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Laura Whitmore tops Strictly Come Dancing leaderboard

Laura Whitmore tops Strictly Come Dancing leaderboard

Laura Whitmore and Giovanni Pernice topped the leaderboard after making a triumphant return to 'Strictly Come Dancing'.

The 31-year-old television personality and her professional partner raked in an impressive 36 points on Saturday night's (29.10.16) show after she was forced to miss last weekend's performance due to an ankle injury.

Impressing the judges with a Halloween tango to The Rolling Stones' 'Paint It Black', Len told the dancing duo: "It was sharp, full of passion and great chemistry between the two of you."

Gymnast Claudia Fragapane and her partner AJ Pritchard jointly topped the leaderboard with their American Smooth to 'Black Magic'.

Praising their performance, Craig said: "I thought the whole thing was dynamic. Well done!"

Anastasia and Brendan Cole didn't have as good a week, taking last place in the leaderboard after their jive to 'Bat Out Of Hell' fell short of expectations.

Whilst Craig gave the pair a four, Bruno praised the singer for giving it all she had.

He said: "I love when somebody gives all they've got. The jive is about the sharpness of the kicks and the flicks and it has to be absolutely pin sharp. Performance wise though, a treat."

Whilst his performances have put him top of the leaderboard for two weeks running, sports presenter Ore Oduba missed out on the hat-trick this week with his charleston dressed as a creepy sweet shop owner to 'I Want Candy'.

Darcey told him and his partner Joanne Clifton: "It was sweet, crispy, it was cheeky and neat. I feel like you have springs built into your shoes. It's fantastic. You don't tire at all; it's amazing."

Whilst Len added: "I was amazed by the intricacy of some of the steps. I can't agree with Craig; the charleston I saw was fantastic."

Louise Redknapp opened the show with a charleston, dressing up as 'Suicide Squad's Harley Quinn whilst her dancing partner Kevin Clifton played The Joker.

Len told them: "100 per cent, so animated. That was a comic book charleston. I thought the routine was Dandy. You were Marvel and it was more fun than a Beano."

'Strictly Come Dancing' continues on Sunday evening (29.10.16) on BBC One.