It’s the semi-final of Strictly Come Dancing 2011, but with five couples remaining and just three places in next weekend’s final, the competition was fierce
Harry Judd got off to a flying start, scoring 39 out of 40 for his wacky Charleston with Aliona Vilani
Alex James toned things down somewhat with an elegant waltz which won the judges’ approval
And Chelsee Healey’s American Smooth with Pasha Kovalev led Len Goodman to compare her to the ‘Chelsea Flower Show’
Holly Valance and Artem Chigvintsev took on the Argentine Tango – and triumphed
And Jason Donovan rounded off the first half of the show performing a samba with Kristina Rihanoff
Bruce Forsyth took the opportunity to remind everybody that next weekend’s final will be screened in 3D on BBC One HD – as if we could forget with that eyewear
The second half of the show saw Harry and Aliona once again score 39 out of 40 for their Viennese Waltz – making them top of the leaderboard
Alex Jones’ salsa wasn’t quite as well received as her waltz but nonetheless the judges praised her for her enthusiasm
However Chelsee Healey’s paso dole went where no other routine this series had gone before….
…..scoring the first full house from the judges!
Holly Valance’s Charleston had a wacky modern twist but wasn’t quite so well received
However Jason rounded things off in style with a moody Argentine Tango….
…..which prompted yet another set of full marks!
Sunday’s show began with a routine from the professional dancers – and Kristina in an elaborate pink and purple dress
Aloe Blaac was among those who performed in the results show, singing his hit I Need A Dollar while Natalie Lowe danced
Gareth Malone brought the Military Wives along to perform their Christmas number one contender Wherever You Are
This week two couples had to go – and Alex was the first to learn she had missed out on a place in the final
An emotional Holly Valance also hung up her dancing shoes
The pair remained in good spirits as they performed with their partners for the final time – leaving Harry Judd, Chelsee Healey and Jason Donovan to battle it out in the final….