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Strictly Come Dancing 2016: Goodness gracious Ed Balls of fire!

21st November 2016

Strictly Come Dancing 2016: Goodness gracious Ed Balls of fire!
Oh we do love Blackpool week! It's the one that everyone wants to be part of and you could see it on the faces of our seven remaining celebs. This week was the biggest and action-packed we've seen this year with the routines really kicking the pressure up a notch.

Heading For The Exit

We may love Blackpool, but unfortunately it has to end on a sad note for one of our couples. After Saturday night it was Ed Balls left adrift at the bottom of the leaderboard with only 23 points for his Jive. However, his public popularity once again spared him a place in the dance-off.

Finishing 9 points above him, second bottom was Greg Rutherford and his partner Natalie Lowe. The pair scored 32 points for their Grease inspired Quickstep, which the judges enjoyed but felt had a few minor errors that stopped it scoring higher.

Meeting them in the bottom two for the first time were Claudia Fragapane and her partner AJ Pritchard. The pair performed an energetic Charleston and were so close to nailing it, but a small slip up stopped them from a higher scored. Craig even admitted he would have given it a 10, but for the mistake. Darcy still said it was a “spectacular performance” despite the mistake.

It was Claudia that came out on top, as Greg was sent home by the judges. Greg has arguably been the most improved act this series. He was one of the few who had no previous dance experience, so did well to get this far in the competition.

Going For The Glitterball

The race for the Glitterball trophy was cranked up a notch on Saturday as for the first time this series we had a full house of 10's! Yes, Craig finally found his ten paddle and that meant the first 40 this year for Danny Mac and Oti. The pair performed a fantastic Charleston that left the judges gushing with praise. “A table topping show stopper”, Bruno accurately described the routine as. Darcy was equally impressed, “It's hard to distinguish which of you isn't the professional dancer”.

Running them closest once again scoring 38 points were both Louise Thompson and Ore Oduba. Both celebrities have firmly established themselves as the closest competition for the trophy and have been near perfection a few weeks in a row now. On Saturday, Louise's Paso Doble was “Beauty. Artistry. Power. Fabulous.” in the opinion of Bruno. Meanwhile, Ore and Joanne delivered the highest scoring Viennese Waltz of the series, with Craig describing Ore as “an amazing showman”.

The final acts of the week were Ed Balls and Judge Rinder. Ed was way adrift at the bottom after a very shaky jive, but was entertaining nonetheless. Rinder however continues to improve, as he delivered a 33 point “hip-tastic” performance with his Salsa.

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