Strictly Come Dancing returned to screens for its Halloween Special on Saturday, as the 11 remaining celebrities took to the dance floor with their pro partners for the sixth week this series. 

Tyler West and Dianne Buswell joined Ellie Taylor and Johannes Radebe at the top of the leaderboard with both couples scoring an impressive 35, while James Bye and Amy Dowden came bottom with 27. 

Elsewhere Tony Adams and his partner Katya Jones wowed with a Western-style Quickstep – which proved to be by far their best performance yet – scoring 31 – after being bottom of the leaderboard last week.  

Wow! Tyler West and Dianne Buswell (pictured) joined Ellie Taylor and Johannes Radebe at the top of the leaderboard with both couples scoring an impressive 35 during Saturday night’s Halloween Special

Kiss FM DJ Tyler impressed the judges alongside his professional partner Dianne, 33, with a Cha Cha to Day-O (The Banana Boat Song) by Tanz Orchester Klaus Hallen.

Anton said in his feedback: ‘This is such a hard dance, I thought that was brilliant, it’s one of the best Cha Cha’s I have seen on this show.’ 

Craig added: ‘You need to go more on a straight leg, but I loved it, it was a wonderful performance’, before Shirley said: ‘Listen that was a very juicy, the body rhythm was great, it had a good core and rotation, but for me it was quite enough on Halloween!’

Amazing! Elsewhere Tony Adams and his partner Katya Jones wowed with a Western-style Quickstep - which proved to be by far their best performance yet - scoring 31 - after being bottom of the leader board last week

Amazing! Elsewhere Tony Adams and his partner Katya Jones wowed with a Western-style Quickstep – which proved to be by far their best performance yet – scoring 31 – after being bottom of the leader board last week

They scored an impressive 35, with a ten from Anton.

They came joint top of the leaderboard with Ellie and Johannes with their Couple’s Choice dance as they closed the show. 

The judges were impressed with Craig saying: ‘You have gone the full hog, you were just ahead of the tempo but it was one of your best dances’. Motsi then said it was her favourite dance.

Well done: They came joint top of the leaderboard with Ellie Taylor and Johannes Radebe with their Couple's Choice dance as they closed the show

Well done: They came joint top of the leaderboard with Ellie Taylor and Johannes Radebe with their Couple’s Choice dance as they closed the show

Pleased: The judges were impressed with Craig saying: 'You have gone the full hog, you were just ahead of the tempo but it was one of your best dances'. Motsi then said it was her favourite dance

Pleased: The judges were impressed with Craig saying: ‘You have gone the full hog, you were just ahead of the tempo but it was one of your best dances’. Motsi then said it was her favourite dance

STRICTLY COME DANCING: WEEK 6 LEADERBOARD 

Tyler West and Dianne Buswell – Cha Cha Cha: 35 

Ellie Taylor and Johannes Radebe – Couple’s Choice: 35

Kym Marsh and Graziano Di Prima – Rumba: 34 

Molly Rainford and Carlos Gu – Argentine Tango: 33

Hamza Yassin and Jowita Przystał – Tango : 33 

Fleur East and Vito Coppola – Salsa: 32 

Helen Skelton and Gorka Márquez – Foxtrot: 32 

Will Mellor and Nancy Xu – Cha Cha Cha: 32 

Tony Adams and Katya Jones – Quickstep: 31

Ellie Simmonds and Nikita Kuzmin – Foxtrot: 29

James Bye and Amy Dowden – Charleston : 27 

 

 

Shirley added: ‘It was very intense, you put a spell on me, it was my favourite Ioved it well done.’ Anton added: ‘That was by far your best dance of the series.’ They scored an incredible 35, topping the leaderboard with Tyler and Dianne.  

At the other end of the scale were James Bye and his partner Amy Dowden who performed a bee-themed Charleston. Their fun-filled routine was full of laughter and lifts but failed to win over the judges.

The judges had mixed reviews, with Motsi saying: ‘It was fun and you were more loose but next you need more musicality.’ 

Scenes: Kiss FM DJ Tyler wowed the judges alongside his professional partner Dianne, 33, with a Cha Cha to Day-O (The Banana Boat Song) by Tanz Orchester Klaus Hallen

Scenes: Kiss FM DJ Tyler wowed the judges alongside his professional partner Dianne, 33, with a Cha Cha to Day-O (The Banana Boat Song) by Tanz Orchester Klaus Hallen

All smiles: Anton said: 'This is such a hard dance, I thought that was brilliant, it's one of the best Cha Cha's I have seen on this show'. They scored an impressive 35, with a ten from Anton

All smiles: Anton said: ‘This is such a hard dance, I thought that was brilliant, it’s one of the best Cha Cha’s I have seen on this show’. They scored an impressive 35, with a ten from Anton

Show: Craig added: 'You need to go more on a straight leg, but I loved it, it was a wonderful performance', before Shirley said: 'Listen that was a very juicy, the body rhythm was great, it had a good core and rotation, but for me it was quite enough on Halloween!'

Show: Craig added: ‘You need to go more on a straight leg, but I loved it, it was a wonderful performance’, before Shirley said: ‘Listen that was a very juicy, the body rhythm was great, it had a good core and rotation, but for me it was quite enough on Halloween!’

Here we go: At the other end of the scale were James Bye and his partner Amy Dowden who performed a bee-themed Charleston. Their fun-filled routine was full of laughter and lifts but failed to win over the judges

Average: The judges had mixed reviews, with Motsi saying: ‘It was fun and you were more loose but next you need more musicality.’ They scored a total of 27

Shirley added: ‘The concept and technique were all better, now you need to work on different energies to make it more bright and alight.’

Anton said: ‘The lifts were very strong, you threw Amy down a bit but it was a bit throw away, your work was good but I don’t see the finish of it all, but a good effort.’

Craig added: ‘You need to dance more between your lifts but it was good’. They scored a total of 27.

Meanwhile Tony and Katya scored their highest numbers since the start of the competition six weeks ago, as they took to the floor first  

Nice: Meanwhile Tony and Katya scored their highest numbers since the start of the competition six weeks ago, as they took to the floor first

The judges were impressed with his performance, with Shirley saying: ‘Who would have thought it that you would bring that kind of performance. The footwork was lovely, you shocked me!’

Anton added: ‘You are unrecognisable! You were stuck as being perceived as the one who couldn’t dance but you are a proper dancer, I loved it!’, before Craig added: ‘Welcome Tony to the ballroom! You had style and story.’

Motsi said: ‘What a surprise and what hard work wow!’. The pair received a total of 31.   

Wow: The judges were impressed with his performance, with Shirley saying: 'Who would have thought it that you would bring that kind of performance. The footwork was lovely, you shocked me!'

Wow: The judges were impressed with his performance, with Shirley saying: ‘Who would have thought it that you would bring that kind of performance. The footwork was lovely, you shocked me!’

Thrilled: Motsi said: 'What a surprise and what hard work wow!'. The pair received a total of 31 and looked thrilled afterwards

Thrilled: Motsi said: ‘What a surprise and what hard work wow!’. The pair received a total of 31 and looked thrilled afterwards

Happy: Anton added: 'You are unrecognisable! You were stuck as being perceived as the one who couldn't dance but you are a proper dancer, I loved it!', before Craig added: 'Welcome Tony to the ballroom! You had style and story'

Happy: Anton added: ‘You are unrecognisable! You were stuck as being perceived as the one who couldn’t dance but you are a proper dancer, I loved it!’, before Craig added: ‘Welcome Tony to the ballroom! You had style and story’

Will Mellor and Nancy Xu were next up with a Cha Cha Cha. The judges lauded his dance with Anton saying it was ‘much better than last week’. 

Craig added: ‘I loved the hop action and body rolls, I liked the stylisation I think you did a magnificent job, the choreography was fantastic!’, while Shirley and Motsi were equally as impressed with the ‘entertaining’ dance.

They scored an impressive 32, with all eights from the four judges.

Next up to perform were Kym Marsh and her partner Graziano Di Prima, with the couple taking on the difficult Rumba.

Stars: The 20th series of Strictly is once again hosted by Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman, with Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse and Anton Du Beke returning as judges

The judges loved the dance, with Craig saying: ‘Your balance was on it, from week one this is immaculate!’, before Motsi adding: ‘That was stunning, I see you presence, I see you trying, there were some difficult things there and I see a real transformation.’

Shirley said: ‘Let me tell you that was beautiful, it was stunning, it had power and softness, creativity, character and a storyline, you were fantastic!’ 

Anton added: ‘You are back on form! Amazing! They scored an incredible 34, with two nines from Shirley and Anton. 

Good job: Will Mellor and Nancy Xu were next up with a Cha Cha Cha. The judges lauded his dance with Anton saying it was ‘much better than last week’

Nice one! They scored an impressive 32, with all eights from the four judges, with Craig saying: ‘I loved the hop action and body rolls’

Molly Rainford and Carlos Gu were next with an Argentine Tango to a Kate Bush classic of Running Up That Hill – after being in the dance off last week. 

They wowed the judges, with Shirley saying: ‘It was drama and passion and everything in between. You cam back from the dance off strong, the timing was immaculate, I loved it!’

Anton added: ‘You are so clean, I love watching you dance, it lacked a bit of intensity to make it a showstopper but it was amazing.’ 

Craig was less impressed, saying: ‘I felt like you were dancing two different dances, it was a bit ugly.’ They scored 33, with three nines and a six from Craig.

Challenge: Next up to perform were Kym Marsh and her partner Graziano Di Prima, with the couple taking on the difficult Rumba

Amazing: Shirley said: 'Let me tell you that was beautiful, it was stunning, it had power and softness, creativity, character and a storyline, you were fantastic!' They scored an incredible 34, with two nines from Shirley and Anton

Amazing: Shirley said: ‘Let me tell you that was beautiful, it was stunning, it had power and softness, creativity, character and a storyline, you were fantastic!’ They scored an incredible 34, with two nines from Shirley and Anton

Stunning: Kym looked incredible in a black dress and wig while Graziano had white face paint on

Stunning: Kym looked incredible in a black dress and wig while Graziano had white face paint on

Here they are! Molly Rainford and Carlos Gu were next with an Argentine Tango to a Kate Bush classic of Running Up That Hill – after being in the dance off last week

Praise: They wowed the judges, with Shirley saying: ‘It was drama and passion and everything in between. You cam back from the dance off strong, the timing was immaculate, I loved it!’

Next up were Helen Skelton and her partner Gorka Marquez with a Foxtrot. Craig said: ‘Your frame needs work, I can see the mechanics of it and you don’t want to see that but it had a nice flow.’

Motsi said: ‘I adore watching you dance and your dancing is getting stronger. I get final vibes off you.’ 

Shirley added: ‘Slow and steady always wins the race, you give us more of your soul each week, you feel more comfortable, moving forward you need to finish every part of you.’ She got a score of 32.

Next up were Hamza Yassin and Jowita Jowita Przystal with a terrifying Tango – which got good feedback.

Motsi said after the dance: ‘You always make me feel happy, the way you move your spine is incredible. Shirley added: ‘The choreography was very complicated and you had some very fast feet. But you are an absolute King.’

Beauty: Next up were Helen Skelton and her partner Gorka Marquez with a Foxtrot. Craig said: ‘Your frame needs work, I can see the mechanics of it and you don’t want to see that but it had a nice flow.’

Feedback: Shirley added: 'Slow and steady always wins the race, you give us more of your soul each week, you feel more comfortable, moving forward you need to finish every part of you.' She got a score of 32

Feedback: Shirley added: ‘Slow and steady always wins the race, you give us more of your soul each week, you feel more comfortable, moving forward you need to finish every part of you.’ She got a score of 32

Beauty: Helen looked elegant in a sweeping red dress while Gorka wore a suit with fur detailing on it

Beauty: Helen looked elegant in a sweeping red dress while Gorka wore a suit with fur detailing on it

Anton added: ‘You move across the floor with power normally, but this wasn’t your best sorry!’ They scored 33 overall. 

Next up were Fleur East and her partner Vito Coppola with a very energetic Salsa to Beyonce’s hit Break My Soul. 

Shirley said: ‘It was extremely powerful, you had a great connection together but I would like to see more finesse, but there is no disputing your power and drive. Anton added: ‘It’s incredible to watch, it was on the cusp but going too far, it was great but just be aware.’

Craig added: It was just a bit messy for me, there was no elegance it needs to be more smooth, but you have some power and that was incredible.’ Motsi was more positive and said it was good to see a powerful woman on the dance floor. The scored a total of 32.

Power: Next up were Fleur East and her partner Vito Coppola with a very energetic Salsa to Beyonce's hit Break My Soul

Power: Next up were Fleur East and her partner Vito Coppola with a very energetic Salsa to Beyonce’s hit Break My Soul

Next up were Ellie Simmonds and her partner Nikita Kuzmin with a Foxtrot.

The feedback was mixed, with Anton saying: ‘It was amazing, your footwork was immaculate and impeccable, work on the bits in between the steps now!’

Craig: ‘It was very stop and start and that annoyed me, it lost flow, it wasn’t my favourite it was slightly boring.’ Motsi added: ‘You hold was better and there was a definite improvement.’

Shirley said: ‘You did a beautiful heel toe and I wanted to see more of that, but this is the difficult dance and you executed it well.’ They scored an average 29 overall.

Judges: Shirley said: 'It was extremely powerful, you had a great connection together but I would like to see more finesse, but there is no disputing your power and drive.' The scored a total of 32

Judges: Shirley said: ‘It was extremely powerful, you had a great connection together but I would like to see more finesse, but there is no disputing your power and drive.’ The scored a total of 32

Fun: Next up were Ellie Simmonds and her partner Nikita Kuzmin with a Scooby Doo themed Foxtrot

Fun: Next up were Ellie Simmonds and her partner Nikita Kuzmin with a Scooby Doo themed Foxtrot

Tough crowd: The feedback was mixed, with Anton saying: 'It was amazing, your footwork was immaculate and impeccable, work on the bits in between the steps now!' They scored 29

Tough crowd: The feedback was mixed, with Anton saying: ‘It was amazing, your footwork was immaculate and impeccable, work on the bits in between the steps now!’ They scored 29

It comes after Week Five saw wildlife presenter Hamza and broadcaster Helen finish in joint first place on the leaderboard with their stellar routines to celebrate the BBC’s 100th Anniversary. 

But it was the end of the road for comedian Jayde Adams, who became the fourth star to be eliminated after going head-to-head with Molly Rainford in the dance-off.

After both couples performed again, the judges voted to save Molly and her professional partner Carlos Gu, meaning Jayde and Karen were sent home.

Following on from last week’s public vote, the pressure is well and truly on to get their steps right as the phone lines will once again open after the show for fans to vote for their favourite routines. 

Taking to the floor: Next up were Hamza Yassin and Jowita Jowita Przystal with a terrifying Tango – which got good feedback

This week, the remaining pairs take to the dancefloor with spooktacular Halloween-inspired performances, in a bid to survive the next public vote, after last weeks’ episode celebrated 100 years of the BBC, with special dances honouring a number of popular shows from the broadcaster.

The 20th series of Strictly is once again hosted by Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman, with Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse and Anton Du Beke returning as judges.

Alongside this, the Strictly spin-off It Takes Two is back on screens during the week to ensure you get your strictly fix, hosted by Rylan Clark and former professional dancer Janette Manrara .

Mixed: Motsi said after the dance: ‘You always make me feel happy, the way you move your spine is incredible. Shirley added: ‘The choreography was very complicated and you had some very fast feet. But you are an absolute King’

Anton added: 'You move across the floor with power normally, but this wasn't your best sorry!' They scored 33 overall

Anton added: ‘You move across the floor with power normally, but this wasn’t your best sorry!’ They scored 33 overall



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