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Strictly Come Dancing 2016: Injury drama means Melvin is sent packing

3rd October 2016

Strictly Come Dancing 2016: Injury drama means Melvin is sent packing
Week two had a bit of everything. Firemen, the Seaside, injuries and Ed Balls playing the banjo! It was the first results show of the competition as all 15 couples awaited to see who was waltzing through to next week's show and who would be sent packing.

Heading for the Exit

Unfortunately, not everyone is a natural and some pick up ballroom dance better than others. This was very much the case for Melvin Odoom, who after a disappointing first week, struggled to wow the judges with his Tango. So it was little surprise, even to him, that he and partner Janette Manrara were the first couple out of this year's strictly.

After being left in the bottom two, he was due to face Anastacia in the dance-off. However an injury to the singer meant that it went to public vote instead. The public had spoken and despite attacking his Tango with great energy Melvin was sent home.

The radio presenter finished with a touching farewell message saying “Every single person on this show, the contestants, dancers, production, the judges, everyone is absolutely amazing – it's a blessing to be on this show.”

Outside of the bottom two, Ed can consider him a lucky man after his entertaining routine was enough to win the public over. Despite being the lowest scorer, he lives to fight another day.

Naga and Pasha are also dancing on thin ice after showing no improvement from Week One and sitting third from bottom.

Going for the Glitterball

At the other end of the leaderboard, it's Danny Mac and Louise Redknapp leading the charge. Both couples scored 63 points combined for their two dances. During week 2 Louise scored 32 for her fluid arms and good rotation throughout her Viennese Waltz. Danny also scored 32 points having used his acting talents during his Waltz to wow the judges. There is nothing to separate the two favourites at this early stage!

Daisy Lowe sat just a point behind after impressing with a sassy and flirty Cha Cha to Forget You by Cee-Lo Green. However the couple were controversially deducted one point for an illegal lift by Len! It appears that Len has decided to crack down early on this year to prevent a 'lift fest' from occurring as it has in previous years.

Best of the rest

Arguably the biggest talking point from week 2 was Ed Balls energetic Charleston that stunned everyone. Despite not being the most natural dancer in the competition, it's safe to say that Balls makes up for it with his attitude!

Judge Rinder continued to show improvement from week one, with Bruno likening him to 'Fred insane rather than 'Fred Astaire'. Unfortunately Craig said Rinder had hands like trowels and an irritating face! It's safe to say he was not impressed.

Team Tamorka also showed no sign of sinking as the judges loved the character driven sea side Charleston. Laura Whitmore also impressed with a 'gorgeous, emotional and elegant' Waltz scoring 32.

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Source: Dance Near You