Strictly 2023 leaderboard: The scores from week eight as competition heats up before Blackpool

Who rose to the top and sank to the bottom on Saturday night?

Isobel Lewis
Saturday 11 November 2023 21:31 GMT
Layton and Nikita perform passionate tango to stun Strictly judges

Strictly Come Dancing was back on our screens on Saturday (11 November), with one couple soaring to great heights while another sunk to the bottom ahead of next weekend’s Blackpool bonanza.

One week before Strictly sets up camp in the Tower Ballroom (the historic home of British ballroom dancing), the remaining eight couples competed in the competition once more. You can read the biggest talking points from Strictly week eight here.

Sitting at the top of the leaderboard were Layton Williams and partner Nikita Kuzmin, who wowed with their near-perfect Argentine Tango. Motsi Mabuse described the dance as “once in a lifetime” and Craig Revel Horwood declared it “a-ma-zing” – although withheld his 10 from the pair.

The middle of the leaderboard remains tight, suggesting Sunday (12 November) night’s results show could feature a major upset. Only four marks separate second place Ellie Leach and Vito Coppola, who performed a romantic Rumba, and Annabel Croft and Johannes Radebe with their fast and sexy Samba.

At the bottom by some way, you’ll find Krishnan Guru-Murthy and Lauren Oakley, who scored 25 points for their funky and energetic (no, I’m not just talking about Guru-Murthy’s lurid yellow trousers) Samba.

However, it’s not just the judges who decide who goes through to Blackpool week, but the voting public too.

You can find Strictly Come Dancing’s week eight leaderboard below:

Williams and Kuzmin achieved another near-perfect score

Layton Williams and Nikita Kuzmin = 9 + 10 + 10 + 10 = 39

Ellie Leach and Vito Coppola = 8 + 9 + 9 + 9 = 35

Nigel Harman and Katya Jones = 8 + 8 + 9 + 9 = 34

Angela Scanlon and Carlos Gu = 7 + 9 + 8 + 9 = 33

Guru-Murthy and Oakley are at the bottom of the leaderboard

Bobby Brazier and Dianne Buswell = 7 + 8 + 8 + 9 = 32

Angela Rippon and Kai Widdrington = 8 + 8 + 8 + 8 = 32

Annabel Croft and Johannes Radebe = 7 + 8 + 8 + 8 = 31

Krishnan Guru-Murthy and Lauren Oakley = 5 + 7 + 6 + 7 = 25

Strictly Come Dancing continues Saturday 11 November at 7.20pm on BBC One.

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