Strictly 2021: Tom Fletcher and Amy Dowden wow the judges with 'superbly executed' Paso Doble


Tom Fletcher and Amy Dowden wowed the judges with their latest dance during Saturday’s episode of Strictly, scoring an impressive 38, after a disappointing performance last week. 

The McFly star, 36, and his professional partner, 31, took to the dance floor to perform a Paso Doble to Amparito Roca by Jaime Texidor after making it through to the half-point in the competition. 

Judges Shirley Ballas, Motsi Mabuse, Anton Du Beke and Craig Revel Horwood gave gushing feedback with hard-to-please Craig saying: ‘That was amazing, I have never seen such a good Paso Doble from a male at this stage.’

Amazing: Tom Fletcher and Amy Dowden wowed the judges with their latest dance during Saturday's episode of Strictly Come Dancing, scoring an impressive 38, after a disappointing performance last week

Amazing: Tom Fletcher and Amy Dowden wowed the judges with their latest dance during Saturday’s episode of Strictly Come Dancing, scoring an impressive 38, after a disappointing performance last week

Motsi added: ‘Today for me it came together, such a strong performance from you after last week, you had such a strong character I loved it so much.’

Shirley also gave positive feedback saying: ‘Your foot positions closed perfectly, you executed it superbly’, before Anton added: ‘Amy that was brilliant choreography, well done to both of you.’ 

Speaking afterwards Tom said: ‘I think I really like this dance, its been so much fun, I loved it, the choreography was amazing.’ 

Stars: The McFly star, 36, and his professional partner, 31, took to the dance floor to perform a Paso Doble to Amparito Roca by Jaime Texidor after making it through to the half-point in the competition

Stars: The McFly star, 36, and his professional partner, 31, took to the dance floor to perform a Paso Doble to Amparito Roca by Jaime Texidor after making it through to the half-point in the competition

Good job: Judges Shirley Ballas, Motsi Mabuse, Anton Du Beke and Craig Revel Horwood gave gushing feedback with hard-to-please Craig saying: 'That was amazing, I have never seen such a good Paso Doble from a male at this stage'

Good job: Judges Shirley Ballas, Motsi Mabuse, Anton Du Beke and Craig Revel Horwood gave gushing feedback with hard-to-please Craig saying: ‘That was amazing, I have never seen such a good Paso Doble from a male at this stage’

They scored a whopping 38, with two tens from Shirley and Motsi, which is their highest score yet.     

Elsewhere John Whaite and his professional dance partner Johannes Radebe performed a lively Rumba to Sting’s Shape Of My Heart.  

Craig was impressed, saying: ‘I will teach my fiancé this for my wedding dance, I thought it was absolutely gorgeous, you could have a straighter leg but I totally loved it it was brilliant.’

Motsi said: ‘I felt like there was just the two of you and me. It was so subtle and sensitive it was great to watch.’

Shirley added: ‘I felt moved and quite emotional really, your precision is amazing, you stripped it down and it was great.’

Happy: Speaking afterwards Tom said: 'I think I really like this dance, its been so much fun, I loved it, the choreography was amazing'

Happy: Speaking afterwards Tom said: ‘I think I really like this dance, its been so much fun, I loved it, the choreography was amazing’

Speaking after the dance and holding back tears, John said: ‘I didn’t think I would get the chance to do this dance, I was so emotional at the start of the week, this dance is about mutual respect and the movement and to do it with this man is amazing.’ 

They scored an impressive 35, the highest Rumba of the series.   

Elsewhere Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice danced the Samba to Cinema Italiano by Kate Hudson, impressing the judges yet again. 

Anton said in his feedback: ‘It was one of your most nervous performances but you came into your own half way through, other than that good job.

Craig added: ‘It looked so natural on you, it could have had more fluidity, but how you do that one and two step is so good, you amaze me’, while Motsi said: ‘You have such confidence in you Latin dances.’

Rose said after the performance: ‘I didn’t love the Samba to be honest, but I didn’t understand what I was struggling with so it was hard!’

The pair scored an impressive 32, being given eights from each judge.  

Here we go: Elsewhere Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice danced the Samba to Cinema Italiano by Kate Hudson , impressing the judges yet again

Here we go: Elsewhere Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice danced the Samba to Cinema Italiano by Kate Hudson , impressing the judges yet again

Yay! The pair scored an impressive 32, being given eights from each judge

Yay! The pair scored an impressive 32, being given eights from each judge

Next Adam Peaty and Katya Jones danced the Jive to Little Bitty Pretty One by Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers. 

The Olympic swimmer made several footwork mistakes during the routine – which was set in an American diner – that the judges picked up on.

Shirley said: ‘You had a beautiful postural stance, but you did make an error and that did make you hesitant to get those kicks up again.’ 

Stars: Adam Peaty and Katya Jones danced the Jive to Little Bitty Pretty One by Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers

Stars: Adam Peaty and Katya Jones danced the Jive to Little Bitty Pretty One by Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers

Oh dear: The Olympic swimmer made several footwork mistakes during the routine - which was set in an American diner - that the judges picked up on

Oh dear: The Olympic swimmer made several footwork mistakes during the routine – which was set in an American diner – that the judges picked up on

Making a funny inuendo Anton said: ‘You were looking to her for all the, you were up on your balls beautifully, you did make the mistakes but overall good effort and energy.’

Craig said: ‘The mistakes put you completely out of time and you just lost the rhythm, but I did like your kicks and flicks.’

They scored 27 for the dance.  

Up next Rhys Stephenson and his pro partner Nancy Xu performed a Quickstep to What A Man Gotta Do by The Jonas Brothers. They scored a respectable 34. 

Feedback: Making a funny inuendo Anton said: 'You were looking to her for all the, you were up on your balls beautifully, you did make the mistakes but overall good effort and energy'

Feedback: Making a funny inuendo Anton said: ‘You were looking to her for all the, you were up on your balls beautifully, you did make the mistakes but overall good effort and energy’

Motsi: ‘It’s all about that rhythm and you did amazing!’, before Shirley said: ‘You are a natural dancer and when you are out of hold it’s great but you need to work on the stance out of hold but you are a force to be reckoned with.’ 

Tilly Ramsey and Nikita Kuzmin spiced up the dancefloor with a Tango to Kings & Queens by Ava Max. They scored an impressive 31. 

Dan Walker and Nadiya Bychkova danced a Couple’s Choice to Classic by MKTO. 

It comes after insiders claimed to The Mail On Sunday that AJ and Kai are an item. 

A source on the BBC One show said AJ and Kai had made no effort to keep a secret of the fact that they had fallen for each other during intense, gruelling training sessions.   

However, they haven’t been struck by the show’s infamous ‘curse’ because both of them are single. 

Star: Up next Rhys Stephenson and his pro partner Nancy Xu performed a Quickstep to What A Man Gotta Do by The Jonas Brothers

Star: Up next Rhys Stephenson and his pro partner Nancy Xu performed a Quickstep to What A Man Gotta Do by The Jonas Brothers

Kai who made his Strictly debut this year, is said to have been ‘floored’ by his partner, who is best known for co-hosting Channel 5’s spin-off Big Brother’s Bit On The Side.

In an audio clip on Strictly’s Instagram account recorded after a performance, Mr Widdrington, who once turned down a football career with Southampton, was heard whispering: ‘I love you, I love you so much.’

The source said: ‘Kai thinks AJ is sexy. They have this lovely romance going on, things have definitely changed in the last week or so and they are inseparable, not just as dance partners but away from that, too.  

‘It’s nice to see a Strictly romance where there is no curse, just two people who have fallen head over heels for each other.

Dance: Tilly Ramsey and Nikita Kuzmin spiced up the dancefloor with a Tango to Kings & Queens by Ava Max. They scored an impressive 31

Dance: Tilly Ramsey and Nikita Kuzmin spiced up the dancefloor with a Tango to Kings & Queens by Ava Max. They scored an impressive 31

‘Those involved in the show have been watching this closely over the weeks and have thought this was always on the cards. It’s lovely.’

AJ admitted last week that they had ‘chemistry’, adding: ‘There is a lot of passion… a lot of romance, it’s thrilling.’

A Strictly spokesman declined to comment on their relationship.  

Strictly Week 7 Song and Dance List

AJ & Kai – Charleston, Don’t Bring Lulu by Dorothy Provine, Pinky, The Girls

Rose & Giovanni – Samba, Cinema Italiano by Kate Hudson 

Sara & Aljaz – Quickstep – 9 To 5 by Dolly Parton 

Tilly & Nikita – Tango – Kings & Queens by Ava Max 

Adam & Katya – Jive –  Little Bitty Pretty One by Frankie Lymon & The Teenager 

Dan & Nadiya – Couple’s Choice – Classic by MKTO

John & Johannes – Rumba – Shape Of My Heart by Sting

Rhys & Nancy – Quickstep – What A Man Gotta Do by Jonas Brothers

Tom & Amy – Paso Doble – Amparito Roca by Jaime Texidor

 

Rose, 26, and Giovanni, 31, catapulted to the top of the leaderboard last week after getting the earliest ever perfect score awarded in the dance contest’s history.

The EastEnders actress and her professional partner left the judges gobsmacked after they took to the floor with a sexy Tango to Ed Sheeran’s new track, Shivers, for the Halloween special. 

Rose, the show’s first deaf contestant, gave it her all on the dance floor on Saturday night and the couple nailed the flawless tango, filled with fancy footwork, ‘out of this world’ technique and plenty of attitude.

The incredible dance left head judge Shirley Ballas and Motsi Mabuse on their feet, while Craig Revel Horwood simply said that Rose ‘smashed it’. 

Much to Rose and Giovanni’s delight, Anton Du Beke said: ‘I’ve written a few things down, and they all basically say perfect. Congratulations!’

While Shirley gushed: ‘You are absolutely brilliant! One of the best parts of that tango is how you keep your body closed and your head to the right and that little extra shoulder that went in. Wasn’t she fabulous darling.’

Meanwhile, a particularly excited Motsi said: ‘I’ve been sitting and judging for 14 years, I’ve been a couple of numbers, but this one will remain epic. This was absolutely one amazing dance.

‘From the beginning, your acting skills, the way you two dance together, the technique in the dance, this was out of this world!’

Rose was dubbed the ‘Queen of the tango’ by Tess Daly, while the judges were true to their praise and each awarded the couple 10 marks, giving them a total of 40 – the earliest a perfect score has ever been given out in the show’s history. 

Rose recently opened up about representing the deaf community, telling Metro: ‘It’s amazing, when I was a child, I never grew up seeing anyone like me on telly.

‘It could be a really isolating place for a Deaf person, so I feel like if being on Strictly can change somebody’s life, it can happen – because there are some parents out there with a Deaf child and they’re like, ‘Oh, what do I do?’

‘Then they see me on the telly and think, ‘Oh it’s not that bad, they can actually do what a hearing child can do.’ That’s why I feel really good doing that.’ 

Strictly Come Dancing aired on Saturday 6th November at 6:45pm, with the results show on Sunday 7th November at 7:15pm on BBC One. 

Fun: Dan Walker and Nadiya Bychkova danced a Couple's Choice to Classic by MKTO

Fun: Dan Walker and Nadiya Bychkova danced a Couple’s Choice to Classic by MKTO

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