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Fright night for Strictly hopefuls

Cobwebs were shaken off and bones were rattled as the Halloween spirit descended on Strictly Come Dancing.

The first 10s of the series were awarded to actress Natalie Gumede and her partner Artem Chigvintsev who glided through the ballroom dancing a Viennese waltz.

Judge Len Goodman described it as "lovely", while Bruno Tonioli told Gumede she "leaves us all spellbound".

Darcey Bussell said: "I expect so much from you but you never disappoint."

The couple scored 38 - receiving the first 10 pointers of the year, courtesy of Tonioli and Bussell.

Actor Patrick Robinson and his partner Anya Garnis scored 34 for their quickstep in which they concocted a "magic spell".

Goodman said he was "bewitched, bothered and bewildered" by how great it was, while Craig Revel Horwood said their energy was "phenomenal".

Former Bond girl Fiona Fullerton and her partner Anton Du Beke scored 28 for their Charleston.

The pair, dressed as scarecrows, were criticised by the judges for being out of time.

Tonioli said it was "like Halloween at Doris Day's house".

A topless Ben Cohen and his partner Kristina Rihanoff got a standing ovation for their paso doble - described by Goodman as "an explosion".

The couple scored 32 , and Bussell told Cohen he had given her a "great lasting image".

Revel Horwood meanwhile admitted he was "slightly distracted".

Sophie Ellis-Bextor and her partner Brendan Cole took on the jive this week and Bussell said it was a "real shame" the singer had bent knees and no sharp kicks.

Goodman said she needed to come out with "more confidence, more impact".

The couple scored 28.

Actor Mark Benton and his partner Iveta Lukosiute performed the paso doble with a space theme, but Tonioli said it was "more space cadet than matador".

Scoring 25 for their effort, Revel Horwood commended Benton on his good rhythm but said it was a bit heavy and stompy.

Countdown presenter Rachel Riley and her partner Pasha Kovalev performed their "best dance yet", according to Goodman.

Revel Horwood welcomed them back into the competition, while Tonioli told Riley she had found her mojo.

The couple scored 30 - their highest score so far.

Actor Ashley Taylor Dawson and his partner Ola Jordan tackled a tango, and it was described as "aggressive, dark, mysterious" by Revel Horwood.

Bussell said: "I'm really attracted to the evil Ashley."

Goodman, however, said he needed to work on "small details".

The pair scored their highest of the series with 33 out of 40.

Abbey Clancy and her partner Aljaz Skorjanec danced a rumba which received much praise from the judging panel and a score of 34.

Tonioli said: "You're here to stay."

While Revel Horwood simply summed it up as "impressive".

Hairy Biker Dave Myers and his partner Karen Hauer attempted the jive, but Tonioli said it was more of a "soft shoe shuffle".

Adding: "The jive was non-existent."

Goodman praised Myers for being a "trier", and t he couple scored 19.

Susanna Reid and her partner Kevin Clifton danced a Charleston which was described as sweet, fun and cheeky by Bussell.

The couple scored 34 for their performance.

A couple will be voted off tomorrow night in the results show.

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