Jake Wood given the boot in tonight’s semi-final

The EastEnders star just missed the final

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by Owen Tonks |

We shed a little tear after Jake Wood was given the boot from Strictly Come Dancing in tonight’s semi-final.

Mark Wright and Karen Hauer found themselves in the dance-off against Jake and his partner Janette Manrara.

When it was announced he was in the bottom two, before taking to the stage to compete once again, Mark said: “We’re going to do our best...We never even dreamt to make the semi-final. I’m so proud of how far we’ve both come.”

Jake, who danced the Cha Cha Cha, said: “I think I’m more comfortable with the Latin dances and I think I’ll do a better job than I did Saturday.”

Head judge Len Goodman saved Mark from elimination after Jake got two votes from his fellow panelists.

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After hearing the news, Jake said: “As a 42-year-old dad of two it’s amazing... There’s going to be no other experience I can compare to Strictly Come Dancing.”

Caroline Flack was the first celebrity to go through to next weekend’s final of the competition with her partner Pasha Kovalev.

She said: “I feel so happy. It’s all I think about at the minute. We work so hard and it’s completely changed my life in so many ways. I just love it!”

In addition to Caroline, Frankie Bridge and Kevin Clifton, and Simon Webbe and Kristina Rihanoff will dance in the final next week.

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