DEBBIE McGee saw herself beat off fierce competition from Alexandra Burke and Aston Merrygold to land herself the top spot on tonight’s Strictly Come Dancing leaderboard.
In case you missed it, here’s a complete rundown on what how the celebrities did, and who may be worried for their safety as the first elimination looms over them.
Chizzy Akudolu and Pasha Kovalev – Foxtrot to I’m A Woman from ‘Smokey Joe’s Café’
Kicking off the night’s proceedings, Chizzy and Pasha performed a theatrical foxtrot to I’m a Woman from Smokey Joe’s Cafe.
However, their performance didn’t sit well with the judges, who thought the acting surrounding the dance left little room for their actual dancing.
Head judge Shirley Ballas dubbed the dance “a little bit more lumpy for my taste” and dubbed the dance “the Rolls Royce of ballroom dances” – which the Holby City star unfortunately didn’t live up to.
Craig Revel Horwood agreed and said there should’ve been “more foxtrot and less musical theatre” but gave her credit for having “an amazing sense of musicality.”
Chizzy took the criticism on the chin and declared: “I’m more a Beetle girl, I’m not a Rolls Royce.”
Total score: 16
Aston Merrygold and Janette Manrara – Salsa to Despacito by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber
Aston and Janette left the audience in the studio and at home stunned with an impressive salsa that included a series of difficult lifts that verged on the dangerous.
After pulling the moves off, the audience gave the pair a standing ovation.
Impressed Bruno Tonioli branded Aston a “snake-hipped wonder” and told them: “I’ve never seen such a difficult sequence of lifts in a salsa ever before.
“It was almost perfection. The last lift wasn’t quite so balanced, but a smidgeon from perfection.”
However, their professional performance divided those at home with some feeling it was unfair that someone with professional training was being given such high praise on the show.
Total score: 32
Susan Calman and Kevin Clifton- Charleston to If You Knew Susie by Enoch Light and The Charleston City All-Stars
Taking on a courtroom theme, TV presenter Susan looked like she was having a ball as she performed with the long-running show finalist.
It split the judges in half – with some slamming the dance for its poor performance, while others claimed that despite missing moves she had “sold” the dance regardless.
Craig told the couple: “The basic requirement for his dance was swivel and you had none of it darling.”
Darcy Bussell hastened to agree, and said: “You made the dance your own…Craigs a bit right, but you really sold it, you brought so much light to it.”
Talking to Claudia Winkleman afterwards, she said: “Loving every second of everything I’m doing here. It’s wonderful.”
Total Score: 22
Charlotte Hawkins and Brendan Cole – Cha Cha to Sugar by Maroon 5
The morning TV show star was left on the verge of tears after nerves got the better of her during the routine.
After struggling to get certain spins right during rehearsals, the luck of the night didn’t work for her and she looked devastated as the fiery routine saw several setbacks.
Long-lasting professional Brendon was also chastised by the judges for giving her such a complicated routine so quickly, and said he should’ve made it simpler.
Sharp-tongued Craig then showed no sympathy as he told her: “[It was] A complete dance disaster, but on a positive at least you’ll never have to do that dance again.
Total Score: 12
Joe McFadden and Katya Jones – Tango to Castle On The Hill by Ed Sheeran
Shirley Ballas was quick to call them on their routine, and said: “It took too long to get started. Lost the pace. It just wasn’t your day.”
Bruno, who is never one to miss the chance to be theatrical, told the pair: “You spent so much time in the wardrobe, were you looking for Narnia?
“A little bit messy. Too much impotous and not enough control.”
Total Score: 22
Brian Conley and Amy will Cha Cha to Shake Your Groove Thing by Peaches and Herb
Brian Conley took it back to seventies with the classic Shake Your Groove Thing – but after a less than great start last week, they fared little better this week.
Bruno told the comedian: “Your footwork got stuck out in the seventies. It was a mishap but the overall entertaining was great.”
Shirley then warned them: “Know your choreography, but if this competition was built on entertainment, you would be a frontrunner.”
Total Score: 19
Gemma Atkinson and Aljaz Skorjanec – Waltz to Un Giorno Per Noi (A Time For Us) by Josh Groban
Total Score: 26
Rev. Richard and Dianne – American Smooth to Love Really Hurts Without You by Billy Ocean
Darcy was unimpressed with routine despite her love of the star and said: “It is quite bumpy but I’ll never bore of watching you.”
Shirley added:”Noone loves you more than me. The technique – it’s American foxtrot, so we need to see more content but I love you.”
But the others weren’t so nice, with Bruno dubbing it “more an Australian bender than an American Smooth” and Craig adding: “I thought the falling petals had more grace.”
Total Score: 17
Ruth Langsford and Anton du Beke – Charleston to The Charleston by Bob Wilson and his Varsity Rhythm Boys
The This Morning star left fans worried she may have to bow out of tonight’s show after a last minute injury yesterday meant she was unable to complete rehearsals.
Thankfully she was able to compete and the judges said that her routine was “100% better” than last week’s.
Her new score also came with the added bonus of taking her out of the bottom two – but may still be in the danger zone if the phone lines don’t go in her favour.
Total Score: 20
Simon Rimmer and Karen Clifton – Waltz to You’ll Never Walk Alone by Rodgers and Hammerstein
Simon Rimmer and Karen left Shirley Ballas on the verge of tears after an emotional performance to You’ll Never Walk Alone.
However, after a couple of missteps, the judges were eager to point the Sunday Brunch star in the right direction.
Shirley told him: “You were this elegent gentlemen. The emotion got the best of you but don’t worry. It’s a very very special piece of music that means so much for many different reasons. Well done.”
Craig also said that his routine showed “a lot of promise” for him.
Total Score: 19
Mollie King and AJ Pritchard – Tango to Addicted To Love by Tina Turner
Craig Revel Horwood was quick to slam the Saturdays star and her partner over an illegal lift during their routine.
However, the sexy routine even he had to admit, was impressive for its “attack and intent”.
Total Score: 25
Jonnie Peacock and Oti Mabuse – Jive to Johnny B. Goode by Chuck Berry
Performing a tricky jive to Chuck Berry classic Johnny B Goode, Jonnie revealed that he was wearing a brand new blade bought especially for the competition.
At the end of the routine, the star admitted that he found it difficult but was determined to push though– and after rising to the occasion, the judges were full of praise.
Shirley Ballas heaped praise on the star and said: “You might have thought it was tough on your blade but your kicks and flips were outstanding. It was fantastic.”
While Bruno teased: “If it looks good, it feels good, and trust me – you’re good.”
Total Score: 29
Debbie McGee and Giovanni Pernice – Viennese Waltz to She’s Always A Woman by Billy Joel
The pair received two nines for their performance.
Total Score: 34
Davood and Nadiya – Quickstep to Last Nite by The Strokes
Davood and Nadiya took on the roles of naughty librarians in their sexed-up Quickstep.
Total Score: 27
Alexandra Burke and Gorka Marquez – Paso Doble to ‘Ven a Bailar by Jennifer Lopez
Alexandra and Gorka did the unthinkable and closed the show with a complete standing ovation from the judges panel.
Even Craig, who is known for his cold demeanour, praised the pair for their fantastic and feisty Paso Doble and made a point to stand up for them too.
They then received straight 9’s from all four judges, which made them top of the leaderboard this week.
Unfortunately it wasn’t enough for the cumulative board, and they placed a still respectable third overall.
Total Score: 36
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