Made in Chelsea star and partner Karen Hover scored 29 points for street dancing.
The judges told the pair that they were “surprised” by the performance at Elstree this year instead of Blackpool due to an epidemic.
DJ Clara Ampho is strictly below the leaderboard, with Aljaz Skorjane just 18 points from the judges for Samba.
Shirley Ballas told Amphoe that her feet had “lost the mark” and that this was the weakest performance she had ever had.
On the BBC One show on Saturday night, Ranveer Singh and Giovanni Pernice “warm up Ballas” with an Argentine tango.
Good Morning has asked Britain star Singh to end a show that pays homage to Blackpool. 27 points for a “Lancashire law, born and raised couple”.
Mysie Smith and Gorka Marquez performed a salsa after attending the Dance Off last weekend.
“I thought it was brilliant,” said Anton du Beck, who represented Motsi Maboos on the judging panel.
“What a way to get back out of that horrible dance,” Ballas said, adding that the couple scored 27 points.
But some viewers disagreed.
One viewer wrote on Twitter: “Scoring is everywhere again. Judges’ scores should not be counted if they are inconsistent, it should be general votes only. ”
Another added: “I like to look strictly for escape, but tonight I’m almost screaming on the screen.
“Marking was everywhere. Clara didn’t deserve a six-point drop at the bottom of the board for a start, and some of the other markings were ridiculous. ”
Earlier this week, it was confirmed that Nicola Adams and Katya Jones will be returning to Strictly Come Dancing for a final dance.
The pair, who were forced to leave the BBC One show after testing Jones positive on Covid-19, will return to the ballroom in the coming weeks for a non-competitive routine.
When 38-year-old Olympic boxer Adams appeared on the BBC’s Spin-Off It Takes Two, he revealed the news: Katya and I will be back. ”
The two began to isolate themselves separately, excluding them from the competition.