Strictly Come Dancing: it’s the quarter-final!

The four remaining couples in Strictly Come Dancing have each performed two routines in a bid to make next week’s semi-final.

And it was a close show, with the judges praising the quartet for some of their best dances yet.

Both Lisa Snowdon and Tom Chambers scored 39 out of 40 for their first routines, both of which won raves from the panel.

“That was fantastic,” Len Goodman said of Chambers’ foxtrot with partner Camilla Dallerup, while Bruno Tonioli was equally enthusiastic. “You aimed high and you hit the spot,” he told the Holby City star.

Craig Revel Horwood, meanwhile, couldn’t enthuse enough about Lisa Snowdon’s waltz with Brendan Cole. “The genius of that was in its simplicity and it was absolutely beautiful,” he said.

Goodman also loved it. “It was like Snowdon the mountain in Wales,” he said, “beautiful and breathtaking.”

There were also raves for Rachel Stevens, with Arlene Phillips describing her tango as “the most erotic I have ever seen”. And Goodman added, “I wish I had an 11, that was fantastic”. The singer also scored 39 out of 40, breaking the record for the highest score ever for a tango on the show.

But Austin came in for some criticism from Craig, who described his salsa as awkward and said of his American Smooth, “I was slightly bored.”

The results will be announced on Sunday evening’s show, which will also feature a performance from veteran crooner Barry Manilow .

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