Denise Van Outen again took Strictly Come Dancing by storm as her Paso Doble, with partner James Jordan, earned the best score of the series so far with a 36. No 10’s yet from the judges though. Her rehearsals were hampered by a foot injury for James, so Ian Waite stood in for most of the week. However James insisted on dancing in the live show.
Hot on her heels was Dani Harmer who pulled out a score of 34 for her Tango with Vincent Simone.
Kimberley Walsh waltzed her way to a score of 34 to take joint second on the leaderboard with Dani.
Louis Smith and Flavia Cacace, despite being the bookies favourites, are struggling to match the scores of Denise and Dani but their partnership seems to get better every week. They still have to win Craig Revel Horwood over; he only gave them a very harsh 6 for their Waltz.
Lisa Riley delivered a Foxtrot that was “good footwork and good fun” according to Len Goodman. It also earned Lisa her best score so far of 32.
Victoria Pendleton’s quickstep earned a score of 30, matching last week.
There was a big improvement from most of the celebrities, with Richard Arnold celebrating his dance-off rescue last week by delivering a score of 29 for his Charleston; he only scored a lowly 17 last week.
One celebrity that struggled was Michael Vaughan. After his ballroom success last week it was down to earth with a bump, as his latin dance scored only 26 to leave him bottom of the judges’ leaderboard. Get on those phones to save Michael.
Fern Britton raised her game and found her Salsa side to score 27 – her best score of the series. She still ended up in the bottom two after the judges scoring though, so will need rescuing by the viewers if she is to get to Wembley next week. After her raunchy performance she deserves to stay!
For full detail on the judges scores see Strictly Come Dancing Results.