BURKE BACK ON STRICTLY FORM

Wales On Sunday - - NEWS - JOE NERSSESSIAN Re­porter news­desk@waleson­line.co.uk

STRICTLY Come Danc­ing’s Alexan­dra Burke bounced back from the dance-off last week to top the quar­ter-fi­nal leader­board along­side fel­low show favourite Deb­bie McGee last night.

Burke’s Charleston with pro­fes­sional part­ner Gorka Mar­quez to Mary Pop­pins tune Su­per­cal­ifrag­ilis­tic­ex­pi­ali­do­cious wowed on last night’s show, just seven days after the cou­ple had to be saved by the judges when they found them­selves in the bot­tom two.

They scored 39, with Bruno To­nioli call­ing the dance “prac­ti­cally per­fect in every way”.

McGee – who also found her­self in the bot­tom two in re­cent weeks – also scored 39 along­side part­ner Gio­vanni Per­nice for their Amer­i­can smooth to Mem­ory from Cats.

The former ma­gi­cian’s as­sis­tant, 59, is favourite at 7/4 to win the glit­ter­ball tro­phy, ac­cord­ing to book­ies Wil­liam Hill, while Holby City ac­tor Joe Mc­Fad­den is at 7/4 and Burke at 3/1.

Mc­Fad­den, who topped last week’s leader­board, scored 37 with part­ner Katya Jones for their samba to Money Money from Cabaret.

Mol­lie King is the book­ies’ favourite to de­part at 6/4, with the Satur­days singer and AJ Pritchard scor­ing 31 after per­form­ing a rumba to Hope­lessly De­voted To You.

How­ever, they fin­ished ahead of both Gemma Atkin­son and part­ner Al­jaz Sko­r­janec and Davood Ghadami and Nadiya By­chkova, who fin­ished joint bot­tom of the leader­board with 29 apiece.

One cou­ple will leave the com­pe­ti­tion tonight ahead of next week’s semi-fi­nal.

PIC­TURES: GUY LEVY/BBC

Alexan­dra Burke and Gorka Mar­quez and, in­set, Deb­bie McGee and Gio­vanni Per­nice

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