Another amazing week on the dance floor, but sadly saw the end of our favourite long legged diva, Jerry Hall, the second of the celebrities to be voted off. 'Strictly Does Hollywood' was as entertaining as ever, sparkly, dramatic and topped off with some of the ultimate movie classics of the last few decades.
Yet again Denise Van Outen and her partner James Jordan topped the leader board as they became 'toys' from the children's film Toy Story for their quickstep. Receiving huge praise from the judges, they gained 32 points, equalling their score from last week, and demonstrating that experience in dance is definitely an advantage at this stage in the competition.
At the other end of the table was the token rock star of the evening, also known as ex Eastender's star Sid Owen. Despite his impressive hippie style wig, his tango earned him a very shameful 17 points and it's fair to say that he was extremely lucky to avoid the bottom two in the dance off.
One of the highlights of the evening was the famous Dirty Dancing lift, performed by Olympic gymnast Louis Smith and his partner Flavia Cacace. Craig Revel Horwood was in good spirits for a change, offering up a rare compliment as he described their salsa as 'fantastic'. All that 2012 training has paid off once again! Kimberley Walsh was also standing by to prove her place in the competition. With her super toned tummy on show her quickstep received a standing ovation and 29 points: their highest to date.
There were clearly improvements in this week's competition, nerves finally settling and dance moves becoming a little more familiar. Richard Arnold, having been in the bottom two last week, bounced back with the quickstep, described by Darcey Bussell as 'your best dance so far!' His hard work evidently paid off as he escaped the threat of the dance off in Sunday's show. Others to receive words of encouragement were Fern Cotton, Dani Harmer and Victoria Pendleton all who eased through to next week.
We loved Lisa Riley in week one and her impressive dance moves just keep on coming. Dancing faster than she said she has ever done in her life she jived her way through an energetic routine and added another standing ovation to the evening. She is definitely one to keep an eye on and undoubtedly adds the entertainment factor to the show.
Sunday's show saw Jerry Hall and Michael Vaughan in the bottom two, evidently failing to reach the standard of some of the other stars. Head judge Len Goodman described the final vote as a difficult decision but not for reasons other than both were as bad as each other. He summed the situation up saying 'to be honest, neither couple impressed me. The pressure got to both of them. Jerry's routine was full of mistakes. Michael's routine went in and out of time'. Sadly it was Jerry who left, disappointing anyone who may have got excited with her mention of dancing to her ex-lover Mick Jagger's hit 'Paint It Black' next week. On the positive Saturday brings a Halloween special guaranteeing us an abundance of crazy costumes and haunting music combined with a whole host of tricks and treats on the dance floor!
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