Tears and tantrums as Lisa Snowdon reaches Strictly Come Dancing final three

PUBLISHED: 13:02 08 December 2008 | UPDATED: 21:15 26 October 2009

Picture shows: LISA SNOWDON DANCES WITH BRENDAN COLE during Live show
TX: BBC One 06/12/2008

Picture shows: LISA SNOWDON DANCES WITH BRENDAN COLE during Live show TX: BBC One 06/12/2008

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THERE were tears, tantrums and tens as Lisa Snowdon made it through to the semi-final of Strictly Come Dancing. The stunning WGC model survived her third dance-off of the series. She waltzed into the final three following a nail-biting head-to-head contes

Picture shows: AUSTIN HEALEY DANCES WITH ERIN BOAG and LISA SNOWDON DANCES WITH BRENDAN COLE during Results show
TX: BBC One 07/12/2008

THERE were tears, tantrums and tens as Lisa Snowdon made it through to the semi-final of Strictly Come Dancing.

The stunning WGC model survived her third dance-off of the series.

She waltzed into the final three following a nail-biting head-to-head contest with former England rugby hero Austin Healey.

Leggy Lisa and professional partner Brendan Cole got the nod from all four judges after what was described as "the best ever" dance-off on the show.

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Picture shows: LISA SNOWDON DANCES WITH BRENDAN COLE during Dress Rehearsal 
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Rather prophetically, Austin said before the result was announced on Sunday: "Lisa has got a strong character.

"She's a fighter. She has shown that in the dance-off. She's a real threat."

That proved to be the case as the two bottom couples gave it one more twirl on the dancefloor.

Judge Craig Revel Horwood said: "I have to say that that has to be one of the best dance-offs ever, ever, ever!

"That makes the decision really, really difficult, but I'm going to save Lisa and Brendan."

The other three judges went the same way with Bruno Tonioli adding: "This dance-off was so good and so close if it was up to me I would have a rollover."

Lisa and Brendan's ballroom had scored 39 out of a possible 40 on Saturday night's live programme.

The One Show presenter Christine Bleakley, herself a Strictly contestant this season, said: "I thought Lisa's waltz was absolutely beautiful.

"She looked glamorous, she looked in control and you couldn't help but get swept away with it."

A delighted Brendan told Lisa afterwards: "You danced that absolutely beautifully."

Brendan's mood wasn't so cheerful later in the evening when Lisa's jive was awarded three eights, with only Bruno marking it higher.

"I challenge anybody, I challenge the four sitting out there (the judges) to do this jive.

"That was a good jive," said Brendan before storming off set.

Lisa's dad Nigel said: "Bad boy Brendan, this is what we want to see! A bit of emotion. Fine, I've got no problem with that."

Backstage Brendan later explained: "It was worth eight if that's what they are marking everybody else.

"But if they are marking other things 10 when it's not a 10..."

Lisa, Rachel Stevens and Tom Holby are the final three celebrities left in the competition.


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