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Strictly Come Dancing 2016: The Ballroom bonanza has lift off!

26th September 2016

Strictly Come Dancing 2016: The Ballroom bonanza has lift off!
We are underway! Friday night kicked off Strictly Come Dancing 2016, as after much anticipation, we finally got to see the new group take their first steps!

The opening week was split into two parts, with six couples dancing on Friday night and the remaining nine pairs taking to the floor on the Saturday.

Here's how it all unfolded on Week One.

Around The Dancefloor

Just like last year, nobody was ever going home on opening weekend. Every couple performed one routine and their score will be combined with next week's performance.

Heading for the exit

Despite the first week comfort blanket, it tends to give a fair indication of who will be sticking around and who will be heading for the exit early. This year was no different.

To the shock of no one, it's former Labour MP Ed Balls who is propping up the leaderboard after week one, scoring only 21 points with his partner Katya, a debutant to the show herself. Their waltz failed to impress the judges, who thought it was all a little bit pedestrian.

Just one point above them are TV presenter Melvin Odoom and Janette Manrara, who despite a colourful and energetic performance, lacked the hips and the rhythm for the cha cha.

Also languishing at the wrong end of the leaderboard are Lesley and Anton and Naga and Pasha, who both got 23 points for their respective Waltz's.

Going for the Glitterball

Of course it's far too early to be saying anyone could win the Glitterball, but there were some very impressive debut performances.

Leading the way after opening night are Daisy Lowe and partner Aljaz. They also opened with the Waltz to Nat King Cole's 'Unforgettable' and the judges were absolutely delighted

Just a point behind the leaders is Kevin Clifton with new partner Louise Redknapp. Their naval-themed Jive was a huge hit with the judges who awarded them 31 points. “That floated my boat!” was the verdict of Len!

Their performance was matched Hollyoaks Actor Danny Mac and his partner Oti Mabuse, who also scored 31 points for their fantastic Cha Cha.

The only other couple to hit the 30 point mark were musician Will Young and his partner Karen Clifton. The pair performed the Tango to David Bowie hit “Let's Dance” and the judges were fairly impressed. Bruno praised the pair for their “Acting and Interpretation”.

Best of the rest

Elsewhere, it was a fairly mixed bag with the most eyebrow raising performances coming from Ore Oduba and Judge Rinder.

Ore Oduba, a BBC Sport presenter, surprised the judges with a solid Tango, despite dancing with an injury! With full fitness and more practice, he could be a dark horse in the competition.

Judge Ringer raised eyebrows for different reasons. Already, his performance is Strictly's most watched video of all time and he certainly whipped up a storm on social media! Along with debutant Oksana Platero, his Cha Cha left viewers in shock as his usually stern demeanour was cast aside and replaced with a confident and energetic opening performance.

Want to try it for yourself?

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To find one, simply head to the website homepage and search using your location or postcode to find your nearest dance studios.

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Source: Dance Near You