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Strictly Come Dancing Week Nine: Nothing mysterious about Peter Andre's exit

30th November 2015

Strictly Come Dancing Week Nine: Nothing mysterious about Peter Andre's exit
Unfortunately for Peter Andre, lightning did not strike twice this weekend as he couldn't squeeze his way through the dance off to secure a place in next week's Strictly Come Dancing.

For the second week in a row, the Mysterious Girl singer found himself in the bottom two. Last week, he was saved controversially as Jamelia exited the competition. There was uproar on social media following the decision and Len Goodman had to make an appearance on sister show"It Takes Two", to defend the judges' decision, such was the discontent.

Peter did not make the most of his lifeline. He and partner Janette Manrara failed to bounce back as the nerves took hold. Despite a light and breezy performance of their American Smooth, it was deemed a bit safe by the judges.

“I thought you were holding back, you usually seem so much more relaxed and natural" said Darcy.

Their opponents this week in the bottom two were Kellie Bright and Kevin Clifton, who found themselves back in the dance-off for only the second time. This was a slightly surprising result, given their Salsa left them in third place on the leaderboard. However a poor performance in the Quickstep-a-thon, saw them fall down the leaderboard and finish third bottom at the end of the night.

“Your bionic bum was flitting about! Sizzling sausages, wobbly lifts, otherwise fabulous!" was Len's verdict, and Bruno compared them too “two courting fireflies."

Following the dance off, the judges were true to their opinions from the night before. Kellie and Kevin's salsa was as good as the night before when it impressed the judges. Meaning Peter and Janette were left on the receiving end of the unanimous verdict going against them, despite an improved performance.

Around the dancefloor

It was the return of the Quickstep-a-thon on Saturday, as all seven couples took to the dancefloor at once in a traditional ballroom style competition which Len compared too “An F1 Grand Prix... with music!" With up to 7 bonus points on the line, the quickstep-a-thon gave the couples the opportunity to turn the leaderboard upside down!

And it was the strongest couple on the night that not only wowed the judges with their Viennese Waltz but also completed the double when they were victorious in the quickstep-a-thon. Helen and Aljaz topped the leaderboard with a combined total of 46 points! After a brilliant performance, all four judges had nothing but positives for the couple. “It was weightless, as if you were dancing on a cloud", was the view of Bruno and Darcy was equally impressed saying it was so close to “perfection".

Just below them was bookies' favourites Jay and Aliona. The pairs “delicious mango of a tango" as Len dubbed it, impressed the judges and saw them score 38 points. “Oh my. It was like you were working as one out there, and you used the music superbly. It was my favourite dance of yours so far", said Darcy. However the performance in the Quickstep-a-thon was not so good, as they finished 5th. Although Craig did admit, the Quickstep was always going to be harder for the celebrity men, as they had to take the lead on the dance.

Georgia and Giovani didn't quite reach the heights of recent weeks, but still turned in a polished Paso Double to score 33 points. Bruno was impressed; “Georgia the little pocket rocket, rocked the Pasa Doble!". Following a good performance in the Quickstep-a-thon they added six further bonus points to their score to finish the night in third with 39 points.

Just below them was Anton Du Beke and his celebrity partner Katie Derham. This is the first time Anton has ever made it this far in Strictly Come Dancing, meaning this was his first ever Argentine Tango on the show! He didn't disappoint! The “drop dead gorgeous" routine impressed the judges, leaving them with a solid score of 32 points. There second performance of the night added a further 4 to their score, leaving them with 37 on the night.

At the bottom of the leaderboard, Anita Rani was the surprise name that appeared. This is the first time she's been near the bottom all competition and her Rumba with Gleb split the judges. Dancing to Emelie Sande's read all about it, Bruno loved the performance, dubbing it “a true tale of endless love". However Len was not impressed. “You did a lift and you're not supposed too and what's with that between the leg's business?! It wasn't my cup of tea!" Len was visibly agitated at the lack of traditional Rumba content in the performance and was happy to argue with a booing audience to defend that! The Quickstep-a-thon added a much needed four bonus points to their score, leaving them with 35 in total.

How to find a ballroom dance class

If you were inspired by the ballroom dancing on offer on Saturday's Strictly, then why not have a go at it yourself? It's a great activity to take up by yourself, with a friend or even a partner. Ballroom dancing has become very popular in recent years thanks to Strictly and shows like it. This has meant that finding ballroom dance classes has become much easier.

With a greater demand for learning, more dance studios and dance instructors have been launching ballroom classes across the UK and find one in your area is easy! Simply visit the Dance Near You homepage and search your postcode in our class finder tool. This will show you all the instructors and studios offering dance classes in your area. Once you find one to suit you, simply give them a call to find out more!
Source: https://www.dancenearyou.co.uk/dance_classes_ballr