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Strictly Come Dancing Week 7: Jeremy fails to strike gold with his Quickstep

16th November 2015

Strictly Come Dancing Week 7: Jeremy fails to strike gold with his Quickstep
The time has finally come to say goodbye to the thoroughly entertaining, enigmatic, but slightly awkward figure that is Jeremy Vine. Since week one, Jeremy's performances have brought a smile, and at times, a confused look to the faces of the judges. However just over half way through the competition, Vine is heading home.

Jeremy and partner Karen Clifton closed Saturday night's show with a mining themed Quickstep to 'Going Underground' by The Clash. A week after starting his routine by riding a horse, Vine appeared in a miners cart to kick start this weeks Quickstep. However despite the comedy, the performance unfortunately didn't do a lot for the judges. “It was like being at the National Dressage Championships" was the verdict of Craig Revel Horwood, who was having a particularly nasty night.

For the first time this series, the bottom two in the judges scoring were the two in the dance-off. Jeremy was joined by Jamelia and her partner Tristan McManus. The pair had scored 26 the night before for their samba. “Your hands were particularly unattractive, and their was unnecessary grinding that was particularly unpleasant", said Craig.

Jamelia delivered an improved performance in the dance-off and consequently received a clean sweep of the vote from the judges. She'll be joining the seven other couples in Blackpool next weekend, whilst Jeremy, who departed to a standing ovation from the judges, opponents and audience, will be watching on from home.

Around the dancefloor:

Following her continual ascent towards the top of the leaderboard in recent weeks it was Georgia May Foote who topped this weeks with the highest score of the series so far - 39 points! At the end of last weeks show, the Coronation Street actress excitedly admitted “The reason I did Strictly was because I wanted to do the Charleston". She certainly made the most of her opportunity. Her and partner Giovanni nailed their performance to score a series high score. “I was completely razzle-dazzled!" exclaimed Bruno. Georgia is now joint favourite with the bookies to win this years competition. After slowly easing herself into the competition, she's really delivered in recent weeks.

Following behind her in second place this week were two couples; Helen and Aljaz and Peter and Janette. Helen and Aljaz are yet to have a bad week and have been consistently around the top of the scoreboard. That continued this week with “a beautifully tailored, high fashioned tango". The drama of the performance was a huge hit with Darcey, who described it as “perfection". Peter and Janette performed a viennesse waltz, far removed from last weeks Charleston and whilst it didn't quite receive the same level of praise, they still scored well this week. “It was like a piece of Disney magic happening in front of me" was the praise of Darcey Bussell.

Just behind them on 33 points was Kellie Bright and partner Kevin Clifton, with one of the most controversial performances of the series. To the sound of 'Boom Shake The Room' by Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, the couple delivered a hip-hop inspired, street themed Samba that left Craig completely confused. “Do I love this, or do I hate it? I decided, I would love it!". However it didn't quite suit the taste of Len. “Assured, flowing, lots of attack, but it didn't work for me! I'm a cuppa tea in a world of skinny lattes, the two things I don't like are crying babies and hip-hop!" Despite this, the couple still scored well and were safely on their way to Blackpool, following last weeks shock survival from the dance-off.

Next up with straight 8's were Anita Rani and Gleb performing the quickstep. Anita has consistently been near the top of the leaderboard all series and once again did not falter. Some fans of the show have accused the judges of underscoring Anita, but nonetheless the public vote was once again enough to secure her place in next week's show.

Katie Derham bounced back from recent weeks of below par performances with a romance filled-rumba with partner Anton Du Beke. Anton's choreography received a lot of praise from Len, whilst Darcy credited the performances story telling; “It was one classy love story that you created". Katie and Anton were early front-runners but dropped off after a string of mediocre performances. However this weekends efforts have shown the pair still have every chance of challenging for the competition.

Jay and Aliona may finally have been knocked of their perch. Since their incredible jive on week three, the pair have been favourites to win, however they've struggled to maintain their consistency. This Saturday they performed the Foxtrot to Sam Smith's 'Lay Me Down'. Jay has recently been criticised for showing a lack of emotion with his facial expressions and Saturday was no different. “The whole thing was a little bland, as soon you begin to dance properly, the face goes dead". He was also let down by a slight mistake right at the end of the dance, as he tripped on Aliona's dress. It proved costly, with Craig only giving a score of 6 for the performance. Thankfully, the other three judges awarded 8 points each.

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Source: Dance Near You