Updated: Katie Piper is the third celebrity to be eliminated from this year's series
Strictly Come Dancing 2018 continued following the departure of Blue singer Lee Ryan who was eliminated from the BBC competition last week.
The episode saw many highlights across its two-hour running time, ranging from Seann Walsh and dancing partner Katya Jones’s first dance after their headline-making kissing scandal as well as several acclaimed dances from candidates including Ashley Roberts, Vick Hope and Stacey Dooley.
1. Seann Walsh is handed unanimous praise for “outstanding” performance
All eyes were on Seann Walsh and his dancing partner Katya Jones who, earlier this week, were forced to apologise after being caught kissing in public despite being in relationships. Many were surprised the duo remained on the BBC series, however they graced the stage with an action-packed Charleston that won rave reviews from all four of the judges. Shirley Ballas deemed it “outstanding.”
2. But Tess and Claudia can’t resist...
Additional viewers probably tuned in this week to see if and how presenters Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman would acknowledge the scandal. Well, they did albeit quite subtly. Running through events from the past seven days, Daly capped her segment with: ”Other than that it’s been a quiet week.” Claudia, full aware Seann and Katy are waiting in the wings, replies: "Yes, other than the odd headline."
3. Stacey Dooley wows the judges
Documentary TV personality Stacey Dooley won the evening’s leaderboard following her Foxtrot to “Hi Ho Silver Lining.” As a result, she received her first nine of the series courtesy of Bruno Tonioli – the perfect birthday present for dancing partner Kevin Clifton whose face was planted into a birthday cake gifted to him by fellow professional, Aljaž.
4. Women reign supreme in the leaderboard
Stacey wasn't the only female contestant to earn big points. Steps singer Faye Tozer, DJ Vick Hope and Pussycat Dolls' Ashley Roberts all received overwhelming praise from the judges. The best performing male was Dr. Ranj Singh who got a total of 28 for his entertaining Paso Doble.
5. Katie Piper struggles to impress
At the bottom of this week's leaderboard was Katie Piper whose Jive to Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers' "Why Do Fools Fall In Love" failed to impress the judges. Still, as proved last week, this doesn't guarantee you a place in the dance off.
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Strictly Come Dancing continues on BBC One tomorrow night
Hello, and welcome to The Independent's live coverage of Strictly Come Dancing!
As mentioned above, tonight will be the first episode since the headline-making controversy which saw contestant Seann Walsh caught kissing dance partner Katya Jones in public despite their respective relationships.
The powerful open letter from Walsh's ex-girlfriend, Rebecca Humphries.
Soon after, Walsh broke his silence over the letter which sparked a big debate on social media.
Some people had some opposing views to the majority, however.
In other news, Katie Piper has had her security tightened after her attacker was released from prison
Not long to go until the remaining 13 contestants grace the dance floor in the hopes of impressing the judges and, most importantly, me
Last week saw Blue singer Lee Ryan eliminated from the show. Here's what else went down...
And heeeeere we go - glitterballs at the ready
How nervous do you suspect Seann and Katya are backstage? I'm surprised they decided to remain on the show, personally
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