Strictly Come Dancing saw celebrities dance with their pro partners for the first time as the competition got under way in the first of two shows for the weekend.

And EastEnders’ star Jake Wood was quick off the mark with partner Janette Manrara and a tango that even impressed super-critical judge Craig Revel Horwood.

“You had a strong frame, took the lead, it was full of intent and sharp moves. I think you are one to watch,” Craig told Jake.

That’s not what Jake’s former Enders co-star Jo Joyner told him when she heard he was taking part in the dance contest.

“She says I’ve got a grandad dance, which basically involves me sticking my bum out. She says I should be very nervous,” Jake said.

No need to be nervous when you’re top of the scoreboard with 28/40 after your first dance.

Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills should be worried, though, as he finished bottom with 16/40 after dancing a cha-cha-cha with partner Joanne Clifton that head judge Len Goodman described as “the sort of dance that would be better on the radio”.

Also dancing on the first night… Singer/songwriter Pixie Lott, who made all the right moves in her jive with partner Trent Whiddon, scoring 27/40.

TV presenter Caroline Flack, who danced the cha-cha-cha with Pasha Kovalev and also scored 27/40.

Tennis coach Judy Murray scored 18/40 for her waltz with Anton Du Beke that Darcy Bussell described as “very nervous”. Antiques expert Tim Wonnacott also scored 18 for a cha-cha-cha with Natalie Lowe that failed to impress. “If you can sell that you can sell anything,” Bruno Tonioli told Tim.

Only the judges vote for the first two shows. The judges’ scores will be carried forward to next weekend, when they will be counted with the public vote.

Strictly Come Dancing continues on BBC1, Saturday, September 27, 7.30pm, where the remaining nine celebrities will dance their first dance.