The remaining nine couples in Strictly Come Dancing have tackled the Viennese waltz and the salsa to try and win a place on next week’s show.
Gethin Jones and Camilla Dallerup kicked off proceedings on Saturday, dancing a Viennese waltz that received an enthusiastic thumbs-up from the judges.
Len Goodman said the routine was the TV presenter’s “best to date,” while Arlene Phillips said that Camilla “melted in his arms like whipped cream in a coffee”.
There was less praise for Penny Lancaster Stewart and Ian Waite however, whose energetic salsa was described as “hectic” by the panel. “You just overdid it,” Bruno Tonioli complained.
Matt D’Angelo and Flavia Cacace were next on the floor, with a Viennese waltz that impressed the judges. “Very beautiful” Craig Revel Horwood told the pair.
However it was business as usual for Kate Garraway, after last week’s improvement. Her salsa was described as “stompy and awkward” by Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli was similarly critical. “I’ve never seen less convincing sexiness,” he said, “Not good.”
The judges were also less than keen on Letitia and Darren’s salsa, which Arlene said was “about as Latin as a bag of frocks on the market stall”.
Kenny’s Viennese waltz received a mixed reaction, while John Barnes’ hip action during his salsa got the judges’ vote. “Did you have a ferret down your trousers?” asked Bruno.
The final two pairs, Kelly and Brendan and Alesha and Matthew, both received the thumbs-up. Len Goodman said Kelly’s Viennese waltz was “extremely entertaining,” while Bruno called Alesha’s salsa “brilliant”.
At the end of the show John, Kelly and Gethin were tied at the top of the leader board with 36 points apiece, while Alesha was just behind on 35.
The result will be announced on Sunday evening’s show