Harry Judd has landed the highest score of Strictly Come Dancing 2011 so far, as the remaining seven couples performed in their latest bid to stay in the competition.

The McFly drummer dropped just one point on the judges scoreboard for his quickstep with partner Aliona Vilani – scoring perfect tens from Len Goodman, Alesha Dixon and Bruno Tonioli, and a nine from Craig Revel Horwood.

Alesha called the routine “outstanding”, while Len added, “The most you’ve got from me this series is an eight – you could get a nine tonight,” before he went on to give him top marks.

It was also a good night for Chelsee Healey, who performed an Argentine Tango with Pasha Kovalev and scored 35 out of 40 and Jason Donovan, who was in playful form performing a Charleston with Kristina Rihanoff that won him 36 points.

Len criticised Chelsee for lacking “intensity” in her routine although Alesha was more positive. “Technically it was very strong,” she said. “I just want you to lose your inhibitions.”

Craig, meanwhile, approved of Jason’s performance. “I was willing it to be perfect,” he said. “But I have to say, that was a Charleston.” And Alesha added, “I loved the character, the energy, the routine. You’re a hard worker and it’s paying off.”

And Holly Valance made a bid to avoid the bottom two again this weekend with a feisty foxtrot which won the judges’ approval – and scored her 34 points.

“It was breathtaking, sexy, hot – everything I wanted from you,” Bruno said.

Craig added, “I was extremely concerned when the music began, but you know what, it was fantastic.”

It wasn’t a bad night for Anita Dobson either, performing a cha cha cha with Brendan Cole, who stepped in to replace an injured Robin Windsor.

The forner EastEnders actress won herself 30 points for her routine, with Len saying, “I commend you Brendan on coming to the aid of a damsel in distress. I thought you did very well.” Alesha added, “It was a little bit messy in places but it was cute and it was pleasant.”

However The One Show’s Alex Jones failed to continue the momentum of last Saturday’s Wembley show in which she topped the leaderboard with her tango.

This weekend she and partner James Jordan scored 29 points for their Charleston, with Craig complaining the couple had taken a “step backwards”. Bruno, however was kinder. “It had a good old days vaudeville feel,” he said. “It was great to see the funny side of you.”

And Robbie Savage landed bottom of the heap with just 25 points for a samba with partner Ola Jordan during which he stripped down to a pair of football shorts.

The gimmick, however, failed to impress the panel, with Len calling the routine a “shamba” and Bruno adding, “You were a bit like a kangaroo with lead feet, it wasn’t the best samba.”

Saturday’s show ended with a group “swingathon” which saw all the couples perform at once, only to be gradually eliminated from the dancefloor and score points accordingly.

Harry and Aliona eventually triumphed, with Chelsee and Pasha second and Alex and James third – but it was once again bad news for Robbie and Ola, who were the first couple to be sent packing by the judges.

The results will be revealed on Sunday evening’s show.