Strictly Come Dancing 2022 LIVE— Will Mellor & Helen Skelton bag 38 as fans fume Countryfile star was underscored | The Sun

STRICTLY fans are furious after Helen Skelton narrowly missed a Perfect Ten on Friday night – as she topped the leaderboard with Will Mellor.

Soap star Will bagged a staggering 39 out of 40 and was pictured holding back tears as the Strictly Come Dancing judges read out his scores

But Helen Skelton also stunned the judges with her performance, earning the same score as the Corrie actor – leading fans to ask why she didn't get a perfect 10 for her "showstopping" dance.

One said: "Catching up on last night's Strictly and I definitely didn’t have sobbing triumphantly at Helen Skelton on my Strictly bingo card this year. Should have had ALL THE TENS", while another said: "Been waiting all season for a showstopper and this was it, sensational stuff."

The live results show returns to BBC One this evening at the earlier time of 5.40pm

Read our Strictly 2022 live blog for the latest updates and gossip…

  • Sarah Tetteh

    Keep Dancing

    Musicals week is live and kicking.

    What an opener though.

    Who is going home?

    EEK.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Strictly kicks off in ten minutes' time

    Strictly is back for the results show this evening.

    Its been moved from the usual day of Sunday to today to make way for the football.

    The dancing gets underway in ten minutes' time at 5.40pm.

    Who will be hanging up their dancing shoes tonight?

  • Joseph Gamp

    Helen Skelton’s very tasty pre-show ritual

    Presenter Helen revealed that pro partner Gorka always makes a stop off at a bakery before show day.

    She said on tonight’s spin-off show: “I’m very lucky because Gorka brings me a coffee and a croissant on show day and that’s our only ritual.”

    What a treat!

  • Joseph Gamp

    Kym bottom of leaderboard with 34 points despite dazzling comeback

    Former Hear'Say singer Kym Marsh, who returned to the dancefloor after she had to skip last week's show after a positive Covid-19 test, found herself bottom on 34 points.

    The 46-year-old, who is also a former Coronation Street actress, performed an energetic Eighties-style cha-cha to Fame from Fame with her partner Graziano Di Prima.

    Mabuse said she was "shining all of the time" but said she "would have liked more rotation" as she said Marsh "came back with a bang".

    Meanwhile Ballas said: "There is no hiding behind a costume here (in a leotard)… you didn't miss a beat."

  • Joseph Gamp

    Craig criticised Hamza for his technique

    Meanwhile, wildlife cameraman Hamza Yassin earned a score of 36 points for his samba to They Live In You from The Lion King with his professional partner Jowita Przystal.

    The 32-year-old got a standing ovation from Mabuse who said he made her "happy" as Du Beke said he was "a bit overwhelmed" by the performance.

    Horwood said it was "brilliant" but criticised Yassin for some of his technique.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Fleur returned to form on Saturday night

    Since being in the Strictly dance-off last week, radio presenter Fleur East and her dance partner Vito Coppola returned to form with a fast quickstep to An American In Paris's I Got Rhythm.

    The 35-year-old singer got standing ovations from judges Ballas and Motsi Mabuse as Du Beke, 56, said "as far as I'm concerned you're in" next week's semi-final.

    Mabuse, 41, said: "At the end of the day we sprinkle some magic on top of (the end of the show) and that was you."

    Both East and fellow singer Molly Rainford earned 38 points for their performances.

    Rainford, 22, and her partner Carlos Gu performed an upbeat Charleston to Hot Honey Rag from Chicago and also got a standing ovation from Ballas and Mabuse.

    Ballas said: "What a way to open the show, I wasn't expecting that … you looked like you were having a ball."

    She was criticised by Craig Revel Horwood, 57, for her "low elbow" but also praised by her transformation as a dancer during the competition.

  • Joseph Gamp

    What did the judges say last night?

    Anton Du Beke also said Mellor got a tricky dance move, the three-step, right which "no one does".

    After Skelton and her partner Gorka Marquez performed an energetic and fun couple's choice – meaning they did not have to do a traditional dance this time – to Mein Herr from Cabaret, they received a standing ovation from Ballas.

    The 39-year-old was told by Ballas: "Am I looking at a mummy of three?

    "Am I looking at a young lady that has grown from a timid shy girl from week one to this sensual performance.

    "I've got goosebumps … it was a memory I'll treasure forever."

  • Joseph Gamp

    Strictly celebs compete for a place in the semi final tonight

    The Strictly Come Dancing contestants mostly received positive feedback from the judges in the latest week of the competition as they fought to secure a place in the semi-final.

    The performance show of Strictly was moved this week to be a day early from Saturday to Friday due to the Fifa World Cup in Qatar.

    Both Coronation Street actor Will Mellor and presenter Helen Skelton received the top scores from the judges with both getting 39 points during musicals week.

    This makes it the second week that Mellor, 46, got a top spot on the leader board as he received widespread praise from the judges for his slow and emotional foxtrot to Sun And Moon from Miss Saigon.

    Shirley Ballas, 62, applauded the "heartfelt performance from the soul" along with his footwork.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Helen Skelton sizzles in corset and stockings

    HELEN Skelton sizzled in a corset and stockings on Strictly as she sends a message to her cheating rugby star ex.

    The TV host danced to Cabaret song Mein Herr with lyrics thought to be directed at Richie Myler who left her in April.

    They include: "I need the open air … I'm through, toodle-oo."

    It comes after Countryfile's Helen, 39, who performs with show pro Gorka Marquez, 32, sold their wedding presents on TV's Celebrity Yorkshire Auction House.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Final Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special celeb revealed…

    TV presenter George Webster from Leeds is the sixth and final celebrity confirmed for the Christmas special.

    The 22-year-old recently made history when he became the first presenter on CBeebies with Down Syndrome.

    The Mencap ambassador, who will be paired with pro Amy Dowden. said: “I love Strictly and have watched it every year.

    “I’ve always dreamed of being on the show one year and I’m so excited to be on this year’s Christmas Special!

    “To be partnered with Amy is such an honour, we get on so well, she’s so lovely and an amazing dancer. Bring on the glitter and everything else. I can’t wait to perform on the Strictly dancefloor.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    Will Hamza stay or go?

    Strictly fans were not keen on Hamza’s outfit and music choice for his Samba last night.

    One wrote: “Sorry but I really don’t like the costumes for this. Or the song. And dancing is a bit meh.”

    Another posted: “Not more Lion King..”

    A third said: “That was such a weird song choice for a samba but Hamza smashed it.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    Will Mellor’s touching tribute

    Will Mellor revealed he had a touching pre-show ritual for his late dad.

    The Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps star, 46, lost his father Bill during the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Will said on tonight’s It Takes Two: “My dad used to say I’ve got a head full of magic, and that’s because I’m always looking ‘Oh what’s that, who’s over there’.

    “So, I have to take myself away for a little bit and just focus my head.

    “Me and Nancy have a little moment together and go ‘Right we’ve got each other, we’ve got this, lets do it.

    “And I’ve got my dad’s ring on so I always have a little moment. ‘Right dad here we go lets go and smash it’.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    Here is everything you need to know about the Strictly Come Dancing cast

    While the completion has been cut down in recent weeks, it’s still a great time to get to know this year’s celebs.

    Here is everything you need to know about this year’s cast ahead of tonight’s episode.

    • Everything about EastEnders legend James Bye
    • Who is TV presenter Helen Skelton?
    • Find out who Arsenal legend Tony Adams is
    • Who is Fleur East and when was she on X Factor?
    • Who is Will Mellor?
    • The lowdown on Corrie star Kym Marsh
    • Who is singer Molly Rainford?
    • Everything about DJ Tyler West
    • Get to know champion swimmer Ellie Simmonds
    • Who is Countryfile’s Hamza Yassin?
    • Here’s everything about comedian and actress Ellie Taylor

    Kym's major comeback impressed Shirley

    Shirley Ballas praised the actress for not hiding and for giving her all.

    The head judge said: “You gave it your all, I’m delighted to have you back.”

    Anton added: “You’re a great jazz dancer. Your performance and timing are amazing.”

    Every song in last night’s show

    Aside from the amazing dancing, perhaps the best part of Strictly is the iconic music that accompanies it.

    With that in mind, here are all the songs featured in last night’s episode.

    • Fleur and Vito: I Got Rhythm from An American In Paris
    • Hamza and Jowita: Libertango by Bond
    • Helen and Gorka: They Live In You from The Lion King
    • Molly and Carlos: Hot Honey Rag from Chicago
    • Will and Nancy: Sun and Moon from Miss Saigon
    • Kym and Graziano: Fame from Fame
    • Henry Moore

      Fans all say the same thing Nicola Roberts joins the Christmas special

      Fans are already sure Girls Aloud star Nicola Roberts will win the Strictly Christmas special.

      Before she even took a single step into the ballroom, one fan wrote: “she’s a guaranteed winner.”

      A second commented: “Wow the winner.”

      Whilst a third noted: “Oh she’s winning.”

      A fourth exclaimed: “Hard to see past her winning especially as she’s paired with Giovanni.”

    • Henry Moore

      UK pop legend revealed as fifth celeb to sign up for Xmas special

      A POP legend has been revealed as the fifth person to sign up for the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special.

      Girls Aloud singer Nicola Roberts will take the stage for the ballroom in an attempt to be crowned this year’s festive champion.

      Nicola said: “It’s truly an honour to be part of Strictly, but to be invited on to the prestigious Christmas day episode is something very special indeed.

      “They’ve promised me extra glitter, sparkle and frosting all wrapped
      up together with a big bow on top. What more could a girl wish for?”

      Nicola is amongst six celeb contestants who will be grooving away for the BBC special, and will be paired with Giovanni Pernice.

    • Henry Moore

      Here is everything you need to know about the Strictly Come Dancing cast

      While the completion has been cut down in recent weeks, it’s still a great time to get to know this year’s celebs.

      Here is everything you need to know about this year’s cast ahead of tonight’s elimination episode.

      • Everything about EastEnders legend James Bye
      • Who is TV presenter Helen Skelton?
      • Find out who Arsenal legend Tony Adams is
      • Who is Fleur East and when was she on X Factor?
      • Who is Will Mellor?
      • The lowdown on Corrie star Kym Marsh
      • Who is singer Molly Rainford?
      • Everything about DJ Tyler West
      • Get to know champion swimmer Ellie Simmonds
      • Who is Countryfile’s Hamza Yassin?
      • Here’s everything about comedian and actress Ellie Taylor

      ‘A memory I will treasure forever…’

      Head judge Shirley could not believe her eyes as she congratulated Helen on a mindblowing performance.

      She said: “It will be a memory I will treasure forever.”

      Anton admits the routine has left him “emotional”.

      But will she push Will off the top of the leaderboard?

      Remember: Voting lines are now open

      Have your say on your favourite celeb!

      The next celeb will be eliminated tonight.

      Strictly stars spark romance rumours as they get close at Christmas party

      Molly Rainford and pro dancer Vito Coppola have sparked romance rumours after getting close on a night out.

      The pair were seen attending the Strictly Christmas party, and both wore black as they walked alongside one another.

      Despite the pair, who are both single, appearing close, an insider has told The Sun: “Molly is an affectionate person and as she’s said in multiple interviews – she doesn’t have time or capacity for dating right now."

      Click here to see the images.

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