Couples enjoy swing-a-thon battle

This Is Lancashire: Anya Garnis and Patrick Robinson performing during rehearsals for the BBC programme Strictly Come Dancing Anya Garnis and Patrick Robinson performing during rehearsals for the BBC programme Strictly Come Dancing

It was each couple for themselves in Strictly Come Dancing as the contestants did dance battle in the swing-a-thon.

Mixing the lindy hop, jive and jitterbug, all six couples elbowed for space and a place in the semi-finals together on the dance floor following their own routines.

Cartwheeling former Corrie star Natalie Gumede and Artem Chigvintsev were the last pair standing as the judges knocked out their rivals.

Casualty actor Patrick Robinson and partner Anya Garnis won silver in the swing-a-thon and ended the night joint top leaders of the table.

Earlier they had performed a steamy rumba to the sound of Bruno Mars' When I Was Your Man, which provoked a mixed reaction.

"This is a ballroom not a bedroom, it was a little bit full on," Len Goodman complained, but Darcey Bussell lavished their performance with full marks.

"You were in control of your lady," she told the 50-year-old actor before dishing out a 10. "The tension and the focus you gave Anya was like none of us even existed in this room - I Ioved it."

Things were looking much less promising for Susanna Reid and Kevin Clifton, who were left bottom of the table after their tango to Michael Jackson's Smooth Criminal failed to impress.

"I feel that I was in a different dance to the one the judges were watching because I felt so kind of intense about it," she said.

The BBC Breakfast presenter and her partner were also the first to be booted off the swing-a-thon, leaving their chances of going further in the competition up in the air.

Sophie Ellis-Bextor played the mannequin as she performed a tango to Madonna hit Material Girl in her latest Strictly Come Dancing performance.

In order to prepare for the part, partner Brendan Cole persuaded her to practise by standing in the window of London store Harvey Nichols.

Meanwhile, Abbey Clancy celebrated her footballer husband Peter Crouch's win with Stoke City over Chelsea by performing to the club's anthem - Tom Jones's Delilah.

After her Viennese waltz, Bruno Tonioli told the Liverpudlian model: "You look like a movie star, you dance like a goddess."

Opening the show with a salsa, Hollyoaks actor Ashley Taylor Dawson and Ola Jordan scored another 35 with a risky routine which put the petite blonde's physical well-being on the line.

"I thought that if the timing went wrong you would be decapitated Ola," Darcey told the dancer.

Sunday's results show will feature a performance by girl group The Saturdays.

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