The vlogger impressed the judges during the first round of the BBC dancing competition

Strictly Come Dancing star Joe Sugg has admitted he is happy to have proven judge Craig Revel Horwood wrong after he and partner Dianne Buswell produced a high-scoring first routine on the show.

The vlogger and Dianne performed the jive to Aha’s Take On Me during the opening round of the competition on Saturday.

They finished two points off the top of the leaderboard after being awarded a score of 27 by dance experts Craig, Dame Darcey Bussell, Bruno Tonioli and head judge Shirley Ballas.

Craig had revealed he expected Joe to struggle on the BBC dancing programme after watching him dance with his fellow celebrity contestants during the show’s live launch.

Craig Revel Horwood
Craig Revel Horwood admitted he initially did not have high hopes for Joe Sugg on Strictly (Ian West/PA)

Speaking on Strictly spin-off show It Takes Two, Joe said: “On the group show I was tucked away in the corner.

“So I was surprised he actually did see me at all, as I’m not the tallest of people. It’s good to prove him wrong and get in his good book.”

Joe and Dianne will next take on the Charleston which they will dance to 1990s pop song Cotton Eye Joe by Rednex.

Joe revealed the song’s country and western style was a nod to his previous job making thatched roofs for cottages.

Last week’s joint leaders former Pussycat Dolls star Ashley Roberts and Pasha Kovalev will dance the cha cha cha to Boogie Wonderland by Earth Wind and Fire this weekend.

Their closest competitors Steps’ Faye Tozer and Giovanni Pernice will do a Viennese waltz to Seal’s version of James Brown’s It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World.