Denise Van Outen has continued her domination of Strictly Come Dancing 2012 by nabbing herself the first perfect 10s of the series, during the show’s annual Wembley Arena special.
The actress and TV presenter narrowly missed out on a full house after scoring 10s from Len Goodman, Darcey Bussell and Bruno Tonioli for her Egyptian-themed Charleston with partner James Jordan – with only Craig Revel Horwood opting to give her a nine instead.
However even he raved about her performance, calling the routine, “the best Charleston I have ever seen on Strictly Come Dancing.”
The other judges were similarly keen, with Len Goodman saying the pair had delivered “the dance of the series so far.”
It was a similarly good night for Dani Harmer, whose quickstep with partner Vincent Simone landed her in second place with 36 points – her highest score of the series so far, with Len Goodman describing her as “little Miss Dynamite” and adding, “you were fabulous”.
And Kimberley Walsh bounced back in style from her shock appearance in last weekend’s bottom two – finishing in joint third place with 34 points for her samba with Pasha Kovalev.
“Kimberley you can shake that tush,” Darcey Bussell said of her performance, while Craig added, “I hope there are people out there voting for you.”
Meanwhile Michael Vaughan tied with Kimberley on 34 points – his highest score so far – for an American Smooth which Bruno Tonioli described as a “fitting finale to a fantastic night”. Len, meanwhile, added that the cricketer had “put the ooh in smooth”.
Elsewhere Lisa Riley and Nicky Byrne both fared well – with the Emmerdale actress showing off her skills at doing the splits in a lively samba which kicked off the show, and the Westlife star tackling a jive which got thumbs-up from all the judges except Craig who called it “flat-footed”.
Louis Smith, on the other hand, won a mixed response for an offbeat take on the American Smooth with partner Flavia Cacace – which won a thumbs-up from Darcey but prompted Bruno to admit, “It wasn’t bad but you can do better.”
Richard Arnold and Victoria Pendleton, meanwhile, found themselves joint bottom of the heap with 24 points each – the former delivering a camp salsa to Wham!’s Club Tropicana which ended with him being lifted by a trio of men in swimming trunks, the latter arriving on the dancefloor by bike before performing her paso doble with Brendan Cole.
“You couldn’t wait to get back to Speedo world,” Bruno joked with Richard, although he wasn’t quite so keen on Victoria’s efforts.
“It pains me to say it but that bike didn’t make it all the way to Spain,” he told her, while Craig added, “I love you but that dance wasn’t good I’m afraid.”
The results will be revealed on Sunday night with one more celebrity leaving the competition.