Strictly no hor­ror for top score Deb­bie

Wales On Sunday - - NEWS -

DRAGONS and spi­der­webs fea­tured in a spooky Strictly Come Danc­ing Hal­loween spe­cial last night, which saw Deb­bie McGee top the leader­board for the sec­ond week.

The TV per­son­al­ity and Gio­vanni Per­nice – dressed as Franken­stein’s mon­ster – scored a near-per­fect 39 for their Charleston to Frankie by Sis­ter Sledge, as the show’s stars ditched the spray-tans and se­quins for hor­ror makeovers.

And McGee was re­warded for her “fan­tas­tic” per­for­mance by head judge Shirley Bal­las, who handed her the “queen of Latin” crown. She also saw her odds to win the cov­eted Glit­ter­ball tro­phy drop.

Bal­las bowed and told her: “I’m go­ing to give you my queen of Latin crown, be­cause you de­serve it. I loved ev­ery­thing about what you did.”

For­mer JLS mem­ber Aston Mer­ry­gold and part­ner Jeanette Man­rara were a close sec­ond with 38 for their paso doble to Nir­vana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit, while Alexan­dra Burke and Gorka Mar­quez fin­ished third with 35 fol­low­ing a tango to Maneater by Nelly Fur­tado.

Mean­while, it was a hor­ror show for Si­mon Rim­mer, Su­san Cal­man and Jonnie Pea­cock at the other end of the leader­board as they all failed to top 20 points.

Rim­mer – who told fans he had danced with his leg “fully strapped and pretty im­mo­bile” – and part­ner Karen Clifton re­ceived 16 for their Amer­i­can smooth to Delilah by Tom Jones.

Cal­man and Kevin Clifton picked up 18 for their Game Of Thronesin­spired fox­trot to Queen’s Killer Queen, which Bruno To­nioli said was rid­dled with mis­takes.

Pea­cock opened the show along with part­ner Oti Mabuse with a chacha to Olly Murs’ Trou­ble­maker which col­lected a score of 20.

Coral the book­mak­ers has slashed McGee’s odds after her sec­ond con­sec­u­tive leader­board-top­ping dis- play. She is now 5/1 to win be­hind Gemma Atkin­son (4/1) and Mer­ry­gold and Burke, who are both at 5/2.

The Strictly Come Danc­ing re­sults show is on BBC One at 7.15pm tonight.

GUY LEVY

Gio­vanni Per­nice and Deb­bie McGee in the Hal­loween Spe­cial of Strictly Come Danc­ing

Lloyd Macey

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