Jake Wood denies having previous dancing experience

'EastEnders' actor Jake Wood has denied having previous dancing experience after he wowed the 'Strictly' judges at the weekend

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'Strictly Come Dancing' contestant Jake Wood has denied ever having dance lessons prior to appearing on the show.

The 'EastEnders' actor wowed the show's judges to such an extent with his eye-catching salsa that some onlookers have suggested such skills could not have been developed in such a short period of time.

However, the 42-year-old has rebuffed those suggestions, telling his Twitter followers: "Just to clarify I have never had a dance lesson in my life. Ever. Fact #StrictlyComeDancing #HisNameIsJake. (sic)"

The London-born star - who plays Max Branning on the ever-popular BBC soap - earned an impressive 35 points for his latest routine, which featured three dramatic lifts with his partner Janette Manrara, 30.

The impressive-looking dance drew an enthusiastic response from the show's judging panel.

Bruno Tonioli told Wood: "Yes, a squillion times, yes! I tell you - hips don't lie! That was undiluted full-on fantastic!"

Meanwhile, Len Goodman - the head judge - laughed: "Spank me gently with a wet shammy!"

The show also saw the elimination of MasterChef's Gregg Wallace and partner Aliona Vilani, who lost out in the dance-off to actress Jennifer Gibney and partner Tristan MacManus.

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