The West End performer didn’t quite match her three tens from last week, but a score of 37 for her American Smooth was enough to put Denise ahead of all the other celebs.
Dani Harmer opened the show with her Samba to Single Ladies by Beyoncé, but the Tracy Beaker star missed out on her first ten of the series, scoring another four nines from the judges.
Victoria Pendleton got a grilling from the judges for her rather static salsa getting her second lowest score of the night with 21 points.
Also scoring a personal low score was Louis Smith, who failed to win over the panel with his “limp” Paso Doble to Michael Jackson hit Dirty Diana.
Lisa Riley and pro partner Robin Windsor didn’t manage to live up to their fun routine at Wembley, scoring 27 points from the judges, while Michael Vaughan also struggled, with 26 points.
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Strictly Come Dancing 2012 continues tomorrow night with the latest Strictly results show on Sunday 25th November at 1925 on BBC One and BBC One HD.