Victoria slips down strictly leaderboard

Programme Name: Strictly Come Dancing - TX: 17/11/2012 - Episode: Episode 8 (No. Episode 8) - Embargoed for publication until: n/a - Picture Shows: ** LIVE SHOW ** Victoria Pendleton - (C) BBC - Photographer: Guy Levy
Programme Name: Strictly Come Dancing - TX: 17/11/2012 - Episode: Episode 8 (No. Episode 8) - Embargoed for publication until: n/a - Picture Shows: ** LIVE SHOW ** Victoria Pendleton - (C) BBC - Photographer: Guy Levy
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Victoria Pendleton continued to lack consistency as a 1970s styled Pasodoble saw her fall back to the bottom of the Strictly Come Dancing leader board.

The Mildenhall Cycling Club gold member failed to impress the judges at Wembley, being awarded only 24 points.

The score left her tied for bottom place with Richard Arnold,who left the show on Sunday.

The Pasodoble was choreographed to combine the spirit of London 2012 with the extravagance of the 1970s.

The judges were impressed by the dance’s introduction, which saw Victoria ride a bicycle into the air, in a scene reminiscent of ET.

Bury Free Press dance expert Sian Couture has analysed the performance:

“Last Saturday Victoria and Brendan performed a very ambitious and dramatic Pasodoble.

“The introduction was bold and exciting but maintaining this intensity throughout the dance proved challenging.

“Wembley is vast compared to the usual strictly studio stage and I think the space was a little overwhelming for Victoria who, at times, appeared spatially disoriented.

“It was obvious, watching the routine, that Victoria had worked very hard and she made a very brave attempt to be consistently dramatic, unfortunately this was at the expense of delivering good strong technique.

“Her initial elongated steps were wobbly, her arm lines were insecure and whilst dancing in hold and during the series of stag leaps her eyes were down although she attacked the leaps with great determination.

“I was pleased to hear Victoria say that she was enjoying herself because, besides being a competition, this is what it is all about.

“The audience at Wembley seemed to support her enthusiastically and the viewers at home obviously voted for her, however, as the competition stands at the moment, it is critical that Victoria’s next performance is her best.”