It was the milestone week that all of the Strictly Come Dancing couples were desperate to reach.
Blackpool Week saw the remaining couples – Graeme Swann and Oti Mabuse, Ashley Roberts and Pasha Kovalev, Charles Venn and Karen Clifton, Faye Tozer and Giovanni Pernice, Joe Sugg and Dianne Buswell, Lauren Steadman and AJ Prichard, and Stacey Dooley and Kevin Clifton – perform in front of the judges.
Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel-Horwood, Bruno Tonioli and Dame Darcey Bussell watched as each of the eight remaining couples flew across the dance floor – but all too soon it was time to say goodbye to one celebrity and their dance partner.
Kate Silverton and Alijaz Škorjanec were the unfortunate pair eliminated after a tough competition that saw the four judges award their first perfect score of the series to Ashley and Pasha.
What are the leaderboard scores from last week’s Strictly?
The Strictly leaderboard at the end of week 9
As things stand, Ashley and Pasha are topping the leaderboard with a perfect ’40’, having won a rare 10 from each of the judges.
They’re followed in joint second place by Faye and Giovanni, Charles and Karen and Joe and Dianne with 38 points each.
Stacey and Kevin are in the middle of the board with 33, while Graeme and Oti are a point below them with 32.
Languishing at the bottom with just 25 points are Lauren and AJ, who need to pull it out of the bag this week to stay in the competition.
What are the songs and dances for Strictly week 10?
Kate and Aljaz performed a beautiful American Smooth – but it wasn’t enough to save them
(Image: BBC / Guy Levy)
Ashley and Pasha Samba to Hot Hot Hot by Arrow
Charles and Karen Tango to Eleanor Rigby by Big Country (originally by The Beatles)
Faye and Giovanni Waltz to See The Day by Dee C. Lee
Graeme and Oti Quickstep to Sing Sing Sing by The Andrews Sisters
Graeme and Oti will be doing a Quickstep
(Image: BBC/Guy Levy)
Joe and Dianne perform a Couples’ Choice (Street and Commercial) dance to Jump Around by House of Pain
Lauren and AJ Salsa to Familiar by Liam Payne and J Balvin
Stacey and Kevin Paso Doble to Malaguena by Brian Setzer
Faye and Giovanni are set to wow the judges again this weekend
(Image: BBC/Guy Levy)
But who will reach the top of the leaderboard this week? And who will be in danger of getting the boot?
As ever, the two couples with the lowest scores – the judges’ scores combined with the viewers’ vote – will find themselves dancing for survival on Sunday night.
*Strictly Come Dancing returns Saturday at 6.50pm on BBC1, with the Strictly results show airing on Sunday at 7.20pm on BBC1
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