Strictlys Ellie Leach forced to apologise after punching co-star

Ellie Leach performs the samba with Vito Coppola

Strictly Come Dancing’s Ellie Leach was forced to apologise to her professional dancing partner after accidentally hitting him in the face.

The duo were speaking to BBC presenter Claudia Winkleman before receiving their scores from the judges for their Paso Doble routine.

After getting good feedback, the pair were blown away when they were given three nines and one 10 from Motsi Mabuse.

As they celebrated getting awarded a total of 37, Vito Coppola picked Ellie up as they jumped in excitement.

However, as the former soap star went to hug her partner, she accidentally bashed his mouth.

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Clearly in pain, he instantly put his hand to his mouth as Ellie realised what she had done.

She said: “Oh sorry! Sorry, I’ve injured him again!”

Vito tried to reassure Ellie he was fine, but he could be seen in visible pain as he touched his teeth where she had smacked him.

However, the duo’s routine was overshadowed by Layton William’s who managed to get a total of 39 for his dance, the highest of the season.

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One contestant that has been impressing the judges is Angela Scanlon who currently has odds of 9/2 to win the competition.

Although body language expert Darren Stanton believes she could be leaving the show in a few weeks.

Speaking on behalf of Betfair Roulette, he said: “Angela and Carlos have a very strong bond.

“I can often see them engaging in great eye contact along with them feeling pure joy whenever they’re rehearsing or dancing in front of the judges.”

Highlighting that the duo have strong potential to go far in the competition, the expert detailed there’s some weakness in their abilities.

He added: “For example, if something has gone wrong in the routine, Carlos displayed signs of frustration in himself.

“But the show has to go on, there isn’t time to dwell on what went wrong. I don’t think they’re at a huge risk, I predict they have a few weeks left in them.”

Could fans see Angela leaving the competition sooner than expected?

Strictly Come Dancing continues next Saturday on BBC One from 6:40pm

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