Monday 22 January 2018

Jay McGuiness bags Strictly Come Dancing's first perfect ten this series

Jay McGuiness and Aliona Vilani danced a jive (Guy Levy/BBC/PA)
Jay McGuiness and Aliona Vilani danced a jive (Guy Levy/BBC/PA)
Peter Andre and Janette Manrara are tipped to well in Strictly Come Dancing

Pop star Jay McGuiness has bagged the first perfect score of 10 from a Strictly Come Dancing judge this series.

The Wanted singer and partner Aliona Vilani wowed the judges and brought the house down with a slick jive combining Misirlou and You Never Can Tell from Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction.

The popular ballroom series had a Movie Week theme and the 25-year-old looked stunned as he collected 37 points and was declared a box office hit.

"Finally, the blockbuster everyone was waiting for!" cried judge Bruno Tonioli, who gave them 10 points.. "You outdone and out-danced John Travolta! Best dance ever!"

Craig Revel Horwood gave one of his trademark statements: "That is a level of technique we have never seen ever. Ah-ma-zing!"

Judge Darcey Bussell said: "I've never seen a jive like that."

"Don't worry about Pulp Fiction, I'll tell you a fact," said head judge Len Goodman. "That is the best dance this season."

The Force was with EastEnders star Kellie Bright and Kevin Clifton as they performed a lively Charleston to Cantina Band from Star Wars.

The 39-year-old wowed the judging panel and picked up 32 points. Len Goodman said: "Kellie Bright and a Jedi Knight!"

Craig Revel Horwood added: "It was clean, it was tight, it was precise. The cane work was absolutely fantastic."

Celebrity chef Ainsley Harriott's penguin-inspired cha cha cha to Boogie Wonderland from Happy Feet was riddled with mistakes and earned only 20 points from the judges. Revel Horwood declared: "A cha cha cha dis-ah-ster, darling."

The bookies' favourite to win has been knocked off the leaderboard this week with 28 points. Peter Andre's paso doble to He's A Pirate from Pirates of the Caribbean was suitably dramatic, but it wasn't his best dance.

BBC Breakfast's Carol Kirkwood is propping up the leaderboard with 17 points. She opened the show with a quickstep inspired from the movie South Pacific.

Bruno Tonioli told her: "Quickstep is like running on hot coals, you were shuffling on damp sand."

Singer Daniel O'Donnell had a blast with a cha cha cha to Summer Nights from Grease. "It was more Danny zucchini than Danny Zuko," Tonioli sniped as the Irishman picked up 21 points.

Former Coronation Street star Georgia May Foote performed a dreamy rumba to Writing's On The Wall from Bond movie Spectre. The 24-year-old earned 27 points.

However, Len Goodman rebuked new professional Giovanni Pernice: "All that shaking your head, gets on my wick. Too much posturing, posing and larking about. Two openings out and one forward basic does not constitute a rumba in my book."

Call the Midwife's Helen George danced a winning foxtrot to Marilyn Monroe's I Wanna Be Loved By You from Some Like It Hot. The 31-year-old had the judges gushing praise as she collected 32 points.

Jeremy Vine performed a crowd-pleasing Charleston to Irving Berlin's Top Hat. The 50-year-old kicked his way to his highest score of 24 points.

Katie Derham performed a surprisingly flat cha cha cha to Pretty Woman and was punished with a score of 20 points. "This is Strictly Come Dancing, not Strictly Come Posing," huffed Bruno Tonioli.

TV presenter Kirsty Gallacher had a bit of a wardrobe malfunction thanks to her costume with a tail for the American smooth to He's A Tramp. However, she still scored 23 points.

Boxer Anthony Ogogo and Otlile Mabuse performed a striking paso doble to Survivor's Eye Of The Tiger from Rocky. The 26-year-old struggled to please the panel, who awarded 19 points.

TV presenter Anita Rani performed an enchanting American smooth to Unchained Melody from Ghost. The 37-year-old picked up her highest score of 29 points.

Meanwhile, Loose Women star Jamelia performed a salsa and her highest score of 25 points had her in tears.

The public vote is now open and hosts Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman will announce the unlucky two couples facing the dreaded dance-off in the results show. After that, 14 couples will become 13.

Strictly Come Dancing airs Sunday October 11 at 7.15pm

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