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Strictly pairs show off their moves

Strictly Come Dancing's remaining debutants have showed off their best moves in front of the judges.

Comedian Rory Bremner, Jason Donovan, former MP Edwina Currie and bookies' favourite Harry Judd took to the dancefloor.

All 14 contestants have now performed under the stern gaze of the judges on BBC1.

Judd, the drummer from pop group McFly, dancing with Aliona Vilani, lived up to his billing with a respectable 28 out of 40 score.

But it was Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat star Donovan who stole the show.

Hard-to-please judge Craig Revel Horwood told the Australian, who danced the cha cha cha with Kristina Rihanoff: "It was a rip-snorter mate, bonzer, beauty."

The stars were among seven couples performing for the judges, after the first seven pairs danced on Friday night.

At this first stage there is no phone vote and no-one leaves - but the stars still need to impress the judges, who scored them for their performances.

Nancy Dell'Olio's mishap-strewn dance saw her movement impeded by her feather boa, and ended with her apologising to the judges. But judge Alesha Dixon gave her encouragement, calling her the "glamour puss" of this year's show.

Impressionist Rory Bremner, partnered with Erin Boag, gave a "first-class impression of a waltz", according to Len Goodman, but the One Show presenter Alex Jones was "incongruous, starchy and stiff", according to Revel Horwood, and Goodman concluded that Waterloo Road actress Chelsee Healey performed a dance that "started off like Petula Clark and ended up more like Lady Gaga".

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