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13 March 2007


Having tackled film songs, pop and even rock, our celebrity students seem prepared to try anything the Academy throws at them. And tonight, it's time for our remaining eight to turn on the razzle dazzle.

Dusting off his dicky bow first tonight was Shaun who sang That's Amore. He dazzled with a twirl and a dance, and for the first time together the judges loved it. "This is your music!" gushed Lesley.

As 'Doris Day meets Margaret Thatcher', Mel cranked the laughs up a notch by serenading a cut-out of Richard's face stuck to a chaise longe during Move Over, Darling. The judges couldn't have been more impressed. "A brilliant performance again," said Richard. "And marvellous taste."

His trademark spiky hair gelled neatly in place, Colin looked like a different chap tonight. And he sounded different too with his version of Love And Marriage. "But it's not your era," warned Lesley, while Richard and Craig reckoned he "tried too hard".

"I've got a bit of serious one tonight, and I'm absolutely terrifed," Angellica confessed as she lined up to Walk On By. Looking gorgeous in red, it was a departure from her usual upbeat numbers. But would it be enough to save her from the bottom three? Probably not, thought the judges. And poor old Angellica was in tears afterwards.

A critical battering devastated Fred last night, but he was back tonight with You Make Me Feel So Young. The judges didn't think it was enough though. "Muddled and out of tune," said Richard, which caused a defensive outburst from David Grant. Lesley stepped in with some much-needed praise though, recognising Fred's best performance ever.

"I'm more scared tonight than ever," said Tara, as she stepped up to perform These Boots Are Made For Walkin'. But in a pair of killer heels and lashings of attitude she had no need to worry. Her confident performance wowed the judges. "Brilliant," cooed Craig, "amazing," cheered Lesley, "awesome," gushed Richard. "That's what I mean about the bar being raised."

Tricia was in the bottom three for the first time last night, but the judges secured her safe passage through to the Academy. I'll Never Fall In Love was her song tonight. Lesley loved it, but Richard called her performance limp.

Closing the show was Ray, who's been thrilling the judges and audiences with a succession of singalong anthems. Strangers In The Night was his Sunday song. The judges were unanimous in slating his performance, but upbeat Ray couldn't be knocked. "It's great to have a go," he said.

It's getting tighter than ever in the Academy. Who's going to swing through tonight?

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