Saturday 10 December 2016

Eastenders actress Kellie Bright scores first 40 of Strictly series

Lorna Cooper

Published 19/12/2015 | 20:38

Kellie Bright and Kevin Clifton during the final of Strictly Come Dancing. Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire
Kellie Bright and Kevin Clifton during the final of Strictly Come Dancing. Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire

EastEnders actress Kellie Bright has scored the first 40 of this series of Strictly Come Dancing.

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After 13 weeks of routines, judge Craig Revel Horwood has finally awarded a 10 - and it has come in the grand final.

The first round of dances were selected by the panel.

Alongside partner Kevin Clifton, Bright performed her tango to You Really Got Me by The Kinks.

"It was truly fab-u-lous, darling!" Revel Horwood exclaimed.

Former ballerina Darcey Bussell said: "That was outstanding."

Katie Derham and Anton Du Beke during the final of Strictly Come Dancing. Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire
Katie Derham and Anton Du Beke during the final of Strictly Come Dancing. Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire
Katie Derham and Anton Du Beke during the final of Strictly Come Dancing. Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire
Georgia May Foote and Giovanni Pernice during the final of Strictly Come Dancing.Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire
Katie Derham and Anton Du Beke during the final of Strictly Come Dancing.Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire
Aliona Vilani and Jay McGuiness during the final of Strictly Come Dancing. Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire
Judges (left-right) Craig Revel Horwood, Darcey Bussell, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli during the final of Strictly Come Dancing. Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire
Kellie Bright and Kevin Clifton during the final of Strictly Come Dancing. Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire
Georgia May Foote and Giovanni Pernice during the final of Strictly Come Dancing. Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire
Katie Derham and Anton Du Beke during the final of Strictly Come Dancing. Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire
Kellie Bright and Kevin Clifton during the final of Strictly Come Dancing.Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire
Claudia Winkleman (left) and Tess Daly during the final of Strictly Come Dancing. Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire
Aliona Vilani and Jay McGuiness during the final of Strictly Come Dancing. Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire
Georgia May Foote and Giovanni Pernice during the final of Strictly Come Dancing. Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire
Giovanni Pernice with Georgia May Foote, Aliona Vilani with Jay McGuiness, Katie Derham with Anton Du Beke, and Kellie Bright with Kevin Clifton with during the final of Strictly Come Dancing. Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire

"Excuse the pun, but you've ironed out all the kinks," stated head judge Len Goodman.

Bruno Tonioli cried: "That is how you rock a tango!"

The Wanted's Jay McGuiness and Aliona Vilani, kicked off the BBC One ballroom show with a quickstep to My Generation.

However, the judging panel picked up on flaws in the dance they had requested.

"It was quick, it was slick. Couple of incidents here and there," said Goodman.

"The quality is so high, the tiny, little stumble spoiled the whole effect," stated Tonioli as McGuiness was awarded 36 points.

Former Coronation Street star Georgia May Foote and Giovanni Pernice performed their rumba to Writing's On The Wall.

The judges also awarded 36 points.

"Totally smitten by the sex kitten. A little issue with balance," said Tonioli.

Former ballerina Bussell told the soap star, "You delivered all the goods."

Broadcaster Katie Derham and Anton Du Beke are fancied to finish in fourth place.

The judges requested their quickstep to classic Hollywood tune, 42nd Street.

"You moved so fast, you could have ended up on 43rd Street!" cried Goodman as Derham earned 31 points.

In the first of tonight's two live shows hosted by Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman, the fab four perform two dances.

At the start of the results show at 9pm, the fourth-placed pair will be eliminated.

The remaining three will then perform their third dance.

The voting lines will reopen for the public to choose their winner.

The showdance round ended with Bright at the top of the leaderboard with a maximum of 80 points.

This segment contains the only dance in the series where there are no rules.

Bright and Clifton performed a show-stopping, Lindy hop routine which showcased a series of energetic moves and impressive lifts.

"A-ma-zing!" cried Revel Horwood.

"It was extraordinary!" agreed Bussell.

Goodman enthused: "You are the belle of the ball. That's a showdance!"

"You brought the A game right at the right time," stated Tonioli as Bright picked up 40 points again.

McGuiness and Vilani's showdance opened with the pop star suspended in a harness.

The routine contained some rumba, foxtrot and tango, but it underwhelmed the panel and scored 35 points.

"I would have liked a bit more show in the showdance," said Goodman.

Revel Horwood agreed: "I was disappointed, I really was."

After his two dances, McGuinness is placed third on the leaderboard with 71 points.

Above him in second place with 72 points is Foote and Pernice.

Their passionate showdance combined elements of tango and Viennese waltz. It earned 36 points.

"You're a lovely ballroom dancer," said Goodman.

As predicted, Derham and Du Beke are bottom of the leaderboard with a combined score of 62 points after their two dances.

"It was rigid, it was stiff," stated Revel Horwood as their showdance scored 31 points.

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