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Last week, seven celebrities eliminated the Blackpool Tower
ballroom. Some took the judges on a Big Dipper ride to remember. That
was a table topping show stopper! Others proved more disappointing
than a rail replacement bus service. You looks like you were playing
hopscotch in an all girls' school. And after the battle of the
Olympians' dance-off, Greg packed his bucket and spade and left. This
week, with the addition of the Cha Cha Challenge, our celebrities are
working around the clock preparing two dances. I'm apprehensive. Going
to get some last-minute practice in. A tough week ahead. Sangakkara I
never thought Strictly would take over my life. We cannot afford to be
complacent. Live from the BBC, this is Strictly
Come Dancing! Please welcome your hosts... Tess Daly. And Claudia
Winkleman! Hello and welcome to Strictly Come
Dancing! In last week's Blackpool special, we witnessed some truly
magnificent performances. Everyone was blown away, even Craig, who
dished out his first ten of the series. It was our two Olympians,
Greg and Claudia, who went head to head in the dance-off. Sadly, it was
Greg who lost out. We are now left with just six celebrities who will
have to raise their game once more because tonight, as well as
performing a new routine, they will be taking part in our first Cha Cha
Challenge. Six couples competing against each other at the same time
on this very dance floor. It's going to be one busy ballroom. And
watching closely will be four people who never miss a trick. Please
welcome the judges. Bruno Tonioli, Craig Revel Horwood, Darcey Bussell
and Len Goodman. The judges, everyone. Slick! Our
couples are waiting in the wings, limbering up for a night of double
dancing. Let's bring them out here on the double. Please welcome our
Strictly stars. TV presenter and singer Louise Redknapp and her
partner Kevin Clifton. Star of Judge Rinder, Robert Rinder and his
partner Oksana Platero. Olympic gymnast Claudia Fragapane and her
partner AJ Pritchard. BBC Sport presenter Ore Oduba and his partner
Joanne Clifton. Former Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls and his partner
Katya Jones. And finally, actor Danny Mac and his partner Oti
Mabuse. Our sensational six, all eager to
entertain and impress not once, but twice tonight and with a place in
next week's quarterfinal up for grabs, the pressure is on. You will
be able to vote for your favourite later. Your votes will be added to
the judges' scores to decide which two couples will face the dance-off
in tomorrow night's results show. It is then down to the judges to decide
who stays in the competition. Dancing for tonight is Danny and his
partner Oti. Last week, they scored the first perfect 40 of the series
and ever since they got back from Blackpool, they have been out
partying. But they were not just celebrating, they were training for
tonight's samba. What a night, dancing along with backing dancers
in front of that audience. Words cannot describe the feeling.
Fantastic. Fabulous! 40 at Blackpool! To entertain people is
all I ever want to do. I am so grateful I had the chance and I am
grateful to do it again. Keep it slow. This week, Danny and I will be
dancing the samba. I am trying to make it a little less carnival and a
bit more jungle, ethnic and tribal. Stop laughing at me! Oti wasn't
laughing at me. As she likes to celebrate the Lidl describe it, she
was celebrating the movement of my body(!). I believe you. To hopefully
get to grips with the dance, Oti has brought me to meet the London School
of samba, because they know a lot more about it than I do. It even
though their style is different, it is about having fun. That boy can
really check his hips. I just hope we can bring that level of fun to
Saturday night. Dancing the samba, Danny Mac and Oti Mabuse.
Listen to that reaction from the audience. Have a look around, Danny.
Tell you what, it's hot in the jungle. Congratulations, storming
start, so different to last week's Charlton. Is there nothing your boy
can't do, Oti? He worked so hard before we hear what the judges
thought, let's welcome our wonderful live singers Hayley, Lance, Andrea,
Tommy and of course Dave Arch and his brilliant orchestra. Well, you
brought the heat, but I know you wanted to bring fun to the dance
floor tonight. Len, did he? Oh, he's a tease. You started slow. Hello, I
thought. A stationary samba walk, hint of a role, and then suddenly,
wallop! Into those promenades, flying around. Natural roles, I tell
you, your hips were like a snake, honestly! It was fierce like a puma,
and hotter and steamier than the Amazonian jungle. It was fabulous!
It was steamy, all right. Bruno, they had the perfect score last
week. How did they do to make? What are you doing to me? At this time at
night, look at the state of me. I am hyperventilating. I don't know if I
need a doctor, a pill, a drink, a cold shower. It was like watching a
Pagan mating ritual. Between magnificent, exotic species. Every
sinew of the body was stretched to the limit, slave to the rhythm.
Those hips were popping off your pelvis! Even for him, that is
excited. By contrast, look at Craig's face. I found the open shirt
a slight distraction, darling. But I have to say, your hip action, we
never get that from a male celebrity. It was incredible. I
loved the tribal nature of it, the isolation was absolutely excellent.
Brilliant. Brilliant from Craig. Darcey? Danny, you have certainly
put the hours in. To achieve that in one week, he has done it. It really
showed. It was like the most perfect samba masterclass. Clean isolations,
travelling, using the dance floor. Outstanding. You cannot top those
comments. Off you go, congratulations. Danny and Oti. That
was so much fun! Oti, I have never seen the samba
like that. Normally, a samba is like a small parrot. That was
extraordinary. And you look surprised when you get such good
comments. You don't know what to expect. We worked all week for it,
but you genuinely don't know what will come from those guys, and they
are the experts. When it is good, it's amazing. The scores are in. The
judges' scores are in. Are you OK? Listen to the audience.
Thank you, gang. That is the first 40 in Strictly history for a samba.
It has never happened. Well done. If you thought Danny and Oti were the
jungle VIPs, all the information you need is on your screen now, so you
can vote for them when the vote opens at the end of the show. Fans
of the terms and conditions. While I read them, it's the perfect
opportunity for everyone to practise for the tartan challenge. Cue the
cha-cha music. Calls cost 50p plus any network access charge.
The vote will not open until after the charter challenge. Please don't
vote until I tell you. If you do, your vote will not count and you may
still be charged. Tess. What a start to the show and a
little bit of Strictly history with it.
Dancing next it's Ore and his partner Joanne.
Ore's gone from being top of the leaderboard,
to being in the dance-off to scoring three tens for last week's
Viennese Waltz but can he stay near the top
I cannot get over that night. Cool, sophisticated, slick. Brilliant.
Three 10s, who would have thought? And to do it in Blackpool ballroom.
I don't think I would have changed a single moment of that night.
Blackpool is awesome, I'm coming back! We have the Paso Doble this
week There have been so many incredible ones this series, we have
to somehow make ours stand out. We haven't done a dance yet where we
have to be angry with each other. Amazing. I am not a very angry
person. This is going to be a little bit of a challenge. Paso is
exhausting. So much to take in. Step-wise there will be a lot of
stamps. And there will be a lot of flamenco hands and wrists and also
the posture which is of a Mateador. You have to maintain that. The
pelvis forward, back up. Lead with this frame. There's so much to
remember with this Paso. One step wrong could be curtains. We have to
make sure we get it absolutely right on Saturday.
Dancing the Paso Doble, Ore Oduba and Joanne Clifton.
MUSIC: Everybody Wants To Rule The World.
Just brilliant. They're on their feet. Come on over.
Oh! Just brilliant. Goose pimples throughout that
performance. That was fierce. You are usually such a pussycat, where
did that come from? I don't have much to be angry about, but you try
to channel it for a minute-and-a-half. We are used to a
softer side, what about his angry side? Goose bumps, it was achingly
stylish and original. Different. It was almost like Tom Ford's film
Nocturnal Animals. It was a different take. It was modern and
captured the zeitgeist of now. Yet every element was clear in display.
The lines, the shaping. The attitude. It's different and I
praise you, Joanne, for that. Because it's good reinventing
something that's been around for such a long time and giving it a
modern actual valid twist. Brilliant.
So original. Craig, are we looking at a contender for the
quarter-finals? Potentially. There was an unsure moment down here where
you looked a little bit lost and I didn't believe you. Also, you need
to watch in the Spanish line that the wrist is get towards the body.
But I have to say, it had strength and style and power and the whole
story was extremely engaging, darling. Well done.
Darcey. Ore it certainly was, it was dramatic, intense. The focus was
there from the beginning to end. What you have is a very supple upper
body, that back which really helps to produce those shapes and curves,
and then you have those lovely long arms to get that nice rounded shape
which really worked. Very, very nice. Len. Atmosphere, a dance of
power and purpose. I don't think I have ever seen anyone get that
amount of shaping during the twist and turns and the cape. They were so
strong. Unfortunately, on that second cape a little incident
occurred, I think. Maybe I am wrong. But you can only go... Are you going
to boo me for telling the truth? It was a wonderful Paso Doble. You
showed a totally different side to your character and I congratulate
you. Well done. Congratulations, you can't be angry
after those comments. The smile is back. Off you go. Beautiful job. Ore
and Joanne! . APPLAUSE AND
CHEERING Well done. The judges called it
dramatic, intense, a different kind of Paso Doble and also you are the
friendliest boy in the whole world. Did you find it hard all week? I
look at Jo and she has such an angry face, am I doing something wrong? I
am biting my lip not to smile. The judges' scores are in.
Well done. Still an excellent score. If you
would like to keep Ore and Joe avn in the competition all the details
are on the screen now and you can vote when voting opens at the end of
the show. Still to come judge Rinder pretends to be a dance student and
Oksana pretends to be his teacher. Dancing next in the ballroom
is Louise and her partner Kevin. It's been wonderful watching
Louise's Strictly transformation. So who better to join her
in training this week than the man who's been supporting her every inch
of the way - her husband Jamie. How was Blackpool for you? It was
even more special in real life. You ales feel a little bit special when
you get a 10 from Len. Head judge Len. You smashed it. This week we
are dancing the waltz. It's a romantic dance. I am not really
romantic at the best of times. Kevin has arranged for somebody to come in
and help me get romantic. Fingers crossed it's George Clooney. Hey
guys. You thought it was Clooney. Kevin has invited me to try to bring
romance to Louise. Let's get into character. Last week you were
fierce, this week you have to be romantic. Is he really as close as
that? Other foot. Are you not feeling romantic? It's made me
laugh. Stop laughing. I have already died inside. Stop laughing, we want
romance. For the first time in years me and Jamie danced together, but
giggling but still danced together. Stop laughing, get romantic! Kevin,
take over. Good luck. We are so proud of you. The boys and I will be
watching on Saturday night cheering you on.
Dancing the Waltz, Louise Redknapp and Kevin Clifton.
Oh, so, so graceful, Louise. Beautiful. Like a Princess.
Gorgeous. I am sure you made Jamie and the boys proud. Craig, Louise is
the highest scoring female of the series so far. Did she maintain that
standard tonight? Louise always maintains standards. Absolutely love
your dancing. You need to watch your shoulders raising slightly through
the jazz sections, they still need to be down. But grace, fluidity,
style. Movement around the floor was absolutely incredible. I just could
watch you all night. I really could. Craig could watch you all night. So
could we. Darcey. It's effortless, your style, the two of you together.
I think what's lovely is the narrative is told through your
steps. It's like this relationship building as the waltz builds. You
don't get him to hold until the very end. It's really a piece of magic
and what's even better is the artistry of how you play with the
music is even more divine. It really is. And those finger turns, to have
that beautiful concession right to the end and not losing balance and
being straight on the line, straight on the money. Fabulous. Len, you
scored Louise a 10 last week. Is she still your top girl? I tell you
this, we have been treated to three fantastic dances. That dance could
be one of your five-a--day. It's so good to watch. It was cracking.
Don't listen up there... What's he on about? It was brilliant.
Brilliant. Bruno, what do you think? Strictly beautiful, my darling.
Quality of movement, the interpretation of the music. Above
all, it's your phrasing. Your musical phrasing is impeccable.
Impeccable. You must be on cloud nine after those comments. Let's
hope for some 10s. Off you go, Louise and Kevin!
APPLAUSE AND CHEERING
Well done, darling. I know you found this week quite difficult going back
into hold. You kept going, we saw you with your husband, adorable. You
found it tricky. For me it was the hardest week. I don't know what it
was. You have to be controlled and I think I possibly drove Kevin
slightly mad this week. So, thank you. Never, it's not possible. The
scores are in. A beautiful 10.
From Len, a 10. Well done. 39. If you want to see
Louise and Kevin waltz into next week's musical special all the
details are on the screen now. You can vote for them after the cha-cha
challenge. If you want to vote online you will need to sign in or
register if you haven't already. We still have all of this to come.
Because this dance is slow, you're a lot more exposed in your technique,
so the technique has to be really good. It's awesome. The tango is not
only sharp and staccato, but also quite low and driving and stamping
along. We can't stop for lunch. It's going to be wild. Argentine tango
has to be very strong, fierce, passionate. That just feels weird.
Just get it out there. I am looking forward to all of that. What have
you got there, Claud? Is the camera that Ed will be using for his
routine. I want to take a selfie, but I don't know how it works. Why
don't you just use my smartphone? That is genius! Thank you. Hello,
Ed. Can you show me how your camera works, please? All right, meet you
there. Thanks, Tess. Next tonight, Judge Rinder and his partner Oksana.
This week, they are doing the rumba, the dance of love, which is perfect
for the judge. He loves dancing, he loves being on Strictly and he loves
having Oksana as a partner. Let's just hope our judges are feeling the
love as well. How did you feel about the Blackpool experience? I will
never forget it. I have never seen a guy shake their cheeks as well as
that. I thought it was hiptastic. I forgot the steps but I felt like I
was having a party. What a way of ending such a fantastic night.
Uplifting, fabulous. This week, we are doing the rumba and I was a bit
apprehensive about it. But the dance Oksana has choreographed is
genuinely so beautiful. It is a story of how a teacher can come into
your life and make you a dancer. All you have to do is lead on her. From
the dance that I was most nervous about, it has quickly become the
dance I am most looking forward to expressing. There is somebody I want
Oksana to meet. She was a special teacher to me and this seems like a
perfect opportunity. She is the person who did all the school plays
and opened my eyes to the world. When I see Rob dance, I am so proud.
It's been such a privilege to have two such amazing teachers who
believe in me. And when the teachers believe, you can do anything.
Dancing the rumba, Judge Rinder and Oksana Platero.
Well done! You looked like you were lost in the dance. Did we lose you
for a moment? You really did. Definitely not the best dance, but
I've got the best teacher. Lovely! Did he embraced the character in the
story of the dance, Darcey? It's difficult, because the narrative you
were playing was slightly different for a rumba especially on the
relationship between you. For me, I don't think it gave a purpose to all
those moves. The narrative didn't follow through for me. That was a
shame. It is incredibly difficult for a man to feel that fluid and
have that confidence in those fluid moves. You created some nice
extensions and nice lines, and you were using the floor. But I didn't
feel comfortable. The wait was a bit far back at times. You didn't look
as steady on your feet. It wasn't your best dance. Len? Not your best
dance, but it certainly wasn't your best dance. I thought you had nice
fluidity through your arm. New managed to get the hip action.
Funnily enough, it looked a bit taut. It lacked a bit of naturalness
to it. It was like, put that on there. That was what I felt. But
this is a terrifically difficult dance for the men and I thought you
coped admirably. Bruno? Don't worry, darling, everything is beautiful at
the ballet. And you took your ballet lessons seriously. Of course at
times, you did look like the dying swan. There was a lot of plunging
and swaying, and very lyrical. But sometimes, you turned into a funky
chicken. Instead of keeping it going, you were going kind of
staccato, with the white backwards. That stopped the beautiful lyricism
that at times, you had through your arms. It is very hard. It was a
brave attempt to, my darling. Have you got a bit of love for the judge,
Craig? I thought most of it was a bit too spiky. By thought it looked
a bit awkward on you, to be honest. And I felt that your individual body
parts were moving independently of your core, which was a shame. You
need to be able to bring the whole thing together and you would have a
lovely dance. What I love about you is that you are earnest, and that is
commendable. Mixed comments from the judges, but we love you. Off you go.
Judge Rinder and Oksana. I don't want you to be disheartened.
You were worried about this dance, but then you loved the story. I
loved it so much. And your teacher is here, Wendy. Not Wendy, she is
Miss! All right, Miss! It has been the story of our journey, but it is
true. Our teachers are amazing. The scores are in.
We just have to win the Cha Cha Challenge. Of course! If you loved
Judge Rinder and Oksana's rumba and want to see them back to dance again
next week, all the details are on your screen. You can vote for them
when voting opens at the end of the show. Still to come, Claudia dance
is on a six foot cube. It is what you could call a square dance. Tess.
Dancing next in the ballroom is Ed and his partner Katya.
During his time on Strictly, Ed has embraced quite a few challenges,
rescuing a damsel in distress, flying a piano and doing a salsa -
Gangnam Style! Tonight, he will be a male model on a photo shoot. We
can't wait to see him strike a pose. It was the greatest privilege to
dance in Blackpool, coming down from the ceiling playing flaming piano
was fabulous. You made Blackpool rock. We didn't manage to impress
Craig, though. It looked like you were playing hopscotch in an all
girls' school. We will just have to work hard. Let's smash it. This
week, we are back to ballroom, doing tango. The character you are going
to be playing is a male model. I'm excited because I have brought in a
male model, Paul, to help add get into character for the tango. I am
pleased you are here. Let's see what you have got. I was thinking
something like... To sell this tango, I have got to get character
with toys and determination. Paul has got to tell me how he does it.
He just lay down, and he looked cool. I gave him some pointers.
Hopefully, everything I have learned today, I can put into practice on
the catwalk on Saturday night. Dancing the tango, Ed Balls and
Katya Jones. Oh, Ed! On their feet. It is always
a joy, isn't it? Shaking your little tush on the catwalk. Nice pout, by
the way. Was that a model performance? You were dancing to
great's signature song, I can't get no satisfaction! Ed Balls, you are
more like lottery balls. You never know what is going to come out next.
But I've got to say, plenty of tango content. It wasn't just larking
about and messing around. Listen, you're not always the judges' number
one choice, but 100%, you're the people's champion. Bruno. You make
Zoolander look like a beginner! But I have to say, Ed, Ed Balls' weekly
fix always hits the spot. You're like junk food. You know you
shouldn't have it, but you can't help wanting more!
Do you want more, Craig? No, thank you. Thank you for the rose,
darling, but that's not going to save you on this occasion. Your
frame, you are completely hunched over, splayed hands, sloppy feet on
kick ball changes. I have to say, committed. I think, darling, after
that you should be committed. Darcey. At the beginning your focus
was great. That was outstanding. Then you started to lose it. I think
you got carried away, whoever you were channelling, was it Mick
Jagger? Lovely clipped movements and I did see, as Len said, some tango
there. Suddenly you lost focus and that was a shame because I really
thought there was going to be something good here. It's weird,
just the stalking moments got a little bit bouncy, got to soften
those knees, keep the shoulders down. I think you got carried away
with your character, but nice. He loves a character. Throws himself
into it. Can't fault the commitment. Thank you, off to Claudia. Ed and
Katya! APPLAUSE AND
CHEERING Ed, we think you are magnificent.
You have to follow Gangnam and then coming in on a piano and then that.
You work really hard. Male model, it's not really me. You say that,
you look magnificent. We loved it. The scores are in.
Same score as last week. You do - you focus on the good. That was a
nice 7 from Len. Fabulous. Excellent and you have the cha-cha challenge.
Which I think we might win. We all think that, Ed. If you think Ed has
moves like Jagger and want to see hm and Katya back next week all the
information is on the screen now. You can vote for them at the end of
the show. You don't have long to wait. There is only one couple left
to dance before the cha-cha challenge.
The next couple is Claudia and her partner AJ.
This week they're doing a dramatic Argentine Tango and after the shock
of being in last week's dance-off, poor Claudia knows all about drama.
Last Saturday was a little bit nerve-wracking because we were
starting first and I wanted to do well. I wanted to get the party
started. It was full-on, it was sharp. There was a little moment
early on. Mistakes happen to the best of us, you picked it up and
continued. Being in the dance-off was horrible. I knew you had an even
better performance in you. To get saved and to be there another week I
feel grateful for that and I do not want to be in that dance-off again.
The Argentine tango is an epic dance, it's speed, quick turns and
fast footwork, that's why I am going to take you go-carting. You do know
I can't drive. Treat it like the dance floor, attack corners but keep
the precision. Don't lose tempo, most importantly, don't finish last.
I was so nervous because I never drove before. Which one is to go?
Also I wanted to win. Claudia was so slow at driving. I must have lapped
her at least four times. Aj! I was trying to be really competitive. I
am upset I got beaten but I took it like a true Olympian. Let's hope I
am better at dancing than driving on Saturday night.
Dancing the Argentine Tango, Claudia Fragapane and AJ Pritchard.
Breathtaking! Incredible performance. You put your heart and
soul... She's back with a powerful performance. She doesn't want to be
in the dance-off again. How did she do tonight? Those lifts, my darling,
it was a tour de force. I can like a Red Arrow in a spectacular aerial
display. I thought you were never going to land! When you land you are
always strong, controlled, precise. Always very well placed and what I
like to see now and you are doing it tonight, you are developing a
dramatic persona. You are starting to play the part more. Engage with
the character, not just... Continue to do that. That's the way to
progress for you. Craig. I thought your legs could be a little bit
looser for the gaunchos, I felt you were placing your legs in positions
rather than being reactionary, but it didn't stop me loving it. Clean,
precise, incredible. Incredible. Darcey. What Craig said, your
balance, your control, no wonder - you were turning during those,
nobody could do that. The strength to be able to produce those lifts,
so stunningly, keeping the topline so calm is really impressive. I was
totally taken aback. And, sorry, and, you were creating a - producing
a sultry, moody character that now is a good, good thing. OK. This is a
new Claudia we are seeing. This relationship has to build. I want to
see more. A We like it. Len. What I love, you have total control over
what you are doing. It was a mix of frisky and risky. Frisky in the
movement. Risky lifts. Pulled them all off. I thought it was a knockout
routine. I thought you did a great job. Amazing performance and amazing
comments. What a way to bounce back after last week's dance-off. We
loved it. Claudia and AJ, well done. APPLAUSE AND
CHEERING Well done. What a comeback. I know
being in the dance-off is horrible. The pros said that was the best
chory for an Argentine tango, honestly, Natalie was blown away.
You liked being fierce. I loved it. I went for it so much, at the end my
toe popped out of my shoes. That's how much I went for it. It was
fantastic. AJ, you said this might be your best dance. I loved it, it
was the best week, doing the tricks and learning lifts, it was crazy and
to pull it off on the night. Thank you so much, it was amazing. You are
a great teacher. The scores are in. Same score you have had the last few
weeks. We would have all given it at least 90. Just so you know. If you
don't want Claudia and AJ crying a river all the details are on the
screen now. So you can vote for them when the vote opens after the Cha
Cha Challenge. You two have to get ready. You have approximately three
minutes. While they get changed
for the Cha-Cha Challenge, But with a maximum of 6 extra marks
up for grabs tonight, Over the years, we've had
a Waltzathon, we've had a Quickstepathon, but we've never
had a Cha-Cha Challenge. It's a Strictly first. But what
exactly is it, how does it work? And what does it even mean? Honestly, I
have no idea. But thankfully we know a man who does. Len. It's back. The
chance to see all six couples on the floor at the same time. This year
there is a Latin twist with all the couples dancing a cha-cha-cha. Hold
on, like any dancing competition, there are rules. There will be six
couples in the cha-cha challenge. The professionals have drawn out of
a hat which spot on the dance floor they're going to begin. So it's all
above board. Rule two, once the music starts they must keep dancing
for the duration of the music. Halfway through the challenge
couples will be told to switch positions with the couple next to
them. This way everyone gets the same amount of time in front of us,
the judges. Rule three, no lifts. If any couple is deemed to have done a
lift they will get no marks and will be disqualified.
Rule four, make sure you get your technique right. We want to see good
footwork, lovely hip action, rhythmic interpretation. So make
sure you get it right on the night. Lastly, they will get their scores
at the end of the dance. The weakest couple in the opinion of the judges
will get the score of one. However, the strongest couple will get a
score of six. The scoring will be added to the scores from the
previous dance. This has the potential to well and truly shake up
the leaderboard. Couples, get out there and cha-cha like you have
never done before. APPLAUSE
Thank you very much, Len. Whoever comes first in the cha-cha challenge
will get an extra six marks, second will get five marks and so on until
the bottom couple will receive the one extra mark. Those will be added
to the existing scores. Now, Len, this feels a bit harsh. Our couples
have never heard the music they're about to dance to. Why is that?
Well, that's what you get in a normal ballroom or Latin
competition. There's no rehearsals, no knowing what the music is. You
have to take what you are given and get out there, stay on time. Keep
rhythmic and give it plenty of welly! All the couples have changed
positions midway through the challenge. Remind us why. It gives
us as judges another opportunity to see them from different angles so we
don't miss anything. Thank you very much. Bruno, what does it take to
win, what are you looking for? First, you have to stand out for the
right reasons. Ed. No, the thing you have to maintain the look of the
dance all the way through. You can not start doing improvisations
styles that are not the cha-cha. Obviously, timing, the correct
motion especially on elusive hip action, don't stop and start because
we are going to stop it. Impress the judges with your performance value.
Thank you very much. The wait is finally over. It's time
for the cha-cha challenge to commence.
Please welcome all the Can all couples please now change
positions. That was fantastic. Thank you all
very much. What a visual feast. Let's see what the judges thought.
Bruno, our first Cha Cha Challenge. What did you think? That was nerve
wracking for me, let alone you! First, let me say how wonderful it
is to see all of you having improved so much from which one. You all did
a very good job. And you all maintained a gnat truck cha-cha-cha.
You didn't go out in tangents. You could see it action going
everywhere. Not everyone had the correct timing, but you have to
expect in a situation like this, you never heard the music, but all of
you did a wonderful job. We are still discussing. Craig, how close
was it? To ask, they all looked magnificent. Oh, they weren't,
darling. Rest assured. No, it was actually very difficult. We were
screaming up here and having arguments about the whole thing. We
have only just sorted it out, but what fun. Bruno is right, it's
amazing to see so much wonderful hip action, all in this space. So, there
is an extra six marks up for grabs for the winning couple. This could
turn the leaderboard on its head. Solar, starting with sixth place,
please reveal the results of the Cha Cha Challenge. In sixth place is Ed
and Katya. This place is Judge Rinder and Oksana. Fourth place is
Claudia and AJ. Third place is Ore and Joanne. Second is Danny and Oti.
Which means our winner is Louise and Kevin. Oh, yes! Thank you very much,
the judges. So, Louise and Kevin came first in the Cha Cha Challenge
and get an extra six marks. Congratulations to you both. And
commiserations to add and Katya, who finished last and receive just one
extra mark. Let's see how those marks have affected the leaderboard.
But it is not about the judges' score tonight. You can change
everything by picking up the phone or going online to vote for your
favourites. Judges, I know you have worked hard tonight. You have been
mind-blowing, but I have one more job for you. Please help me out.
Audience, we will do it together. Three, two, one, the vote is...
Open! Thank you very much. The vote closes at 8.30 five. Please
don't try to vote if you are watching undermined. Here is a
reminder of our couples' routines and the all-important vote
information. It's been a busy night in the
ballroom. Our six stars have dazzled on the dance floor and now they are
relying on you, so pick up the phone or go online to give them your
support. Voting closes at 8.35 tonight, so you don't have much
longer to vote for your favourite couple. Your votes could help them
avoid the dance-off in tomorrow night's results show when sadly, one
more couple will be eliminated from stricter come dancing. Only five can
make it through to next week's quarterfinal, when Strictly goes to
the musicals, and no one wants to miss out. Also tomorrow, we have a
special performance from Ellie Goulding. And we have a spectacular
sports day themed routine from our professional dancers. I will
abbreviate if you bring the spoons. Michael McIntyre is coming up next.
Join us tomorrow night at the slightly later time of 7.20. In the
meantime... Keep dancing!
Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman invite viewers to join them for an evening of sequins and sparkles as the remaining couples hit the ballroom floor. The competition is at melting point as the six surviving couples dance not once, but twice, pivoting, twisting and turning to keep the glitterball trophy in their sights. After performing their routine, all six couples compete on the dance floor at the same time in the Cha Cha Challenge to earn valuable extra marks from the judges.
Voting lines will open at the end of the show. Once the judges' scores have been added to viewer votes, the two lowest-scoring couples will perform again in the dreaded dance-off in the results show.