Hamza Yassin topped the Serious Dancing in Sparkling Fashion ranking with a perfect three 10 across the board.
Saturday evening marked the halfway mark of the BBC’s flagship programme, with 10 celebrity contestants battling it out on the dance floor.
Wildlife cameraman Yassin performed cha cha cha in The Four Tops’ I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) with his partner Jowita Przystal to secure a top score of 38 .
The sweet procedure received a standing ovation from Motsi Mabuse and Shirley Ballas and earned a full 10 from both judges as well as one from Anton Du Beke.
Ballas thanked Yassin for opening the show and said it was one of the best cha cha cha scenes she had ever seen.
Du Beke describes it as “absolutely amazing” and admits he was looking for something to put Yassin’s mark on – but couldn’t find it.
Kym Marsh and Graziano Di Prima came close together for second place after performing a passionate Argentine tango with assassin John Powell’s Tango.
Dressed in black, the presenter and actress scored 37 with her high lifting and kicking routine.
Craig Revel Horwood notes that aside from Marsh’s raised shoulders, he feels it’s “absolutely perfect”.
Du Beke praises her vigor and says he “loves it,” while Ballas says she feels it’s “one of the most perfect routines” she’s seen Marsh perform.
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TV presenters Helen Skelton and Gorka Marquez also received a score of 37 for their bouncy dance with Janelle Monae’s Tightrope wearing a complementary black and white suit.
Ballas said: “Anyone who knows me knows how much I love jive dance, I actually tried this dance for the first time, so let me say, to all of you who are about to dance. jive: that’s the way to do it. “
Singer Molly Rainford and her partner Carlos Gu joined My Sun And Stars foxtrot to You Make Me Happy for their routine.
Ballas says it’s “the epitome of style, sophistication, and just overwhelming beauty, and that’s what this dance is for me.”
Also scoring 35 were Fleur East and Vito Coppola for their waltz for I Guess That’s Why They Called It Elton John’s The Blues.
Du Beke said: “I really like this dance of yours. This level of energy in your dance, it’s beautiful to see. You are just the most divine dancer. You have a natural grace and elegance all over the floor.”
Ellie Simmonds left the audience and some of the judges on edge after performing a lively Charleston with her co-star Nikita Kuzmin in Kiss Me Kate’s Too Darn Hot.
Dressed in a crimson fringed dress, the Paralympian champion performed multiple twists and turns to earn a score of 33.
Mabuse said: “You came and put your heart on the dance floor and this is what the show is about. Don’t pretend – do it, live it, experience it. Well done, I think you did a great job.”
Will Mellor and Nancy Xu reimagine 1950s style with petticoats and soft drink store scenes for their quick step to Robbie Williams’ Soda Pop featuring Michael Buble.
The pair received 33 points with Revel Horwood saying their performance was a bit heavy, but he also found it rhythmic and “very enjoyable”.
Tyler West and Dianne Buswell performed the elegant Viennese waltz on Seal’s I’m Been Loving You Too Long for their performance scoring 29.
Revel Horwood said the dance was a bit “too pedestrian” and felt their transition needed to be “more graceful”, but praised West’s dancing abilities.
Actors Ellie Taylor and Johannes Radebe of Ted Lasso performed a dramatic Rumba for Alone by Heart but it wasn’t fully supported by the judges, who gave it an overall score of 22.
“Actually I felt it was a bit stiff and it felt like you were just walking around,” says Revel Horwood.
“There’s really no resistance and any kind of hip wiggle and that’s what we’re mainly looking for in this dance, and therefore it lacks passion, I’m afraid.”
Meanwhile, former England footballer Tony Adams could be in trouble as he falls to the bottom of the rankings again after Pitbull’s I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho) salsa with Katya Jones.
Wearing a low-cut button-down shirt and attempting some dramatic lifts, the pair were knocked down by a number of blunders that netted them 21.
Du Beke said: “For me, every time you go out on the pitch, if I could give you 15 I would take it, but you were a little bit wrong so maybe not 15 today, but tried anyway. try”.
Seriously come dancing continues on BBC One.
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