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Plot twist - 'Strictly Come Dancing' sees underdogs top movie week leaderboard

Katie Archer
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Programme Name: Strictly Come Dancing - TX: 07/11/2020 - Episode: Live show 3 - Movie week (No. 3) - Picture Shows: LIVE SHOW Motsi Mabuse - (C) BBC - Photographer: Kieron McCarron
Programme Name: Strictly Come Dancing - TX: 07/11/2020 - Episode: Live show 3 - Movie week (No. 3) - Picture Shows: LIVE SHOW Motsi Mabuse - (C) BBC - Photographer: Kieron McCarron

Strictly Come Dancing’s leaderboard has been upset by the underdogs overtaking the competition favourites in movie week.

EastEnders actor Maisie Smith and popstar HRVY might appear to be the most technically accomplished dancers, but they were ousted from their usual position at the top of the leaderboard by two more low-key performers.

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Out in front after the judges’ voting is presenter Ranvir Singh, on a 2020 series high score of 27 points after she scored nine points from all three judges for her Dreamgirls-inspired Foxtrot.

She and dance partner Giovanni Pernice won high praise from the judges, but right on their heels and just one point behind them are viewer favourites Bill Bailey and Oti Mabuse.

The comedian and his partner danced a Paso Doble to The Good, The Bad and The Ugly which had judges and viewers mesmerised, and won them two nines and an eight.

Notoriously hard-to-impress judge Craig Revel Horwood told Bailey: “If you keep going like this my darling I think we’ll be seeing you in the final.”

Smith and HRVY both impressed with their routines, too, but were in joint third place with 24 points each.

And in another surprising turn, joining them in third place with 24 points was Max George and his partner Dianne Buswell for their Simpsons dance, which saw them painted bright yellow.

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George and Buswell weren’t the only contestants to have been stitched up in the wardrobe department.

HRVY and his partner Janette Manrara were dressed as gnomes, while even show host Tess Daly couldn’t stop laughing at Jamie Laing as Disney’s Hercules.

But Laing had the last laugh, as despite looking ridiculous, his commitment to his character won him 23 points.

Currently trailing at the bottom of the leaderboard are NFL player Jason Bell and his partner Luba Mushtuk, who are on just 12 points.

Strictly Come Dancing returns for the results show on Sunday at 7.25pm on BBC One.