After last Saturday’s Broadway special, things have returned to normal on Strictly Come Dancing, with the 12 remaining couples tackling a fresh set of ballroom and Latin routines.

And this week it was Chelsee Healey’s turn to take her place at the top of the judges’ scoreboard, scoring an impressive 36 out of 40 for her quickstep with partner Pasha Kovalev.

The pair won warm praise from the judges – and a quartet of nines – for a bouncy routine with an airport setting.

“You checked in, and let me tell you, you’re not going to be checking out this week,” Len Goodman told the pair – and Craig Revel Horwood agreed. “Two words,” he added, “First class.”

Meanwhile McFly’s Harry Judd continued to make a good showing – and landed himself the first 10 of the series, with Alesha Dixon giving him full marks for his waltz with partner Aliona Vilani.

The other judges also liked the dance but Len Goodman criticised him for a middle section in which he and Aliona walked up the staircase adjacent to the dancefloor.

“The first half was fantastic,” he complained, “but why didn’t you just keep it up?” But the others quickly leapt to his defence.

“As a celebrity on this show you have to get on with the choreography you’re given,” Alesha said. “You make ballroom dancing look cool and that was exquisite.”

Also faring well was Anita Dobson, who upped her game this week to deliver an American Smooth that was a hit with the judges and earned her her best score yet – 32 out of 40.

“It had elegance, ease and sophistication,” Len said of the routine, “and I thought it was fabulous.”

And Holly Valance once again turned in an assured performance, this time scoring 30 for her Viennese Waltz with partner Artem Chigvintsev.

However it was a disappointing night for Jason Donovan, whose paso doble with Kristina Rihanoff failed to scale the heights of his previous routines, and scored him just 27 points compared to last weekend’s 36.

“It was another confident performance,” Alesha said, “but I felt you were a little unsure.” Bruno Tonioli was more blunt. “You tried to make a meal out of this paso,” he said, “and you got indigestion.”

Many of those who scored highly in previous weeks also suffered a slight slump, with Robbie Savage picking up 27 points for his jive with Ola Jordan, while Rory Bremner – who impressed with his quickstep last Saturday – slumped to just 24 out of 40 for his cha cha cha this week,

“You’re like the government,” Len told him, “There’s a lot going on and not all of it’s good.”

Alex Jones also suffered a drop in points from the previous week, notching up 25 for her rumba with James Jordan, to tie with Audley Harrison – the latter picking up some of his best reviews yet for his foxtrot with Natalie Lowe.

“A foxtrot is probably the hardest technically to do,” Len said, “and I’m sitting here giving you a standing ovation.”

Also tying with them on the scoreboard were Lulu and Brendan Cole who became the first couple this series to perform a samba, while Russell Grant turned in another memorable performance as he tango-ed with Flavia Cacace – in a routine which at one point saw him lying in bed hugging a teddy bear.

“It was all a bit too whimsical and airy fairy,” Len said of the routine, “but having said that there is a charm about you and you’re very endearing.”

Nancy dell’Olio, on the other hand, once again found herself bottom of the heap, this week performing a paso doble with Anton du Beke and receiving just 18 points for her efforts.

“I’m intrigued every time you step on the dance floor,” Alesha told the Italian siren – and while Craig criticised her technique he added, “I secretly think there is talent beneath the surface.”

The results will be revealed on Sunday evening’s show, with one more couple leaving the competition.