Anton Du Beke gives a controversial 10 to Tyler West
There was no respite from the Strictly costume box on Saturday night, but at least this week’s Halloween special was mostly gory in all the right ways – unlike the sheer horror that was the BBC 100 Celebration.
New National Treasure Tony Adams played straight and wowed the jury, with her devilishly quick step, while Ellie Taylor topped the leaderboard for the first time with her Hocus Pocus Couple’s choice number. But it was also a night of confusion and drama as the judges continued to argue over scores – and Anton Du Beke went completely rogue, handing out a bizarre 10 to Tyler West, even though the DJ had next to no content cha cha cha in his routine. .
Last week’s shock participant Molly Rainford found redemption through Kate Bush, and Helen Skelton charmed by a foxtrot from Red Riding Hood. But will beekeeper James Bye be buzzing after his lackluster dance, which left him bottom of the leaderboard? Or maybe Ellie Simmonds, whose Scooby-Doo foxtrot also disappointed? Or will we see yet another surprise dance? Join us again for the results are broadcast on BBC One at 7.20pm on Sunday evening.
Tony Adams stuns the judges
I’m not sure why Tony Adams’ Devil was in his dressing gown for this Wild West number – he looked ready for a good session with a cup of hot chocolate rather than a soul-sucking seduction . That aside, it was great to see our resident joker deliver a serious and really good fast step, albeit with some timing issues and awkward transitions. But irrefutable proof that he can entertain without resorting to striptease.
“I’m absolutely in shock,” exclaimed Shirley Ballas, praising her improved footwork and frame. “You are a good dancer,” agreed Anton Du Beke. “Keep it up.” Craig Revel Horwood drawled, “Welcome, Tony, to the ballroom. Style, story, technique: I think you have found your dance. Three 8s for a whopping 31 – his highest by far.