Sunday 26 January 2020

Strictly's Ore Oduba gets perfect marks from three judges for his jive

Ore Oduba with dance partner Joanne Clifton during a dress rehearsal
Ore Oduba with dance partner Joanne Clifton during a dress rehearsal
Ore Oduba with dance partner Joanne Clifton during a dress rehearsal

Sports presenter Ore Oduba has become the first Strictly Come Dancing contestant this series to earn a top score from any of the judges.

Oduba and his dance partner Joanne Clifton were just shy of bagging a perfect 40 as judge Craig Revel Horwood awarded their jive a nine, while the rest of the panel gave it full marks.

The pair performed to Bruno Mars' Runaway Baby, with the studio audience erupting into cheers as they finished the routine which bagged them 39 points and set them at the top of the leader board.

Revel Horwood told them: "The game has finally changed, darling, you are the one to beat in this competition and you know what, I hope Danny Mac was watching that because he's got a big load of competition."

Oduba is hot on the heels of actor Mac as the bookies' favourite to win the BBC1 contest, although he beat Mac this week who got a score of 36 for his quickstep with Oti Mabuse.

Head judge Len Goodman told Oduba he was even better than last year's winner Jay McGuiness, who also wowed with his Jive.

He said: "Showstopping, jaw dropping, eye popping jive. I thought last week was fantastic, you've had a week, listen, move over Jay - you've turned up."

As the scores came in with Darcey Bussell, Bruno Tonioli and Goodman all awarding 10s, presenter Claudia Winkleman said: "That was honestly better than my own wedding."

Meanwhile, at the opposite end of the score board, politician Ed Balls has hit a new low with a total score of just 16.

Balls and his partner Katya Jones performed a clumsy paso doble to Holding Out For A Hero, stumbling over a number of missed steps.

Goodman told him: "I don't know about holding out for a hero, I was holding out for a paso."

Revel Horwood, who scored him just two points, complained: "The shaping was terrible, it was stompy, there wasn't a hint of any matador in there, darling. It was dreadful."

Bussell added: "It was a shame that you made that balls up."

Balls, who was dressed as a knight for the performance, admitted: "A few things went wrong."

He has been bottom of the leader board each week so far, but Saturday's was his lowest score to date and the lowest in the competition so far.

Winkleman addressed the departure of singer Will Young at the start of the programme, who dropped out of the contest earlier this week citing "personal reasons".

She said: "Will, if you're watching, we love you and we wish you all the best."

The Strictly Come Dancing results show, which will see one couple kicked out of the competition, will air on BBC1 on Sunday night at 7.15pm.

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