Strictly Come Dancing gave fans the reel thing on the show's Movie Week on Saturday night, with former JLS star Aston Merrygold and professional partner Janette Manrara topping the leaderboard with 35 points.

A lavish La La Land-inspired opening set the tone for the evening, with a number of standing ovations throughout.

Basking in the praise of both the audience and the judges were Merrygold and Manrara, whose Trolls-themed Cha-Cha-Cha was the most complete and colourful performance of the night, earning them three '9's and an '8'.

In second place were singer Alexandra Burke and her partner Gorka Márquez. Their My Fair Lady-celebrating American Smooth scored them 33 points.

Alexandra Burke and Gorka Márquez

The other couples that received scores in the thirties were: actor Joe McFadden and Katya Jones (Viennese Waltz, 32); actress Gemma Atkinson and Aljaž Skorjanec (Charleston, 31) and Saturdays singer Mollie King and AJ Pritchard (American Smooth, 30). 

Gemma Atkinson and Aljaž Skorjanec received 31 points for their Charleston

While only scoring 20 points, comedy star Susan Calman and partner Kevin Clifton's Wonder Woman-loving Samba was one of the show highlights for many, including author JK Rowling who tweeted: "@SusanCalman That might have been the best thing I've ever seen on television. #StrictlyComeDancing2017."

At the bottom of the board, the Rev Richard Coles and Dianne Buswell received the lowest score, 14, for their Flash Gordon-flavoured Paso Doble.

Rev Richard Coles and Dianne Buswell's Flash Gordon-flavoured Paso Doble wasn't out of this world

One point above them were presenter Ruth Langsford and Anton du Beke, whose Rhumba to Diamonds are Forever failed to sparkle.

Ruth Langsford and Anton du Beke's Rhumba to Diamonds are Forever failed to sparkle

There was one awkward moment during the show when professional dancer Brendan Cole took issue with Head Judge Shirley Ballas' assessment of his Top Gun Tango with presenter Charlotte Hawkins.

Ballas pointed out "rise and fall" in the routine, but Cole said: "There was no rise and fall."

Brendan Cole and Charlotte Hawkins received a score of 17

The Head Judge then told Cole to watch back the footage, to which he replied: "I will, my dear."

Ballas' colleague, Bruno Tonioli, then told Cole he should be "more respectful" towards the Head Judge.

Sunday's show will see the second dance-off of the series, with another couple then saying goodbye to the dancefloor.