Strictly Come Dancing 2013 week five: who are the ones to watch?

Sophie Ellis Bextor underwhelmed while Fiona Fullerton found her dancing feet - so who are the ones to watch now?

What a difference a week makes, eh?


Last night’s Strictly Come Dancing might just have been a game changer. Just when we thought we knew who was going to salsa to the top of the scoreboard or trip up on their tango, the celebrities did the unexpected.

While certain contestants failed to make the grade, week five’s live show was a night punctuated by standing ovations from the audience as the Strictly’s underdogs exceeded expectations.

Natalie and Abbey retained their places at the top of the leader board.  Even Artem’s newly broken nose and Natalie’s back injury from last week wasn’t going to hold them back from performing a near perfect Samba.

While Susanna’s American smooth made sure she was back up towards the top of the leader board where she belongs, Sophie, who reigned victorious last week, found herself in fourth after an underwhelming cha-cha.

When it came to the boys, a wrist injury landed Patrick in joint fifth, while last week’s success story Ben Cohen was back to the bottom of the pile.

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But the real shocks came from Strictly’s underachievers. Deborah surprised the viewing public and the judges by performing her socks off. The Dragon’s business themed Viennese Waltz got the studio audience on their feet and saw her get a respectable 27 points from the judges.

Former Bond girl Fiona Fullerton finally found her rhythm too and performed an impressive quickstep which saw her fly up the leader board.

Forget being bottom place in week four, this week Fiona found herself tied with Sophie. Anton “I’ve not had an 8 since 1972” du Beke was clearly pleased to have unlocked Fiona’s potential – He’s been booted off early in the last few series so he’s bound to try everything in his box of dancing tricks to stay in this year.

Who are the ones to watch now?

Fiona Fullerton – the former bond girl seems to have found her stride and with Anton desperate to stay in the competition you can expect more from this pair. Next week’s performance will be key though – her elegant quickstep could have been a fluke…

Susanna Reid – the BBC Breakfast presenter was back on form after last week’s Shakira-style routine. She seems so happy and at home on the dancefloor, we predict big things for her.

Ashley Taylor Dawson – you can’t really fault the Hollyoaks star. He’s got natural flair and rhythmn, and you can’t deny he looks good on the dance floor. Even if he wobbles in the coming weeks, Hollyoaks fans are sure to keep him in.

Natalie Gumede – is there nothing this girl can’t dance? Natalie consistantly pulls near-perfection out of the bag. She’s made it over the 35 point mark before. All she needs to do now is do it again…

And who might we not see much more of?

Rachel Riley – she was saved from the bottom two last week but her wooden Paso Doble might just land her in the danger zone again.

Dave Myers – his  fruity salsa was (sort of) fun to watch, but technically, you can’t get much worse. Unless the public pick up their phones his days might be numbered.

Deborah Meaden – she might have impressed with her Viennese waltz but it’s clear dancing doesn’t come naturally to her. Chances are she’ll be back in her Dragon’s chair before too long.



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