Van Outen top of the pile in 'Strictly'

Denise Van Outen topped the Strictly Come Dancing leaderboard for the second week in a row tonight as the glitz and glamour of Hollywood ruled the dancefloor.

Van Outen  top of the pile in 'Strictly'

Denise Van Outen topped the Strictly Come Dancing leaderboard for the second week in a row tonight as the glitz and glamour of Hollywood ruled the dancefloor.

The television presenter and actress, 38, channelled her inner child as she and partner James Jordan became toys from children’s favourite Toy Story.

Their quickstep received high praise from the judges with Darcey Bussell describing them as “a very elegant couple” and Len Goodman describing the performance as “excellent”.

Van Outen said they “worked so hard this week”, before receiving 32 points from the judges – equalling their score from last week.

More Box Office flop than Hollywood star was former soap star Sid Owen, 40, who found himself at the bottom of the leaderboard with 17 points.

He wore a hippie style wig as he became a rock star for the night, doing his best impression of a cast member from West End musical Rock of Ages.

Goodman and Craig Revel Horwood were critical of his tango with partner Ola Jordan, saying it was “clumpy” and “wasn’t sharp enough”.

Pop star Kimberley Walsh, 30, took to the floor, fresh from Girls Aloud’s tour and album announcement yesterday, to dance a quickstep with partner Pasha Kovalev.

Showing off her toned tummy in a cropped top and full skirt, Walsh received a standing ovation and prompted Tonioli to exclaim: “Now we are in business!”

Bussell said Walsh is “always such a pleasure to watch”, and the pair received a score of 29 – their highest score in the competition so far.

Olympic gymnast Louis Smith, 23, loosened out for some Dirty Dancing with partner Flavia Cacace, as the pair danced a salsa and nailed the classic lift from the 1987 film.

Goodman said Smith’s lifts were great, but felt his salsa “lacked a bit of attack”, while Revel Horwood said it was simply “fantastic”.

The London 2012 medallist, who scored 30, admitted he has never watched the film but Cacace said she would buy him a copy.

Television presenter Fern Britton, 55, became Mary Poppins for the night with her partner Artem Chigvintsev as the pair danced a Charleston to music from the Disney film, and were “so much better” than last week according to Bussell.

Olympic champion Victoria Pendleton, 31, and Brendan Cole told a love story as they played out the romance of An Officer and a Gentleman and Revel Horwood said he was “beginning to see an actress emerging”.

In response, Pendleton said: “It’s quite easy isn’t it when you’re working with such a handsome young man.”

Retired cricketer Michael Vaughan, 38, dressed in seventies style flares, did his best to provide some “hot stuff” for partner Natalie Lowe as they danced the cha cha, but “hot it was not”, according to Revel Horwood.

Judge Bruno Tonioli was equally as scathing, saying: “I was waiting for the Full Monty to distract me.”

Goodman was more positive though as he said “last week was Borehamwood, this week was Hollywood”, and the pair scored 19.

Supermodel Jerry Hall, 56, reprised her role as Mrs Robinson from The Graduate as she attempted to seduce partner Anton Du Beke through the medium of the quickstep, but Goodman described it as “a bit Upstairs Downstairs” as opposed to Hollywood.

Hall revealed if the public keeps her in she will be dancing to Paint It Black next week, the track made famous be her ex-love Mick Jagger’s band the Rolling Stones.

James Bond star Colin Salmon, 49, went back to his roots as he performed an Argentine tango to a Bond theme with his partner Kristina Rihanoff.

The actor was told he played it to safe with Bussell advising him to “take more risks”, while Goodman said: “I was more shaken than stirred.”

Revel Horwood was more complimentary to the couple and described their lifts as “spectacular”, and the couple received their highest score to date with a total of 26 points.

Showbusiness presenter Richard Arnold, 42, escaped elimination last weekend, and tonight took to the floor for a 9 to 5 quickstep, with Bussell describing it as “your best dance so far!”.

Arnold and partner Erin Boag scored their highest score of the series with 25 points.

Actress Dani Harmer, 23, was a dead ringer for The Wizard of Oz’s Dorothy, complete with her ruby red slippers and cute dog, and Tonioli described the routine as “romantic” and “sweet”.

Harmer referred to partner Vincent Simone as a “genius” after her performance, and was awarded X points by the judges.

Soap star Lisa Reilly, 36, said before her jive with partner Robin Windsor: “I have never danced this fast in my entire life.”

Smiling the whole way through the energetic routine, Reilly was treated to a standing ovation and was told she was “brilliant” by Revel Horwood, before being described as “a great big bundle of joy” by Goodman.

Before receiving a score of 29, Reilly said: “I just loved every minute of it.”

Former Westlife star Nicky Byrne, 34, was the mystery man of the night as he took on the character made famous by Jim Carrey in The Mask.

His quickstep with partner Karen Hauer received praise from Goodman as he said: “Last week there was no life, this week it was full of life.”

Byrne was pleased with his score of 27 points.

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