Just four couples remained as Strictly Come Dancing 2009 reached its quarter-final
Ali Bastian’s fiery tango kicked off the show, much to the delight of the judges
Laila Rouass didn’t fare quite so well with her American Smooth however
Chris Hollins was next on to the floor with lady in lavender Ola Jordan. Their waltz was a success
Finally Ricky Whittle and Natalie Lowe performed a foxtrot that had the judges in raptures – and earned several 10s for their trouble
Ali Bastian started the second half of the show with a samba, and a very sparkly outfit
Not a good night for Laila and Anton – their salsa wasn’t popular with the judges either
Chris ran the full range of trademark facial expressions during his samba – but the judges didn’t seem to mind
Ricky and Natalie rounded off the show with a cha cha cha – would it keep them out of the dance off this week?
Bette Midler was a guest on the show, and indulged in some comical behaviour with Bruce Forsyth….
….before she got down to the serious business of singing
Once again Ricky found himself in the dance-off….
…..along with Laila and Anton
But once again he was saved by the judges, making Laila the latest celebrity to leave before her partner literally swept her off her feet!
The actress’ goodbye was an emotional one. And so onwards to the semi-final….