Strictly Come Dancing goes to the movies

The competition was hotting up on Strictly Come Dancing on Saturday night as the final six couples danced movie-themed routines in a bid to win a place in next weekend’s semi-final.

And it was a close contest on Saturday, with just three points separating the top four couples – although this week it was Chelsee Healey’s turn to top the leaderboard once again.

The Waterloo Road actress dropped just one point – scoring 39 out of 40 – for a Shrek-themed jive which saw her take on the guise of Princess Fiona and partner Pasha Kovalev to don green make-up.

And the pair wowed the judges with their performance.

“This gives you a fairytale fast track to the semis,” Bruno Tonioli told her, while Alesha Dixon was similarly enthusiastic.

“It was cute, it was fun, it was playful, it was punchy,” she said. “You have found your dance.”

Meanwhile Holly Valance – who has narrowly escaped elimination for the past two weeks – was back on form performing a Zorro-inspired paso doble with Artem Chigvintsev which netted her her highest score yet – 38 out of 40.

The former Neighbours star received her first 10s of the series, from Alesha and Bruno, although the other judges were also keen.

“This has to be your personal best,” Craig Revel Horwood said, while Len Goodman added, “This competition is not about where you start, it’s where you finish, and you’re finishing strong.”

Jason Donovan was just one point behind for his Singin’ In The Rain-themed American Smooth with partner Kristina Rihanoff a routine which won him full marks from Bruno.

“Gene Kelly’s shoes are pretty big ones to fill,” Len told Jason, “but I loved it.” Alesha, meanwhile, said the routine was a “wonderful concept, which suits you down to a tee.”

And Harry Judd – who dropped just one point on last Saturday’s show – was just behind Jason on 36, finishing fourth on the judges’ scoreboard despite his high marks.

This week the McFly drummer won rave reviews for his Robin Hood-inspired rumba with Aliona Vilani, with Alesha calling it, “The best rumba I’ve seen from a celebrity in a very long time.” And Len added, “Someone’s dreams are going to be left on the cutting room floor tonight. I tell you something, it won’t be you.”

The closely fought show saw Alex Jones and Robbie Savage occupy the bottom two places on the scoreboard, with Alex notching up 34 points for her American Smooth to Pretty Woman, and Robbie finishing bottom of the heap but still scoring 30 for his Reservoir Dogs-themed quickstep with Ola Jordan.

“Pretty woman is an understatement, you’re gorgeous,” Bruno told Alex, while Craig added, “You have finally learned to put the sexy into dance.”

And while Alesha approved of Robbie’s quickstep, saying, “It was clean and cool and I liked it,” Len wasn’t so sure. “You made the best of what you’ve got but it wasn’t top notch,” he said.

The results will be revealed on Sunday night’s show, with five couples making it throught to next weekend’s semi-final and one more leaving the competition.