Sunday 19 November 2017

Katie Derham and Anton Du Beke top Strictly Come Dancing leaderboard

Katie Derham and Anton Du Beke have topped this week's Strictly leaderboard
Katie Derham and Anton Du Beke have topped this week's Strictly leaderboard
Peter Andre with his wife Emily as she visited him during Strictly rehearsals. (BBC/PA)
Peter Andre with his Strictly Come Dancing partner Janette Manrara (BBC/PA)

BBC Radio 3's Katie Derham has soared to the top of the Strictly Come Dancing leaderboard.

Derham and her partner Anton Du Beke scored the leading total of 33, pipping them just one point ahead of the next four couples who were all tied on 32.

The couple performed a Viennese Waltz to Elvis Presley's If I Can Dream and closed the show in style.

Not even judge Craig Revel Horwood could fault them, saying it was "absolutely incredible" and adding: "I don't know how you learnt that in a week, I really do not know."

The coveted second spot is held by not one, but four couples this week, who've all managed to score an equal 32 points.

Bookies' favourite Peter Andre and his partner Janette Manrara join the lucky four line-up alongside EastEnders' Kellie Bright and Kevin Clifton, singer Jamelia and Tristan MacManus and Call The Midwife's Helen George and Aljaz Skorjanec.

Andre's Tango was praised as head judge Len Goodman said: "I don't know what card game you were playing but there was plenty of snap in the tango!"

Actress George was praised for her dancing skills, with Revel Horwood even telling her she's an "incredible dancer".

It wasn't as good an evening for last week's hit performer, pop star Jay McGuiness who toppled from the leading spot.

Last week The Wanted singer and partner Aliona Vilani wowed the judges and brought the house down with a slick jive that earned them the first 10 of the series.

This week McGuiness stumbled during his Quickstep and went from last week's score of 37, to only scoring a measly 25.

Judge Darcey Bussell told him: "It was such a shame ... I got so excited when you started off ... this was going to be your dance again ... but with those mistakes ... I know you can come back stronger next week."

Goodman told him his "feet were doing more than his brain could handle".

TV presenter Anita Rani and her partner Gleb Savchenko opened the show with a sizzling Samba.

Judge Bruno Tonioli told them it was "a bit on and off".

BBC Breakfast's Carol Kirkwood had a much better week, scoring a total of 22 points for her Paso this week.

Revel Horwood told her: "Well I think this is the first time we've seen your body engage in any dance which I think is very exciting ... well done and what an improvement."

Celebrity chef Ainsley Harriott bounced back from last week's disastrous cha cha cha with partner Natalie Lowe.

This week their Waltz to Louis Armstrong's What A Wonderful World had the judges raving.

Goodman said "Well done", while Bussell praised them for showing off a lot of detail.

The bottom position is held by Jeremy Vine and Karen Clifton whose Jive to Bobby Darin's Splish Splash was described by Revel Horwood as "like watching a stork that had been struck by lightning".

:: The Strictly Come Dancing results show airs Sunday, October 18 at 7.15pm.

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