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Strictly Come Dancing: Week five preview

Three couples have already left the competition as we head into Week Five of Strictly Come Dancing 2022, with a new name currently at the top of the betting.

(This article was originally published on 21.10.2022)

An impressive performance from Hamza Yassin, and his partner Jowita Przystal, last week saw the duo score 39 points for their Salsa.

It was former Bros singer Matt Goss who had to say goodbye to the show, after he scored just 20 points and was eventually voted out after the dance-off.

Week Five sees the dancers celebrating the BBC turning 100, as they look to extend their stay in the competition.


WhatStrictly Come Dancing 2022, Week Five
WhereElstree Film and Television Studios, Borehamwood
WhenSaturday 22nd October 2022
How to watchBBC One
OddsTo win outright – Hamza Yassin 7/4, Will Mellor 7/2, Helen Skelton 4/1, Tyler West 9/2

Mellor battles back after illness

Actor Will Mellor and partner Nancy Xu looked like early contenders for the Giltterball Trophy after scoring 34 in Week One and 33 in Week Three, but they slipped down the rankings last weekend.

The former Hollyoaks star was given just 23 points from the judges, including a four from Craig Revel Horwood, for the Rumba and is now 7/2 to win outright.

Mellor revealed afterwards that he had been struggling with the flu in the build-up to Week Four and had missed several days of training.

He has been on social media this week to confirm he is now back to full health and has been pictured with his partner preparing for this week’s dance, the Viennese waltz.

Fleur and Hamza looking to shine again

Having been in the dance-off in Week Three, singer/presenter Fleur East bounced back last week to gain the second-best score from the judges.

East and her partner, Vito Coppola, received two 10s in their score of 38 after a spectacular Argentine Tango to ‘Paint It, Black’ by Ciara.

Cameraman/presenter Hamza Yassin beat her score by a point, with 10s handed out by Motsi Mabuse, Shirley Ballas and Anton Du Beke.

Hamza will be dancing to the Quickstep to ‘On Top of the World’ by Imagine Dragons, while Fleur and her partner are doing the Jive to ABBA’s ‘Waterloo’.

Molly and James on the upward curve

The most consistent combination this year to date have been actress Molly Rainford and her professional partner Carlos Gu.

The couple have scored in the 30s in each of the first four weeks - 31-34-34-35 - and the pair look like serious contenders to go deep in the competition.

The 21-year-old, who is 16/1 to win this year’s competition, went to the Sylvia Young Theatre School and her love of the Arts and Music looks to be standing her in good stead on the dance floor.

Another dancer making progress in the competition, is the Eastenders actor James Bye, who impressed with his Quickstep in Week Four, receiving 30+ points for the first time.

Along with partner Amy Dowden, their dance to ‘Don’t Get Me Wrong’ by The Pretenders earned them 32 points and they will look to continue their improvement this week. The couple are set to perform the Foxtrot to the EastEnders theme tune.

Adams continues to surprise

Most people probably expected Tony Adams to be sat at home by now, watching his fellow contestants in the Strictly Ballroom.

But the former England footballer has not only won over the viewers, but he has also made progress with his dancing - receiving his best score in Week Four.

Adams (25/1 to be Top Man) and partner Katya Jones were given 26 - eight marks more than in Week Three - for their American Smooth to ‘With a Little Help from My Friends’.

Due to his sporting links, the Arsenal legend will dance the Cha Cha Cha to the Grandstand Theme Tune on Saturday night.

Ex-Hearsay star Kym Marsh - 10/1 to be the next star to be eliminated - was in the bottom two last week, despite scoring 32 from the judges for the Samba performed by her and partner Graziano Di Prima.

They will hope to impress the public and the judges with their Week Five dance, which is a Quickstep to the classic 70s song ‘Ballroom Blitz.

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