Night of doubles for 'Strictly' contestants

It was a night of doubles at tonight's 'Strictly Come Dancing' semi-final - two dances for each contestant, twice the effort, and two dancers who got full marks for the first time this series.

It was a night of doubles at tonight's 'Strictly Come Dancing' semi-final - two dances for each contestant, twice the effort, and two dancers who got full marks for the first time this series.

Chelsee Healey and Jason Donovan sizzled their way to the full 40 points with two Latin numbers as the five remaining contestants battled for a place in next week's final in Blackpool by taking on two different dances rather than the usual one.

Healey performed a passionate pasodoble with partner Pasha Kovalev in her second dance of the night, giving the Spanish music typically played at bullfights an additional flamenco twist.

Notoriously tough judge Craig Revel Horwood described the Waterloo Road star's performance as "gob-smackingly good" before giving her a rare 10.

Bruno Tonioli gushed even more than usual, saying: "I could feel the continuous, relentless flow of heat, pressure and steam. It was like the build-up of a storm in the scorching plain of Andalusia."

Alesha Dixon told Healey she deserved a place in the final, saying: "I'm a little bit speechless. Honestly honey, I don't think you realise how good you are."

Not to be outdone, Jason Donovan also managed a full 40 points as he performed an Argentine tango with his professional partner Kristina Rihanoff.

After scoring 34 with a Samba to the sound of Michael Jackson's 'Blame It On The Boogie' first, the Aussie heartthrob took full advantage of his second shake of the bones to put himself in a prime position to reach the final.

Head judge Len Goodman made it clear Donovan is now shaping up as a frontrunner, saying: "If you're going to do your best dance of the series, when better than the semi final?"

Dixon said Donovan owned the dance, Revel Horwood described his performance as "incredible", while for Tonioli it was "ferocious".

Aside from Healey and Donovan's full scores, McFly drummer Harry Judd also put in high-scoring performances during the close-run semi-final.

Judd only just missed out on becoming the first dancer to get a full score in the first dance of the night as he and partner Alien Vilani scored 39 points with a Charleston to the fitting tune of 'I'm Just Wild About Harry'.

In the second round, Judd and Vilani performed a romantic Viennese Waltz and were again left just one point short of a perfect score.

But the pair ended the night top of the overall leaderboard, followed by Healey and Kovalev, and Donovan and Rihanoff.

'The One Show' presenter Alex Jones and Australian beauty Holly Valance were left bottom going into tomorrow's results show, where the three finalists will be announced.

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