Harry Judd has taken over at the top of the judges’ scoreboard for the first time on Strictly Come Dancing – as the remaining couples competed to perform at Wembley Arena next Saturday.

The McFly drummer triumphed after performing the first Argentine tango of the series with partner Aliona Vilani – winning himself an impressive 37 points out of 40 with a routine that even won approval from Craig Revel Horwood.

“It had authority, dominance, control, and I loved it,” Craig said of the performance, while Alesha Dixon was similarly enthusiastic. “It was intense, strong, sexy, passionate – great job.”

Chelsee Healey and Holly Valance also fared well on Saturday’s show – with the former performing a foxtrot with partner Pasha Kovalev, and the latter taking on the rumba with new partner Brendan Cole after a back injury forced her partner Artem Chigvintsev out of action.

“You’re equally strong in ballroom as you are in Latin,” Alesha told Chelsee, while Craig agreed. “You’re starting to tick all my boxes,” he said, “well done.”

Meanwhile Bruno Tonioli told Holly that her routine was “very very good” while Craig told Brendan, “I’m quite pleased you’re back because I’m loving this new partnership.”

And Jason Donovan found himself near the top of the judges’ scoreboard once again for his Viennese Waltz with partner Kristina Rihanoff.

“Lovely footwork, lyrical movement, I liked it a lot,” Len Goodman told the pair, while Bruno added, “You were back in the zone tonight.”

Anita Dobson also won praise for her Argentine tango with partner Robin Windsor – with Craig calling the performance “absolutely fantastic” and Len adding, “You smouldered, I liked the feeling of the dance.”

And there was a tie on the scoreboard between Alex Jones – whose lively jive with James Jordan kicked off the show – and Robbie Savage, who performed the American Smooth with Ola Jordan, both receiving 312 points from the judges.

“It was so full of verve and gusto…I thought it was terrific,” Len said of Alex’s jive, while Alesha told Robbie, “You really are a ballroom boy – you’re continuing the success of last week and you’re moving in the right direction.”

However Russell Grant and Audley Harrison once again found themselves in the lower reaches of the scoreboard – Russell scoring 26 for an American Smooth which saw him change into a glittery gold suit mid-routine, and Audley receiving just 20 points for his cha cha cha with partner Natalie Lowe.

Craig complained that Audley’s performance was “leaden” while Bruno said of Russell, “You really are your own special creation.”

The results will be revealed on Sunday evening, with one more couple leaving the competition and the remaining eight going on to perform at Wembley Arena next Saturday night.