Sequins at dawn: Strictly semi final a night of Sambas and surprises as two couples face the chop


“Beautiful, bad and dangerous”: Red hot Holly Valance sets the dance floor on fire at Strictly semi-final

As the Strictly competition heats up all contestants went the extra mile to try and secure their place in the final.

But for Holly Valance it was a dress, as well as a dance, of passion, which gave her an extra edge.

The actress performed a Argentine Tango with partner Artem Chigvintsev wearing a slashed to the thigh red dress which earned high praise from the judges.

Seductive: Holly Valance and her partner Artem Chigvintsev performing the Tango

Seductive: Holly Valance and her partner Artem Chigvintsev performing the Tango

Bruno Tonioli told Holly she was “beautiful, bad and dangerous” after her first dance with other judges praising the pair”s ability tell the passionate story behind the dance.

Although Holly didn”t earn top marks for her dance the former Neighbours star said she loved performing in the Latin style.

And with five couples being whittled down to three this week it was sequins at dawn as every celebrity was out to outdo the others, and that was just their outfits.

Lady in red: Holly Valance shows her dancers legs with partner Artem Chigvintsev

Lady in red: Holly Valance shows her dancers legs with partner Artem Chigvintsev

Latino flavor: But Holly

Latino flavor: But Holly”s next dance was a completely different style

McFly drummer Harry Judd and Aliona Vilani literally kicked off the show with their first dance, scoring a huge 39 points with the Charleston.

And their second dance earned them a matching 39 points putting them top ofthe leader board with a classy Viennese Waltz to “This Year”s Love” to David Gray.

And Len Goodman told the boy band hunk he was definitely impressed with his moves.

Swinging: Drummer Harry Judd and partner Aliona Vilani set the bar by scoring 39 in their first dance

Swinging: Drummer Harry Judd and partner Aliona Vilani set the bar by scoring 39 in their first dance

Wild: the pair opened up the show kicking and screaming

Wild: the pair opened up the show kicking and screaming

Second dance: Harry Judd impressed with his Viennese Waltz

Second dance: Harry Judd impressed with his Viennese Waltz

Next it was Alex Jones and James Jordan who, despite a slight wardrobe malfunction with uneven fake tan won the judges praise with her version of a Waltz to “You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman” by Aretha Franklin, scooping her a 36.

Thejudges told her she was credit to the competition with Alesha telling her she “definitely deserved a place in the semi final.”

And for her second dance the presenter impressed with a saucy salsa dance which included a mini strip tease.

Brunosaid: “It was lovely to see you dance. You respond to a man very well. When you are on your own you get lost in the moment. If you make it to Blackpool you have to feel sure of yourself because you have got it.”

What a waltz: Alex Jones said she was feeling the pressure but impressed the judges with her performance

What a waltz: Alex Jones said she was feeling the pressure but impressed the judges with her performance

Deserving: The judges told Alex Jones she had come so far in the competition

Deserving: The judges told Alex Jones she had come so far in the competition

Saucy salsa: Alex Jones did a mini-strip tease in her second number

Saucy salsa: Alex Jones did a mini-strip tease in her second number

Backless wonder: Presenter Alex Jones looks stunning as she rehearses for today

Backless wonder: Presenter Alex Jones looks stunning as she rehearsed for today”s show with partner James Jordan

Craig said: “This routine was a big challenge and beyond your skillset but what I love about you is you throw yourself into it. That is brilliant.

Lensaid: “It was full of personality, I was watching your hips go, I was like “Hip Hip Horay” This is your chance to get into the final. because you were attacking the dance so much it lost a bit of finesses.

Alesha added: “You came out and went for it. Alex be proud and smile, you did a great job.”

A natural: Chelsee looked stunning in a blue dress

A natural: Chelsee looked stunning in a blue dress

Blooming marvellous: Len Goodman compared Chelsee

Blooming marvellous: Len Goodman compared Chelsee””s performance to the Chelsea Flower Show

Time after time: Chelsee Healey was praised for her arms but told her shoulder lift with partner Pasha Kovalev was

Time after time: Chelsee Healey was praised for her arms but told her shoulder lift with partner Pasha Kovalev was “ugly”

Top score: Chelsee Healey earned the first 40 of the series with her Paso Doble

Top score: Chelsee Healey earned the first 40 of the series with her Paso Doble

Daring dance: Chelsee Healey got top marks for her Spanish moves

Daring dance: Chelsee Healey got top marks for her Spanish moves

Waterloo Road actress Chelsee Healey admitted she has had a fairytale experience since starting Strictly.

For her first dance Chelsee Healey and partner Pasha Kovalev did the American Smooth to the slow “Time After Time”.

While certain judges praised her for her “exquisite arms” others left Chelsee with a rugged exit afterher first dance calling her lift “ugly”.

But it was veteran judge Len who told her: “It was like the Chelsea Flower Show, full of colour. Wonderful.”

DJ dancers: The judges liked Holly Valance

DJ dancers: The judges liked Holly Valance”s twist on the traditional Charleston

Hip hop: Holly Valance said she enjoyed doing something modern

Hip hop: Holly Valance said she enjoyed doing something modern

And for their second dance the pair took to the stage with their Paso, or as Chelsee dubbed it the Patcha Doble, Doble and definitely fired up the judges with thier dance, complete with maracas.

Craig told the actress it was: “Paso personified.”

Len: Full of focus, what I love about the Paso Doble, is the shaping. Paso Doble, it was fantastic!

Daddy cool: Jason Donovan was criticised by some judges for his bottom wiggle but Len loved it

Daddy cool: Jason Donovan was criticised by some judges for his bottom wiggle but Len loved it

Blame on the boogie: But Jason

Blame on the boogie: But Jason”s second dance was earned him full marks

Top tango: Jason Donovan turned his luck around in his last dance

Top tango: Jason Donovan turned his luck around in his last dance

And Alesha told the tiny star: “You are performing like a true dancer. I am a little bit speechless, you don”t realise how good you are you deserve to be in the final.

As the second dance earned her the first 40 in the competition Chelsee said: “I am speechless, I can”t thank Pasha enough, it”s amazing.”

For fellow actress Holly Valance and her partner Artem Chigvintsev heated up the dance floor with their Argentine Tango to “Por Una Cabeza”.

Top score: Jason Donovan looks thrilled when he gets the second top score of the series

Top score: Jason Donovan looks thrilled when he gets the second top score of the series

From daddy moves to tantalising tango: Jason Donovan pulled out all the stops for his last dance

From daddy moves to tantalising tango: Jason Donovan pulled out all the stops for his last dance

But for their second dance it was the Charleston turned on its head to “We No Speak Americano”.

And the judges gave a mixed reaction.

Aleshatold the Australian singer and actress: “It was a modern take on the Charleston and I loved it. It is a real fight to the end at this point.”

Brunoadded: I have to praise you for taking the risk, I thought the concept was brilliant, OK there were a few moments of hesitation here and there but its great to see people do new things.”

Leader board

Leader board: After two dances Harry is still in the lead but Jason”s top score has pushed him to third place

FellowAustralian actor Jason Donovan was not so successful with his first dance, the Samba, being told by Craig his moves were like daddy dancing.

But Len said the star should be proud of his special bottom wiggle. He said: “I was thinking “Go on my son!”

His second dance couldn”t have been more different with the dramatic Tango.

Alesha told him: “You owned that dance.”

Bruno said: “It was like watching death by Christina. It was like a fight to the death. You won.

Craig said: “I would put that woman on an assault charge. You were incredible.

Len told the smiling actor: “If you are going to do the best dance of the series I can”t see any more better time than the semi final.”

And Jason scooped the second top score of the night with all four judges giving him a 10.