Clara Amfo breaks down in tears as she tops Strictly leaderboard with Aljaz Skorjanec

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Clara Amfo and Aljaž Škorjanec impressed Craig Revel Horwood, Shirley Ballas and Anton Du Beke with her energetic Charleston this evening. The Strictly Come Dancing star broke down in tears when she heard their complimentary comments before being left speechless when the trio revealed their scores. 

Shirley, Craig and Anton were all in awe of Clara as they remarked how much she’d improved from last week. 

The BBC Radio 1 presenter couldn’t believe their comments and struggled to hold back tears.

After the performance, Tess Daly asked: “What did you think of the swivel Craig?”

“I don’t want to see it again actually until the final darling,” Craig replied. 

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Shirley continued: I haven’t been your highest scorer and I look at you and the transformation. Your shoulder line, the swivels, the storyline, the rhythm, those legs of death. 

“You were absolutely brilliant today, well done.”

“What can I say?” Anton added. “When you rehearse a dance all week you want it on Saturday night to go like that. 

“I’ve had a wonderful night and you’ve topped it off. Thank you, perfect.”

After joining Claudia Winkleman, Clara choked on her words as she thanked Aljaž for being her teacher.

Claudia remarked: “You are in shock with those comments, you had lifts, totally different side to you, you loved the costume. You look emotionally, Clara.”

Struggling to answer, Clara: “Sorry, I’m [trying not] to cry. I had so much fun.

“This guy is going to be one of my best friends for life. I love dancing with him and tonight was for you and for all your amazing teaching.”

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Aljaž replied: “If I ever had love for dancing it’s with you. If you only knew how much this beautiful girl takes to heart the comments and you really work so hard.”

“Shirley has only given you sixes, three weeks in a row,” Claudia remarked. “How much would you like that to go up?”

“I wouldn’t mind it,” the BBC Radio 1 presenter commented. 

Clara received the highest score of the night with a nine from Craig and tens from Shirley and Anton. 

The Strictly’s star struggled to keep tears back as Aljaž congratulated her.

Motsi Mabuse later added: “I’m so emotional right now I don’t want to cry on the TV. I am so happy this happened to you.

“I’ve been saying you have that power girl and you just need to aim it right.

“You look absolutely amazing, you look beautiful, everything was on top and now you just have to keep it up because now we know you can.”

Strictly Come Dancing continues tomorrow on BBC One at 7.25pm.

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