Salsa sends Sheffield Vaughan to next round of Strictly

Programme Name: Strictly Come Dancing - TX: 10/11/2012 - Episode: Episode 7 (No. Episode 7) - Embargoed for publication until: n/a - Picture Shows: **LIVE SHOW** Michael Vaughan, Natalie Lowe - (C) BBC - Photographer: Guy Levy
Programme Name: Strictly Come Dancing - TX: 10/11/2012 - Episode: Episode 7 (No. Episode 7) - Embargoed for publication until: n/a - Picture Shows: **LIVE SHOW** Michael Vaughan, Natalie Lowe - (C) BBC - Photographer: Guy Levy
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AN ALL-OVER bronzing of spray-on tan gave Michael Vaughan the confidence to sail through another week of Strictly Come Dancing - despite a flawed salsa earning him the lowest judges’ score of the weekend.

The Sheffield-raised cricket captain, who told The Star he was to undergo his first fake tan on Saturday, went through thanks to the public vote despite bottom place on the leaderboard.

Vaughan, aged 38, who lives in Baslow and has been training for his dances at City Limits on Penistone Road, Hillsborough, polled just 26 points out of 40. His odds to win the BBC show are 50/1.

Judge Darcey Bussell told him his dance was ‘quite cute actually’ - despite a catalogue of errors in the middle.

Head judge Len Goodman told him: “Compared with some of your other Latin dances it was a lot better.

“It was a bit mechanical, and somewhere in the middle there was a serious incident, but I thought you had great content, the lifts were excellent, and you’ve come here and given it a proper go, you weren’t ashamed of yourself.”

Judge Bruno Tonioli told him: “I think we can now say you can bat for the Latin team as well as the ballroom. Your timing is still far from perfect, you still need a little more lubrication in the hips, but it’s so much better it’s almost a revelation.”

Craig Revel Horwood complained: “It was very automated - I could see the mechanics of every single move - and you went horribly wrong in the middle and didn’t recover.

“But I loved the lifts, I loved the energy, and I love your commitment.”

TV presenter Fern Britton and Girls Aloud singer Kimberley Walsh were in the bottom two, and it was Fern who went home.