With Tameka surprisingly exiting the show last week, everyone had to raise their game to stay safe. It was certainly a week of highs and lows, as we saw the best and worst score of the series so far.
Around the dancefloor
Heading for the exit
The first couple announced in the bottom two was BBC TV presenter Naga Munchetty and her partner Pasha. The couple had scored 24 points the night before with their Mermaid themed Charleston. It was her most confident performance of the series so far and the judges recognised this, but unfortunately too many simple errors plagued the performance. “The timing was off and it was messy” said Craig.
Facing the pair in the dance-off was Anastacia and Brendan. Anastacia had been unable to compete due to injury in her previous dance-off, but this time it was partner Brendan who was under the weather. After being rushed to hospital on Saturday morning with a lung infection, Brendan's illness had slightly hindered the performance. But he fought like a trooper to take to the floor on both nights as they danced for survival. It paid off. The second round of the Rumba on Sunday was an improved performance from the Saturday which had scored them 27.
So it was Naga who headed home this week. A lack of chemistry between Naga and Pasha was evident in some of the performances and with consistently low scores, they were never in danger of challenging at the top.
Going for the Glitterball
Just a couple weeks ago, we tipped Ore Oduba to be a dark horse in the competition. In the two week's since then, he's arguably become the favourite. On Saturday he performed the jive with Joanne Clifton and it brought the house down! Last series, it was Jay McGuinness' jive that wowed the judges early on, scoring 37 points. Ore's went two better, scoring a near-perfect 39 points. “The game has changed!” exclaimed Craig, “you are the one to beat!”. Len, Bruno and Darcy all awarded 10's for the first time in the series.
Following behind in second place was Danny Mac, who for the fourth week in a row has been highly placed on the leaderboard. He and Oti Mabuse performed the quickstep and Darcy proclaimed it was “One of the best quicksteps I've seen” and Craig agreed, claiming Danny was on fire!
Best of the rest
It was much improved week for Lesley Joseph and Anton. The 70 year old actress rolled back the years to deliver a fantastic Charleston that the judges loved. “It was shocking, shockingly good!” said Craig.
It was also a huge improvement for Laura Whitmore and Giovanni who after being in the bottom two last week, bounced back with a bang and scored 33 points for their Quickstep. Louise Redknapp and Kevin Clifton also scored highly again, matching that 33 with their Foxtrot, which Darcy challenging Kevin to push Louise a little harder from now on.
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