In the seventh episode (December 4), EastEnders the star performed a slick American alongside her pro partner Pernice.
Towards the end of the dance, she leaps into the air and is caught by Pernice. Host Tess Daly said: “My heart was in my mouth. We have never seen anything like it on the show before.”
Judge Craig Revel Horwood added: “Yes, really great, that elevation – you guys really have to get to know each other well.”
“I think if we slow down the lift at the end, you’ll see there’s a point in mid-air where you guys don’t touch,” Shirley Ballas said. “It was really a leap of faith.”
Later, when co-host Claudia Winkleman asked Ayling-Ellis if she trusted Pernice, she quipped, “I really don’t have much of a choice.”
She added: “No, I trust him. We have a really good friendship.”
Viewers praised the pair for their dive, with one calling it “heart stopped” and another calling it “awesome”.
The other two contestants had no such luck with their lifts. Both John Whaite and the professional partners of AJ Odudu, Johannes Redebe and Kai Widdrington, mistake that saw the scores of the contestants drop.
Strict continues Saturdays until December 18 on BBC One.
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