Stand­ing ova­tion for jiv­ing Danny

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RED Dwarf star Danny John-Jules and his Welsh part­ner Amy Dow­den jived their way to the top of the Strictly Comed Danc­ing leader­board last night – and notched up the first 10 of the series.

The pair, who had ranked midtable so far, re­ceived a stand­ing ova­tion from the au­di­ence and all the judges apart from Craig Revel Hor­wood with their en­er­getic rou­tine to Flip, Flop And Fly by El­lis Hall.

Their per­fect 10 from judge Darcey Bus­sell gave them a to­tal of 37 points out of a pos­si­ble 40.

And de­spite Revel Hor­wood not stand­ing, he was the most com­ple­men­tary of all the judges, telling John-Jules sim­ply that he should have “saved that dance for the fi­nal”.

At 58, Danny is the old­est celebrity in the series and has been paired with pro­fes­sional dancer Amy Dow­den from Caer­philly.

Charles Venn and Karen Clifton’s choice of James Brown’s’ Get Up Offa That Thing also proved one of the night’s suc­cesses.

Their street style rou­tine was es­pe­cially pop­u­lar with guest judge Al­fonso Ribeiro who said it had made Venn “a con­tender to win this thing”.

He said: “That is my jam, back in the day. All that, I loved it. Great chore­og­ra­phy. It’s hard be­cause street, peo­ple al­ways want to try and fig­ure out what the tech­nique is. The tech­nique is fun.

“Have a good time and boy, you were jam­ming. Fan­tas­tic, I loved it, You are now a con­tender to win this thing.”

The other judges were equally com­pli­men­tary. The pair scored nines across the board giv­ing them a cu­mu­la­tive to­tal of 36 out of a pos­si­ble 40.

GUY LEVY/BBC

Danny John-Jules and his dance part­ner Amy Dow­den

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