Rachel Riley survives 'scary' Strictly dance-off

By Sandy Rashty, October 21, 2013
Rachel Riley with partner Pasha Kovalev

Rachel Riley with partner Pasha Kovalev

Rachel Riley survived the Strictly Come Dancing dance-off against fashion designer Julien Macdonald last night.

The 27-year-old TV presenter and her professional dance partner Pasha Kovalev were saved by all four judges after they performed the quickstep to "Johnny Got a Boom Boom" by Imelda May.

Ms Riley faced elimination after she received 26 out of 40 points for her performance on Saturday night.
"I thought this was going to be your best dance - as it went on, you lost your posture," said head judge Len Goodman.

"You need to strengthen your core," added retired ballerina Darcey Bussell.

Nevertheless the judges decided to save the Countdown co-presenter on Sunday's results show.
Judge Craig Revel Horwood said: "I am choosing to save the couple that simply danced the best on the night, Rachel and Pasha."

"I have to go for content, skill and storytelling," added Bruno Tonioli. "My favourite dance was from Rachel and Pasha."

Ms Riley, who has been a favourite to win the show's 11th series, told Twitter followers: "The dance-off has to be the scariest part of the whole experience, need a good lie down in a dark room now!"

Last updated: 1:49pm, October 22 2013