Posted: Saturday 24th November 2012 at 23:54 pm

Strictly Come Dancing 2012: Cyclist Victoria Pendleton lacks spice as she lands at the bottom of the leader board with her Salsa

By
Kimberley Dadds

15:13 EST, 24 November 2012


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18:54 EST, 24 November 2012

She had a shaky start when she first competed on this year’s series of Strictly Come Dancing.

And it seems Victoria Pendleton’s future on the show could be in jeopardy this weekend as she landed at the bottom of the leader board on Saturday night.

The Olympic gold medallist admitted before her dance that she didn’t have a great ‘track record for Latin dancing’, in fact describing it as ‘appalling’.

Setting out to impress: Victoria Pendleton was hoping to impress the judges on Saturday's Strictly Come Dancing but walked away with the lowest score of the evening

Setting out to impress: Victoria Pendleton was hoping to impress the judges on Saturday’s Strictly Come Dancing but walked away with the lowest score of the evening

Not what she was hoping for! The Olympic gold medallist was only given a four by harsh judge Craig Revel Horwood

Not what she was hoping for! The Olympic gold medallist was only given a four by harsh judge Craig Revel Horwood

So she was, of course, dubious about taking to the dance floor with her partner Brenda Cole to take on the Salsa.

Victoria bared her midriff in a bright pink ensemble with her hair in large curls as she set out to impress judges Len, Darcey, Bruno and Craig.

And while she looked confident showing off her choreographed steps, the feedback couldn’t have been what she was looking for.

Latin moves: Victoria admitted she wasn't sure about the dance before hitting the dace floor but still gave it her all

Latin moves: Victoria admitted she wasn’t sure about the dance before hitting the dace floor but still gave it her all

Taking her position: She looked radiant in her pink outfit but failed to make waves with her moves on Saturday night

Taking her position: She looked radiant in her pink outfit but failed to make waves with her moves on Saturday night

Daring: Bruno told her she looked fabulous... but only when she stood still

Daring: Bruno told her she looked fabulous… but only when she stood still

Don't look, Victoria! She only managed to get a total of 21 points, although her fate will be decided on Sunday night's results show

Don’t look, Victoria! She only managed to get a total of 21 points, although her fate will be decided on Sunday night’s results show

Pendleton received low scores from all four judges, even being marked with a lowly four from Craig Revel Horwood, while she only managed to notch up 21 points overall.

And she received a cutting remark from Bruno as he told her: ‘You look fabulous… when you stand still.’

It left her trailing behind her fellow contestants, although there were a few other disappointments throughout the evening as well.

Outraged: Her dance partner Brendan Cole didn't look impressed by the judges' comments

Outraged: Her dance partner Brendan Cole didn’t look impressed by the judges’ comments

Struggling? The pair were seen trying to get to grips with the moves in rehearsals

Struggling? The pair were seen trying to get to grips with the moves in rehearsals

Whoops: They seemed to be having fun during practice but they failed to get it right on the night

Whoops: They seemed to be having fun during practice but they failed to get it right on the night

Normally Lisa Riley and Louis Smith are up amongst the higher marked dancers.

But on Saturday night’s show the judges were left unimpressed with their latest efforts and they both ended up one away from the bottom.

Goodman told Lisa that the feel of her Rumba ‘wasn’t exciting’, while Bruno agreed: ‘It was nice but it was quite understated for you.’

Lady in red: Show favourite Lisa Riley received 27 points for her Rumba after the judges complained of it being understated and not as exciting as they'd hoped

Lady in red: Show favourite Lisa Riley received 27 points for her Rumba after the judges complained of it being understated and not as exciting as they’d hoped

Disappointed: Len Wiseman admitted he was hoping for more from the actress, who has previously been hailed for her dancefloor talents

Disappointed: Len Wiseman admitted he was hoping for more from the actress, who has previously been hailed for her dancefloor talents

The verdict: Lisa didn't look too pleased as her dance was critiqued

The verdict: Lisa didn’t look too pleased as her dance was critiqued

Paso Doble: Louis also failed to ignite with his dance, which Darcey complained didn't have enough attitude

Paso Doble: Louis also failed to ignite with his dance, which Darcey complained didn’t have enough attitude

And Louis failed to ignite with his dance, with Darcey telling him: ‘The attitude just wasn’t there for me.’

Both had scored 27 overall.

Although it was a good night for Girls Aloud star Kimberley Walsh who scored a dazzling 34 dressed in a stunning electric blue gown, while Dani Harmer notched up an impressive 36.

Ouch! Denise Van Outen was dropped in rehearsals by her partner James Jordan but battled through it to become top of the board again

Ouch! Denise Van Outen was dropped in rehearsals by her partner James Jordan but battled through it to become top of the board again

'Graceful': Denise hit the top of the leader board with 37 after Bruno gave her a 10

‘Graceful’: Denise hit the top of the leader board with 37 after Bruno gave her a 10

Feeling peachy: Denise wowed the judges and the audience yet again with her foot work

Feeling peachy: Denise wowed the judges and the audience yet again with her foot work

The scores: Victoria and Brendan were placed bottom, while Denise was Saturday's score winner, although the next one to leave will be announced on Sunday

The scores: Victoria and Brendan were placed bottom, while Denise was Saturday’s score winner, although the next one to leave will be announced on Sunday

Westlife’s Nicky Byrne also had a big night – getting his biggest score of the series so far with an astonishing 36 after pulling in nines from all four judges.

But it was down to Denise Van Outen to top the leader board once more after getting a total of 37.

Darcey told her: ‘That was graceful, you are a pleasure to watch.’

Bruno added: ‘Smooth and weightless.’

Personal best: Westlife's Nicky Byrne also received his own highest score with all nines thanks to his energetic number

Personal best: Westlife’s Nicky Byrne also received his own highest score with all nines thanks to his energetic number

Electric: Kimberley Walsh also stunned with her dance, receiving a total of 34 from the judges

Electric: Kimberley Walsh also stunned with her dance, receiving a total of 34 from the judges

Giving it his all: Michael Vaughn also took to the dance floor to battle it out for his place in the competition

Giving it his all: Michael Vaughn also took to the dance floor to battle it out for his place in the competition

Shake it: Dani Harmer opened the show with her own energetic routine, setting the bar high with 36 points, one of the highest of the night

Shake it: Dani Harmer opened the show with her own energetic routine, setting the bar high with 36 points, one of the highest of the night

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