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Kara waltzes to top of Strictly points board as Matt struggles

Former EastEnders star Kara Tointon will start tonight's Strictly Come Dancing at the top of the leader board after impressing the judges with her Viennese waltz.

The actress was one point off a perfect score last night after judge Bruno Tonioli said her dance was a "work of art" in the first of the weekend's two semi-finals.

Tointon also received top marks for winning the Strictly swing-a-thon, which involved all five remaining couples dancing at the same time in a knock-out dance-off.

Gavin Henson was bottom of the judges' leader board after he was criticised for lacking rhythm in his samba. Tonioli said: "I still feel you don't quite connect with the music all the way."

But Craig Revel Horwood quipped: "The good thing is the rotation in the hips was well worth the 297.5 hours you have been rehearsing over the series."

Pamela Stephenson and her partner James Jordon earned a respectable 35 out of 40 for their pasodoble, putting them in second place after the group dance.

Rival male contenders Scott Maslen and Matt Baker both fell from their high standards and drew criticism from the judges.

The judges' harshest words came for Countryfile presenter Matt Baker, who performed a salsa with Aliona Vilani.

Goodman was clearly not impressed and said: "You have been so good, your standard has been so high, you've been consistent but this was not that good."