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Strictly Come Dancing: Week Three Preview

We saw our first celebrity depart Strictly Come Dancing last weekend, with presenter Kaye Adams leaving after losing in the dance-off.

(This article was originally published on 07/10/2022)

The big question now, with 14 stars left to battle it out, is who will be next to follow the Loose Women star out of the exit door?

It's Movie Week and that has led to some iconic moments in previous series and the current crop of stars will hope they can make a big impression of their own.

WhatStrictly Come Dancing 2022, Week Three
WhereElstree Film and Television Studios, Borehamwood
WhenSaturday 8th October 2022
How to WatchBBC One
OddsTo win outright - Will Mellor [2/1], Helen Skelton [7/2], Ellie Simmonds [5/1], Hamza Yassin [7/1], Molly Rainford [8/1]

Rainford impresses the judges

Molly Rainford was top of the leaderboard after the judges' votes last Saturday, scoring an impressive 34 after her Quickstep with dance-partner Carlos Gu.

The singer-presenter and her partner received two 9s - from Motsi and Shirley - after their performance to Beyonce's 'Love On Top', following a score of 31 in the first week.

Presenter Richie Anderson was the next best last weekend, scoring 32 with partner Giovanni Pernice for their Quickstep to 'Dancin Fool' by Barry Manilow - with 8s across the board.

Radio DJ and TV presenter Tyler West was third in the standings prior to the public vote, having collected a score of 31 for his Jive.

Will Mellor and Hamza Yassin had shared top spot on Week One after racking up 34 points from the judges, but both saw their scores drop last weekend.

Actor Mellor and Nancy Xu scored 26 for their Salsa, whilst cameraman and presenter Yassin scored just 24 for his jive with Jowita Przystal - with Craig giving them a 4.

Pressure on Goss after dance-off

Three of the four judges opted to save former Bros star Matt Goss last weekend, after the public vote left the 54-year-old in the dance-off.

He received just 22 points after his Samba with partner Nadiya Bychkova, performed the legendary Bee Gees track ‘Night Fever’ and a big improvement is needed if he is to extend his stay in the competition.

Goss - who is 2/1 to be eliminated this weekend - faces a completely different test this weekend, as he and his dance-partner take on the much slower Viennese Waltz.

They were one of three couples to finish bottom of the pile with 22 points, along with Kaye and Kai - who eventually went - and Tony Adams and his partner Katya Jones.

Former Arsenal and England defender Adams struggled with his rendition of the Charleston to 'My Old Man’s a Dustman', but his popularity with football fans could well be crucial to his hopes of extending his stay in the competition.

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Consistent Skelton is one to watch

After scoring 26 in Week One, TV presenter Helen Skelton collected 27 from the judges for her Waltz with partner Gorka Marquez.

The former Blue Peter and Countryfile star has shown in previous TV challenges that she will give her all to achieve her tough targets, having completed an ultra-marathon, kayaked the Amazon and reached the South Pole on a bike.

Mum-of-two Skelton - 13/10 in the Top Woman betting market - also takes on the Viennese Waltz in Week Three, as the stars dance to music from the movies.

Paralympics swimmer Ellie Simmonds saw a big improvement in her scores from Week One to Week Two, collecting 30 from the judges compared to 26 on the opening weekend.

Simmonds, who received two 7s and two 8s for her Waltz, will team up again with partner Nikita Kuzmin to tackle the Quickstep.

One couple who will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing Week Two are comedian Ellie Taylor and Johannes Radebe.

The pair scored a solid 28 for their opening Quickstep, but dropped by five marks last weekend as the judges were less impressed with their Paso Doble - with Craig giving them a 4 and Shirley a 5.

The panel will want to see Taylor, who is now 7/1 to be eliminated in Week Three, improve when the pair dance the Cha-Cha-Cha on Saturday evening.

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