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'Strictly Come Dancing': Claudia Fragapane Steps Into The Spotlight In Musicals Week, But Judge Rinder Struggles To Keep Up

She just can't wait to be queen... of the dance floor.

04/12/2016 09:33 GMT | Updated 04/12/2016 12:12 GMT

Let’s be honest, there have been occasions during this year’s ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ when you’d be forgiven for forgetting that Claudia Fragapane was there.

Yes, she’s had some high scores, and she hasn’t dropped any particularly unfortunate clangers throughout her time on the show, but we’re also hard pressed to recall a time she was the most memorable contestant of the night.

However, Claudia proved she was as deserving of her place on the show as anyone else during Saturday’s (3 December) performance, when she delivered a ‘Lion King’-inspired routine for Musicals Week.

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Good mane, too

She and professional partner AJ Pritchard even managed to get their first 10 of the series from Bruno Tonioli, with their overall score coming in at 37.

They still fell behind the night’s highest-scorer, though, with Danny Mac once again coming in at the top of the leaderboard for his Tango to ‘One Night Only’ from ‘Dreamgirls’.

Sadly, though, it was a less impressive night for Judge Rinder, whose Samba to ‘Oh What A Night’ from ‘Jersey Boys’ bagged him just 31 points, a week after the same routine earned Danny and his professional partner Oti Mabuse a perfect score.

Last weekend, the daytime judge found himself in the bottom two against Ed Balls, though the judges unanimously decided to keep him in the show for another week.

Find out if the public’s votes have reflected the judges’ in Sunday night’s (4 December) ‘Strictly’ results show, kicking off at 7.20pm on BBC One.

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