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Strictly Come Dancing Week Four: It's ready steady hooked as Ainsley Harriot gets the chop

26th October 2015

Strictly Come Dancing Week Four: It's ready steady hooked as Ainsley Harriot gets the chop
Ainsley Harriott became the fourth celebrity to be sent home on Strictly Come Dancing this Saturday night after a dance-off defeat to Jamelia.

Celebrity Chef Ainsley and partner Natalie Lowe were unanimously given the boot by the judges after failing to impress with their Jive to 'Shake, Rattle and Roll'. They were left third bottom of the judges scoring after night one and it seems the viewers at home were equally unimpressed.

Jamelia however, was far more unlucky to find herself in the bottom two. Despite not quite recreating her performance from the week before, she was still comfortably mid-leaderboard after being awarded 26 points for her Foxtrot. However the voters at home clearly didn't enjoy it as much as the judges and she found herself and partner Tristan MacManus in the bottom two.

However she came through unscathed and finds herself through to next week's show, which is set to be a Halloween extravaganza.

Ainsley's departure means it's 4 in 4 for the male contestants, as he joins Anthony Ogogo, Iwan Thomas and Daniel O'Donnell in leaving the show.

Around the dancefloor

This weekend saw a lot of change at the top end of the leaderboard, with two new couples reaching the summit. Call The Midwife actress Helen George and partner Aljaz were awarded 35 points for their quickstep and they were joined by Kellie Bright and partner Kevin Clifton, who quietly continued there rise to the top. "Attack, attack, victory!" was the verdict of Bruno Tonioli, who was having a bit of an odd night.

The scores mean in the first five weeks, five different couples have occupied the top of the leaderboard.

Jay McGuiness shook last week's poor performance out of his system and was back on form as he scored 33 points for his Bon Jovi backed Paso Doble with Aliona. Judge Darcey Bussell claimed that Jay's were the "Best male arms I've ever seen from a celebrity." A huge compliment.

He was closely followed by Anita Rani, one of the show's most consistent performers this year. Her and partner Gleb Savchenko scored straight 8's for their Tango to Temper Trap hit Sweet Disposition.

At the other end of the leaderboard, Jeremy Vine's fate was put off for another week as he progressed thanks to the votes at home. His Waltz with Karen Clifton received criticism from the judges, whose most uplifting comment was"not bad". This left him rock bottom of the leaderboard with just 18 points.

Sitting just above him were three couples all on 21 points. The biggest shock of which was Katie Derham and Anton Du Beke. After topping the leaderboard last week after an elegant waltz, they crashed back down to earth with a poor performance of the Salsa. Craig Revel Horwood branded the performance “dreadful". Even the usually positive Darcey struggled to dig out a compliment; "it lacked spice and hotness, was too messy, Latin sadly isn't your strength."

Alongside them were perennial strugglers Ainsley and Natalie, who were eventually given the hook, and Carol Kirkwood and Pasha Kovalev. There Waltz was nowhere near the level seen the previous week from Kellie and Anton and was described as “bland" by Bruno. Like Jeremy Vine, it seems her days on the show are numbered.

In the middle of the table, Peter Andre turned in another mediocre performance scoring 29 for his Rumba, while Georgia and Geovanni delivered a sexy, disco-themed salsa which had Darcy Bussell wanting to leave her seat and join in. Georgia is quietly improving week-on-week and certainly will be a dark horse in this year's competition.

The final act was Brendan Cole and Kirsty Gallacher. After escaping through the dance-off last week, the Sky Sports News Presenter will be more than happy just to get through to next week's show, especially in the nature she did it, by delivering what was comfortably her best performance yet. She hauled in 29 points for her Viennese Waltz to This Year's Love by David Gray. "A wonderful surprise and extraordinary transformation" was the verdict of Darcey.

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Source: Dance Near You