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Strictly Come Dancing: Tony Adams gets Halloween special underway with a ‘shocking’ display as hard-to-please judges heap praise on flat-footed former footballer and ballroom partner Katya Jones

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

First up to dance were Tony Adams and his partner Katya Jones 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. 

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.   

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’. 

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

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 performing a Rumba.

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

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’

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. 

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'

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'

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’

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.

See also  Crown Princess Mary of Denmark and family celebrate Christmas in Tasmania

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 .

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