This week’s Strictly Come Dancing took place in Blackpool – and Ricky Whittle kicked off the show for the first time, this time wowing the judges with his moody tango
Natalie Cassidy looked radiant in an electric blue dress – and performed a quickstep that delighted the panel
Jade appeared to be dressed in a green bedsheet – but still performed a great jive.
Ricky Groves was hoping his salsa would keep him out of the dreaded dance-off which he had thus far avoided
The judges were in raptures over Ali Bastian’s Viennese Waltz, with Len Goodman calling it ‘the dance of the series’…..
The judges were unanimous – and a thrilled Ali scored the first full marks of the series
Laila and Anton tackled the paso doble, and produced a fiery routine
Phil Tufnell had some better reviews for his rumba than he has had for recent routines
And so did Chris Hollins, whose foxtrot won rave reviews from the judges!
Finally, Craig Kelly took to the dance floor to perform a cha cha cha….
…..but the judges weren’t too keen
His wife Penny Lancaster, a former Strictly contestant, also performed
During the break for voting, there was a treat for viewers – Bruce Forsyth singing!
And there was an appearance from veteran rocker Rod Stewart
Eventually Ricky Groves and Craig Kelly found themselves in the bottom two but after the judges saved Ricky, it was Craig’s turn to say goodbye
The Corrie star said it had been “great” to have the chance to perform in his home town – and that anything else would have “been a Brucie bonus”