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Denise and Louis on top ahead of first elimination show

14 OCTOBER 2012

At the end of the second gruelling week of Strictly Come Dancing Denise Van Outen and Louis Smith have come out on top, both with leading scores of 14 points.

TV presenter Denise, who had suffered whiplash earlier in the week, still managed to  wow the judges gaining 32 points for her jive, the series' highest score so far.

 

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The 38-year-old needed medical attention after gaining the injury during training, but with the support of dancing partner James and husband Lee Mead, Denise was still described by judge Craig Revel-Horwood as "fab-u-lous".

But Denise shares the top spot with 23-year-old Olympic medal-winning Louis, who also scored highly with his waltz to Donny Osmond's Puppy Love.

Led Goodman said Louis' performance was "the best dance I've seen tonight" and Bruno added: "you make such a lovely pair, it was like Valentine's postcard brought to life."

 

Louis Smith



Whilst some of the stars enjoyed high scores and praise from the judging panel, Saturday's show was more serious for those who risk being voted off as the competition is now open to the public vote for the first time.

Westlife star Nicky Byrne and former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan are in the firing line after failing to impress on Saturday

Michael, 38, scored the lowest for his lumberjack-themed jive to This Ole House  by Shakin' Stevens with partner Natalie Lowe.

After the show he tweeted: "Thanks for all the messages.... Had fun and if I go I will go with a smile and a laugh...." clearly anticipating what Sunday's result could bring.

 

 

Strictly Come Dancing Scores 

    Louis Smith and Flavia Cacace: 14

    Denise Van Outen and James Jordan: 14

    Lisa Riley and Robin Windsor: 13

    Kimberley Walsh and Pasha Kovalev: 12

    Dani Harmer and Vincent Simone: 11

    Sid Owen and Ola Jordan: 11

    Colin Salmon and Kristina Rihanoff: 10

    Fern Britton and Artem Chigvintsev: 9

    Victoria Pendleton and Brendan Cole: 8

    Richard Arnold and Erin Boag: 7

    Johnny Ball and Iveta Lukosiute: 6

    Jerry Hall and Anton Du Beke: 5

    Nicky Byrne and Karen Hauer: 4

    Michael Vaughan and Natalie Lowe: 4