Strictly's Jake Wood receives praise from EastEnders co-stars

Published Monday, Oct 6 2014, 10:44 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
EastEnders star Jake Wood received plenty of praise from his co-stars over the weekend after topping the leaderboard on Strictly Come Dancing.

Jake and professional dance partner Janette Manrara's sizzling Salsa to 'Mambo No 5' sent the judges and studio audience into a frenzy on Saturday night (4 October).

Strictly Come Dancing - Jake Wood and Janette Manrara
Transmission Date: 04/10/2014

© BBC/Kieron McCarron

Jake's routine was so good that he scored an incredible 35 points on the night, and he was also given the title of "snake hips!" Head judge Len Goodman even declared: "Well spank me gently with a wet chamois."

Jake, who plays bad boy Max Branning in the BBC One soap, was also praised by his co-stars on Twitter.

Pregnant Jacqueline Jossa, who plays Jake's on-screen daughter Lauren Branning, tweeted: "Week two and never danced before! Unbelievable @mrjakedwood we have to keep him in!"

Adam Woodyatt, who plays Ian Beale, said: "Wow. @mrjakedwood just Wow. You absolutely smashed that Salsa on @bbcstrictly."

Jamie Lomas, who played Jake Stone, tweeted: "@mrjakedwood well done pal, that was ace!!"

Meanwhile, Luisa Bradshaw-White, who plays Tina Carter, said: "@mrjakedwood OMG so I saw you on YouTube & you were AMAZING! I had no idea what I was missing! I might even pop 2 the bookies... WICKED."

Jake successfully made it through to next week during last night's results show, where MasterChef judge Gregg Wallace became the first celebrity to leave.

Despite his successful week, 42-year-old Jake is fully focusing on his new dance routine. He tweeted: "Right I'm drawing a line under last week. Tomorrow I'm fully focused on week 3 @JManrara #BringItOn #freshstart #onwards #StrictlyComeDancing."

Strictly Come Dancing continues next week with a movie-themed show on Saturday 11 October at 6.30pm on BBC One. The results show will air on Sunday 12 October at 7.20pm on BBC One.

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