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Strictly Week 4: Debbie McGee is a Barbie girl!

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Debbie McGee and Giovanni Pernice danced a cha cha to Cher's Shoop Shoop Song Picture (C) BBC

THE baker’s dozen on Strictly Come Dancing will soon be a round dozen after another celebrity is axed from the popular TV contest. Will Wargrave contestant The Lovely Debbie McGee be among the 12 taking part next Saturday? The results show is at 7.15pm tonight. 

Contains mild spoilers – the eliminated couple is not named in this article

Debbie, who is competing with Giovanni Pernice, was the first dancer on stage on Saturday night. The pair danced a very temptuous cha cha to Cher’s Shoop Shoop Song.

Last week, Giovanni had promised that Debbie would dance something ‘cheeky’ and true to his word, their routine saw his partner perform a mid-air splits, while he was dressed as a open-shirted delivery man, showing off his ripped chest.

Debbie started her routine pretending to be a secretary, before being swept off her feet by Giovanni.

The routine got wild applause from the studio audience, but the judges weren’t as impressed with their dance as in previous weeks, scoring them as a 27.  

Shirley Ballas said that her dance was quite balletic, and she wanted to see a more earthly approach.

Bruno Tonioli praised Debbie for being on time and efficient, and being “very, very bendy”.

Craig Revel Horwood said that at times she had been a little bit stiff, comparing her to a Barbie doll and “I would have liked to have seen a little bit more chic in this”.

Darcey Bussell praised Debbie’s focus as “excellent”, but wanting to see Debbie loosen up a bit. “I love what you do,” she added.

Debbie McGee and Giovanni Pernice danced a cha cha to Cher's Shoop Shoop Song Picture  (C) BBC/ Guy LevyDebbie McGee and Giovanni Pernice danced a cha cha to Cher's Shoop Shoop Song Picture  (C) BBC/ Guy LevyDebbie McGee and Giovanni Pernice danced a cha cha to Cher's Shoop Shoop Song Picture  (C) BBC/ Guy LevyDebbie McGee and Giovanni Pernice danced a cha cha to Cher's Shoop Shoop Song Picture  (C) BBC/ Guy LevyDebbie McGee and Giovanni Pernice danced a cha cha to Cher's Shoop Shoop Song Picture  (C) BBC/ Guy Levy

Week four judge’s scores

  • Craig 6
  • Darcey 6
  • Shirley 7
  • Bruno 8

The top score of the evening from the judges was Alexandra Burke and Gorka Marquez, who scores 39; Debbie and Giovanni were well ahead of the bottom couples – the lowest scores of the evening went to Good Morning Britain newsreader Charlotte Hawkins and Brendan Cole and restaurateur Simon Rimmer and Karen Clifton – both couples scored 19.

Next week, Strictly starts at 6.35pm on Saturday with the results at 7.15pm on Sunday.

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