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Strictly Come Dancing, week two: What the judges said

See what the judges had to say and find out how they scored the 12 celebrities as they took to the Strictly Come Dancing ballroom for the second time.

This week on Strictly Come Dancing, the couples took to the dancefloor for the second time - and for one of them, their time is almost up.

The judges' scores from week one will be combined with those from week two, as well as the viewer votes, and on Sunday night the bottom two on the leaderboard will compete in the first dance-off of the series.

Scroll on to find out what Craig Revel Horwood, Shirley Ballas and Motsi Mabuse had to say about this week's performances and more importantly, how they scored the couples!

Max George and Dianne Buswell on Strictly Come Dancing week two on October 31, 2020© BBC

Max George and Dianne Buswell

Dance: Jive
Song: 'I'm A Believer' by The Monkees

Shirley Ballas: "You came back this week and you've definitely improved. I would really love you to believe in your talent because you're making a mark on this show today." 7/10

Motsi Mabuse: "I am just happy that you jumped out of your shell. You can feel the energy in the room. I feel you can push it more." 7/10

Craig Revel Horwood: "For me it was a little bit too into the ground like you would dance a commercial street dance. There was no retraction whatsoever. But the energy and the timing you brought into it was absolutely spectacular." 6/10


Clara Amfo and Aljaz Skorjanec on Strictly Come Dancing week two on October 31, 2020© BBC

Clara Amfo and Aljaz Skorjanec

Dance: Viennese Waltz
Song: 'You Don't Own Me' by SAYGRACE

Motsi Mabuse: "When I watch you guys, you have a certain type of energy that gives me the feeling of nothing can tear you down. I love that." 6/10

Craig Revel Horwood: "Your frame was very loose for me my darling. Halfway through we lost your neck entirely,. It was very very tense. But I loved the choreography and I loved the drama you brought to that dance." 5/10

Shirley Ballas: "It was lovely - some beautiful footwork going on there." 6/10


Bill Bailey and Oti Mabuse on Strictly Come Dancing week two on October 31, 2020© BBC

Bill Bailey and Oti Mabuse

Dance: Quickstep
Song: 'Talk To The Animals' by Bobby Darin

Craig Revel Horwood: "I don't know about Dr Dolittle but I think Dr Doalot. I thought it was absolutely fantastic." 8/10

Shirley Ballas: "Your central line is that of week nine. I'm absolutely floored. I wanna cry, I wanna hug, I wanna kiss you." 8/10

Motsi Mabuse: "I am genuinely, honestly, super surprised but a good surprised. That stamina, that energy... I loved every single minute of that!" 8/10


JJ Chalmers and Amy Dowden on Strictly Come Dancing week two on October 31, 2020© BBC

JJ Chalmers and Amy Dowden

Dance: Paso Doble
Song: 'Believer' by Imagine Dragons

Shirley Ballas: "You're one matador dancer that actually knows how to breathe. I loved the way you used your arms behind your back. I thought you did very well." 6/10

Motsi Mabuse: "What a loved is that you understood the character of the dance. You had the focus in your eyes." 6/10

Craig Revel Horwood: "I would like to have seen a more confident lead. I think tonight we saw half of what you're capable of - you've got more in there to give, I know it." 5/10


Jamie Laing and Karen Hauer on Strictly Come Dancing week two on October 31, 2020© BBC

Jamie Laing and Karen Hauer

Dance: American Smooth
Song: 'Night and Day' by Frank Sinatra

Motsi Mabuse: "I have to say before you started dancing I knew it would be better. You brought some Hollywood feels, some La-La Land in the house. Very nice, well done." 6/10

Craig Revel Horwood: "It definitely was a dance of two halves. The ballroom bit was really bad - your bottom was sticking around and you were creeping around like the Grinch, darling. All that being said I loved the opening sequence." 5/10

Shirley Ballas: "You have enthusiasm in abundance. I would work on using your feet, heel to toe and toe to heel, those inside edges. But you definitely have great potential." 6/10


Maisie Smith and Gorka Marquez on Strictly Come Dancing week two on October 31, 2020© BBC

Maisie Smith and Gorka Marquez

Dance: Tango
Song: 'Midnight Sky' by Miley Cyrus

Craig Revel Horwood: "The pivots need to be taken on the heel, also you lost your balance and footing right at the end moment. But I've got to say you're an exceptional dancer darling." 8/10

Shirley Ballas: "I thought you were actually very well-poised. I saw some beautiful footwork - where does a young lady like you move forward now? Keep studying the tracking of the feet. You are definitely a force to be reckoned with."9/10

Motsi Mabuse: "She has the power and more. Very well done." 8/10


Jacqui Smith and Anton du Beke on Strictly Come Dancing week two on October 31, 2020© BBC

Jacqui Smith and Anton du Beke

Dance: Samba
Song: 'Help Yourself' by Tom Jones

Shirley Ballas: "It's one of the most difficult ones ever. You stayed on time, you didn't make a mistake - that's really difficult for a beginner. Anton you were just absolutely adorable with your feathers." 5/10

Motsi Mabuse: "We had it all. Las Vegas showgirl happening here. I can't believe how you have evolved, you're having fun with it." 5/10

Craig Revel Horwood: "I thought it actually severed your Achilles tendon darling. You were limping about, lost at a party somewhere, drunk. It was a very good idea of yours, Anton, to get her on that swing, that's all I can say." 2/10


HRVY and Janette Manrara on Strictly Come Dancing week two on October 31, 2020© BBC

HRVY and Janette Manrara

Dance: Viennese Waltz
Song: 'Stuck With U' by Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber

Motsi Mabuse: "I'm still there with that nine, baby. You came with a whole different type of energy, you look like a gentleman. I'm enjoying everything you're doing." 9/10

Craig Revel Horwood: "It was sometimes a little bit erratic - your head placing is questionable. But wow, the spotting through that stand and spin was absolutely on it." 7/10

Shirley Ballas: "The potential in this partnership is to the moon and back, that is for sure. I think by the end of this you could end up looking like a professional ballroom dancer. Keep working on the details with your feet - you have the right look, you just need to put your jigsaw puzzle pieces together a bit better." 8/10


Ranvir Singh and Giovanni Pernice on Strictly Come Dancing week two on October 31, 2020© BBC

Ranvir Singh and Giovanni Pernice

Dance: Quickstep
Song: 'You Are The Sunshine Of My Life' by Stevie Wonder

Craig Revel Horwood: "The Charleston section for me went a bit awry. The pendulum timing was slightly out. Clearer, cleaner footwork - but this partnership really works well. I love what you have together and I adore the storytelling." 6/10

Shirley Ballas: "Your frame is absolutely superb. It shows you have a strong centre that you can hold your frame up through the dance. I would like you to start getting some absorption into your ankles. That frame, week two - well done." 7/10

Motsi Mabuse: "I'm so proud of you. When you do a show like this there's a transformation that takes place. It's like a butterfly. Thank you for opening up to all of this." 8/10


Nicola Adams and Katya Jones on Strictly Come Dancing week two on October 31, 2020© BBC

Nicola Adams and Katya Jones

Dance: Couples' Choice (Street Commercial)
Song: 'Shine' by Years & Years

Shirley Ballas: "Beautiful storyline, I loved all the small, tiny little details. The choreography was absolutely brilliant. I also loved the awareness you had as a dancer of where Katya was." 8/10

Motsi Mabuse: "I really felt that was sincere. When the music picked up you let go and gave it the right type of energy we need. And that smile - nothing can kill that smile." 8/10

Craig Revel Horwood: "I thought this dance really and truly suited you. I loved the story - it's like seeing someone's life in 1 minute 30. Well done." 8/10


Caroline Quentin and Johannes Radebe on Strictly Come Dancing week two on October 31, 2020© BBC

Caroline Quentin and Johannes Radebe

Dance: Paso Doble
Song: 'El Gato Montes' by Ramon Cortez

Motsi Mabuse: "I have to say I just love the way you use your hands, it's so beautiful. You have such class in every movement. I thought today it was a bit careful and you have no reason to be careful." 7/10

Craig Revel Horwood: "It's a little bit too placed and polite - in this dance you can't do that. You really needed to attack it. Next time come out and kill it, darling." 7/10

Shirley Ballas: "I thought for an intermediate paso doble, I thought the expression was quite nice for the level of choreography of what you danced. You're graceful and charming but you do need to come out of your comfort zone. I think there's a little wild fire in your tummy waiting to come out." 7/10


Jason Bell and Luba Mushtuk on Strictly Come Dancing week two on October 31, 2020© BBC

Jason Bell and Luba Mushtuk

Dance: Salsa
Song: 'Get Lucky' by Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers

Craig Revel Horwood: "You should have at least some hip action - it was very square. It was a little bit boppy and jumping about. But the energy and performance you brought to that piece was absolutely brilliant." 6/10

Shirley Ballas: "You just slipped at the end, didn't you? But you covered it up very well. You are doing very well for sure." 6/10

Motsi Mabuse: "My Jason was having Joy tonight. I can clearly see the parts of the steps you love as there's a different energy. You kept up that energy with her - and she's a professional, so that's not bad!" 6/10


Strictly Come Dancing: The Results airs Sunday night at 7.15pm on BBC One.


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