Halloween week turned out to be frightful for Grimsby’s Joanne Clifton and Radio One’s Scott Mills, who were voted off BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing

Halloween week turned out to be frightful for Grimsby’s Joanne Clifton and Radio One’s Scott Mills, who were voted off BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing

By Grimsby Telegraph  |  Posted: November 02, 2014



Comments (0) THERE will be plenty of tears now that Grimsby dancer Joanne Clifton has left Strictly Come Dancing – but she did herself proud.

She and Radio One DJ Scott Mills scored 21 with their “frightening foxtrot” to finish second from bottom on the leader board on Saturday.

Joanne, dubbed “Joanne ‘Cackle’ Clifton” because of their Addams Family antics, looked spookily great for her performance and Scott did his best not to let her down with his dancing.

Judge Len Goodman said of the “supernatural” night dance: “It wasn’t super and it wasn’t natural. It was fun. You did a terrific job. She made you look good.”

But he added that it was probably Scott’s best dance.

Bruno Tonioli said: “You have created your own art form. If this show was called Strictly No Dancing, you would be a surefire winner.”

He praised Scott’s “pantomime” performance as “brilliant” and added: “It was really good fun.”

Darcey Bussell said: “Great acting. Well done.”

Craig Revel Horwood wasn’t impressed, despite the “non-stop practising”, saying it had not really worked.

The pair got three from Craig and sixes from the three other judges.

It was, however, Halloween heaven for Joanne’s brother, Grimsby dancer Kevin Clifton, when he and his dance partner, Frankie Bridge, topped the leader board with 37 points.

On a scary Halloween-themed show, Kevin, dancing a tango with Frankie, of The Saturdays, scored three scores of nine and one of 10 from Bruno.

Dubbed “Kevin ‘Corpse’ Clifton” for the performance, he and Frankie won a comment of “fab-u-lous” from Craig.

Darcey said: “It was very beautiful. I kind of shivered down my back. I was so taken away with your performance. I can’t wait to see what you do next.”

Len said: “It was fantastic.”

Bruno said: “It was totally wicked in the best possible way. I had tingles down my spine. You captured the spirit of the show. Your technique was superb. Amazing.”

Kevin himself said of Frankie: “She has just worked so hard. I am so, so proud of her.”

Television viewers saw a shot of his parents, Keith and Judy Clifton, in the audience.

Kevin’s fiancée, Karen Hauer, finished second on 35 points with Mark Wright, a former king of the jungle who won I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here. He is also known for appearing in The Only Way Is Essex.

They were dancing a jive and Bruno said: “Whatever you’re on, I want some. It works. Your timing was spot on. It was your best dance yet.”

Craig said: “Bravo, darling.”

Darcey said: “It was so natural. The action was phenomenal. You just didn’t stop. I have got high hopes for you now.”

Len said: “That was a sweetshop full of tasty treats. Well done.”

They scored three nines, with an eight from Crai

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Scott Mills and Joanne Clifton fifth couple to leave Strictly Come Dancing

Scott Mills and Joanne Clifton fifth couple to leave Strictly Come Dancing

Scott Mills and his professional partner Joanne Clifton have become the fifth couple to be eliminated from this year’s Strictly Come Dancing.

The Radio 1 DJ departed after landing in the dance-off this week with TV presenter Alison Hammond and her partner Aljaz Skorjanec.

Strictly Come Dancing, Scott Mills and Joanne Clifton


Scott Mills and Joanne Clifton

The couples came bottom in the Halloween Week rankings, after the judges’ scores and viewer votes were combined.

Both pairs reprised their routines from last night in a bid to impress the judges, with Mills and Clifton performing their foxtrot to ‘The Addams Family Theme’. They scored 21 for the routine last night (November 1).

Hammond and Skorjanec then performed their American Smooth to Kate Bush’s ‘Wuthering Heights’, which earned them 26 points on Saturday.

Craig Revel Horwood chose to save Hammond and Skorjanec, saying: “I would like to save the couple that threw the kitchen sink at the routine – extra turns and all sorts of wafting. That is Alison and Aljaz.”

Darcey Bussell and Bruno Tonioli then backed Horwood’s decision, sealing Mills and Clifton’s fate.

Strictly Come Dancing, Alison Hammond and Aljaz Skorjanec


Alison Hammond and Aljaz Skorjanec

Head judge Len Goodman said that he would have disagreed with his fellow judges, explaining: “Had it been left to me, I thought they were both so much fun.

“They were both dancing the foxtrot, so I went for the section which was the foxtrot. And in that case, it would have been Scott that I would have saved.”

Following his elimination, Mills said: “It’s something that I never thought I would do and I’m so glad that I said ‘yes’ to it, because it’s been the most fun I’ve ever had!”

He went on to praise Clifton, saying: “We’ve become friends so it’s really sweet. It doesn’t really end for me here, because I’ll still see her.”

Clifton said of her partner: “He’s made my first experience of Strictly so special. He’s the best partner I could have asked for. We’ve had so much fun, and I’m just so proud of him.

Strictly Come Dancing, Scott Mills and Joanne Clifton


“He’s come from absolutely nowhere, and I think loads of people at home can relate to him – he’s got two left feet – but coming out in front of everybody and just performing in front of millions of people each week, I’m so proud of him.”

Sunday night’s results show also featured a performance by Annie Lennox, who sang ‘I Put a Spell on You’.

Strictly Come Dancing continues on BBC One next Saturday (November 8) at 6.30pm, with the following results show airing on Sunday (November 9) at 7.45pm.

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