Singer and former Britain’s Got Talent finalist Molly Rainford took the top spot on the Serious To Dancing chart with a stunning performance of Beyonce’s Quickstep to Love On Top.
The 15 famous contestants of the dance show took to the dance floor for the second time on Saturday night before the public opened to vote for the first time in the series of events.
The judges were blown away by the show-stopping routine of Rainford, 21, who performed in a pastel yellow suit with partner Carlos Gu.
Craig Revel Horwood commented: “I love the costumes, I love the bright, vibrant dance.”
Rainford was rewarded with a score of 34 for her performance, which put her at the top of the leaderboard as soon as the public vote opened.
Since the celebrity’s week one score was combined with their week two score, Rainford was left with a total score of 65.
Radio host Richie Anderson was also commended for his quick step, which he performed alongside professional partner Giovanni Pernice in Barry Manilow’s Dancin’ Fool.
The fast-paced performance received a standing ovation from judges Motsi Mabuse and Shirley Ballas, with Mabuse saying: “Richie, it’s a moment, take it, it’s amazing.”
Anderson, 34, came away with an impressive 32, giving him a total of 55.
Meanwhile, actors Will Mellor and Nancy Xu dropped just one spot on the leaderboard to second after receiving a score of 26 for the salsa with Luther Vandross’ Never Too Much, giving them their score. 60 overall.
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After the dance, the 46-year-old received mixed responses from the jury, Anton Du Beke said: “Overall, you have a great feeling, you have a great feeling performing out and I love it. I want your pose to be just a little exposed. “
Hamza Yassin, who is sharing the top spot with Mellor after the first week, was given a 24 for The Weeknd’s jive to Blinding Lights performance with partner Jowita Przystal.
The 32-year-old wildlife cameraman was again tied with Mellor, but this time in second place with 60 points overall after Ballas described the dance as “a bit heavy”.
Fleur East wore a simple pale pink dress and performed the emotional Viennese waltz in Joji’s Glimpse Of Us with dance partner Vito Coppola for a total of 57 points after she scored 28 for the dance.
The 34-year-old singer broke down in tears after the performance, which judge Du Beke described as “subtle beauty”.
Paralympian gold medalist Ellie Simmonds and partner Nikita Kuzmin received 30 strong points for Elvis Presley’s Can’t Help Falling In Love waltz performance.
Mabuse said the dance gave her “the biggest goosebumps ever” and Simmonds, 27, finished the performance with a total of 56 points.
Tyler West finished his second performance with a total of 53 after he performed a stage play Hit The Road Jack by Buster Poindexter with partner Dianne Buswell.
Kiss FM’s DJ received 31 points for the dance and received a standing ovation from chief judge Ballas, who said, “You’re real. You bring something that you cannot teach.”
TV presenters Helen Skelton and Gorka Marquez took to the dance floor with their cha cha in Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande’s Rain On Me, scoring 27 points, bringing their total to 53.
After the energetic performance, Ballas said: “I was impressed with the synergies… During the show it was a bit of a loss, keep working on that.”
Ellie Taylor and Johannes Radebe finished Saturday night with a total of 51 points after they scored 23 for the classical statue performed by Georges Bizet for Les Toreadors.
After the performance, upon seeing actress Ted Lasso dressed as a flamenco dancer, Du Beke said the performance lacked “correct atmosphere”.
Actress Kym Marsh is currently sitting at the bottom of the rankings after she received a score of 27 for her performance of the Viennese waltz with The Corrs’ Runaway with partner Graziano Di Prima.
The 46-year-old actress had a rather slow and sensitive performance, receiving an encouraging response from the jury.
Jayde Adams and Karen Hauer performed the tango for Adele’s Rumor Has It, earning them 26 points for a total of 49 points.
The 37-year-old comedian, who was Adele’s former performer, has received rave reviews, with Revel Horwood saying: “I think you’re really leading this dance, well done my darling. “
Actor James Bye scored a total of 56 after he and partner Amy Dowden were awarded 24 for tango for Ed Sheeran’s Bad Habits.
After an impressive performance, the EastEnders actor received mixed responses to Revel Horwood, saying: “For me, that’s very funny.”
Kaye Adams performs Charleston to Music! Music! Music! by Dorothy Provine with partner Kai Widdrington, and received a score of 22 for her efforts as Mabuse said: “It shows that hard work pays off, keep doing what you’re doing.”
Matt Goss and Nadiya Bychkova danced the samba in Bee Gees’ Night Fever, with singer Bros wearing a disco-themed outfit consisting of white flares and a matching vest while his partner donned a yellow jumpsuit.
The 54-year-old received praise for his improvement in the first week, with Ballas commenting: “From last week to this week, your confidence has increased by 100%. I love that,” when he was given 22 points, bringing his total to 42.
After an unstable first week, Tony Adams hit the dance floor again with Charleston to Foster and Allen’s My Old Man’s A Dustman alongside professional partner Katya Jones.
Despite a fun and energetic performance, with both dressed as bushwalkers, the 55-year-old former England coach failed to move up from the bottom of the rankings when judged. 22 points, knocking him down in total. 37.
Du Beke appeared delighted, saying: “I haven’t been this happy since I laughed with Ann Widdecombe on the floor.
“That’s the best thing. I love it. I know last week was a disappointment, you came out this week and you smashed it.”
Seriously come dancing continues on BBC One.
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