With competition hotting up, the Strictly Come Dancing 2013 cast hit the dancefloor for a sizzling fourth week of 'Love Week'-themed performances. Check out ALL the pictures right here...
With competition hotting up, the Strictly Come Dancing 2013 cast hit the dancefloor for a sizzling fourth week of performances. All hoping to avoid the Sunday night dance-off, the stars pulled out all the stops – including their fanciest footwork and sparkliest costumes – for an action-packed weekend of ‘Love Week’-themed performances.
Sadly, Vanessa Feltz was the second celebrity to be knocked out while actress Natalie topped the leader board again with a stunning rumba. Here, she strikes a pose with partner Artem.
From the outfits to ALL the Strictly 2013 action, click on for pictures of the very first shows, plus sneak a peek at the stars in training…
Anton lowers actress Fiona in dramatic smoke during their dance.
Sophie and Brendan embrace the Love Week theme.
Rugby player Ben deftly dances Kristina.
Designer Julien looks gleeful during his dance with partner Janette.
Model Abbey and Aljaz embraced the theme with an upbeat dance to The Beatles.
Actor Patrick looks happy to be dancing to Anya.
Rachel and Pasha get close during their dance.
News reader Susanna snuggles up to Kevin.
Hairy Biker Dave lowers partner Karen during the dance.
Dragon Deborah looks radiant in a blue outfit while dancing with partner Robin.
Vanessa looks happy as she dances with James.
Brendan and Sophie shimmied away competently.
Actor Mark twirls Iveta in an attempt to stay in the runnings.
Ashley and Ola get up close and personal during Love Week.
Vanessa and James danced away enthusiastically in co-ordinating purple outfits.
Landing themselves a high spot on the leader board, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and partner Brendan Cole were praised for their high-energy Charleston, which they danced to to Rock It To Me by Caravan Palace.
Nervous Strictly Come Dancing star Abbey Clancy may have admitted to forgetting some of her dance moves, but her performance with partner Aljaz Skorjanec looked flawless to us.
Deborah Meaden and partner Robin Windsor certainly commanded some Respect as they danced the Cha Cha to the Aretha Franklin hit.
Grabbing top marks for fun, actor Mark Benton had the audience in fits of giggles at his Austin Powers-style performance with partner Iveta Lukosiute.
James Jordan and Vanessa Feltz chose an emotional Waltz for their weekend performance.
Countdown beauty Rachel Riley and partner Pasha Kovalev dancing the sizzling salsa. What did YOU think of their performance?
Hollyoaks actor Ashley Taylor Dawson welcomed his second child into the world during the week, but his performance with Ola Jordan was flawless.
Karen Hauer and Hairy Biker partner Dave Myers certainly looked like they were enjoying themselves…
Fiona Fullerton and Anton Du Beke put on a stellar Strictly 2013 performance.
Patrick Robinson and Anya Garnis took to the dance floor for a show-stopping Tango, danced to Michael Jackson hit, Beat It.
Kevin Clifton and BBC newsreader Susanna Reid showed off their fanciest footwork to Bruno Mars hit, Locked Out of Heaven.
They may have dressed the part, but Tony Jacklin and Aliona Vilani’s sparkling attire wasn’t enough to save them from the dance-off. After coming bottom of the leader board with their Charleston, the pair went head-to-head with fashion designer Julien Macdonald and his partner Janette Manrar, and were voted off the show.
Strictly Come Dancing 2013 got off to a sequin-filled start as this year’s crop of celebrities joined Tess Daly and Bruce Forsyth in a brand new studio for the first time. Sophie Ellis-Bextor, who glittered in a shimmering gown, looked delighted to be paired with Strictly stalwart, Brendan Cole, while Abbey Clancey and partner Aliaz Skorjanec, pulled of the performance of the weekend with their elegant dance number.
Professional dancer Brendan puts singer Sophie through her paces as they prepare for the first live performance on Saturday.
Natalie and Artem get up close and personal practicing for this weekend’s dance off.
Brendan and Sophie holding a pose.
The pair have a laugh while practicing some complicated footwork.
Natalie and Artem larking around in the studio.
The duo practicing their routine.
The duo holding a pose mid-move.
Natalie holds a pose.
Natalie and Artem look into each others eyes as part of their routine.
The pair check out their moves in the mirror.
Natalie holding Artem’s outstretched hand.
The duo see how their routine looks in the studio mirror.
Sophie and Brendan practice their footwork.
Artem spins Natalie in rehersals.
The duo look into each other’s eyes.
Natalie and Artem practicing some fancy footwork.
Natalie with the giggles during a rehersal.
Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Brendan Cole made a grand exit from the dancefloor when they were paired. We can’t WAIT to see these two dance.
Hollyoaks heartthrob Ashley Taylor Dawson was paired with blonde beauty Ola Jordan.
Dragon’s Den star Deborah Meaden teamed up with Robin Windsor.
Vanessa Feltz was all smiles as she met dance partner James Jordan.
Rugby player Ben Cohen towered over petite dance partner Kristina Rihanoff.
Natalie Gumede was paired with former Strictly winner, Artem Chigvinstev.
Karen Hauer looked more than happy to team up with hairy biker Dave Myers.
BBC newsreader Susanna Reid met dance partner Kevin Clifton.
Aljaz Skorjanec couldn’t hide his smile as he was paired with blonde beauty Abbey Clancy.
Meawhile, former Bond girl Fiona Fullerton looked hot to trot with Anton Du Beke.
Strictly Come Dancing 2013 couples revealed, 2012 winners Louis Smith and Flavia Cacace took to the dance floor to wow viewers.
The Strictly Come Dancing 2013 cast looked like they couldn’t wait to get started!
Tess Daly shone in shimmering sequins and a sweeping black skirt during the first Strictly Come Dancing show of 2013.
Jessie J wore a sultry sequin dress by 2013 Strictly contender Julien Macdonald to perform new hit It’s My Party during the show.
There’s a lot of work ahead for this year’s Strictly Come Dancing contestants!
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Strictly presenters Bruce and Tess arrived in style with a vintage chauffeur driven car to roll them up to the red carpet.
Vanessa Feltz looked at ease on the red carpet, evidently at ease with this Saturday’s live shows.
Tony Jacklin is all too familiar with a dancing prop it seems – what can we expect from his future routines?
Handsome Ashley Taylor Dawson is sure to be a hit with the ladies boasting a good physique and a winning smile.
Susannah Reid couldn’t resist a ballet spin on the red carpet for just a taste of what’s to come.
Keeping it low key, Waterloo Road’s Mark Benton failed to reveal any of his signature dance moves on the red carpet.
Giving us her best Marilyn moment, Rachel Riley hinted at just how excited she is to be wearing the glamorous Strictly dresses.
Looking cool – Patrick Robinson looked relaxed in the face of all the excitement for this year’s Strictly shows.
Glamour puss Natalie Gumede looked more than ready for her time in the Strictly spotlight.
Sophie Ellis Bextor is going to look great in her Strictly costumes – and something tells us she’s rather looking forward to raiding the sequined rails.
Ben Cohen looks fit and ready as he arrives at this year’s Strictly Come Dancing Launch Party.
Fiona Fullerton shimmied for the cameras looking rather pleased with a gold sparkly flapper girl dress.
Model Abbey Clancy has already bagged the perfect dancer physique, but does she have the rhythm? We can’t wait to find out!
Bring it on – Julien MacDonald looked ready for anything his professional dancer can throw at him.
All smiles, Deborah Meaden displayed a cheesey grin that we’re somewhat unfamilar with on this former Dragon.
It’s a 10 from Bruno – the judge gives a thumbs up to the start of a new series.
Though he made it look easy, Len Goodman grabbed his leg in pain after delivering a cheeky high kick for the cameras.
Fresh from her M&S icons ad campaign, dancer Darcy Bussell – new to the judging panel last year – showed up in a silver frock fit for the red carpet.
Professional dancers Kristina and Robin just couldn’t resist a little lift – they make it look so easy!
They may be rivals in the ballroom but professional dance partners James and Ola are in fact happily married – but who are they paired up with this year? We’ll have to wait and see.
The professionals dancers gathered on the stage at the launch party to welcome their new Strictly dance partners.
We can’t wait to see this year’s show pairings – it’s make or break for the celebrities.
Thoroughly relaxed by the situation – these Strictly professionals looked to be enjoying the party ahead another star-studded year.
Wife of footballer Peter Crouch and mum-of-one Abbey Crouch is a surprise addition to the line-up on this year’s Strictly. With her long model pins Abbey is expected to set the dance floor alight if not simply a fabulous clothes horse for the incredible Strictly Come Dancing costumes.
TV star Vanessa Feltz is no stranger to a reality TV show, making her memorable debut on Big Brother in 2001. Whether she can dance or not, we can be sure Vanessa’s appearance on the show will be nothing short of controversial.
Taking Carol Vorderman’s place as Countdown’s numerology darling, Rachel Riley has had a whirlwind four years on the primetime gameshow favourite. She’s got the beauty and the brains, but has she got the moves?
Will it be murder on the dancefloor for former chart topper Sophie Ellis Bexter? Move out of her way, we’ve got a feeling Sophie’s a firm favourite for the girls.
We’re used to waking up with Susannah Reid with our morning coffee, but this breakfast TV presenter is due to be keeping us entertained on Saturday nights for the coming weeks and we can’t wait to see what she’s got up her sleeve.
Every Strictly line-up needs a soap star and representing Coronation Street this year is Natalie Gumede who plays Kirsty in the soap. We can’t wait to get to know the real Natalie.
Finally an excuse for Deborah Meaden to let her hair down. The former Dragon’s Den demon is not fast with her cash but will she be stealthy on the dancefloor?
A former bond girl is a first for Strictly Come Dancing – is this the start of something new for the show?
Much-loved designer Julien Macdonald is better known for designing dresses than wearing the sequins – no doubt he’ll be altering a few of his stage outfits to make them a little more ‘fashion, dahling.’
Erm, does anyone remember when Hollyoaks actor Ashley Taylor Dawson was in ’90s pop band allSTARS*? He may be a shock contestant but we remember some of his very choreographed dance moves, which hint we have an early favourite on our hands.
A good physique he certainly has – former rugby star Ben Cohen will certainly be able to support his partner during lifts.
From one primetime show to another, Patrick Robinson is swapping Casualty for Strictly Come Dancing 2013. How do you think he will fare?
One half of TV duo the Hairy Bikers, Dave Myers is set to clean up for the dance floor and don some very uncharacteristic sequins for this year’s Strictly Come Dancing.
Strictly Come Dancing 2013 might seem like a bit of a walk in the park, having dealt with the children of Waterloo Road in his day job. Will Mark Benton be an old hat at the Strictly Dance moves?
Golfer Tony Jacklin says ‘bring it on’ to Strictly Come Dancing 2013. He told the Radio Times, ‘I’m at the time of my life when I thought why not? I love music and I do think I’ve got a sense of rhythm. Now it?s very close I just want to get stuck into it.’