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Tension builds before another elimination hits 'Strictly Come Dancing'

Sunday night will see yet another Strictly hopeful waltz off the show. After last week's 'spooktacular' Halloween special, Saturday night's episode marked the return of some more traditional ballroom costumes and some seriously competitive dancing.

Kimberley Walsh made a striking entrance as she was lowered to the stage wearing a dramatic red number. The Girl's Aloud singer triumphantly danced through the pain of her knee injury earning an impressive score of 33.

But yet again series' high flier Denise Van Outen finished the show top of the leaderboard, leaving last week's leader, Olympic gymnast Louis Smith, in fifth position after his samba to Ricky Martin's classic hit: La Bomba.

Some contestants who struggled at the beginning of the series, continued to make positive progress. Cricketer Michael Vaughan, Westlife's Nicky Byrne and Olympic cyclist Victoria Pendleton, who was named British ambassador of the year at an award ceremony on Wednesday, each looked pleased with the judges comments and scores.

Whilst TV presenter Richard Arnold currently sits at the bottom of the leaderboard, it is still unknown who will be next to leave the 10th series of Strictly and follow after Eastender's actor Sid Owen's exit last week.


West End star Denise Van Outen has proved herself a hot contender in this years' competition. The mum-of-one performed a romantic Viennese Waltz with her partner James Jordan to Etta James' classic song At Last. Their impressive dance earned them a score of 35, putting them top of the leaderboard. 

Victoria Pendleton and her partner Brendan Cole samba-ed their way to 23 points after a routine to Tom Jones' It's Not Unusual. Golden girl Victoria certianly looked the part in a sparkly white dress despite Craig Revel Horwood's comment that her performance was "galumpish and awkward" 

Colin Salmon and his partner Kristina Rihanoff were left sitting at the middle of the leaderboard with a relatively average score of 27 points. The pair, who were in the bottom two last week, are keen to remain in the competition. 

Last week's star, Louis Smith, swapped his Halloween costume for a samba outfit as the Olympic gymnast and his partner Flavia dancing to Ricky Martin's La Bomba. Judge Bruno Tonioli praised the athlete, saying "this Latin dance is such a perfect dance, it's like a Savile Row suit for you." 

Tracy Beaker actress Dani Harmer and her partner Vincent Simone gave an energetic jive, which earned them high praise from the judging panel. Twenty-three-year-old Dani has spoken about how much she is enjoying the show and being paired with Vincent: "We get on really wel" she said. "He has me in stitches every day He is so passionate about dancing it rubs off on you as well" 

This week saw Girls Aloud star Kimberley Walsh dance through the pain of her knee injury. Bradford-born Kimberley made a dramatic entrance descending to the stage before performing a dazzling salsa to Beyonce's hit Naughty Girl 

Westlife singer Nicky Byrne performed a confident rumba with his partner Karen Hauer. The duo danced to a tune by American rock-band Aerosmith with judge Bruno saying the dance was "powerful" 

Ex-England cricket captain Michael Vaugan continues to make progress as the competition carries on. Michael and partner Natalie gave a confident foxtrot which earned praise from the judges

 

Emmerdale actress Lisa Riley and partner Robin failed to wow the judges with their Brian Ferry tuned tango 

Presenter Fern Britton and her partner Artem earned a score of 24 with their paso doble. Whilst this wasn't  their most impressive routine, Artem's lack of attire certainly caused a stir in the studio 

Journalist and presenter Richard Arnold was left with the lowest score of the night, after his foxtrot with partner Erin Boag failed to impress. After a promising start, to Shirley Bassey's Big Spender, Richard appeared to forget a few of his steps

 

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