Saturday 26 November 2022 07:53 PM Strictly Come Dancing 2022: Will Mellor and Nancy Xu blow judges away trends now
After giving it their all at the Blackpool Tower Ballroom last week, the celebrities once again learned a new routine as things stepped up a gear.
Will Mellor and Nancy Xu were the first couple to perform, dancing the Charleston. The pair wore matching black suits, with professional Nancy's featuring neon pink and yellow stripes while actor Will's had blue and yellow stripes.
Born to perform: Will Mellor and Nancy Xu were the first couple to perform on Saturday's Strictly Come Dancing as the couples fought to make it though to next week's semi-final
Host Tess Daly went to head judge Shirley Ballas for her comments first, with Shirley saying: 'Well, first of all Will, coming off Blackpool you never know really what to expect. Going out there today everything worked well for you. The choreography was brilliant and you didn't miss a lift. Well done. '
Anton Du Beke told the pair: 'I think that was one of your best performances of the series. You commit to every move, you nail every move.'
While Craig Revel Horwood said: 'I thought your free arm could be a little bit more placed. The swivel was fantastic. Well done!'
All dressed up: The pair wore matching black suits, with professional Nancy's featuring neon pink and yellow stripes while actor Will's had blue and yellow stripes
Motsi Mabuse said: 'If we're setting the standard for tonight then we have a real big problem because that was fast, that was slick, the energy between you was amazing.'
The pair scored 38 out of 40, with two marks of 10 from Shirley and Motsi, while both Craig and Anton awarded them scores of nine.
Television Molly Rainford and her partner Carlos Gu were next to perform after they were in the dance off last week against departing couple Tyler West and Dianne Buswell.
The scores are in: The pair scored 38 out of 40, with two marks of 10 from Shirley and Motsi, while both Craig and Anton awarded them scores of nine
Former Britain's Got Talent contestant Molly and Carlos danced the Tango this weekend, with Molly looking sensational as she gave a glimpse at her midriff in a sequinned red cropped top and matching skirt with a side split.
Anton told them afer their performance: 'The thing about you is you're a really great dancer but you don't let us see it... today was the first time you really let us see it... Molly, now you're talking!'
Craig said: 'I loved the amount of aggression in that, the storytelling was brilliant and it had power. It was great.
Will Mellor and Nancy Xu - 38 points
Molly Rainford and Carlos Gu - 35 points
Ellie Taylor and Johannes Radebe - 25
Motsi added: 'What I really love about you two is, Carlos, you challenge her. We knew from day one that she was talented but there was so much great content... This is the Molly who is attacking and who we want to see. Well done girl.
Shirley said: 'Week after week you've been in the bottom two and you fight... There was some lovely footwork, the passion between you was absolutely divine. You've done brilliant choreography this week.'
Giving the pair their scores Craig awarded an eight and Motsi, Shirley and Anton all gave them nine each, meaning their score totalled 35 out of a possible 40.
Next to take to the dance floor was comedian Ellie Taylor who performed the Jive with her professional partner Johannes Radebe.
Opening the comments, Craig said: 'You got off on the wrong foot, it was lacklustre I'm afraid.'
Motsi told them: 'You had the fun of Jive. I like the whole looked. I have two sections for you, I have the performance which I think it getting better and then I have technical... you had the taste of the Jive which was nice to see.'
Shirley said: 'I loved the theme, I thought the narrative was good but for me, the technique missed completely. It looked quite heavy and a bit flat footed. There is no mistaking, your personality is exquisite but, at week 10, I want a bit of both if we can.'
Anton added: 'I love the way you perform your numbers. You could be a musical theatre star, you have great characterisation... I thought it was marvellous, well done.'
Giving his score, Craig offered five, Shirley gave six, while both Motsi and Shirley gave sevens, totalling 25.
It comes after Kym Marsh has tested positive for Covid forcing her and professional partner Graziana Di Prima out of the competition this weekend.
'Strictly Come Dancing protocols mean that all being well, they will return the following week.'
Bad luck! Strictly's Kym Marsh has tested positive for Covid and will not perform his week - a fortnight after she almost quit show over a 'crippling panic attack' (stock image)