Ranvir Singh tops the scoreboard on a night of surprises

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Lights, camera, action in the ballroom! That’s right, moviegoers, Strictly 2020’s third live show was the annual celluloid spectacular that’s Cinema week.The 11 surviving pro-celebrity couples performed routines inspired by Hollywood hits. Who produced an Oscar winner and who proved a box office flop? Here are all the talking points on popcorn …

Ranvir Singh foxtrote with the best score of the series

Hands up if you predicted that Ranvir singh would be at the top of the Movie Week ranking? Unnamed: If you’re lying. Still, looking appropriately star-studded in a sparkling ’60s-style blue dress, the ITV newsreader stole the limelight from the movies.

Her foxtrot Dreamgirls was one of the more subtly themed acts of the night, but so much the better for that. Classy choreography by a professional partner Giovanni Pernice, he had swing, sway and a sober style. Ranvir’s figure was stunning and the couple had great chemistry, keeping a close bodily connection through the changes of pace.

“Breathtaking quality,” cooed the chief justice. Shirley Ballas. Panel member Craig Revel Horwood simply added, “Fab-ew-lous. A clean sweep of nine gave Ranvir a total of 27 points, the series’ highest score to date.

All the more impressive considering that she gets up at 3 a.m. every day for Good Morning Britain and has lost a full day of training this week due to a busy news schedule. Giovanni is a terrific teacher who has reached three finals in five years on the series. Can he do four out of six?

“The name is dancing … Come and dance strictly”

As a short film before the main attraction of the feature film, the show was opened by an exciting James Bond-performance inspired by the professional troop. Not one, not two, but three of the male pros got to live out their 007 fantasies with Giovanni Pernice, Gorka Marquez and Aljaž Škorjanec all play the part. Poor old Anton Du Beke must have been emptied.

The epic, action-packed number presented nods to the entire film franchise. There were swimsuits and tuxedos, trains and motorcycles, fight scenes and casinos, Bond girls and villains, Union Jack jet packs and parachutes. This undoubtedly left viewers shaken and not a little restless.

The dance was pre-recorded in September, before the actor Sean Connerythe recent death of, but made a fitting tribute to the greatest Leap of all. And with the next film in the franchise, No Time To Die, whose release is delayed until spring 2021, that routine and an explosion of Billie EilishTide’s theme song could have helped Tide fans. Ah, Mr. Du Beke. We’ve been expecting you…

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