Sunday 22 September 2019

Peter Andre tops Strictly leaderboard after two perfect 10s for his Charleston

Peter Andre and his dance partner Janette Manrara (BBC/Guy Levy/PA)
Peter Andre and his dance partner Janette Manrara (BBC/Guy Levy/PA)

Peter Andre beat his fellow celebrities to top the scoreboard on Strictly Come Dancing this week.

The singer scored 38 for his performance of the Charleston, earning two 10s on the way.

But it was another bad week for Carol Kirkwood, whose American smooth saw her take bottom spot, with judge Craig Revel Horwood saying it was like "watching a bumper car ride".

Despite the weather presenter having worked hard to get her footwork correct, the judges agreed that it still needed more work, and she scored just 17 points.

Actress Helen George danced the rumba to a rendition of Adele's new single Hello, earning high praise for her passion and drama and scoring 31 points.

Singer Jay McGuiness earned high praise for his Argentine tango with head judge Len Goodman labelling it a "polished performance".

The dance earned The Wanted singer - who is now bookies' favourite to win the show - 34 points.

Broadcaster Katie Derham's quickstep saw her score 26 points, while presenter Anita Rani's energetic jive saw her match McGuiness's score.

EastEnders actor Danny Dyer was in the audience to see his on-screen wife Kellie Bright waltz her way to 32 points.

Judge Bruno Tonioli compared the "wonderful, wonderful" performance to a Julian Fellowes screenplay.

Broadcaster Jeremy Vine dressed as a cowboy to dance the tango, and although the audience gave him a standing ovation for his performance which started with him riding a plastic horse, the judges were left less impressed and scored him only 21.

Singer Jamelia, who has been in the dance-off three times, was hoping to guarantee safety this week, but only scored 28 despite recovering from a slip up which saw her go clattering into a guitar that had been left on the dancefloor as a prop.

Actress Georgia May Foote powered through a samba to earn compliments from an animated Bruno in Italian, and have Craig describe the dance as "incredible".

Her performance landed her 35 points.

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