Olympic rower James Cracknell has become the first celebrity to depart Strictly Come Dancing following a dance-off against former England footballer David James in Sunday night's show.

The sports star and his partner Luba Mushtuk had been at the bottom of the leaderboard following their jive to Tutti Frutti by Little Richard on Saturday night.

Their opening number of a tango in week one also failed to impress the judges and earned them a measly 11 points.

When the scores from this week were added to those from last week, and then combined with the results of the viewers' votes, Cracknell and James were the lowest scoring celebs and had to face the dreaded dance-off.

All of the judges chose to save James and partner Nadiya Bychkova, who again performed their paso doble to Spanish Gypsy by Espana Cani.

Judge Craig Revel Horwood said: "Well for me in that dance off one couple improved beyond compare and that couple is the couple I would like to save, David and Nadiya."

New judge Motsi Mabuse commented: "I felt a stronger performance, a stronger intention, clearer actions. I'm going to save David," while Bruno Tonioli added: "I have to save the couple that really showed to me how you apply and you work on the comments of the judges and deliver a performance that is almost night and day from one day to the other."

Head judge Shirley Ballas also said she would also have chosen to save David and Nadiya.

James Cracknell is the first celeb to leave this year's Strictly Come Dancing

Cracknell said of his time on the show: "Definitely enjoyed the last three days of the last week as I got to grips with the steps and started to enjoy it.

"I'm enjoying it anyway, the luxury of being with someone so good and learning off them. I'm a way better dancer than I was two weeks ago.

"Luba's been amazing with being so patient with a couple of left feet."

His partner Mushtuk told Cracknell he had "inspired me every day", adding: "I hope you inspire many more other people to start dancing."

Children's BBC star Karim Zeroual and Amy Dowden are at the top of the leaderboard after their first-class foxtrot to The Way You Look Tonight by Frank Sinatra.

Strictly Come Dancing continues next Saturday on BBC One.