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'Strictly Come Dancing' week four: Our favourite performances - video

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Strictly Come Dancing got downright spooky this week, with a series of impressive performances that put our best attempts at the 'Monster Mash' to shame.

Digital Spy has picked out its five favourite dances below from a surprising and sexy night on the dancefloor. Which was your favourite?

1. Michael Vaughan and Natalie Lowe's quickstep
Well, what a difference a week makes. Just one round after finishing in the bottom two, Vaughany knocked everyone for six with a quickstep that scored just four points less than his first two dances combined. It was like there was an entirely new man behind that magician make-up, one with composure, flair and energy in abundance. We just hope his Halloween spectacle wasn't a freak occurrence.



2. Louis Smith and Flavia Cacace's tango
This week Louis proved that he hasn't been getting incredible scores from Bruno, Craig (and us, if we're honest) just because of his sexy little shuffles. No, even when buttoned up in a bulky tux and made to skulk around like the undead, the Olympian continues to impress. His tango had everything you'd want in a Halloween Strictly performance - a great character (we could practically hear the crack of rigor mortis with every step) and accomplished footwork, made all the more impressive by that air of complacency suggested by Louis's deliberately lifeless face. Disturbingly good.



3. Denise Van Outen and James Jordan's cha-cha-cha
There must have been so many crossed legs and well-placed cushions amongst the males of the UK on Saturday night once Denise took to the floor. The Essex native injected a much-needed dose of sexuality into Strictly, slipping on her Chicago fishnets for a performance of 'Super Freak' that included some Sharon Stone-esque leg twirling and saw her sort-of do the splits. No matter what your persuasion, Denise completely captivated everyone this week. Half the time, it seemed like she was dancing on her own...



4. Victoria Pendleton and Brendan Cole's tango
It can't have been just Brendan yelling with pride and joy when Victoria finally made it through a dance without any mishaps. The Olympic hero has had a horrible start to Strictly, and watching such a great athlete struggle has been an unpleasantly sobering experience. But those opening-week tears of frustration were a distant memory after Victoria, looking morbidly beautiful as a corpse bride, glided her way across the dancefloor and to the heights of the leaderboard, where we always felt she belonged.



5. Dani Harmer and Vincent Simone's cha-cha-cha
It's Tracey Beaker dancing to the Scooby Doo theme. Dressed as Velma. With a guy in a blonde wig so awkward-looking that it would even make Javier's Bardem's Skyfall villain scoff. Do we seriously need more explanation as to why we loved it? OK, well, as a plus, it was quite satisfying to see Dani leave behind the confidence and body image issues that have apparently been plaguing her since the beginning of Strictly by escaping into the character. And the surprise cameo from Anton du Beke, the first time we can recall ever being pleased to see him, was a lovely finish to a very fun, camp dance.



Who was your favourite performer on this week's Strictly Come Dancing? Leave your comments below!

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