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Friday 25 July 2014

Vaughan disappoints at Strictly

Natalie Lowe and Michael Vaughan (Guy Levi/BBC/PA)

Former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan has once again disappointed the judges on Strictly Come Dancing.

Vaughan and his partner Natalie Lowe, who survived the dance off last week, did a samba to Tequila by The Champs. But judges Bruno Tonioli, Craig Revel Horwood, Darcey Bussell and Len Goodman were not won over by their efforts.

The couple scored a total 24 - the lowest of the night.

Horwood said of their dance: "It wasn't completely dreadful, slightly improved but it still looked very awkward. You're just not at home in these Latin dances. We could have really done without those hip thrusting things."

Bussell said: "It is sad that those hips are never going to look natural but I can see you've worked hard."

Goodman said he "it wasn't fantastic" and that Vaughan looked awkward, while Tonioli said he was turning into a "one hip wonder".

Meanwhile, Olympic gymnast Louis Smith and dancing partner Flavia Cacace were the favourites of tonight's show after receiving a standing ovation from the audience. The pair performed a Charleston to Dr Wanna Do by Caro Emerald.

The judges loved the performance with Smith scoring the highest score of the night at 37, which included two scores of 10. Bussell: "It was brilliant...the tricks had the wow factor."

Goodman who had criticised Smith's lack of personality in performances said "you've got a personality and you've come out and performed." Horwood said: "At long last Louis, some personality." Tonioli said Smith had shown that he had "the making of a true contender".

There are seven celebrities left in the competition and three weeks until the finals. The dance off and elimination show will be aired on Sunday night.

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