Deb­bie rum­bas to top in dance for Paul

Wales On Sunday - - NEWS -

DEB­BIE McGee last night landed at the top of the Strictly Come Danc­ing score­board for the first time this se­ries with a dance that she ded­i­cated to late hus­band, Paul Daniels.

McGee, along­side part­ner Gio­vanni Per­nice last night, landed 27 points with a pow­er­ful rumba to Tracy Chapman’s Baby Can I Hold You.

The panel of judges was tem­po­rar­ily re­duced to three last night with Bruno To­nioli ab­sent due to a busy sched­ule.

His omis­sion was cov­ered up by fel­low panel mem­ber Craig Revel Hor­wood, how­ever, who of­fered his best im­per­son­ation of the flam­boy­ant judge fol­low­ing McGee’s rou­tine.

Sec­ond in the leader­board with 26 points was Holby City’s Joe Mc­Fad­den and pro­fes­sional part­ner Katya Jones who per­formed a paso doble to Di­ablo Rojo by Ro­drigo y Gabriela.

Head judge Shirley Bal­las la­belled it the “best paso from a male celebrity” this se­ries.

Mean­while co­me­dian Su­san Cal­man wooed view­ers with a cha cha to Lit­tle Mix’s Shout Out To My Ex in which she pre­tended to break up with Revel Hor­wood by rip­ping up pho­to­graphs of the judge.

How­ever, the duo picked up just 16 points leav­ing them in joint last place along­side three other pairs in­clud­ing pre­sen­ter Ruth Langs­ford and An­ton Du Beke who per­formed a samba to John Paul Young’s Love Is In The Air.

Com­ment­ing on their low score, Du Beke – who wore ex­trav­a­gant pink fla­menco sleeves – quipped it was the “first time in 15 se­ries I’m sort of dis­ap­pointed Bruno’s not there”.

Also on 16 points prior to the pub­lic vote are co­me­dian Brian Con­ley and Caer­philly’s Amy Dow­den who per­formed a jive to Tom Jones’ It’s Not Un­usual, and TV chef Si­mon Rim­mer and Karen Clifton who of­fered a comedic slap­stick-in­spired Charleston to Doris Day’s Fit As A Fid­dle.

Strictly’s re­sults show airs 7.15pm tonight on BBC One.

GUY LEVY/BBC

Deb­bie McGee and her dance part­ner Gio­vanni Per­nice scored a hit with their rumba last night

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