The battle on the dance floor continued in Week five with the 12 remaining contestants – and right up there among the biggest battlers was reality TV star Mark Wright, who had been in the dance-off the week before.

Mark came back fighting this week, but wasn’t strong enough to fight off singer/songwriter Pixie Lott and TV presenter Caroline Flack, finishing third on the leaderboard behind them.

Mark danced a samba with his pro partner, Karen Hauer, and was top of the leaderboard for a while, with a score of 33/40.

“Those hips know how to party!,” Darcey Bussell grinned at Mark.

“You’re a natural!” Bruno Tonioli agreed.

It was last week’s leader, Caroline who first overtook Mark… She swept onto the dance floor and stamped out a paso doble with partner Pasha Kovalev that definitely passed muster with the judges, scoring 34/40.

“Powerful, heady… I really loved it,” Craig Revel Horwood told Caroline.

“It had fire and it had passion,” head judge Len Goodman added.

But it was Pixie who overtook them both and took top spot ahead of Sunday night’s results.

Pixie danced a samba with partner Trent Whiddon that Bruno Tonioli described as a “tutti-frutti, high camp, extravaganza of a samba!”.

“I’ve never seen beading move so fast from those shimmies!” Craig exclaimed. “You really powered that number out. It was amazing.”

“It was a proper carnival dance,” Len added.

And all of that praise added up to a top score of 35/40.

EastEnders star Jake Wood couldn’t make it to the top of leaderboard again this week with his quickstep with Janette Manrara – but his former castmate, Barbara Windsor, looked very happy with his performance. Happier than judge Len…

“You could have been a little bit better,” Len told Jake.

But he still scored 31/40.

And that’s the sort of score DJ Scott Mills and tennis coach Judy Murray can only dream of…

Judy scored just 18/40 for her Charleston with Anton Du Beke, while Scott got 19/40 for the same dance with Joanne Clifton. With those scores, they should be in the dance-off, but the public might not see it the same way.

Click here for our picture special on all 12 dancers competing in Week five.

Strictly Come Dancing continues on BBC1, Sunday, October 26, 7.20pm, with the results show.