The Strictly Come Dancing 2015 competition began on Friday night, with six of the 15 celebrity contestants performing live for the first time in a bid for glitter ball glory – and it was Call the Midwife star Helen George who tripped the light most fantastic, scoring 29/40 for her Waltz.
“You were able to give such feeling to the dance,” Darcey told Helen. “Such grace and romance. There was glimmers of Ginger Rogers. You are going to be beautiful in the Ballroom dances.”
Even the notoriously difficult to please judge Craig Revel Horwood was impressed, telling Helen she has “tremendous potential”.
“A very daring Tango set in the 1960s… I loved it,” said Darcey.
“I thought that was absolutely marvellous,” added Craig. “A huge surprise. But you have a peculiar wrist scenario.”
Anita danced a Cha Cha with new pro Gleb Savchenko that Craig though was “really competent and fantastic to see”.
“It was pretty uneventful,” Craig said, “until you gave the wrong grip for the floor spin and nearly ripped Kristina’s arm out of its socket.”
But Len Goodman thought Daniel’s footwork was “the best I’ve seen”.
Boxer Anthony Ogogo’s Jive wasn’t a knock-out, either with Craig, who described it as “pigeon-toed”.
Carol’s Cha Cha was described by Bruno as “a flood of errors combined with a total technical drought”.
“But you made it a lot of fun to watch,” added Darcey kindly.
There is no public vote in the first weekend of dances, but the judges scores will be added to next week’s scores.
Our photo special includes all the dances of the first night – plus Craig’s face when asked what he thought of Carol Kirkwood’s Cha Cha. Have a look here.
Strictly Come Dancing continues on BBC1, Saturday, September 26, 6.15pm.