CRICKETING star Michael Vaughan bounced back from a poor performance to wow the judges in the latest round of hit TV show Strictly Come Dancing.
The 37-year-old, who grew up in Sheffield, finished in the bottom two of the dancing competition last week and only survived to perform again after winning a dance-off against model Jerry Hall.
But he bounced back in style in Saturday’s Halloween-themed show with partner Natalie Lowe, earning the second-highest score of the day for a quickstep performed to That Old Black Magic, by Glenn Miller.
Afterwards, show host Sir Bruce Forsyth described his performance as ‘absolutely beautiful’.
He told former Silverdale School pupil Vaughan, who was dressed as a magician: “You surprised everybody and yourself.”
Awarding the couple eight marks out of 10, head judge Len Goodman told them: “Last week, you were so close to going out of the competition.
“I’m so glad you didn’t, because we wouldn’t have got an opportunity to see that fabulous performance.”
Fellow judge Darcey Bussell, who also gave the couple eight out of 10, told Vaughan: “Ballroom is your thing, Michael.
“Your hold all the way through was beautiful. You got a bit tired at the end, but it didn’t faze you at all.
“Even at that speed, the quickstep, your feet were light, you were precise, but the best thing is that cheeky grin. That sold it to me. By the end, you were a Cheshire cat.
And judge Bruno Tonioli, who awarded the couple seven out of 10, said: “That was more than magical, it was a miracle.
“You were just incredible, what a transformation.”
Judge Craig Revel Horwood, who also gave the couple eight marks, simply applauded.
Former Yorkshire and England cricket captain Vaughan, from Baslow, said: “I’ve worked really hard for all the weeks, but this week we’ve kind of lived on the dance floor.
“I just want to improve and I think I’ve done it this week. It’s down to Natalie, she works me hard.”
nSheffield song-bird Lucy Spraggan pulled out of her performance on Saturday’s X Factor because she was too ill to perform.
Show bosses decided not to penalise Lucy and have fast tracked her through to next week, meaning she did not go up for the public vote.
Lucy, 20, from Stannington was reported to be suffering, ‘severe flu’ after a week of partying which saw her attend the James Bond Skyfall premiere.