Hamza Yassin fought off close competition from the other four remaining celebrities to dominate the Come dance strictly standings for Sunday’s semi-final.
The remaining five couples, who each topped the leaderboard during their time on the BBC One show, performed two dances in a bid to secure their place in the final next week.
This week’s Strictly has been moved from Saturday to Sunday due to the FIFA World Cup in Qatar, in which England lost to France.
Wildlife cameraman Hamza received 39, the highest score of the evening, for his Scottish theme Charleston to Pencil Full Of Lead by Paolo Nutini with partner Jowita Przysta.
Judge Craig Revel Horwood said his lifts were “absolutely crazy and spectacular”, while head judge Shirley Ballas said, “You make everything so light, airy.”
However, her second performance, a waltz to Burt Bacharach’s What The World Needs Now, failed to strike the same chord with Shirley, who noticed mistakes she “never saw him make”.
Despite scoring 37, Hamza started to shed tears after his partner Jowita said, “The first time I met you I asked for the confidence and the energy and you gave me good more than that.
“Seeing you step out of your comfort zone every day, giving me 120% every time… you dance with your heart – thank you for that.
Actress and singer Molly Rainford was just one point behind Hamza in the rankings after her “absolutely fantastic” Paso Doble at 2WEI’s Survivor with Edda Hayes.
The judges, who gave her 39 points, said the song suited the 21-year-old, who survived four dances during her time on the show.
Shirley said: ‘You are a survivor, you have been in this down twice so many times. I’ve been in this industry for a very, very long time and have studied this art…it’s one of the best Paso Dobles I’ve seen.
Anton Du Beke apologized to Molly because he didn’t think she would be able to pull off the dance. “I was wrong,” he said.
The triumphant dance followed her emotional American Smooth to Easy On Me from Adele which scored 36.
After the dance, her professional partner Carlos Gu revealed he was a big fan of Adele – showing off a tattoo on his wrist dedicated to the singer.
The judges also awarded actor Will Mellor a 39 for his Couples Choice dance, which dedicated him to nostalgia for his hometown of Manchester with partner Nancy Xu.
The 46-year-old actor performed on an assortment of 1990s tunes, including the Happy Mondays track Step On. Happy Mondays’ Bez was spotted waving his maracas in the audience.
Judge Motsi Mabuse said the dance was a “comeback” after his disappointing Paso Doble in Uccen by the Taalbi brothers (DWTS Remix) – in which he scored 32.
Shirley told him that the “basic fundamentals” were lacking in dancing and that the cape he used as a prop should be swung correctly and not used “like a little scarf”.
Will, who suffered a wardrobe malfunction during the dance with a button that popped off his pants, said he “felt crap” after his performance.
He was at the bottom of the ranking after all the couples danced.
Meanwhile, Anton told Fleur East she had “exactly the night you want to have before a final,” impressing with her Charleston on Fiorello’s Tu Vuo’ Fa L’Americano.
The singer and radio DJ, who trained for 47 hours this week, was praised by her partner Vito Coppola who said: “Fleur is for me one of the best people I have ever met in my life. She is so humble.
“She doesn’t know but she saved me from my tough time I had, so thank you. She’s so brave yet humble, she never says no…she’s so grateful. I’m so proud of you.”
The comments came after she opened the show with a Paso Doble to Moloko’s The Time Is Now, scoring 35.
Meanwhile, Blue Peter and Countryfile presenter Helen Skelton has been praised for her “dreamy” waltz to Celine Dion’s Only One Road.
Motsi said she thought the dance was “magical” while Anton said it was “beautiful, sweet and romantic” – who scored 35.
Helen then performed Argentine tango on Eurythmics’ Here Comes The Rain Again with partner Gorka Marquez.
After the dance, Gorka said of his partner: “For me, you are an amazing person, an inspiring person. Positive with a smile, I think you inspire a lot of people, starting with me, to the whole nation.
The final results show of the series airs Monday at 8:15 p.m. with a performance by Lewis Capaldi and a group number featuring Craig Revel Horwood.