Strictly Come Dancing has come to the Tower Ballroom in Black Pool. The remaining nine couples on SCD danced in the famous ball room to stay in the competition.
The couples danced either the Jive, Cha cha cha, Foxtrot, Paso Doble, Salsa, Viennese Waltz, Tango, Rumba or the Quickstep.
The first couple to take to the famous dance floor was Ricky Whittle and Natalie Lowe. They danced the Tango and scored 8 + 9 + 9 + 9 = 35.
Len commented, “You are the most consistent of all our couples. Whatever dance comes your way you come and perform. You attacked it with full balls and so much passion. I absolutely loved it.”
Bruno said, “Ricky, strong dramatic powerful, underlying sexual tension, so strong, so consistent. You can Tango.”
Next couple to dance was Natalie Cassidy and Vincent Simone. They danced the Quickstep and scored 7 + 8 + 8 + 8 = 31.
Len said, “I’m smiling because it was a smiley sort of dance. I wasn’t keen on that Jive section. Lovely start lovely end and a silly middle.”
Alisha said, “I think the dance really suited you. You deserve to be here and you’re still a contender, Natalie.”
Jade Johnson and Ian Waite were next on the dance floor. They danced the Jive and scored 8 + 8 + 9 + 8 = 33.
Craig said, “I am surprised. That is the girliest we have see you dance. Lots of lovely kicks, just be careful that you’re not looking at the floor when you kick.”
Bruno said, “You move like a whip. Your timing was very good. I agree with Craig you’ve got to point your foot.”
The next couple to dance was Ali Bastian and Brian Fortuna. They danced the Viennese Waltz and scored 10 + 10 + 10 + 10 = 40.
Len said, “Last week I thought Ricky’s dance, was the dance of the series. Now I’ve changed my mind, this is the dance of the series.”
Craig said, “I’m very disappointed, I could not find a single thing wrong.”
The couple to dance next was Ricky Groves and Erin Boag. They danced the Salsa and scored 6 + 7 + 6 + 6 = 25.
Alisha said, “Crowd pleaser yes, Salsa pleaser no. The whole thing had a stiffness to it.”
Bruno said, “What a night we went from the sublime to the ridiculest.”
The couple to dance next was Laila Rouass and Anton Du Beke. They danced the Paso Doble and scored 7 + 7 + 8 + 8 = 30.
Len said, “It would have been your best dance but I’ve got a knock a point off for the lift.”
Alisha said, “I thought you were mesmerizing. That was a very confident attempt, I loved it.”
The next dance was performed by Phil Tuffnell and Katya Virshilas. They danced the Rumba and scored 6 + 8 + 7 + 7 = 28.
Len said, “Well I thought you came out, you did lovely lines, the dance itself was very good.”
Craig said, “I felt you found one step you could do right, and you repeated it and you repeated it. I don’t think this dance suite you.”
The couple to dance next was Chris Hollins and Ola Jordan. They danced the Foxtrot and scored 8 + 9 + 9 + 8 = 34.
Alisha said, “Such a cute couple. You danced out so well, Chris. You’re growing in confidence, you’ve upped your game.”
Craig said, “I think the tape worked. It also improved your acting.”
Next couple to dance was local celebrity Craig Kelly and Flavia Cacace. They danced the Cha cha cha and scored 3 + 5 + 4 + 5 = 17.
Craig said, “You’ve got to hope that people at home are voting. You were flat footed and it reminded me of a thunder bird.”
Alisha said, “I’m happy that you got to Black Pool. I can’t believe that Zoe’s gone and I had to watch that.”
After this the professional dancers danced the Viennese Waltz. They were Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag, Natalie Lowe and Ian Waite, Ola Jordan and James Jordan, Matthew Cutler and Aliona Vilani, Brian Fortuna and Kristina Rihanoff, Katya Virshilas and Brendon Cole, Darren Bennet and Lilia Kopylova, and Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace.
The remaining couples also performed a swing dance, with a special appearance from series two winner, Jill Halfpenny and Bruce Forsythe sang a song for their dance. After this Rod Stewart performed one of his songs, and his wife Penny Lancaster and professional dancer Matthew Cutler danced to this.
The couples that were left in the bottom two were Ricky Groves and partner Erin Boag and Craig Kelly and partner Flavia Cacace. All four judges saved Ricky and Erin, which meant that Craig and Flavia were out of Strictly Come Dancing.