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Strictly Come Dancing Week Three: Daniel O'Donnell loses dance off to a broomstick

19th October 2015

Strictly Come Dancing Week Three: Daniel O'Donnell loses dance off to a broomstick
Week Three of Strictly is over and it's goodbye to Irish singer Daniel O'Donnell and his partner Kristina Rihanoff. Despite three couples scoring less than them on Saturday night, the public vote was not kind and they found themselves in the bottom two facing Kirsty Gallacher and Brendan Cole.

Daniel and Kristina performed the American Smooth to"Fly Me To The Moon", but unfortunately they were left grounded as they failed to impress the judges and were sent packing. After night one, Daniel was told he “lacked wow factor" and the second performance did little to change that.

Kirsty and Brendan were up against it, with the judges left unimpressed with their rendition of the Pasa Doble. “As much shape as a broomstick" was the verdict of Craig Revell-Horwood while Len Goodman compared the performance to a Paella - “Tasty in places, but with a few funny bits floating about".

However, they did enough with their second attempt of the Pasa Doble to U2's"Beautiful Day" to edge their way past the mistake-riddled Daniel and Kristina.

Daniel's departure makes him the third male celebrity in a row to leave the show following Anthony Ogogo and Iwan Thomas in weeks one and two.

Around The Dancefloor

Elsewhere, the shows favourite to win Jay McGuiness delivered an unusually clumsy rendition of the quickstep. After setting the bar high last week with his fantastic jive, the judges were left disappointed and awarded just 25 points, by far his lowest score to date.

Topping the bill this week was Katie Derham, who closed the show with partner Anton Du Beke with an elegant Viennese Waltz to"If I Can Dream" by Elvis Presley. The performance certainly was a dream as far as the judges were concerned. Craig Revell-Horwood was left astounded “That was absolutely incredible. I do not know how you learnt that in only a week. I do not know." The couple scored 33 points, there best yet and it was only the second time in 12 years that Anton has found himself top of the leaderboard. There's a real feeling that the pair could be the dark horses in this year's competition.

Jamelia was the surprise package of the week. Her bouncy rendition of the Charleston with Tristan was awarded 32 points, her highest score of the competition. Len stated that she was “really coming into her own". Kellie Bright and Helen George also impressed for the third week running. Dancing the Foxtrot and Salsa respectively, they also scored straight 8's - 32 points.

Also scoring 32 points was Peter Andre, who was back on form after a hit-and-miss performance last week. He looked much more comfortable dancing the Tango with partner Janette to New Order's smash hit"Blue Monday".

Carol Kirkwood was also much improved this week too, however she still failed to score highly with the judges. Despite not yet featuring in the bottom two, it can surely only be a matter of time.

Elsewhere, Georgia followed up her stunning performance last week with another high scoring routine “full of life", Anita didn't quite reach the heights of the previous weeks but found herself comfortably through to week four and Ainsley Harriot finally found his dancing feet to deliver his best performance yet.

That left Jeremy Vine. Not the most natural of dancers, but an entertainer nonetheless. Still, he did enough in the public's eyes to edge through to next week, despite scoring lowest with the judges.

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Source: Dance Near You