The latest series of Strictly Come Dancing has kicked off on BBC One, with 16 new contestants competing for this year’s title.

This week, the eight male contestants took to the floor for the first time, with the female celebrities appearing only in a group dance.

And one of them is set to have a short-lived career in the ballroom, with the first contestant getting the boot on Sunday night’s results show.

First to perform was Holby City star Tom Chambers and his dance partner Camilla Dallerup.

Chambers, who is the early favourite to win this year’s series, danced a cha cha cha, and received a mixed reaction – Craig Revel Horwood described his hip swivelling actions as “mincey” although he went on to receive an impressive 28 points from the judges.

Former EastEnder Phil Daniels and actor Don Warrington fared less well – Phil scored 20 points for his waltz with Flavia Cacace, while Warrington received just 19 for his disco-themed cha cha cha.

However, rugby star Austin Healey and partner Erin Boag wowed the panel with their waltz. Len Goodman described it as “the best first dance I’ve ever seen from a man, and Healey swiftly soared to the top of the leader board with a score of 32,including nine out of ten from Goodman.

Olympic swimmer Mark Foster also performed a waltz but didn’t go down quite so well with the judges.

Revel Horwood described his dance as “tedious”, and with a final score of 22 he found himself near the bottom of the scoreboard.

Gary Rhodes danced next and fared even worse, scoring just 17 points for his cha cha cha- including a measly one out of ten from Revel Horwood.

Meanwhile veteran political journalist John Sergeant – who is the favourite to be eliminated on Sunday – performed better than expected with 22 points. GMTV presenter Andrew Castle, who rounded things off, received a mixed reaction for his dance.

The girls then took to the floor for their Moulin Rouge-inspired group performance.

The results of the public vote will be revealed on Sunday,with the two least popular couples having to perform again in a bid to stay in the competition.