ASH­LEY’S TOW­ER­ING SUC­CESS IN BALL­ROOM

Wales On Sunday - - NEWS -

ASH­LEY ROBERTS and Pasha Ko­valev topped the leader­board with a per­fect score af­ter the highly an­tic­i­pated Strictly Come Danc­ing Black­pool show.

The cou­ple’s jive wowed the judges and saw them show­ered with praise and win 10s across the board on a night of high scores at the Tower Ball­room.

Roberts and Ko­valev paid trib­ute to their sur­round­ings af­ter a fish and chip shop-themed, high-en­ergy rou­tine, which earned the fa­mous com­ment of “fab-u-lous” from judge Craig Revel Hor­wood.

Bruno To­nioli joined in the praise, say­ing the cou­ple made “Strictly his­tory” with their show­stop­ping per­for­mance.

Judges were not shy to award 10s on a show packed with al­most-per­fect rou­tines, which was opened with a per­for­mance by Glo­ria Este­fan.

Charles Venn and Karen Clifton earned a score of 38, put­ting them in joint sec­ond place, for their siz­zling samba which saw the ac­tor dubbed “King Charles I of Samba” by To­nioli.

Revel Hor­wood said he “wasn’t pay­ing at­ten­tion to the foot­work”, and in­stead was look­ing at Venn’s physique. Venn said: “I was liv­ing out my dream. It was amaz­ing.”

Faye Tozer and Gio­vanni Per­nice danced a fiery Paso Doble, and sealed their place in jointsec­ond with an­other score of 38, earn­ing two 10s in the process.

Joe Sugg was left emo­tional af­ter earn­ing the show’s third score of 38, danc­ing the quick­step with Dianne Buswell while his grand­mother watched from the au­di­ence.

Stacey Doo­ley was first to per­form and de­scended on a giant stick of Black­pool rock, be­fore launch­ing into a salsa with Kevin Clifton.

She earned praise from Revel Hor­wood for her “fan­tas­tic” hips as they se­cured a to­tal of 33 points.

Graeme Swann steered clear of the bot­tom two this week, with a con­fi­dent cou­ple’s choice the­atre and jazz num­ber with Oti Mabuse. Swann said: “I don’t think I’ve ever had this much love in 90 sec­onds.”

PIC­TURES: GUY LEVY

Pasha Ko­valev and Ash­ley Roberts in the Strictly Come Danc­ing show from Black­pool

Oti Mabuse and Graeme Swann

AJ Pritchard and Lau­ren Stead­man

Kate Sil­ver­ton and Al­jaz Sko­r­janec

Stacey Doo­ley and Kevin Clifton

Dianne Buswell and Joe Sugg

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