The seven remaining couples on Strictly Come Dancing 2010 have taken to the dancefloor for the first time, in the second of the weekend’s shows.

As with Friday night’s show, which kicked off the eighth series, the celebrities and their professional partners performed either a waltz or a cha cha cha in a bid to impress the judges.

Last night’s line-up included Felicity Kendal, Scott Maslen, Goldie, Patsy Kensit, Matt Baker, Pamela Stephenson and Paul Daniels.

Saturday night’s show was kicked off by actor Jimi Mistry and professional partner Flavia Cacace, who performed a cha cha cha.

The pair received a mixed response for their efforts, with the judges praising their energy but criticising their technique.

“It was a little bit wobbly,” Alesha Dixon said, “but for a first dance that was fantastic.”

However Craig Revel Horwood wasn’t so sure. “It was a bit like watching the Scarecrow from The Wizard Of Oz,” he told the pair.

Former England footballer Peter Shilton was next on to the dancefloor, performing a waltz with partner Erin Boag. His obvious nerves were noticed by the panel but they praised him for his efforts.

“It wasn’t quite premier league for me but it was an adequate standard for week one,” Len Goodman told him.

“I know you’re going to come back and do better,” Bruno Tonioli added, “You’re facing something you’ve never faced before.”

Destiny’s Child singer Michelle Williams – hotly tipped to do well in the competition – also received a mixed reaction for her cha cha cha with partner Brendan Cole.

“You looked at times as if you were dancing on stilts,” Bruno Tonioli complained. “It was a fatal combination,” Len added. “Long legs, short skirt and bad technique.”

However Charlotte Church’s ex-fiance Gavin Henson fared better with his partner Katya Virshilas.

“I have to say, a really brave and good attempt,” Craig said of his waltz. “I think you’re a diamond in the rough,” Alesha told him. “It felt genuine, it felt heartfelt, well done.”

Next it was the turn of former Coronation Street star Tina O’Brien and her partner Jared Murillo, who performed a cha cha cha.

Alesha said that she had “potential” but Craig was disappointed. “It was a little bit uneventful. Next time it needs to be out there.”

And then it was time for Anne Widdecombe and Anton du Beke to make their dancing debut, with a waltz which entertained the audience but scored the lowest mark of the night from the judges.

“It was all a bit local authority, darling,” Craig told her but Bruno was kinder, describing her performance as “courageous. It was like watching the Ark Royal take on the stormiest of seas,” he said. “The ride was bumpy but you made it out of port!”

Finally, Kara Tointon and her partner Artem Chigvintsev wowed the panel with a cha cha cha which almost went wrong when she caught her heel in the heel of her leopard print dress.

“I knew the dominatrix look was a bad idea,” she joked as she came off stage. Nonetheless it didn’t prevent her from winning the highest score of the night – 30 out of 40, which put her just one point behind Friday’s joint leaders Pamela Stephenson and Matt Baker.

“Anyone can catch their heel in their tassel or whatever,” Len told her, “but you’re amazing”. Alesha agreed. “Even with the mistake, it was still the best dance of the night.”

There is no elimination this week but the judges’ scores from this week will count towards the result on next weekend’s show, when the first celebrity will get their marching orders.