Waltham-boy Kevin Clifton and his dance partner Frankie Bridge waltzed their way into next week’s Strictly Come Dancing after a chart-topping performance.
Kevin’s fiancée Karen Hauer and her celebrity dance partner Mark Wright also eased their way through to week ten, after TV presenter Steve Backshall was booted off the show.
Mark and Karen had to endure a gut-wrenching wait when it was between either them or Steve and his dance partner Ola Jordan as to who would face the dance-off.
Many bookmakers are tipping Kevin and Frankie to lift this year’s Strictly trophy and after their show-stopping Viennese Waltz to the Tom Jones’ classic What’s New Pussycat?, it wasn’t hard to see why.
They scored a total of 38/40 for the dance, putting them joint top of the leaderboard with Eastenders’ star Jake Wood and his professional dance partner Janette Manrara.
Kevin and Frankie received 10s from head judge Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli, along with 9s from Darcey Bussell and Craig Revel Horwood.
Bruno declared the performance left him “purring with pleasure”, while Darcey described the performance as “absolutely beautiful.”
Elsewhere Karen Hauer and The Only Way Is Essex star Mark Wright demonstrated their credentials with an accomplished Tango to OneRepublic’s ‘Love Runs Out’.
That scored them 32/40 which put the couple three places off the bottom.
Reflecting back on his Strictly experience and on working with his professional dance partner Ola Jordan, Steve said: “I’ll be gutted to go but the first thing I have to say is to this extraordinary lady, walking out on Blackpool Ballroom floor with all that nostalgia and history, with a dancer of your calibre, being taught to dance by you is an experience I’ll never forget and I am so, so privileged by that.”
For a full round-up of tonight’s show, plus reaction from Kevin Clifton’s dad, Keith Clifton, read tomorrow’s Grimsby Telegraph.
Source: Grimsby Telegraph