Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 July 2014

Denise waltzes to pole position

Denise Van Outen has waltzed back to the top of the Strictly Come Dancing leaderboard.

The TV presenter and actress reclaimed the top spot with a romantic Viennese waltz to the famous Etta James song At Last after losing her number one spot to gymnast Louis Smith last week.

Van Outen and her dance partner James Jordan achieved a score of 35, narrowly edging out Girls Aloud singer Kimberley Walsh and Tracy Beaker star Dani Hamer, who both scored 33.

But Olympic gymnastics hero Smith remained the bookies' favourite despite finishing out of the podium positions on this week's leaderboard.

His samba to Ricky Martin's La Bomba with partner Flavia Cacace, prompted judge Bruno Tonioli to brand him "the king of hypnotic pelvic gyration".

He said: "There's a girl round here, she's cross-eyed and dribbly, she's lost all control of herself.

"This Latin dance is such a perfect dance, it's like a Savile Row suit for you."

But Darcey Bussell was not so impressed.

The judge said: "I was a bit disappointed. It was a bit safe. It was too calculated, the moves were too calculated for me.

"I wanted it to be freer, much freer."

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