Darren wins the vote in dance-off

SOUTH Yorkshire Strictly Come Dancing star Darren Bennett will don his dancing shoes and sequins for another week after scraping through to the next round in a dramatic dance-off.

Monday, 15th October 2007, 7:37 am
Updated Monday, 15th October 2007, 9:57 am

Darren, who lives in Rotherham with his wife and TV show rival Lilia Kopylova, ended up in the bottom two with ex-Eastenders actress Letitia Dean after the pair’s rumba got the second worst score of the night - 23 out of 40.

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The judge’s score combined with the public vote meant Darren, who was born in Deepcar and brought up in Todwick, had to battle it out against actress Stephanie Beacham for a place in next Saturday’s show.

And despite Letitia’s first performance being criticised as “restrained” by judge Bruno Tonioli, and “clinical,” “cold”, and “ stiff” by Craig Revel-Horwood, the pair got the backing of three of the four judges in the dance-off.