Dressed as school children, the pair danced a musical theatre-inspired routine to Revolting Children from the stage musical Matilda.
Clearly the judges were impressed with Tilly and Nikita’s efforts, with the four members of the panel – including special guest Cynthia Erivo – reaching for their 10 paddles, the first time anyone has given the partnership a perfect score.
Tom and his professional partner Amy Dowden found themselves at joint bottom of the leaderboard after their contemporary routine to On My Own from Les Misérables.
The panel told the chart-topping star they didn’t feel enough emotion from his performance, which eventually earned him 31 points.
The BBC Breakfast presenter – who has been forced to speak out in defence of his spot on this year’s Strictly line-up several times in the last few weeks – earned largely positive critiques for his trajectory in the competition, but came out at the bottom of the leaderboard on the night.
However, the public vote could still change everything, with several of the stars at the bottom of the leaderboard over the course of the competition avoiding the dance-off thanks to public support.
Find out which couple will be going home next in Sunday night’s results show, airing at 7.15pm on BBC One.