The third week of Strictly Come Dancing 2008 has seen the men return to the dancefloor, performing the jive and the tango.
The show kicked off with rugby star Austin Healy and his partner Erin Boag. After wowing the judges with his debut performance two weeks ago, Healy has become the favourite to win the series – although he admitted earlier in the week that aback injury left him unable to rehearse.
However his jive didn’t disappoint. Once again he was a hit with the panel, who raved about his routine – and gave him an impressive 34 points, the highest score so far this series.
Mark Foster followed, although his tango was less popular, scoring only 24. The judges agreed he had improved since the first week but still complained that he lacked charisma.
Chef Gary Rhodes, meanwhile, achieved the lowest score of the night with his jive – just 18 points. And both John Sergeant and Andrew Castle were not too far off the bottom of the scoreboard either, tieing on 22 points for their respective tangos.
However, the final two performances of the night received a better response. Tom Chambers and Camilla Dallerup scored rave reviews from the panel for their energetic jive – and 33 points for their troubles.
And the final performer Don Warrington – who was the bookies’ favourite to leave – fared much better than two weeks ago when he found himself in the dance-off.
The veteran actor was praised for his tango, with the judges citing the improvement in his performance – and he scored 30 points.
The female contestants, meanwhile, appeared in a group jive routine, which Len Goodman described as “the best group routine in the history of Strictly Come Dancing”.
The results will be revealed on Sunday evening’s show.