Strictly Come Dancing fans have declared Sara Davies the 'dark horse' of the new series after a score of 36 out of 40 left the Dragon's Den star speechless on Saturday night.

In scenes that echoed her phenomenal leaderboard-topping performance from two weeks ago when she and partner Aljaz blew everyone away with their Foxtrot to Dream a Little Dream, County Durham entrepreneur Sara was once again the toast of the ballroom in week 4 after a red hot and near perfect tango alongside the pro dancer.

After the Strictly judges, including the always hard to please Craig Revel-Horwood, struggled to find fault with Sara and Aljaz's routine, Sara looked overwhelmed by the praise heaped on her as she headed off to speak to host Claudia Winkleman.

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And then Sara was then left in even more shock as the judge delivered their scores, with each of them giving a 9, earning her and Aljaz a very impressive 36, just four marks off a perfect score.

Claudia told Aljaz that he and Sara had earned him his highest ever score for a tango on Strictly and, after asking "are you alright Sara?" the Crafters' Companion founder took a moment before telling her: "Blown away! Like, made up."

Strictly's Sara Davies speechless as fans label her 'dark horse'
Strictly's Sara Davies speechless as fans label her 'dark horse'

Aljaz then said: "It's taken 10 years to get four 9s for a tango - get in!"

Just like the judges, Strictly fans watching at home were full of superlatives for Sara.

One tweeted: "Soooo, there's the dark horse identified! Loving Sara and Aljaz," and, thinking exactly the same, another posted: "Sara is a proper dark horse. Loving it"

A third reacted: "Love love love this pair so much! Beautiful dance, Sara you are the epitome of what Strictly is about."

And a fellow North Easterner commented: "Sara Davies repping the North East and being f****** amazing in the process! Go on lass!"

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