Strictly Come Dancing quarter-final highlights: sequins, singing, dancing and bouncing bottoms

Danny Mac failed to score another perfect 40 during Strictly Come Dancing but the former Hollyoaks star is still top of the leaderboard.

Danny and his professional partner Oti Mabuse scored two 10s during their tango as the remaining five couples battled it out to earn a place in next week's semi-final.

Danny Mac
Danny Mac

Their tango to One Night Only from Dreamgirls for this week's musicals theme was praised by head judge Len Goodman, who told the actor "you are one heck of a dancer, trust me".

Judge Craig Revel Horwood chided Mac for his less than perfect heel leads but admitted he thought it was a "dynamic routine".


Bookmakers Coral have predicted that TV barrister Judge Rinder will be the next to depart from the show.

"The betting suggests Judge Rinder's run on Strictly Come Dancing will come to an end this weekend as he is long odds-on to depart and miss out on a spot in the semi-final of the competition," said Coral's John Hill.

The TV star and his partner Oksana Platero performed a samba to Oh, What a Night! from Jersey Boys that earned them the lowest score on the leaderboard with 31 points.

Craig commented that Rinder's "bottom was bouncing for Brazil" during the high-energy routine.

Len said: "I'd like to watch it again. I don't mean in the dance-off, it was so much fun and enjoyment, well done."

Ore and Joanne
Ore and Joanne

Sports presenter Ore Oduba and Joanne Clifton earned 36 points for their foxtrot to Pure Imagination, which was first performed by the late Gene Wilder in 1971´s Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory.

Gymnast Claudia Fragapane managed to score her first 10 of the series and earned a score of 37.

She is in joint second position with Louise Redknapp on the leaderboard despite a stumble at the end of her salsa to the Lion King's I Just Can't Wait To Be King.

Louise Redknapp
Louise Redknapp

The judges loved Louise's western-themed quickstep to The Deadwood Stage from Calamity Jane, with Tonioli saying it was "a great tribute to the Wild Wild West, Broadway style".

Anton du Beke opened the show
Anton du Beke opened the show

Other highlights from the BBC One show included a glimpse of British astronaut Tim Peake, who was a guest in the audience, and an opening number led by Strictly favourite Anton du Beke, who channelled his inner Bruce Forsyth as he sang and danced to kick off the show.

:: Strictly returns on Sunday night at 7.20pm on BBC One.

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