The 13 remaining Strictly Come Dancing 2012 contestants have taken to the floor in a Hollywood-themed series of routines – with favourites Denise Van Outen and Louis Smith once again doing well.
And it was a particularly good night for Denise, who managed to equal her score from last weekend’s show, once again notching up 32 points out of 40 for her Toy Story-themed foxtrot with partner James Jordan.
“It was beautifully acted and beautifully danced,” Craig Revel Horwood told the couple, while Len Goodman added, “I’m giving you a verbal pat on the back.”
Also faring well was Louis Smith, who recreated the finale of the 80s classic Dirty Dancing with a salsa which included him lifting partner Flavia Cacace mid-routine.
“You had the iconic lift wonderfully, you were like Concorde taking off,” Bruno Tonioli told him. “I think you’re great,” while Craig described the routine as “fantastic”.
It was also another good night for Lisa Riley – who performed a jive to the cheeky Dick Tracy song Hanky Panky – originally sung by Madonna – and Dani Harmer, who was praised for her foxtrot with Vincent Simone to Somewhere Over The Rainbow.
The Tracy Beaker star, dressed as Dorothy from The Wizard Of Oz for the touching number, was joined by a dog resembling Toto at the end of the routine, which Bruno described as “flawless”.
Meanwhile both Westlife’s Nicky Byrne and TV presenter Richard Arnold showed a marked improvement – with both performing quicksteps and both picking up their highest scores yet.
Nicky and partner Karen Hauer scored an impressive 27 points for their routine inspired by the Jim Carrey blockbuster The Mask, while Richard’s quickstep to 9 to 5 landed him 25 points.
“You were having fun on that dancefloor and it showed,” Darcey said of Nicky’s routine, while Len added, “Last week there was no life, this week it’s full of life.”
Craig, meanwhile, had a kind word for Richard’s efforts, saying, “Actually I didn’t mind that,” while Darcey called it his “best dance so far”.
However Victoria Pendleton failed to improve upon last week’s performance, at one point suffering a wardrobe malfunction during her rumba with Brendan Cole when her dress became caught during one of the moves.
The Olympic cyclist still fared well with the judges, however, with Craig telling her, “I’m beginning to see an actress emerging here,” although Bruno wasn’t so sure. “You lost concentration towards the end…it kind of fizzled out,” he said.
At the lower end of the scoreboard Michael Vaughan once again fell foul of Craig after finishing bottom of the scoreboard on last Saturday’s show. This time around his Full Monty-themed cha cha cha led him to say, “Hot it was not,” adding, “I suspect Latin is not going to be your dance'”
However the other judges were kinder, with Darcey telling him, ‘I was so much happier with your performance this week. You always give it your all and that is so important.’
And it was a disappointing week for Jerry Hall, who impressed Bruce Forsyth with her Graduate-themed quickstep with partner Anton du Beke – but didn’t receive such a warm reception from the judges.
“It wasn’t so much Hollywood as Upstairs Downstairs,” complained Len, while Craig – referring to a moment at the end which took place behind a screen, said, “It would have been better if the whole thing had been behind there.”
But despite only scoring 18 points out of a possible 40 she was saved from the very bottom by Sid Owen, who crashed into last place with just 17 for his Rock Of Ages-themed tango with partner Ola Jordan.
“I don’t know about rock of ages,” Len told him, referring to a lengthy air guitar sequence at the beginning, “but it took ages to get going,” while Craig merely referred to the routine as “stompy”.
The results will be revealed on Sunday evening’s show, with one more celebrity leaving the competition.