Strictly Come Dancing 2014: Zoe Ball apologises to viewers after Len Goodman swears live on air

Judge appears to mutter the F-word on Saturday night as he expresses his joy at a performance by Blue star Simon Webbe and his partner Kristina Rihanoff

It is not the kind of language one expects in the gilded splendour of Blackpool’s Tower Ballroom – or on a live broadcast of BBC1’s flagship entertainment show for that matter.

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But Strictly Come Dancing presenter Zoe Ball was forced to say sorry after judge Len Goodman appeared to use the F-word live on Strictly Come Dancing last night.

Goodman seemed to mutter the offending word as he expressed his delight at a performance by Blue star Simon Webbe and his partner Kristina Rihanoff.

“I think it’s this place, something about the atmosphere, the audience are behind everyone – you come in here, the home of dance – f**k,” Goodman was heard to say.

Apologising to viewers, Ball, who was once again standing in for regular presenter Claudia Winkleman, told viewers: “I also would like to apologise. Len got a little bit carried away with the excitement of the dance and I’m very sorry for the bad language.”

Webbe, who raised his eyebrows when the apology was being delivered, received the joint-highest judges’ score on the night.

He scored 38 points out of a possible 40 for an Argentine Tango, a tally which was only matched by pop star Pixie Lott and her partner Trent Whiddon.

Judge Darcey Bussell, who gave Webbe a 10, told him: “The man is meant to be in charge of this dance and you certainly were. You were passionate and intense.”

Fellow judge Bruno Tonioli described the singer as “the dark lord of Buenos Aires”, adding: “That climax at the end really was spectacular.”

Meanwhile Lott was praised by Craig Revel Horwood, who said she was an “indomitable force”.

He said: “You are so focused, so full of skill. You’re almost invincible on that dancefloor.”

However Judy Murray was on the receiving end of yet another Revel Horwood bashing.  The acerbic judge told her that she had “appalling” posture and said there was only “a good 15 seconds” in her routine, a Viennese Waltz danced to Let’s Go Fly a Kite from the musical Mary Poppins with her partner Anton du Beke.

The show concluded with television presenter Caroline Flack dancing the Jive in a Union Jack dress reminiscent of Geri Halliwell’s 1997 Brit Awards outfit. Flack and partner Pasha Kovalev, who was dressed as a guardsman, scored 37 in total.

Before giving her top marks, Tonioli exclaimed: “Yes, yes, yes my darling. Caroline flies the flag for Strictly. Right up there with the best of Britannia.”

Another contestant will be eliminated following a dance-off on tonight’s show.

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Strictly Come Dancing: The Results is on BBC1 at 7:15pm tonight