James Jordan (dancer)

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James Jordan
Born (1978-04-13) 13 April 1978 (age 36)
Gillingham, Kent
Occupation Dancer
Years active 2006-Present
Spouse(s) Ola Jordan (2003-present)

James Jordan (born 13 April 1978[1]) is a British ballroom dancer and choreographer. His dance partner is wife Aleksandra "Ola" Jordan, with whom he turned professional in 2000.

Dancing career[edit]

Jordan was born in Gillingham, Kent,[2] and started dancing at the age of 13. He now dances with his wife, Aleksandra "Ola" Jordan (née Grabowska). Aleksandra previously danced with Przemek Lowicki in Poland; Jordan previously danced with Agnieszka Melnicka, but they split in 1999. He also danced with Kate Pothecary (1996) and Elisabeth Haraldsdottir (October 1997–December 1997).[3]

Jordan and Grabowska's first recorded dance as a partnership was in the Dutch Open in 2000,[4] though they did not turn professional until 2003.[5] The couple retired for a while, in favour of teaching Latin American dancing in Hong Kong, though they returned to competition later.[6]

In May 2006, the couple came second in the Blackpool Professional Rising Stars Latin event,[7] and in November they came third in the British Championship, Professional Latin.[8] In 2010, he was a choreographer in So You Think You Can Dance.

Strictly Come Dancing[edit]

Series 4 (2006)[edit]

In his first series as a Strictly professional, Jordan partnered Casualty actress Georgina Bouzova.

Week # Dance/Song Judges' scores Result
Craig Revel Horwood Len Goodman Arlene Phillips Bruno Tonioli Total
1 Group Mambo Unscored group performance
2 Rumba / Let's Get It On 3 5 2 4 14 Bottom two
3 Jive / Burning Love 3 6 3 6 18 Bottom two
4 Foxtrot / Have You Met Miss Jones? 5 8 6 7 26 Eliminated
  • Series average for Georgina and James: 19.3

Series 5 (2007)[edit]

In the fifth series of Strictly, Jordan was partnered by BBC Sport presenter Gabby Logan, whose rugby union player husband Kenny Logan was partnered by Ola Jordan. This was the first time two married couples had competed against each other. Gabby and James were voted out in Week 4 of the competition,[9] as he did in the previous series. Kenny and Ola were voted out in Week 9 (ending up in 5th place).

Week # Dance/Song Judges' scores Result
Craig Revel Horwood Len Goodman Arlene Phillips Bruno Tonioli Total
1 Group Swing Unscored group performance
2 Quickstep / Things 8 7 7 7 29 Safe
3 Jive / Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting) 8 8 7 8 31 Safe
4 Samba / Eso Beso (That Kiss) 7 8 7 8 30 Eliminated
  • Series average for Gabby and James: 30.0

Series 6 (2008)[edit]

In the sixth series of Strictly Come Dancing, James Jordan danced with actress Cherie Lunghi, while Ola's partner was the GMTV presenter Andrew Castle. After having exited so early in his previous series, James was concerned he was under a "four week curse", which was then broken. He and Lunghi were voted off in Week 9, in a dance-off against Lisa Snowdon and her partner Brendan Cole. In January–February 2009, Jordan also danced with Lunghi on the Strictly Come Dancing Tour 2009.

Week # Dance/Song Judges' scores Result
Craig Revel Horwood Len Goodman Arlene Phillips Bruno Tonioli Total
1 Group Cha-cha-cha Unscored group performance
2 Foxtrot / Sweet About Me 8 9 8 8 33 Safe
3 Group Swing Unscored group performance
4 Rumba / Songbird 9 8 9 9 35 Safe
5 American Smooth / Layla 7 9 9 9 34 Safe
6 Paso Doble / Amparito Roca 7 8 8 8 31 Safe
7 Salsa / Oye Mi Canto (Hear My Voice) 6 7 6 7 26 Safe
8 Waltz / I Wonder Why 9 9 9 9 36 Safe
9 Cha Cha Cha / Play That Funky Music 7 8 8 9 32 Eliminated
  • Series average for Cherie and James: 32.4

Series 7 (2009)[edit]

In series 7, he was partnered by actress Zöe Lucker but they were eliminated in week 7. Jordan stated that "winning that trophy is my dream but I wouldn't give up this wonderful lady for that ball." Eventually, wife Ola won the competition that year, partnered with presenter Chris Hollins.

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score
Craig Revel Horwood Len Goodman Alesha Dixon Bruno Tonioli Total Result
1 Group Mambo Unscored group performance
2 Waltz / Some Day My Prince Will Come
Rumba / Out of Reach
7
8
8
7
7
8
8
8
30
31
Safe
3 Paso Doble / You Got the Love 7 8 8 8 31 Safe
4 Foxtrot / This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) 8 9 8 8 33 Safe
5 Jive / Tainted Love 7 8 8 7 30 Bottom two
6 American Smooth / My Girl 8 8 9 8 33 Safe
7 Samba / Boogie Nights 7 8 9 8 32 Eliminated
  • Series average for Zoe and James: 31.4

Series 8 (2010)[edit]

In the 2010 series, Jordan reached the final of the competition for the first time partnered with comedienne and psychologist Pamela Stephenson. They topped the leaderboard a record six times that series. The pair made it to the Strictly final, but eventually finished in third place behind actress Kara Tointon and presenter and former gymnast Matt Baker.

Week # Dance/Song Judges' scores Result
Craig Revel Horwood Len Goodman Alesha Dixon Bruno Tonioli Total
1 Waltz / If I Ain't Got You 7 8 8 8 31 Safe
2 Salsa / Dr. Beat 8 8 8 8 32 Safe
3 Rumba / Make You Feel My Love 9 8 9 9 35 Safe
4 Tango / Love is the Drug 8 8 9 9 34 Safe
5 Jive / Devil Gate Drive 6 7 7 7 27 Safe
6 Foxtrot / Let There Be Love 8 9 8 8 33 Safe
7 Cha Cha Cha / Money (That's What I Want) 8 8 8 8 32 Safe
8 American Smooth / Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps 8 9 10 10 37 Safe
9 Charleston / Let's Misbehave 9 9 10 10 38 Safe
10 Viennese Waltz / Unchained Melody 10 10 10 10 40 Safe
11 Paso Doble / Bad Romance
Swing-a-thon / In the Mood
Quickstep / Steppin' Out with My Baby
8
N/A
10
9
N/A
10
9
N/A
10
9
N/A
10
35
3rd/3 points
40
eliminated
  • Series average for Pamela and James: 35.1

Series 9 (2011)[edit]

The One Show presenter Alex Jones was James Jordan's partner in the 2011 series. Jordan and judge Craig Revel Horwood were involved in a minor feud,[10] as a 6 for Jones' Charleston in week 9 caused the couple to flutter down the leaderboard, as opposed to their top position the week before. The tough score outraged the professional dancer as he reportedly stormed out of the studio fuming, feeling the score to be undeserved and personal against James. Horwood further defended his judgement by claiming himself to be "tougher" as the competition goes. This feud was further reiterated when Horwood dropped James and Ola Jordan from the Strictly tour later in the year. Alex Jones reached the semi-final, eventually coming fifth in the competition.

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score
Craig Revel Horwood Len Goodman Alesha Dixon Bruno Tonioli Total Result
1 Cha Cha Cha / When Love Takes Over 4 6 6 6 22 Safe
2 Foxtrot / Have You Met Miss Jones? 6 8 7 8 29 Safe
3 Viennese Waltz / Memory 8 8 8 8 32 Safe
4 Rumba / Run 4 7 7 7 25 Safe
5 Paso Doble / Bring Me to Life 7 8 8 8 31 Safe
6 Quickstep / It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) 7 8[3] 8 8 31 Safe
7 Jive / River Deep, Mountain High 7 8 8 8 31 Safe
8 Tango / Relax 8 9 9 9 35 Safe
9 Charleston / Me and My Baby
Swingathon
6
N/A
7
N/A
8
N/A
8
N/A
29
3rd/5 points
Safe
10 American Smooth / Pretty Woman 8 8 9 9 34 Safe
11 Waltz / (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman
Salsa / 1234
7
7
9
8
9
8
9
8
34
31
Eliminated

^ Jennifer Grey, the winner of the eleventh series of Dancing with the Stars, the American version of 'Strictly', was a guest judge, replacing Len Goodman while he had a week off.[11]

  • Series average for Alex and James: 30.3

Series 10 (2012)[edit]

For its tenth series in September 2012, Jordan was partners with television presenter, actress and singer Denise van Outen. Surpassing his feat with Pamela Stephenson, he secured the top position of the leaderboard 7 times with Denise, including 4 consecutive top positions. For the second time ever, he reached the final but placed his best in the competition overall, with Outen and Jordan finishing as runners-up with singer Kimberley Walsh and her partner Pasha Kovalev, behind the winners gymnast Louis Smith and professional partner Flavia Cacace.[12]

Week # Dance/Song Judges' scores Result
Craig Revel Horwood Darcey Bussell Len Goodman Bruno Tonioli Total
1 Waltz / With You I'm Born Again 6 6 6 7 25 Safe
2 Jive / Tutti Frutti 8 8 8 8 32 Safe
3 Foxtrot / You've Got a Friend in Me 8 8 8 8 32 Safe
4 Cha Cha Cha / Super Freak 7 7 7 7 28 Safe
5 Vienesse Waltz / At Last 9 8 9 9 35 Safe
6 Paso Doble / Seven Nation Army 9 9 9 9 36 Safe
7 Charleston / Walk Like an Egyptian 9 10 10 10 39 Safe
8 American Smooth / Imagine 9 9 9 10 37 Safe
9 Salsa / Rhythm of the Night 8 8 8 8 32 Safe
10 Dance Fusion (Jive/Quickstep) / Reet Petite 8 9 9 9 35 Bottom two
11 Tango / Roxanne
Rumba / The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
9
9
10
9
10
10
10
10
39
38
Bottom two
12 Jive / Tutti Frutti
Showdance / What a Feeling
Charleston / Walk Like an Egyptian
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
39
40
40
Runner Up
  • Series average for Denise and James: 35.1

Series 11 (2013)[edit]

On 7 September 2013, Strictly Come Dancing announced that Jordan's celebrity partner for this series, will be Vanessa Feltz.

Week # Dance/Song Judges' scores Result
Craig Revel Horwood Darcey Bussell Len Goodman Bruno Tonioli Total
1 Cha-Cha-Cha / That Don't Impress Me Much 3 5 6 5 19 No Elimination
2 Waltz / Run to You 5 6 6 6 23 Safe
3 Tango / Lay All Your Love On Me 3 5 6 6 20 Eliminated

Other television appearances[edit]

James together with Ola took part in a celebrity version of television programme Total Wipeout which was broadcast on 26 December 2009.

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