Someone should probably have told Nancy dell’Olive Oil that arriving in a coffin was never going to end well. But since it was the anything-goes Strictly Halloween special no one batted an eyelid.
There was far more weirdness on show than Nancy’s glitter encrusted coffin- judge Craig swooping in on a broomstick, Russell Grant dressed as the devil complete with forked tail, Anton du Beke ashen faced and covered in dust, Lulu ending her dance by taking flight and, quite frankly Alesha’s hideous dress (not to even get me started on those ridiculous 10s she dishes out like sweets!)
But it was Nancy who ultimately came off worst. Though she tried hard, her lacklustre and floppy rumba with partner Anton du Beke to ‘Spooky’ certainly had a grave ending, with a slating from the judges, Alesha commenting ‘you should have stayed in the coffin’ and a score of 14.
Despite a poor performance from Audley Harrison jiving leaden-footed to ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ notching 20 points, a sloppy samba from an injured Russell Grant and a wardrobe malfunction dubbed the ‘nip slip’ during her tango which left poor Chelsee Healey in tears, it was still Nancy trailing at the bottom of the leader board.
Quite justifiably (and unusually!) the bottom two consisted of the two couples with the lowest scores, Nancy and Anton and Audley and Natalie. But after being saved by the public twice running, Nancy’s lucky streak had ended and it was announced that she and Anton would be leaving the competition.
At the other end of the spectrum, highlights of the spooktacular night included a lively ‘Bewitched’ inspired Quick Step by Jason Donovan and Kristina which scored a whopping 37 points propelling them to the top of the class and a beautifully balletic American Smooth to ‘Swan Lake’ from Holly Valance and Artem dressed as black and white swans.