The remaining couples in Strictly Come Dancing have performed the paso doble and foxtrot in their latest bid to stay in the competition.
This week it was down to Kelly and Brendan to kick things off – but their paso doble didn’t go down too well with the judges. Craig Revel Horwood complained about the lack of “storytelling” in the performance, while Bruno Tonioli said “you were not on it tonight”.
John Barnes also came in for criticism, with Craig describing his foxtrot as “laboured”. Arlene Phillips said the dance had “lots of fox but not enough trot”.
However it was better news for Letitia Dean, whose Paso Doble to the Bond theme Live and Let Die went down well with the panel. “It was full of attitude, full of authority,” Craig said.
Gethin Jones was also praised for his paso doble, with Bruno noting his improvement. “You get better every week,” he said.
Meanwhile Kenny Logan – who donned a kilt for his routine – once again received a mixed response from the judges, although Alesha Dixon, who followed, was unilaterally praised.
It wasn’t such good news for Dominic Littlewood, whose paso doble did little to impress the panel. Kate Garraway was next, and pulled a surprisingly good performance out of the bag.
“I never expected what I just saw,” Arlene Phillips said of the TV presenter’s foxtrot, while Bruno described the performance as a “miracle”.
Matt and Flavia, meanwhile, impressed all the judges except for Len Goodman with their modern spin on the paso doble. “It wasn’t a paso in my mind,” he told the pair.
Finally, Penny and Ian rounded the show off with a foxtrot, which Craig Revel Horwood called an “absolute triumph”.
At the end of the show, Alesha Dixon was heading the judges’ leader board with 36 out of a possible 40.
The results of the public vote will be revealed on Sunday evening.