Helen Skelton: from the Paso to the Waltz, all the dances she has impressed with on Strictly Come Dancing

Helen Skelton has impressed the judges of BBC Strictly Come Dancing with dances including the Cha Cha
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Helen Skelton has continued to impress the judges as BBC Strictly Come Dancing enters the finals.

The TV presenter, 39, has been partnered with Spanish professional dancer Gorka Márquez - who is yet to win the Glitterball Trophy.

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Each week the celebrity contestants and their partners practice and perfect a dance routine, which they then perform to a live audience and the four judges.

Helen Skelton. (Pic credit: BBC)Helen Skelton. (Pic credit: BBC)
Helen Skelton. (Pic credit: BBC)

Whilst Helen is at rehearsals and shows in London, her parents are looking after her three children in Cumbria, following her move back home after splitting from Leeds Rhinos ex-husband Richie Myler.

Depending on how many weeks the Blue Peter presenter makes it through the show, the types of dances she may have to perform include Waltz, Cha Cha, Quickstep, Rumba, Tango, Jive, Foxtrot, Paso Doble, Samba, Street, Jazz and Salsa.

The dances usually last around 90 seconds and are accompanied by music from The Strictly Come Dancing Band.

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So, let’s take a look at Helen Skelton’s dance performances so far:

Week One

Week one saw Helen and Gorka begin their Strictly Come Dancing friendship with an American Smooth dance routine.

The performance to ‘You Send Me’ by Aretha Franklin, started with Gorka on the piano alone before Helen joined him.

They scored 26 points, getting two 6’s and two 7’s from the judges.

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They came in sixth place, scoring the same points as swimmer Ellie Simmonds and her partner Nikita Kuzmin.

Week Two

Week two saw Helen and Gorka Cha Cha around the stage to Rain on Me by Ariana Grande and Lady Gaga.

BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing Instagram page described Helen as the “Cha Cha queen”, before calling it a “fun routine”.

They scored 27 points, getting one 5, two 7’s, and an 8 from the judges.

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The duo came in sixth place again this week, this time tying with Coronation Street’s Kym Marsh and her partner Graziano Di Prima.

Scottish television presenter Kaye Adams and her partner Kai Widdrington were eliminated from the show after doing the Charleston.

Week Three

Week three saw Helen and Gorka take part in the highly anticipated movie week. The pair took over the stage with Grease’s iconic love song, ‘Hopelessly Devoted to You’.

Dressed as Sandy and Danny from the 1978 movie, they smashed the Viennese Waltz.

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They scored 31 points, getting one 7 and three 8’s from the judges.

Week three was the first week that Helen and Gorka, who came fifth place, scored higher than singer Fleur East and her partner Vito Coppola.

BBC Presenter Richie Anderson and his partner Giovanni Pernice were eliminated from the show after taking on the Samba.

Week Four

Week four saw Helen perform her favourite dance “so far”.

Helen and Gorka “delivered a powerful Paso” to Tamacun by Rodrigo y Gabriela. The television presenter donned a flamenco dress and a classic flamenco hairstyle..

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They scored 29 points, getting one 6, one 7, and two 8’s from the judges.

Scores were much higher this week, with Helen and Gorka sitting in 10th place - despite getting more points than when they came sixth place in the first two weeks.

The week four winners wildlife cameraman Hamza Yassin and his partner Jowita Przstal scored 39 points.

Singer Matt Goss and his partner Nadiya Bychkova were eliminated from the show after their Jive.

Week Five

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Week five saw Helen and Gorka dance to the Blue Peter theme tune, as the contestants got their groove on to “routines inspired by iconic BBC programming”, to celebrate 100 years of the broadcaster.

The former Blue Peter presenter and her partner “earned their Blue Peter badges” as they took on the Charleston.

They scored 35 points, getting one 8, and three 9’s from the judges.

Scoring their highest so far, they came joint first with Hamza and Jowita.

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Comedian Jayde Adams and her partner Karen Hauer were eliminated from the show after they took on the Charleston.

Week Six

Week Six saw Helen and Gorka take part in the “Halloween spooktacular”, with the live show just two days before Halloween.

The favoured pair scored highly as they danced to the 1966 song Lil’ Red Riding Hood, by Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs.

Dressed as Little Red Riding Hood and the big bad wolf, the pair took on the Foxtrot, with Helen later thanking Gorka “for the fox trot of dreams”.

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They scored 32 points, getting one 7, two 8’s and a 9 from the judges.

The pair, who were only 3 points behind first place, gathered the same points as singer Fleur East and her partner Vito Coppola, and actor Will Mellor and his partner Nancy Xu.

Eastenders actor Jimmy Bye and his partner Amy Dowden were eliminated from the show after their Charleston.

Week Seven

Week seven saw Helen and Gorka score they’re first 10 of the series, after performing the Jive to Janelle Monae’s song Tightrope.

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Pictured in black and white suits, the Spanish professional took to Instagram to share how “proud” he was of his partner.

They scored 37 points, getting three 9’s and a 10 from the judges - they’re highest score so far!

The pair came joint second with Kym Marsh and Graziano Di Prima, behind Hamza Yassin and Jowita Przystal who got three 10’s.

Paralympian swimmer Ellie Simmonds and her partner Nikita Kuzmin were eliminated from the show after their Charleston.

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Week seven saw the fourth couple (out of six) elimiated after doing the Charleston (something Helen survived in week five), is it a curse?

Week Eight

Week eight saw Helen and Gorka take on the Salsa, which Helen previosul described as a “party dance”. The duo performed to Despacito by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber.

They scored 32 points, getting four 8’s from the judges.

Football manager Tony Adams and his partner Katya Jones and DJ Tyler West and his partner Dianne Buswell were the bottom two couples after the public vote - and would have been in Sunday’s dance-off.

However Tony injured himself during the live show and was forced to withdraw from the competition.

Week Nine

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Week nine saw Helen and Gorka perform at the Blackpool Tower Ballroom. The duo did the Quickstep to Valerie by Mark Ronson featuring the late Amy Winehouse.

They scored 39 points, getting one 9 and three 10’s from the judes - with many fans saying they deserved a perfect score.

Radio DJ Tyler West and his partner Dianne Buswell were eliminated from the show after they were in the dance off against singer Molly Rainford and her partner Carlos Zu.

Week Ten

Helen and Gorka’s week ten dance saw them “ringing the bell to Musicals Week”, which will also be the quarter final of Strictly Come Dancing.

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They performed the Samba to Eso Beso by Emma Bunton in bright costumes, and Gorka even showed off his chest!

They scored 29 points, getting one 5 and three 8’s from the judges - with fans calling for “unfair” scorer Craig Revel Horwood to be sacked.

Comedian Ellie Taylor and her partner Johannes Radebe became the ninth couple elimated for the show, after they were in the dance-off against singer Fleur East and her partner Vito Coppola.

Quarter Finals

Helen and Gorka finally danced their Couples Choice routine during the highly anticapted Movie Week.

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They performed the Fosse to Mein Herr from Cabaret, with Gorka later thanking Beth for her “genius” routine.

They scored 39 points, getting one 9 and three 10’s from the judges - with many BBC viewers saying they deserved their first perfect score of the series.

Coronation Street actor Kym Marsh and her partner Graziano Di Prima were elimInated from Strictly, and will not be making it through to the live semi-final show.

Semi Finals

Helen and Gorka performed two stunning routines as part of the semi-final show which was broadcasted live on Sunday (11 December) evening.

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Firstly, they took on a romantic Waltz to Only One Road by Celenie Dion. They scored 35 points, getting one 8 and three 9’s from the judges

Next, they performed the Argentine Tango to Here Comes The Rain Again by Eurythmics. They scored a slightly higher 37 points for this, getting one 8, one 9 and two 10’s from the judges.

Gorka thanked the duo’s fans for getting them through to the final which will be held on Saturday, 17 December.

Actor Will Mellor and his partner Nancy Xu were eliminated from the show.