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Sunday 1 March 2015

Jason impresses Strictly judges

Jason Donovan impressed the Strictly judges with his foxtrot
Jason Donovan impressed the Strictly judges with his foxtrot

Jason Donovan once again set the standard on Strictly Come Dancing with a "classy, stylish and magnificent" performance.

The Australian actor stormed to the top of the leader board after his foxtrot with Kristina Rihanoff wowed the four judges.

Combined with last week's highest score, he cruised to the summit of the table and laid down the gauntlet to the 13 other celebrity contestants.

Following his dance, which got 33 out of a maximum of 40 points, judge Alesha Dixon said: "You committed 100% to your performance. You completely seduced me."

Bruno Tonioli said: "This is a piece of acting that you're doing. It's absolutely great to see. I love it."

Craig Revel Horwood told the former Neighbours star his dance was "classy, stylish, magnificent", while Len Goodman said "it was full of flair and personality".

Jason told host Tess Daly afterwards: "I think it's more difficult the second time round. I'm happy with it."

Propping up this week's leader board was Sven-Goran Eriksson's former partner Nancy Dell'Olio. Her salsa with professional dancer Anton du Beke picked up just 14 points from the four judges.

Craig said: "Frenetic sort of springs to mind. Frantic, frenzied, any of those Fs spring to mind."

In a complicated elimination system, one celebrity will be kicked off the show on Sunday. The judges' scores from last week and this week were added together to form an overall leader board, and the public vote will be combined with those to decide the dancer who will leave first.

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