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Strictly Come Dancing Week Three: A Ballroom Blockbuster!

10th October 2016

Strictly Come Dancing Week Three: A Ballroom Blockbuster!
It was movie night on Strictly Come Dancing this weekend and boy oh boy was it a blockbuster! With all the twists, turns and shocks of a Hollywood thriller, Saturday's show and Sunday's results have thrown the cat amongst the pigeons.

Around the dancefloor

Heading for the Exit

You'd have been hard pressed to find anyone who predicted this week's bottom two. Despite solid performances in week three, it was EastEnders actress Tameka Empson and TV presenter Laura Whitmore who found themselves dancing for survival.

Tameka and her partner Gorka danced the Tango with a theme from classic film “Beverly Hills Cop”. The judges gave it mixed reviews, with Darcey stating it needed to be “a bit cleaner and clipped in transition”. Yet despite this, they still scored well with 29 points.

Joining them in the bottom two were Laura and Giovanni, which was an even bigger shock after scoring 30 points. The announcement was greeted with shock from around the ballroom, including from Craig who couldn't believe Laura was in the dance-off. Only the night before, Bruno had exclaimed it was the “one of the hottest salsa's he'd ever seen”.

It was Laura that came out on top, as an injury stricken Tameka was sent home by the judges, with only Darcey voting to save her.

Although both were in the dance-off, neither were near the bottom of the leaderboard. It was former labour MP Ed balls who found himself bottom for the second week in a row.. His Samba to “The Mask” was described as “complete lunacy” by Bruno and Craig couldn't quite believe what he'd watched. However, the public have clearly warmed to his efforts, as they put the votes in to carry him through.

Just above Ed were Naga, Anastacia, Lesley and Judge Rinder.

Naga struggled for the second week in a row and admitted she expected to be in the bottom two. Anastacia bounced back from her injury, but still doesn't look quite up to speed. Lesley Joseph received praise from Len; “You're a golden oldie from the silver screen, I thought you were great”, but still didn't score fantastically comparatively to her competitors and Judge Rinder's Flintstones themed Charleston was utterly bonkers, but he's a huge hit with the public.

Going for the Glitterball

Meanwhile at the top of the leaderboard, there were some big week three scores as the Judges were treated to some show-stopping displays.

Topping the board were Hollyoaks star Danny Mac and Team GB gymnast Claudia Fragapane. Danny's Paso Doble with Oti was a huge hit with the judges. Len described it as “a beautiful mix of artistry and power”. Even Craig whipped out the 9 paddle for the performance, just as he did for Claudia and AJ's Charleston. After a solid opening week, they really upped their game.

Just behind them were Ore Oduba and Joanne Clifton, whose American Smooth surprised the judges, with Len claiming he was “astounded” by how good it was. Ore was not one of the favourites before the competition but after a strong opening two weeks, he's certainly in the mix now.

Best of the rest

Elsewhere around the dancefloor, it was another solid week for Daisy Lowe, who scored 31 points for her Quickstep with Aljaz. “The neatest footwork we've seen” said Len, while Bruno claimed it was like they were “floating on air”.

The most improved performance from week one was Greg Rutherford and Natalie Lowe, who danced a dramatic Robin Hood themed American Smooth. Craig was impressed by the gorgeous storytelling of the routine.

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Source: Dance Near You