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Strictly Come Dancing 2015 week 7 recap

Who soared to the top of the leaderboard this week?

Peter Andre and Janette Manrara
Credit: BBC/Ray Burmiston/Matt Burlem

With only 10 couples left in the competition, Strictly Come Dancing 2015 is getting tougher and tougher.

Last weekend sports presenter Kirsty Gallacher and her partner Brendan Cole left the competition after losing the dance-off to Jamelia and her partner Tristan MacManus. The show’s Halloween Special delivered on spectacle and it saw Georgia May Foote and her partner Giovanni Pernice top the leaderboard for the first time.

Tonight the couples danced once again to secure their place in the competition. Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman led the proceedings with Craig Revel-Horwood, Darcey Bussell, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli offering their critique.

Keep reading to find out how all of the couples got on…

Peter Andre & Janette Manrara

Peter Andre & Janette Manrara

Credit: BBC / Guy Levy

Peter Andre got a lot of criticism from the judges last week when he was criticised for doing the same thing every week. The singer took on the criticism and shared his determination to wow the judges with his vaudeville themed Charleston. Did Peter and his partner Janette Manrara get the judges back on side?

The dance: There were some definite timing issues during the routine but for the most part Peter pulled it off. He threw himself into the routine and his energy was so infectious.

The comments: Len said ‘first class’ and told Peter it was his best dance yet. Bruno said it ‘was just what the doctor ordered’ and told him it was what he wanted to see. Craig told Peter that the performance was ‘exceptional’. Darcey said it was ‘excellent’ and told Peter she could mistake him for a professional.

The score: 38 out of 40

Jamelia & Tristan MacManus

Jamelia & Tristan MacManus

Credit: BBC / Guy Levy

Poor Jamelia! She’s been in the bottom two now three times and last week it seemed to knock her confidence. This week Jamelia was back in Ballroom mode with a Viennese Waltz. During the week Jamelia trained really heard with her partner Tristan MacManus. Did it pay off on the night?

The dance: Jamelia floated around that ballroom like a princess tonight. It was one of her best efforts yet but we’re not sure it’ll keep her out of the bottom two.

The comments: Bruno said it had ‘great flow’ and ‘great movement’ but told her to work on extending her back. Craig said that Jamelia needs to work on her top line and told her she lost focus during the routine. Darcey said that Jamelia is stunning and told her to keep pushing away through the dizziness. Len said that Jamelia breezed through the dance and told her he could see that she’d worked on the footwork.

The score: 28 out of 40

Carol Kirkwood & Pasha Kovalev

Carol Kirkwood & Pasha Kovalev

Credit: BBC / Guy Levy

Weather presenter Carol Kirkwood was very lucky not to end up in the dance-off last week after a terrible Rumba. Clearly she’s a popular lady with the viewers but we think she really needs to up her game. During training Carol admitted she was scared of lifts but she worked to overcome them. Did Carol and her partner Pasha Kovalev deliver with their American Smooth tonight?

The dance: Erm we don’t really know what to say about that Carol. The routine was OK but she’s not upping her game at all. She’s way below the standard of the other contestants and it’s surely her time to go.

The comments: Craig said watching Carol was like watching a bumper car ride but told her it was a vast improvement over last weekend. Darcey said that she could see Carol’s confidence and intent but told her she needs to hold her focus. Len told Carol she needs to work on her footwork. Bruno said that Carol is consistent when it comes to not being able to dance.

The score: 17 out of 40

Helen George & Aljaz Skorjanec

Helen George & Aljaz Skorjanec

Credit: BBC / Guy Levy

Call the Midwife star Helen George had a very good week last week with her Mummy-themed routine. During the week Helen caught up with some friends and her partner Aljaz Skorjanec came along to teach them how to dance. Could Helen convince with a Rumba during tonight’s show?

The dance: That was one sexy Rumba! We’re not sure the singer had the vocal chops to tackle an Adele song but that aside Helen was pretty sensational tonight. Aljaz having his shirt open didn’t hurt either.

The comments: Darcey said she was transported into the love story of the routine. Len wasn’t happy and told Helen that it lacked enough basic Rumba. Bruno called Helen a ‘siren’ and told her that she entrapped him. Craig said that he loved the drama of the routine and disagreed with Len.

The score: 31 out of 40

Jay McGuiness & Aliona Vilani

Jay McGuiness & Aliona Vilani

Credit: BBC / Guy Levy

The Wanted star Jay McGuiness had the honour of doing the first Argentine Tango of the series tonight. After last week’s success, the pressure was on for Jay to get back to the form of his amazing Jive. During the week Aliona Vilani invited some experts to help Jay get into the routine. Did Jay soar to the top of the leaderboard tonight?

The dance: It was a strong performance but for us there was something lacking during that performance. We can’t quite put our finger on it but there was a bit of punch missing.

The comments: Len said it was a ‘polished’ performance but told Jay to let emotion come out from his face. Bruno said he could feel the routine and told Jay his lines were ‘picture perfect’. Craig agreed with Len that Jay needs to bring the acting forward and upset Bruno with his critique. Darcey said that Jay executes his moves to perfection but agreed with the judges that needs to bring the emotion out.

The score: 34 out of 40

Katie Derham & Anton du Beke

Katie Derham & Anton du Beke

Credit: BBC / Guy Levy

Katie Derham got a lot of criticism from the judges last weekend leaving her a bit deflated. She admitted that she knew it wasn’t a perfect performance but revealed that the judges had burst her bubble slightly. Tonight Katie and her partner Anton du Beke danced the Quickstep. Did she manage to impress?

The dance: That was definitely a lot better than last week. Katie is very inconsistent

The comments: Bruno said that the routine started off well but told her there were too many mistakes. Craig said the routine was ambitious and told her that she could have smashed it with more practice. Darcey said the routine suited Katie but it was too challenging. Len said the amount of steps and the speed of the routine made it difficult for Katie to pull it off but told her she gave a fantastic performance.

The score: 26 out of 40

Anita Rani & Gleb Savchenko

Anita Rani & Gleb Savchenko

Credit: BBC / Guy Levy

Anita Rani really wowed with her magical performance last week. She’s still our dark horse and we think she could win the show. Tonight Anita and her partner Gleb Savechenko danced the Jive. Did they keep up the high performance level?

The dance: That was a fun and energetic Jive. Anita really impresses with her energy and stamina. As for that moment when Gleb jumped and Anita clung to his legs as she dropped to the floor – WOW!

The comments: Craig said it was ‘fast, furious and energetic’ and that he loved the routine. Darcey said that Anita could have pointed her feet more but told her that it was ‘fab’. Len said it was ‘a full on dance’ and that he was ‘full of praise’. Bruno said that Anita was ‘on fire’ tonight.

The score: 34 out of 40

Kellie Bright & Kevin Clifton

Kellie Bright & Kevin Clifton

Credit: BBC / Guy Levy

Last week’s Harry Potter-themed Paso Doble received a mixed reaction from the judges but we loved it! Kellie Bright and her partner Kevin Clifton were taking things down a notch this week with a Waltz. During the week Kevin took Kellie to a tea dance to get her into the spirit. Did she win over the judges tonight?

The dance: Another beautiful routine from Kellie and Kevin tonight. We’re starting to think that Kellie could win the series this year. Stunning work!

The comments: Darcey said that Kellie has a strong core but criticised her right shoulder movements. Len said it was ‘full of charm, full of grace’ and told Kellie that she knew how to please him. Bruno said that Kellie gets tight sometimes but told her the performance was great. Craig said it was a lovely routine.

The score: 32 out of 40

Jeremy Vine & Karen Clifton

Jeremy Vine & Karen Clifton

Credit: BBC / Guy Levy

Jeremy Vine got his highest score from Craig last week for his Halloween Michael Jackson-themed routine. This week Jeremy and his partner Karen Clifton spent some time in his radio studio as they prepared for their Tango. Could Jeremy get an even higher score from Craig tonight?

The dance: Jeremy tried SO hard tonight and we could see that but it wasn’t his best performance. He struggled to keep up with Karen and his leg kicks were a bit limp. At least it was a fun routine!

The comments: Len said there’s always an anticipation when Jeremy dances calling the performance ‘wild, wacky and fun’. Bruno said ‘that’s how the West was lost’ and was booed by the audience. Craig said that dancing for Jeremy was like playing the lottery. Darcey said that Jeremy’s determination was fantastic and commended him for keeping a straight face.

The score: 21 out of 40

Georgia May Foote & Giovanni Pernice

Georgia May Foote & Giovanni Pernice

Credit: BBC / Guy Levy

Georgia May Foote leapt to the top of the leaderboard last week with her Ghostbusters themed Tango. Hoping to keep the momentum up, Georgia and her partner Giovanni Pernice were dancing a Samba tonight. During the week Georgia took Giovanni on a tour around Manchester. Did Georgia stay on top this week?

The dance: It’s such a shame that there was such a visible mistake in the middle of that routine. Until that point Georgia as doing fantastic but that is sure to affect her score tonight.

The comments: Bruno said it was another outstanding performance. Craig said that Georgia handled the speed of the dance very well. Darcey said that Georgia and Giovanni ate up the dancefloor and called the performance ‘fabulous’. Len said it was ‘hot and spicy’ telling Georgia she ‘killed it’.

The score: 35 out of 40

The leaderboard for the evening was:

Peter Andre & Janette Manrara – 38
Georgia May Foote & Giovanni Pernice – 35
Anita Rani & Gleb Savchenko – 34
Jay McGuiness & Aliona Vilani – 34
Kellie Bright & Kevin Clifton – 32
Helen George & Aljaz Skorjanec – 31
Jamelia & Tristan MacManus – 28
Katie Derham & Anton du Beke – 26
Jeremy Vine & Karen Clifton – 21
Carol Kirkwood & Pasha Kovalev – 17

Tune in to the Strictly Come Dancing 2015 results show tomorrow night at 7.15pm on BBC One. See all of the couples in rehearsals from earlier today in our gallery below:

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