Strictly 2023: Layton Williams makes history with 3 tens in week 5 after sexy Salsa

Amanda Abbington misses Strictly this week due to medical reasons

Layton Williams is taking part in Strictly Come Dancing 2023. (BBC)
Layton Williams made Strictly Come Dancing history once again (BBC)

Strictly's 2023 competition is getting tougher each week and Layton Williams amazed everyone when he made Strictly history once again.

Topping the leaderboard, the actor secured 39 points - the highest score in week 5 for 13 years after impressing judges with his sizzling Salsa. Getting three 10s was an incredible feat.

There were lots of talking points from this show, with Amanda Abbington missing Strictly this weekend due to medical reasons and Abbington spoke out following the news.

The star was meant to be dancing the Cha Cha Cha with her partner Giovanni to Canned Heat by Jamiroquai.

Plus, Strictly's Amy Dowden delighted fans with her appearance on the BBC show as she joined Claudia Winkleman behind the scenes.

Elsewhere, Craig Revel Horwood said former Coronation Street star Ellie Leach was "on fire" with her passionate Paso while he praised Angela Rippon for putting the "rip in Rippon".

Earlier in the week, Adam Thomas fell ill with a winter flu but he put on an energetic performance and was placed respectably in fifth on the leaderboard.

Also noteworthy, Zara McDermott and her partner Graziano Di Prima certainly upped the ante with their "gorgeous" lifts during their American Smooth.

On the flip side, Eddie Kadi and his partner Karen Hauer were the bottom of the leaderboard this week after being saved in the dance off last week. This puts them possibly in the danger zone once again.

Last week they were saved by head judge Shirley Ballas as well as her fellow judges Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse and Anton Du Beke.

The dancing pair faced Jody Cundy who was the third celebrity to leave the competition, following on from Les Dennis and Nikita Kanda.

Already this series has faced a fix row over dance experience and questions over the scoring but it has been a dazzling delight.

With the Glitterball trophy on the horizon, we can't wait to see who is going to make it to the final.

Strictly's songs and dances this week

  • Adam and Luba: Couple’s Choice to ‘Backstreet Boys Medley’ by Backstreet Boys

  • Annabel and Johannes: Charleston to ‘Ladies Night’ by Kool & The Gang

  • Angela R and Kai: Argentine Tango to ‘Tanguera’ by Sexteto Mayor

  • Angela S and Carlos: American Smooth to ‘Cherish’ by Madonna

  • Bobby and Dianne: Viennese Waltz to ‘golden hour’ by JVKE

  • Eddie and Karen: Samba to ‘Calm Down’ by Rema ft. Selena Gomez

  • Ellie and Vito: Paso Doble to ‘Insomnia’ by Faithless

  • Krishnan and Lauren: Quickstep to ‘The Lady Is A Tramp’ by Frank Sinatra

  • Layton and Nikita: Salsa to ‘Quimbara’ by Johnny Pacheco and Celia Cruz

  • Nigel and Katya: Foxtrot to ‘I Just Want To Make Love To You’ by Etta James

  • Zara and Graziano: American Smooth to ‘Can’t Fight The Moonlight’ by LeAnn Rimes