Strictly Come Dancing’s 10th live show in the series hit BBC One on Saturday night, with the remaining six couples hoping to set the dance floor on fire ahead of next week’s semi-final.
After giving it their all at the Blackpool Tower Ballroom last week, the celebrities learned a new routine again as things kicked into high gear.
Will Mellor and Nancy Xu were the first couple to perform, dancing the Charleston. The pair wore matching black suits, with professional Nancy in neon pink and yellow stripes while actor Will had blue and yellow stripes.
Born to play: Will Mellor and Nancy Xu were the first couple to perform on Strictly Come Dancing on Saturday as the couples battled to qualify for next week’s semi-final
Host Tess Daly first went to Chief Justice Shirley Ballas for her comments, with Shirley saying: ‘Well first of all Will, coming out of Blackpool you never quite know what to expect. Coming out today, everything worked fine for you. The choreography was brilliant and you didn’t miss a lift. Well done. ‘
Anton Du Beke told the pair: “I think it was one of your best performances on the show. You commit to every move, you nail every move.
While Craig Revel Horwood said, “I thought your free arm could be a little more placed. The pivot was fantastic. Well done!’
Motsi Mabuse said: “If we set the standard for tonight we have a very big problem because it was fast, it was fluid, the energy between you guys was amazing.”
The pair scored 38 out of 40, with two 10s from Shirley and Motsi, while Craig and Anton gave them nines.
Television Molly Rainford and her partner Carlos Gu were the next to perform after taking part in the dance last week against outgoing couple Tyler West and Dianne Buswell.
Former Britain’s Got Talent contestant Molly and Carlos danced the tango over the weekend. Molly looked sensational as she showed off her midriff in a sequined red crop top and matching side slit skirt.
Anton told them after their performance: “The thing about you is that you are a very good dancer, but you don’t show it to us… today was the first time that you were really letting us see it… Molly, now you’re ‘talking!’
Craig said: “I loved the amount of aggression, the storytelling was brilliant and it had power. It was great.
Motsi added: “What I really like about you two is that, Carlos, you challenge her.” We knew from day one that she had talent but there was so much great content… She’s the attacking Molly we want to see. Well done girl.
Shirley said: “Week after week you’ve been in the bottom two and you’re fighting… There was great footwork, the passion between you was absolutely divine.” You did a brilliant choreography this week.
Giving the pair their scores, Craig gave them an eight and Motsi, Shirley and Anton all gave them nine each, meaning their score totaled 35 out of a possible 40.
It comes after Kym Marsh tested positive for Covid, forcing her and professional partner Graziana Di Prima to withdraw from competition this weekend.
A spokesperson for Strictly told MailOnline: ‘Kym Marsh has tested positive for Covid-19. As a result, Kym and Graziano will not be participating in Strictly Come Dancing this weekend.
“Strictly Come Dancing protocols mean all is well, they’ll be back the following week.”
Bad luck! Strictly’s Kym Marsh has tested positive for Covid and will not perform her week – a fortnight after she almost quit the show following a ‘crippling panic attack’ (stock image)
The announcement comes just two weeks after Kym admitted she nearly quit the show after suffering a crippling panic attack hours before the live show.
The TV star, 46, is said to have burst into tears before being comforted by glitter-toed star Graziano, 28, ahead of a live broadcast last month.
Former Coronation Street actress Kym, who reportedly considered quitting the pageant due to her overwhelming anxiety, told The Sun: “It came to me, almost out of nowhere, and I couldn’t go on.”
Lots of emotions: The TV star, 46, is said to have burst into tears before being comforted by glitter-toed star Graziano, 28, ahead of a live broadcast last month
It is claimed that Kym struggled to keep dancing, prompting the producers to comfort her as she calmed down, and a few hours later she spoke again during the live show and finished her dance.
Former Hear’Say singer Kym added: “I’ve always suffered from panic attacks. It’s something that I don’t mind talking about because I know it can affect anyone. anyone at any time.
“Sometimes it’s been ages (since an attack) and then all of a sudden you hit.
“Everyone thinks because you’re on TV you have to be incredibly confident, but the truth is I’m not always and that’s how it comes out.”
Strictly Come Dancing 2022: Kym Marsh dedicated the American Smooth to her late son Archie as she and partner Graziano Di Prima received 31 points during Couples Choice Week on Saturday
She added that she did not know what caused the panic attack, speculating it could have been due to the judges’ harsh comments combined with the fact that she had also worked at other jobs, leaving her feeling emotional and exhausted. .
Kym said she “completely lost confidence” and “went down”, admitting she couldn’t see how she could continue the show.
Although she went to therapy in an effort to reduce her anxiety, Kym said it could still “seep” onto her.
Meanwhile, Kym and Graziano earned 31 points for their Snow Patrol American Smooth to Chasing Cars on the show’s eighth episode, which she dedicated to her late son Archie.
He died of premature birth in February 2009.
Emotional: The actress said in her VT: ‘Reminds us of my son Archie. I gave birth to him prematurely and sadly he died shortly after’
The actress said in her VT: ‘It reminds us of my son Archie. I gave birth to him prematurely and unfortunately he died shortly after.
The emotional star continued, “I feel like by doing this dance, it won’t just be in memory of Archie, but people will talk about their own experiences.”
Kym and her ex-husband Jamie Lomas were heartbroken when their child died aged just 21 weeks, following a premature birth in February 2009.
Judge Motsi Mabuse said: “The message you tried to get across, the fragility and vulnerability got through, it was so clear.” It started so well, I don’t know what happened. There was a sudden shift in energy and I don’t know why. It had a great ending and it started out so wonderfully.
Strictly Come Dancing continues on BBC One at 7.15pm on Sunday – when another couple will be knocked out of the competition.
Speaking out: Former Coronation Street actress Kym, who reportedly considered quitting the pageant, says her panic attack ‘just hit me, almost out of nowhere’
STRICTLY COME DANCING 2022: WHO ARE THE COMPETITORS?
Occupation: Coronation Street star and presenter
Kym says: “I’m so thrilled that this year they have it! I’m a huge fan of the show and can’t believe I’m going to go from watching at home in my pajamas to dancing in front of the judges in a sparkly dress.
Occupation: former athlete
Ellie says: “Being invited to be part of the Strictly family is so exciting and I can’t wait, it’s going to be so much fun.”
Occupation: Radio DJ
Tyler says: “It’s a show that means so much to me and my family and I can’t wait to seriously shake a leg on this shiny dance floor…with a side of glitter.”
Ellie says: “Well, cover me in fake tan and wrap me in glitter!” I am absolutely thrilled to be part of Strictly 2022! ‘
TONY ADAMS MBE
Occupation: Retired footballer and coach
Toni says: ‘To say I’m excited is an understatement – the allure of the glitter and the appeal of the salsa made me swap my battered old football boots for a set of Strictly soft shoes’
Will says: “I know it will be a huge challenge, but that’s what life is. It’s also my mom’s favorite show and she’s had a really tough few years, so I’m doing this for her too. Bring it on!’
Molly says: “I already know this will be the experience of a lifetime and I can’t wait to meet the rest of the Strictly family to share it with.”
Flower says: “I am equally nervous and excited to be part of this year’s Strictly lineup. I am excited to learn new skills and want to enjoy every moment of this magical experience.
Professionalnot: Cameraman and animal animator
Hamza says: “I’m absolutely thrilled to be joining Strictly 2022. Never in a million years have I thought I’d be on such a cool show.”
Occupation: TV and radio broadcaster
Helen says: ‘I’m really excited to embark on a fun adventure. My family and friends have always loved the show and can’t wait for me to get started’