Strictly Come Dancing: Kelvin Fletcher scores his FIRST 40

Strictly Come Dancing: Kelvin Fletcher fights back tears after scoring his FIRST 40 with Oti Mabuse… as the four couples perform TWO DANCES in a tense semi-final

  • The Emmerdale star stormed to the top of the leaderboard after performing two dances in the semi-final
  • Kelvin also scored 37 points out of 40 for his second dance a Paso Doble
  • Comedian Chris Ramsey finished at the bottom of the leaderboard after two disappointing dances
  • The three finalists for Strictly Come Dancing 2019 will be announced in Sunday night’s results show 

Strictly Come Dancing star Kelvin Fletcher fought back tears during Saturday’s semi-final as he scored his first 40 with pro Oti Mabuse.

The soap star wowed the judges after taking to the floor with a light and crisp Quickstep for his first of two dances.

It came as Kelvin joined the remaining four couples taking to the dancefloor with two performances, for a tense semi-final in a bid to make it to next week’s final.

Sensational: Strictly Come Dancing star Kelvin Fletcher fought back tears during Saturday’s semi-final as he scored his first 40 with pro Oti Mabuse

Kelvin and Oti took to the floor with a classic Quickstep to The Lady Is A Tramp as it featured in the series Glee, after first appearing in the 1937 musical Babes In Arms.

The routine went down an absolute storm with the panel, with Craig Revel-Horwood reluctantly admitted he couldn’t find anything wrong with the dance.

Bruno added: ‘That was truly a sparkling delight, we see a lot of quicksteps you have the lightness of the footwork but what you did was extraordinary you hit the music accent with such a musicality, and such perfection I had goosebumps your were a soprano at her best.’

Sensational: After coming close to a perfect score last week, the pair wowed the judges with their classic ballroom dance, which Craig said he couldn’t find ‘anything wrong with’

Strictly Semi-Finals Leaderboard 

Kelvin Fletcher and Oti Mabuse

Paso Doble to Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes – 37 points out of 40

Quickstep to The Lady is a Tramp by Glee Cast – 40 points out of 40

TOTAL – 77 points out of 80

Karim Zeroual and Amy Dowden

Argentine Tango to Libertango by Bond – 36 points out of 40

American Smooth to Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond – 38 points out of 40 

TOTAL – 74 points out of 80

Emma Barton and Anton Du Beke

Cha Cha Cha to Hold My Hand by Jess Glynne – 31 points out of 40

Waltz to Gymnopédie No.1 by Erik Satie – 36 points out of 40 

TOTAL – 67 points out of 80

Chris Ramsey and Karen Hauer

Rumba to Don’t Watch Me Cry by Jorja Smith – 28 points out of 40

Viennese Waltz to Somebody To Love by Queen – 26 points out of 40 

TOTAL – 54 points out of 80

Gorgeous: Kelvin and Oti took to the floor with a classic Quickstep to The Lady Is A Tramp as it featured in the series Glee, after first appearing in the 1937 musical Babes In Arms

As the scores were announced, Kelvin and Oti couldn’t hide their shock as the entire judging panel unveiled their 10 paddles, rewarding the pair a perfect score of 40.

Kelvin even struggled to hold back tears, as he and Oti soared to the top of the leaderboard.

The pair were hoping to replicate their success with a second dance, which had a far more passionate feel with a Paso Doble to the White Stripes hit Seven Nation Army.

Thrilled: Both Kelvin and Oti couldn’t hide their delight following the end of the dance, as they were showered with praise and four tens by the judges 

Sensual: The pair were hoping to replicate their success with a second dance, which had a far more passionate feel with a Paso Doble to the White Stripes hit Seven Nation Army

While Kelvin set pulses racing with a sheer shirt that displayed his ripped physique, the reception to the passionate dance was mixed.

Shirley said: ‘Normally two dances will take their toll on anybody’s body there are some really impressive moments, but in the semi final you cannot afford mistakes. 

‘There was a few pieces on and off so all in all a great performance you are definitely on the right track.’ 

Despite the divided comments Kelvin and Oti still scored 37 points out of 40.

Sizzling: While Kelvin set pulses racing with a sheer shirt that displayed his ripped physique, the reception to the passionate dance was mixed

Showstopper: Up first during Saturday’s show was the last woman standing Emma Barton and pro Anton Du Beke, whose first dance was a Cha Cha Cha to Jess Glynne’s Hold Me Hand

It came as the remaining four couples took to the floor to perform two dances for the first time, as they battled to make it to the Strictly final.

Up first was the last woman standing Emma Barton and her partner Anton Du Beke, whose first dance was a Cha Cha Cha to Jess Glynne’s Hold Me Hand.

Despite struggling with her Latin in the past, the EastEnders actress was praised for her vast improvement, though noted the leg technique could have been better.

Shirley said: ‘Let me tell you from the first Latin dance you showed me that is a massive improvement, still nicely on course, you know we’re always going to be a stickler for technique! 

‘It could’ve been a little bit stronger in the leg actions you made up for it in the rhythm of the body and with a lovely bit of chemistry with our Anton.’

Opening show: As the last female celebrity standing, Emma Barton was first to take to the floor with Anton Du Beke, as they danced a Cha Cha Cha to Jess Glynne’s Hold My Hand

Motsi added: ‘When you did a Latin dance it was quite nervous and you came out there with really a face you looked happy, fun it was fast, you kept your posture which kept your cha cha very light, so I think for the semi final that was absolutely amazing.’  

Emma’s respectable dance earned her highest score yet for a Latin dance with 31 points out of 40.  

The pair were then hoping to make lightning strike twice with a second performance, which Anton said he had wanted to perform on Strictly since his very first series.

Getting better: Emma’s respectable dance earned her highest score yet for a Latin dance with 31 points out of 40

Elegant: The pair were then hoping to make lightning strike twice with a second performance, which Anton said he had wanted to perform on Strictly since his very first series

Gorgeous: With a simple piano tune, Emma and Anton danced a Waltz to Gymnopédie No.1 by Erik Satie, but Craig admitted the heel leads were noticeably absent from the performance

With a simple piano tune, Emma and Anton danced a Waltz to Gymnopédie No.1 by Erik Satie, but Craig admitted the heel leads were noticeably absent from the performance.

But Motsi praised: ‘My dancing queen performed, I just have to say this and I mean it from the bottom of my heart the purest form of dancing.

‘This is what represents our dance world, you threw away all the tricks of the trade and put in pure pure dancing and I appreciate the work you need to put such a performance.’

Emma and Anton’s performance earned them another solid score, with 36 points out of 40.

On the up: Emma and Anton’s performance earned them another solid score, with 36 points out of 40

Energetic: Following Kelvin and Oti were Chris Ramsey and Karen Hauer, who dodged elimination last week after head judge Shirley chose to save them in the dance-off

Following Kelvin and Oti were Chris Ramsey and Karen Hauer, who dodged elimination last week after head judge Shirley chose to save them in the dance-off.

Performing a Viennese Waltz to Queen’s Somebody To Love, the pair admitted even they were stunned to have made it to the semi-finals.

Sadly Shirley noted that their performance had ‘too many mistakes,’ but Craig credited the comedian for his commitment to show and his improvement since the first week.

He said: ‘You know what Chris I’m extremely proud of you. You literally came from nothing and now you’re presenting as a dancer and I think that is truly remarkable.’

Despite Craig’s praise, Chris and Karen scored 26 out of 40, which put them at the bottom of the leaderboard.

Fantastic: Performing a Viennese Waltz to Queen’s Somebody To Love, the pair were told the dance had ‘too many mistakes’ and finished bottom of the leaderboard

Dance of love: For their second dance, Chris and Karen hoped to redeem themselves with a romantic Rumba to Don’t Watch Me Cry by Jorja Smith

For their second dance, Chris and Karen hoped to redeem themselves with a romantic Rumba to Don’t Watch Me Cry by Jorja Smith.

Despite a solid effort, Craig simply said it was ‘the wrong dance on the wrong day,’ but an optimistic Motsi added: ‘I think you captured the essence of the dance, a little more rumba would have been nice, but you took me in that dance and I believed you.’

Bruno added: ‘I have to be honest, technically was it perfect? No by far, but you have such honesty and depth of feeling to what you did, it really is impossible to not be involved and moved by it and I really appreciate it great job.’

Sadly Chris and Karen remained in danger of missing out on a spot in the final, as they scored 28 points out of 40.

Struggling: Sadly Chris and Karen remained in danger of missing out on a spot in the final, as they scored 28 points out of 40

Passionate: The final couple were take to the floor were Karim Zeroual and Amy Dowden, who danced a challenging Argentine Tango to Libertango by Bond

The final couple were take to the floor were Karim Zeroual and Amy Dowden, and for their first performance they tackled one of the most difficult dances ever choreographed in the show’s history.

Dancing an Argentine Tango to Libertango by Bond, Karim was criticised for some balance issues during the performance.

Motsi said: ‘Usually you’re always out there and I was just I caught myself thinking but the longer I watched I was like this, it was so intense it was so between you two and that I loved, giving your partnership 110% intimacy loved it.’

Strong: With a 10 from Motsi, Karim and Amy proved they are still vying for a spot in the final with a score of 36 points out of 40

Shirley added: ‘I think that’s one of the most difficult routines I’ve seen for an Argentine Tango, you really had to lead this young lady, you gave me a strong Argentinian feeling, I loved it!’

Bruno also praised: ‘Look at him! All manly grown up and moody, the structure and content was extremely difficult, but there were some moments where you didn’t have your slick dance.’

With a 10 from Motsi, Karim and Amy proved they are still vying for a spot in the final with a score of 36 points out of 40.

Practically perfect: As they took to the floor again, Karim and Amy also delighted the judges with an American Smooth to Neil Diamond’s Sweet Caroline

As they took to the floor again, Karim and Amy also delighted the judges with an American Smooth to Neil Diamond’s Sweet Caroline.

Despite a lift that went slightly pear-shaped, Shirley praised: ;Impeccable footwork, when you get through, you just have to be conscious to put your strengths for me it was absolutely flawless until you got to the lift.’

Craig added that he disliked the lift but still found the dance ‘absolutely incredible.’

With a score of 38 points out of 40, Karim and Amy finished in second place on the leaderboard.

The three finalists will be announced in Sunday’s results show, as one more couple is eliminated following a dramatic dance-off.

Strictly Come Dancing: The Results air tomorrow night at 7:20pm on BBC One. 

Lovely: With a score of 38 points out of 40, Karim and Amy finished in second place on the leaderboard

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