Strictly Come Dancing‘s Pamela Stephenson has scored the first full house of the series from the judges, as the show reaches its quarter final.
The comedienne scored 40 out of 40 from the judges for her Viennese Waltzwhich she performed as part of this weekend’s movie-themed show.
“Tonight is all about who should get through to next week’s semi-final,” Len Goodman told her, “and on the basis of that I’ll see you next week.”
Craig Revel Horwood also approved, describing the routine – inspired by the blockbuster Ghost – as “elegant” and “full of emotion”.
The other five remaining couples had mixed fortunes as they competed for a place in next weekend’s semi-final.
For the most part, the reaction to the routines was positive.
Kara Tointon came close to rivalling Pamela on the scoreboard with a feisty tango inspired by the musical Moulin Rouge.
“I am absolutely blown away,” Alesha Dixon said of their performance. “For me that’s the best tango I’ve seen on Strictly.” Bruno Tonioli, meanwhile, said that the dance was “spectacular”.
Meanwhile Matt Baker and Scott Maslen found themselves tying on the judges’ scoreboard with 35 points each.
Matt’s jive, inspired by the Austin Powers films, raised eyebrows when he kicked off his routine with a stunt which saw him perform a back flip off the judges’ table.
“I thought this table was going to break,” Len joked – and Craig also gave him the thumbs up. “I loved the stunt,” he said, “I don’t know how you had the bravery to do it.”
And Scott’s James Bond-themed paso doble attracted attention for an ending in which partner Natalie Lowe ripped off his shirt.
“I thought you did a wonderful job,” Len told him. “Hard music, hard choreography and you coped very well.”
“You gave Gavin a run for his money in the chest department,” added Alesha. “It’s good to see you back at your best.”
Gavin Henson also showed some improvement after a disappointing week last week, finishing just behind the leaders with 33 out of 40 for his foxtrot.
“That was your best dance yet,” Len told the rugby star. “You put a lot of work into it and it shows,” Bruno said. “Well done.”
However Ann Widdecombe failed to improve upon her previous week’s performance, once again scoring just 14 out of 40 for her American Smooth to the title track from Hello Dolly.
“It was more like Hello Trolley than Hello Dolly,” complained Bruno while Alesha also gave a negative response. “It was nice to see a lot more dance content this week,” she said. “But you’re still hanging on to Anton for dear life.”
The results will be revealed on Sunday evening’s show, with five couples going through to next weekend’s semi-final.