Holby City star Joe McFadden has been backed to win Strictly Come Dancing after he impressed judges and viewers alike with a quickstep on Saturday night’s show.
The actor and dance partner Katya Jones scored 38 for the 1920s-inspired routine to Jumpin’ Jack by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, with head judge Shirley Ballas labelling it “perfect” and raising her 10 paddle.
Bruno Tonioli also scored them a 10, adding “everything was absolutely spot on”.
Previously labelled a dark horse by Ballas, McFadden’s increasingly improved performances have seen him backed as a series winner by viewers on social media.
@AACattanach posted on Twitter: “Standing ovation for @mrjoemcfadden and @Mrs_katjones for what could be their signature dance that sees them to the final. I’m convinced. Joe to win.”
@Tim_A_Roberts wrote: “Joe has gone from dark horse to contender.”
@MoiraAngus tweeted: “If @mrjoemcfadden does not win I’ll eat the dog’s lead well I’ll give it a chew at least. He’s by far the best dancer who came into the show with no ‘previous’.”
@Stuart_Miles wrote: “That @mrjoemcfadden always makes me smile with his infectious grin, great scores tonight…yay!! #Strictly2017 Think he could win it.”
@Daniel_Reilly1 posted: “Never thought Joe would be a contender to win, but he’s been getting consistently better every week.”
There was room for improvement however, with Craig Revel Horwood and Darcey Bussell only scoring McFadden nine apiece.