Strictly Come Dancing officially got the royal seal of approval tonight
Sophie, Countess of Wessex and her daughter Lady Louise Windsor were spotted in the audience of the BBC show tonight.
The royal mother, 53, clapped as the dancers performed while 15-year-old Louise whooped.
Sophie was elegant in a simple black dress, while Louise wore a purple lace dress.
The royals joined on a tense night as it was all to play for – and there’s a new favourite to win.
- Strictly ‘fix’ row as Shirley Ballas ‘reads scores from blank sheet of paper’
At the beginning of tonight’s Strictly, Stacey Dooley was a close second favourite behind YouTuber and all-round online personality Joe Sugg.
All that has changed tonight, though, after a stunning Paso Double that has established the documentary filmmaker as current 5/4 favourite to lift the glitterball.
Odds on a win for Joe Suggs have lengthened slightly to 15-8, while Ashley Roberts is an attractive outside bet at 8-1.
Stacey ‘left everything on the pitch’ after tonight’s performance, almost collapsing after a powerful, emotional paso.
The broadcaster struggled with the dance throughout training with Kevin Clifton, saying the emotion and intensity was a little too much for her.
- Strictly’s Tess Daly suggests Joe Sugg and Dianne Buswell’s romance is obvious
Tess made a very awkward gaffe with Claudia
Stacey was on the floor in shock
- Strictly’s Ashley Roberts heads to hotel with Giovanni Pernice after ‘string of dates’
She had been middling in her scores during the course of her Blackpool performance, but tonight she soared to the top of the leaderboard with a score of 39, which sent her spiralling onto the floor in emotion.
Darcey Bussell said of her performance: "You were fierce you were eating it up! You were dramatic, powerful, brilliant.”
While Joe and Stacey are currently hot favourites to lift Strictly’s coveted trophy, there could be a surprise coming for the bookies, according to judge Shirley Ballas.
Speaking to the BBC’s One Show, the 58-year-old Queen of Latin hinted at an upset in the show’s grand finale, although she stopped short of naming the celebrity that she believed would actually walk away with the grand prize.
She said: “I think it’s a really level playing field.”