Judges criticised his efforts, with Craig Revel Horwood telling him: "I think you'll be disappointed with the two large mistakes and entanglement.a awful shame tonight".
On the show, Alex explained: "I now know who I'm dancing with".
Motsi Mabuse also chose to save Michelle and Giovanni: "I honest have to say I have seen the best performance from both couples".
Viewers felt the comment held an extra level of awkwardness because Jones recently split with his wife, Strictly co-star Katya Jones, who had been caught kissing her celebrity partner Seann Walsh during last year's competition.
Shirley Ballas stated: "What I admired the most was that focus, I mean here's this comic who is normally cracking these jokes, you came out now you put on that really serious facial area, you led this girl all over".
On Thursday, Jones was not yet sure whether he would be able to dance this weekend. I have all the comments framed around the house. I'm not going to stop dancing.
As the audience and host Tess Daly dissolved into laughter, she added: "You guys feel fresh, you feel new, you know what I mean".
Karim had taken to the floor with Amy to dance a Viennese Waltz to Ed Sheeran's Give Me Love.
Katya added: "Honestly I'm so proud of him and I think after even this dance which I think was your best dance you can leave with your head held up honestly; and in my eyes you're the victor".
During an appearance on It Takes Two, Strictly Come Dancing's spin-off show, Neil confirmed that he was given the all-clear by the physio to return to the show.
Strictly Come Dancing continues with the results show at 7.20pm on Sunday night on BBC One.