Strictly Come Dancing fans are calling Craig Revel Horwood mistaking Anton Du Beke’s teeth for a fake pair the funniest thing ever to happen on the show.
Pro dancer Du Beke and his partner Emma Barton danced a Salsa based on Austin Powers for movie week, but the biggest laughs came from the misunderstanding during judging afterwards.
As an unimpressed Revel Horwood began to criticise the dance, he told Du Beke: “I slightly was distracted with the wig and the fake teeth you have in.”
But Du Beke replied: “They’re all my own, dear,” as host Tess Daly collapsed into giggles, desperately trying to make it through the rest of the comments without shrieking with laughter.
The other judges were also in tears of laughter as a mortified Revel Horwood finally realised his mistake.
🤣The teeth are real. The moment Craig Revel Horwood thought Anton Du Beke had Austin Powers pearly whites. pic.twitter.com/X35J6dHFW8— BBC Strictly ✨ (@bbcstrictly) October 5, 2019
Actually cried laughing over Craig’s face when he realised Anton’s teeth were real #Strictly Proper hysterics— mrsb (@Mrs_Bentos) October 5, 2019
#Strictly this has to be the best ever episode , dancing , falls and teeth !!— Tanya Mcdonald (@tanyamc) October 5, 2019
Du Beke wasn’t the only dancer who was a source of hilarity during the live show as Katya Jones managed to make two dramatic falls, overshadowing her partner Mike Bushell who many had expected to be the funniest thing about their Magic Mike-inspired Cha Cha Cha.
First, Jones slipped on some confetti and slid across the dancefloor on her bottom, but then she had an even more spectacular tumble as she ran into her post-performance interview with host Claudia Winkleman.
Many viewers couldn’t help but notice that the timing of the second fall was exactly as she passed her estranged husband Neil Jones, who she recently split from.
Katya tripping, Anton’s teeth...tonight has been absolutely wild #Strictly— Ella ⭐️ (@artistiqwalrus) October 5, 2019
However, Jones later insisted that the second fall had in fact been a fake designed to poke fun at her first dancefloor slip up.
FYI I did it again on purpose in Claudia’s area! And im def not drunk as some people think.— katya Jones (@Mrs_katjones) October 5, 2019
At the more serious end of the contest, the series saw its first 10 with a near-perfect Charleston from competition favourites Kelvin Fletcher and Oti Mabuse.
The pair seized their opportunity for top scores in movie week with a dance inspired by Mary Poppins Returns, a favourite of Fletcher and his young daughter, which earned him two 10s from Shirley Ballas and Bruno Tonioli, and nines from Craig Revel Horwood and Motsi Mabuse.
Tonioli told him: “That was as good as anything I’ve seen on the West End stage or on Broadway.”
Fletcher of course headed straight to the top of the leaderboard with his total of 38, bypassing Michelle Visage who had opened the show with a high-scoring, Cabaret-themed Quickstep.
Visage had admitted she wanted her routine with Giovanni Pernice to be the showstopper of the evening and had earned a score of 35, made up of three nines and an eight.
Until Fletcher’s effort, Visage looked like the evening’s champion with nine the highest score from a judge until that point in the series.
Ballas told her: “It was absolutely magnifique, you smashed it on every level. Your character was off the charts.”
Dev Griffin and Dianne Buswell also won high praise for their couple’s choice routine inspired by Aladdin which scored 36 points, a triumph after a week in which the DJ dropped his partner in training, landing her in A&E.
Strictly Come Dancing continues with the results show on Sunday at 7.15pm on BBC One.