It’s back! Strictly Come Dancing is underway once again – and the first
week saw the 14 brand new contestants taking to the floor with either a
cha cha cha or a waltz….
The show kicked off with all 14 couples being introduced even though only seven of them performed on Friday night’s show, with the others waiting until Saturday
Holly Valance kicked off the series with a spirited cha cha cha that the judges loved – and which won her joint first place on the scoreboard
The former Neighbours actress turned pop star was praised for her technique – and scored 28 points out of 40 for her efforts too
Daybreak presenter Dan Lobb also fared well, winning praise for his opening waltz and finishing second with 24 points
However things didn’t go quite so well for Lulu, with Craig Revel Horwood denouncing her cha cha cha as a ‘dancing disaster’, and her receiving just 17 points
Boxer Audley Harrison received a mixed response for his waltz – Craig wasn’t so sure but the others gave him a thumbs up
Footballer Robbie Savage adopted a mean and moody pose on the dancefloor for his cha cha cha with Ola Jordan – but it didn’t help him advance up the scoreboard
Anita Dobson’s waltz with Robin Windsor was one of the high points of the night, winning rave reviews from the panel
All four judges gave the former EastEnders star seven points – which meant she tied at the top of the scoreboard with Holly
Russell Grant rounded off Friday’s show – and while Craig didn’t think much of the astrologer’s camp cha cha cha, it won him the first standing ovation of the series!
Saturday night’s show kicked off with Harry Judd and Aliona Vilani performing a cha cha cha – which saw them finish near the top of the scoreboard
Rory Bremner also made a good impression, scoring well for his opening waltz with Erin Boag
The One Show’s Alex Jones received a mixed reception for her cha cha cha with James Jordan
However her dance partner leaped to her defence after she had been criticised by Craig, suggesting he should ‘be a bit nicer’ to the celebrities
Waterloo Road’s Chelsee Healey looked pretty in pink – and also made a good showing with her waltz, that also saw newcomer Pasha Kovalev make his dancefloor debut
Could Edwina Currie be this year’s Anne Widdecombe? She certainly tried hard with her tongue-in-cheek cha cha cha but failed to impress the judges
Nancy dell ‘Olio wasn’t helped by getting tangled up in her feather boa midway through her waltz but her dancing still failed to impress the judges who gave her a lowly 12 points
Finally, Jason Donovan performed his cha cha cha with Kristina Rihanoff – and it really was a case of saving the best for last
The former Neighbours star wowed the judges and landed the highest score of the weekend. But with no eliminations this weekend the stakes are set to be even higher next Saturday….