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Bridge bewitches Tonioli for 10

Saturdays singer Frankie Bridge scored Strictly's first "real" perfect 10 of the series after bewitching the judges on the special Halloween-themed edition of the show.

The girl band stunner donned green body paint and a long wig for a tango with Kevin Clifton inspired by the West End musical Wicked.

Craig Revel Horwood told her: "One word: fab-u-lous."

Bruno Tonioli, who gave her the 10 score, added: "That was wicked in the best possible way."

Although a 10 was awarded by exuberant one-off guest judge Donny Osmond earlier in the series, this was the first real one awarded by a member of the regular panel.

It boosted her score to 37, putting her two ahead of The Only Way Is Essex star Mark Wright.

He and partner Karen Hauer pulled off a Little Shop Of Horrors jive that left Bruno drooling: "Feed me, feed me. Whatever you are eating I want some. Your best dance yet."

Craig simply added: "Bravo darling."

There were also good scores for singer Pixie Lott (33) and television presenter Caroline Flack (32).

But at the bottom it was the same old story, with Judy Murray finishing at the foot of the pile after a 101 Dalmatians-inspired American Smooth that included live Dalmatians.

Bruno told her: "You confused American Smooth with American Stiff."

Craig added: "The dogs at the beginning had more grace."

She was a point behind Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills, who performed a bonkers waltz dressed as Uncle Fester from The Addams Family with Joanne Clifton which divided the judges.

Len Goodman said it was probably his best dance so far but Bruno quipped: "If the show was called Strictly No Dancing, you would be a surefire winner."

Bookmaker Coral has Scott as the 6-5 favourite for elimination in tomorrow night's results show, with Frankie now joint favourite alongside EastEnders star Jake Wood.

Claudia Winkleman, who took over from Sir Bruce Forsyth in partnering Tess Daly at the start of this series, missed the show because one of her children was ill.

The 42-year-old mother of three was replaced by ex-Radio 1 DJ Zoe Ball, a former contestant on the show, who normally presents Strictly: It Takes Two.

At the start of the show Tess said: "One of her (Winkleman's) children is unwell and we wish them a speedy recovery."


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