Strictly Come Dancing: week eight results – live | Strictly Come Dancing

Week 8 leaderboard

  • Fleur East and Vito Coppola: 39

  • Will Mellor and Nancy Xu: 38

  • Hamza Yassin and Jowita Przystal: 38

  • Molly Rainford and Carlos Gu: 37

  • Helen Skelton and Gorka Marquez : 32

  • Ellie Taylor and Johannes Radebe: 31

  • Tyler West and Dianne Buswell: 31

  • Kym Marsh and Graziano Di Prima: 31

  • Tony Adams and Katya Jones: 24

Key events

Time for a musical interlude, courtesy of Sheku Kanneh-Mason and Zak Abel performing their single, Same Boat in front of a tiny wind farm.

I loved this performance last night, and got quite caught up in whether I could make Amy’s dress from an old bedsheet. Also can we please acknowledge Nikita’s commitment to Backstreet Boys-style 90s hair curtains. Soft furnishings all round.

So who is safely through to next week’s Blackpool Tower Ballroom extravaganza? Molly and Carlos are safe, along with Kym and Graziano and Fleur and Vito.

First couple in the bottom two: TYLER AND DIANNE. It definitely wasn’t his best dance, totally agreed with Craig on the lack of shaping and Spanish line. Quite enjoyed the flaming rhombus though.

Last night on Strictly: fabulous dancing, SO much crying.

Highlights: Fleur’s Samba, Molly’s Rumba, Hamza doing Afrobeat (also JOWITA you absolute queen), Tyler’s sparkly harness and 22 mentions of Blackpool (I hope you were all suitably sloshed).

Lowlights: Fleur’s Christmas tree dress, tens being dished out like Quality Streets, emotional dehydration. Also Tess’s pink dress/black boots combo, which looked just as awful in real life. Individually: yes. Together: absolutely not, are you MAD?

TESS AND CLAUDIA DRESS WATCH: Tess in respectful black (there are flares down below, obviously), and Claudia trying on her Year 5 school uniform.

And we’re off! Tonight’s opening pro dance is a moving Remembrance Day tribute to Queen and country, complete with men in tails and gorgeous poppy dresses. ‘I Vow To Thee My Country’ is such a beautiful hymn, so many goosebumps.

Imagine watching this (twice) after the emotional rollercoaster of last night’s live show. I was a HUSK.

Tonight’s Countryfile Casual Weatherperson is the delightful Ben Rich in nicely-fitting red plaid and a tidy beard.

Roll up those sleeves, Ben. Forecast is forearmed and all that. Also it’s still September out there, get your wrists out.

There’s a Countryfile tea towel! You can wipe your dishes with John Craven’s face. Or if you prefer, there’s the usual calendar. You can pay by cheque. Honestly can’t remember the last time I paid for anything by cheque.

Why are they cooking on Countryfile? There are loads of cooking shows – I want hedge laying and oinking pigs.

Did you all play Blackpool bingo last night? Feel free to continue this evening, but only if you’re not working tomorrow because it’s going to be A LOT.

Also if you’re still pottering around doing Sunday jobs, do NOT miss the beginning of tonight’s show. It’s the opening pro dance we’ve been waiting for all season…

Obviously I know the outcome of tonight’s results shenanigans because (SPOILER ALERT) it was recorded last night, but I promise not to tell.

Kick off is at 7.20, so please join me then!

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