Saturday 23 September 2017

Cart-wheeling Corrie star Natalie Gumede wins swing-a-thon battle for the Strictly crew

Natalie Gumede and Artem Chigvinstev performing during rehearsals for the BBC programme Strictly Come Dancing. Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire
Natalie Gumede and Artem Chigvinstev performing during rehearsals for the BBC programme Strictly Come Dancing. Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire
Brendan Cole and Sophie Ellis-Bextor: Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire
Aljaz Skorjanec and Abbey Clancy performing during rehearsals for the BBC programme Strictly Come Dancing. Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire
Aljaz Skorjanec and Abbey Clancy : Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire
Anya Garnis and Patrick Robinson: Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire
Ola Jordan and Ashley Taylor Dawson performing during rehearsals for the BBC programme Strictly Come Dancing. Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire
Ola Jordan and Ashley Taylor Dawson: Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire
Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Brendon Cole rehearse for the Swing-a-thon on Strictly Come Dancing: Ki Price/PA Wire

It was each couple for themselves in Strictly Come Dancing tonight as the contestants did dance battle in the swing-a-thon.

Mixing the lindy hop, jive and jitterbug, all six couples elbowed for space and a place in the semi-finals together on the dance floor following their own routines.

Cartwheeling former Corrie star Natalie Gumede and Artem Chigvintsev were the last pair standing as the judges knocked out their rivals.

Casualty actor Patrick Robinson and partner Anya Garnis won silver in the swing-a-thon and ended the night joint top leaders of the table.

Earlier they had performed a steamy rumba to the sound of Bruno Mars' When I Was Your Man, which provoked a mixed reaction.

"This is a ballroom not a bedroom, it was a little bit full on," Len Goodman complained, but Darcey Bussell lavished their performance with full marks.

"You were in control of your lady," Bussell told the 50-year-old actor before dishing out a 10. "The tension and the focus you gave Anya was like none of us even existed in this room - I Ioved it."

Things were looking much less promising for Susanna Reid and Kevin Clifton, who were left bottom of the table after their tango to Michael Jackson's Smooth Criminal failed to impress.

"I feel that I was in a different dance to the one the judges were watching because I felt so kind of intense about it," she said.

The BBC Breakfast presenter and her partner were also the first to be booted off the swing-a-thon, leaving their chances of going further in the competition up in the air.

Tomorrow's results show will feature a performance by girl group The Saturdays.

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