SPOOK-TAC­U­LAR DANC­ING STARS

Wales On Sunday - - NEWS -

IT WAS the bat­tle of the Hal­loween glam­our queens on Strictly last night as TWO fe­male celebri­ties tied on a near per­fect score. First up, Pussy­cat Dolls singer Ash­ley Roberts and her part­ner Pasha Ko­valev set the leader­board alight in scary style with a score of 39 out of a pos­si­ble 40 – only for Steps star Faye Tozer to do ex­actly the same thing min­utes later with her part­ner, Gio­vanni Per­nice.

The per­for­mances had the judges reach­ing for the su­perla­tives and the au­di­ence on their feet as both used Hal­loween week to clock up the high­est scores of the se­ries so far.

Danc­ing in suits and glit­ter­ing over­sized bow ties, Tozer and her pro­fes­sional part­ner per­formed a cou­ple’s choice rou­tine to Fever by Peggy Lee in the style of theatre and jazz. Dur­ing the rou­tine, Tozer leapt from the judge’s desk into the arms of her part­ner. Craig Revel Hor­wood sim­ply said: “Amaz­ing.”

Dame Darcey Bus­sell added there was “so much I loved about it”, high­light­ing how the cou­ple mir­rored one an­other and call­ing it an “ab­so­lutely bril­liant and stun­ning per­for­mance”.

The cou­ple scored three 10s and a nine giv­ing them a cu­mu­la­tive to­tal of 39 out of a pos­si­ble 40.

Ash­ley Roberts and Pasha Ko­valev danced an en­er­getic Charles­ton to Witch Doc­tor by Don Lang.

Dressed as trolls and in­spired by The Troll Movie, the pair’s rou­tine earned them a stand­ing ova­tion.

The judges were unan­i­mously in favour of the rou­tine, with Bruno To­nioli call­ing it “as­ton­ish­ing” and “ac­tion packed” and “one of the best Strictly mo­ments of the sea­son”.

Dame Darcey Bus­sell said it was a “ter­rific con­trast to last week”, while Shirley Bal­las said it was “one of the best chore­og­ra­phy rou­tines I have ever seen”.

Mean­while at the lower end of the score­board, co­me­dian Seann Walsh and pro­fes­sional part­ner Katya Jones were warned they “would end up in the dance off again” by judge Craig Revel af­ter danc­ing a de­cid­edly non­ro­man­tic Hal­loween Vi­en­nese waltz to I Put A Spell On You by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins.

The cou­ple scored a cu­mu­la­tive to­tal of 20 points out of a pos­si­ble 40, plac­ing them joint third from last and in dan­ger of be­ing in the dance off.

PIC­TURES: GUY LEVY

Ash­ley Roberts and Pasha Ko­valev

Stacey Doo­ley and Kevin Clifton

Dr Ranj Singh and Janette Man­rara

Joe Sugg and Dianne Buswell

Al­jaz Sko­r­janec and Kate Sil­ver­ton

Danny John-Jules and Amy Dow­den

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