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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.

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  • Lily Waddell

    This week's leaderboard

    Williams topped the leaderboard after making Strictly history once again - scoring the highest in week 5 in 13 years.

    Meanwhile, Kadi scored the lowest of the night after being in the dance off last week.

    This week's leaderboard (BBC)

    The bottom of the leaderboard (BBC)

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    Angela Rippon amazes with first Argentine Tango this year

    Angela Rippon mesmerised everyone with the Argentine Tango (BBC)

    It's the first Argentine Tango of the series - and wow!

    Angela Rippon and Kai Widdrington closed the show with the first Argentine Tango of the series to Tanguera by Sexteto Mayor.

    Totally wowed Motsi Mabuse gave the dance a standing ovation and all the judges were in awe.

    Craig Revel Horwood gushed: "You put the rip in Rippon."

    During filming for rehearsals, Rippon admitted her partner had great patience with her.

    Scores: 8, 9, 8, 9

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    Zara McDermott stuns with incredible lifts

    Zara McDermott admitted the lifts were 'scary' (BBC)

    Zara McDermott and Graziano Di Prima braved lifts this week with their American Smooth to Can’t Fight The Moonlight by LeAnn Rimes - and it paid off.

    The former Love Island star admitted she found the lifts "scary" but the judges were all gushing over her lifts.

    Anton Du Beke called the lifts "gorgeous" while Craig Revel Horwood praised them for saving this dance. "Very brave to do it in silk," he added.

    Shirley Ballas also highlighted the documentary maker had made progress this week by taking on the feedback the judges gave her last week.

    She added: "The tricks that's not easy in week 5, you are really seriously starting to believe in yourself. I agree with Anton you could stride out now. You can try that next time. You did so much you didn't do last time, so well done you."

    Scores: 7, 7, 7, 7

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    Adam Thomas wows after falling sick this week

    Adam Thomas and Luba were dancing the Couple's Dance (BBC)

    Adam Thomas and Luba Mushtuk danced the Couple’s Choice to the Backstreet Boys Medley by Backstreet Boys - so different from the Waltz last week.

    Actor Thomas was struck down with a winter flu earlier this week but he went to great efforts during the performance.

    Motsi Mabuse called this his dance, saying: "I just love to see that every week we see you go to another week."

    Craig Revel Horwood shared his honest thoughts, saying: "It needed a bit more groove but the energy and attitude was fantastic. We can safely say you did your brothers proud."

    Shirley Ballas was also swept up in the emotion in the dance. She said: "I thought your story was lovely with your family..."

    Scores: 7, 8, 8, 9

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    Bobby Brazier's movie magic after 'worrying' last week

    Bobby Brazier and Dianne Buswell's performance looked like it was part of a movie sequence (BBC)

    Bobby Brazier and Dianne Buswell had all the movie magic with their Viennese Waltz, performing to golden hour by JVKE.

    Motsi Mabuse admitted she was worried about the EastEnders actor last week but she had heaps of praise for him this week.


    Anton Du Beke said the dance was delightful and Brazier's best of the series so far, thanks to his immaculate footwork and confident stride.

    "It makes you sweep across the floor," he said. "I just really love watching you dance. You are super duper."

    Craig Revel Horwood celebrated the dance for being beautiful and worthy of a movie. "For some reason I bought it," he said, although he pointed out it was "less technical".

    Buswell said she had to ask Brazier to take a break this week because he was working so hard. "The proof is there, I'm so proud of him," she said.

    Scores: 7, 8, 8, 9

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    Layton Williams makes Strictly history with high score

    Layton Williams gets the highest score for week 5 in 13 years

    Layton Williams made Strictly history once again as he got the highest score in week 5 for 13 years.

    Claudia Winkleman revealed there hadn't been a 39 score in week 5 for 13 years of the show.

    Williams and Nikita pulled off a sizzling Salsa to Quimbara by Johnny Pacheco and Celia Cruz, impressing all of the judges.

    Anton Du Beke: "I have nothing to say about this dance. It was pretty much perfect."

    Meanwhile, Craig simply praised the celebrity contestant for being "amazing".

    Scores: 9, 10, 10, 10

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    Ellie Leach 'on fire' with Paso as she tops leaderboard

    Ellie Leach and Vito performed a passionate Paso (BBC)

    Actor Ellie Leach got her first 10 of the series after she blew everyone away with her passionate Paso Doble to Insomnia by Faithless, partnered with Vito Coppola.

    All the judges were totally amazed by the former Coronation Street actor's performance.

    Notoriously tough judge Craig Revel Horwood had nothing but high praise for the star.

    He said: "You have excelled in this task. This partnership is definitely on fire!"

    Motsi Mabuse echoed Horwood's words and she said it was the best show of the series so far.

    She elaborated: "This was on a whole different level, this was attack, this was power, this was control. You kept that elegance. You kept connected your partner."

    Scores: 9, 10, 9, 9

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    Angela Scanlon admits she got 'stiff' doing the American Smooth

    Angela Scanlon showed off her skills doing the American Smooth (BBC)

    Angela Scanlon and Carlos Gu Charleston gripped audiences at home as they danced the American Smooth to Cherish by Madonna.

    Shirley Ballas offered Scanlon a few pointers to improve for next week, including a breath.

    Positive Motsi Mabuse shared she really enjoyed watching Scanlon dance, saying: "Keep the joy but try to breath."

    Craig Revel Horwood, however, remarked the dance wasn't her best.

    In good humour, Scanlon showed she had taken the criticism and later told Claudia Winkleman: "I do get a bit stiff."

    Scores: 6, 7, 7, 8

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    Krishnan Guru-Murthy is best dance of night so far

    Krishnan Guru-Murthy danced the Quickstep with his partner Lauren (BBC)

    Krishnan Guru-Murthy got the best results of the night so far with his Quickstep to The Lady Is A Tramp by Frank Sinatra with his professional dancer Lauren Oakley.

    They whizzed around the dancefloor, having a great time.

    Shirley Ballas praised Krishnan for having performed the best number of the night so far.

    Anton Du Beke added: "It was immaculate, it was wonderful. You had great heel leads."

    Craig Revel Horwood, however, was less impressed as he felt the dance was "not for me".

    Motsi Mabuse teased Horwood, saying: "Someone's in a bad mood today."

    Score: 6, 8, 8, 8

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    Eddie Kadi and Karen Hauer came out fighting after dance off

    Eddie Kadi and Karen Hauer have lots of energy (BBC)

    Eddie Kadi and Karen Hauer put on a brave face after facing the dance off last weekend, where Jody Cundy was sent out of the show.

    They put on an energetic Samba to Calm Down by Rema ft. Selena Gomez.

    Shirley Ballas said Kadi should have a 10 for his smile and his energy but she acknowledged there were a lot of mistakes being made tonight.

    "Other than that I think you did rather well with your Samba," she said.

    Anton Du Beke said there was a lot to like and praised Kadi for his musicality.

    Craig Revel Horwood said the dance lacked flow and "felt awkward" but he applauded the celebrity dancer for commanding the crowd.

    Scores: 5, 6, 6, 7



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