The remaining five couples in Strictly Come Dancing have performed two routines each – one ballroom, one Latin – in the latest edition of the show.
And while current favourite Alesha found favour with the judges once again, there was also praise for fellow dancers Gethin Jones and Kenny Logan – with the Blue Peter presenter taking over at the top of the leaderboard.
Saturday’s show began with Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly explaining that Kelly Brook had pulled out of the competition following the death of her father earlier in the week.
The first couple to take to the floor were Matt and Flavia, who performed a tango to the Gwen Stefani hit What You Waiting For, which received a mixed reaction from the judges.
Bruno Tonioli said Matt was “like a snarling lion” although Arlene Phillips wasn’t so sure. “I didn’t think it was as clipped and staccato as I would have liked it,” she pointed out.
However Arlene was more enthusiastic about Gethin and Camilla’s waltz which followed. “Graceful, fluid, romantic – you melted my heart,” she said. Craig Revel Horwood, meanwhile, described it as “beautiful”.
Next up were Letitia and Darren, whose quickstep received mixed reviews. “There definitely wasn’t enough spring in your step,” Len Goodman told her.
However there was better news for Kenny. “Your improvement at ballroom is extraordinary,” said Bruno following his foxtrot. “If there was a prize for work ethic and giving it your all, you would be the winner,” Len said.
Alesha and Matthew rounded off the first half of the show with a tango which had the judges in raptures. “I can only see headlines,” raved Arlene, “The Tantalising Tango Temptress Triumphs!”
The second half of the show began with Matt and Flavia, who performed a rumba, followed by Gethin and Camilla – whose salsa thrilled the panel. “Full thrust ahead – you’re turning into the loin king!” said Bruno. “We saw a very different side to your nature there – that was fantastic,” Arlene added.
However they were less impressed by Letitia and Darren’s cha cha cha which followed, with Arlene describing the routine as “stiff and awkward”. And Kenny’s rumba failed to impress the judges in the same way as his first dance. “You had the dance in your hand and you let it slip,” commented Bruno.
Finally Alesha and Matthew ended the evening with a samba – attracting the usual positive comments. “Alesha, I could watch you all night,” said Craig. “Absolutely sensational.”
The results will be revealed on Sunday evening’s show, with one more couple leaving the contest.