Strictly Come Dancing: Five week three dances we loved including Jill Halfpenny's Jive and Jay McGuiness' Movie Week showstopper

Jive: Jay McGuiness and Aliona Vilani wowed during Movie Week in 2015: BBC
Jive: Jay McGuiness and Aliona Vilani wowed during Movie Week in 2015: BBC

We’ve seen what our series 16 celebrities can do after two weeks hotfooting it around the famous Elstree ballroom.

And, this week, we’re heading to the movies as 14 celebrities turn their attention to the big screen.

Week three hasn’t always been Movie Week, although that’s produced some Strictly Come Dancing crackers, but the main thing week three has been about is the jive.

Here are five of the best from week three of Strictly series gone by…

Series 2 (2004): Jill Halfpenny and Darren Bennett – Jive

The undisputed Queen of jive – although others have come close to her crown – was born early on in the show’s domination, week three of series two.

Halfpenny – who was playing Kate in EastEnders at the time – wowed with her kicks, flicks and all-round musicality as her and partner Darren performed to Elton John classic I’m Still Standing.

The pair – who scored 35 for the dance – went on to win the series (and perform the dance again in the final), the second of 2004, and the jive is revisited as one of the best routines the show has ever seen time and time again.

Series 5 (2007): Alesha Dixon and Matthew Cutler – Jive

Widely accepted as one of the best winner’s ever to grace the Strictly ballroom, Dixon proved she was already at home with the Latin with her impressive jive.

Dancing to Shake Your Tailfeather, the soon-to-be judge topped the leaderboard with 36, opting perform the routine again in the final.

Series 11 (2012): Natalie Gumede and Artem Chigvintsev – Rumba

Gumede – known for playing villainous Kirsty Soames in Coronation Street – was handed the Rumba for Love Week (in was the middle of October) and was sitting pretty at the top of the table by the end of the show.

A vision in a sheer blue dress, Gumede and her partner danced a beautifully choreographed Rumba to Rihanna and Eminem’s Love The Way You Lie.

Series 12 (2013): Frankie Bridge and Kevin Clifton – Paso Doble

The Saturdays star was an early favourite from week one but a trip to the movies during week three, the first of several theme weeks that year, really set her a Bridge apart.

Their routine to America, from West Side Story, was full of life, full of character and pretty in pink as they twirled and clapped their way to a mega score of 45* and the top of the leaderboard.

*Donny Osmond was a guest judge for the week

Series 14 (2015): Jay McGuiness and Aliona Vilani – Jive

Movie Week had The Wanted frontman very much in a starring role as he looked right at home in this high-energy routine to Misirlou/You Never Can Tell.

The eventual champions topped previous week three Jive records as they scored a massive 37, with a 10 from Bruno Tonioli.