Strictly Come Dancing 2015: opening weekend #1

I know. It’s Friday. So it’s a weekday. But working hours are over, the soap operas are all done and….STRICTLY SEASON IS HERE.

Just under three weeks since the launch show, the celebrities are full of shimmering light as they put on their dancing shoes for the first time this weekend and make their competition debut. Nobody will leave the competition this weekend allowing that pressure of exit to be lifted as the couples make their first impressions on Elstree and on the country.

Click more to recap the first live show of the 2015 series of Strictly Come Dancing.

Alan Dedicote seemed to be as excited as us about the return of the BBC’s flagship talent show as he rushed through the fifteen introduction. No opening dance – I assume that will be tomorrow – so it was straight down to business.

Kellie Bright and Kevin Clifton – Tango to ‘You Really Got Me’ by The Kinks

Props: a red phone box

Kellie was a bag of nerves. First of the series is undoubtably a lot of pressure and I think we could see that that got to her, manifest in an odd sort of ‘plaster-a-smile-on-my-face’ way. It wasn’t laboured, it wasn’t stiff but it wasn’t quite on the mark. I’m a writer and not a dancer so I can’t offer much about technique (keep this in mind the whole series) – but I did think that Kellie looked as if Kevin was flinging her around a little bit. Almost lugging her about the place. But her footwork shows that she can take on board quick choreography so it should be interesting to see where she goes.

Judges: Craig 6, Darcey 7, Len 7, Bruno 7 = 27/40

Anthony Ogogo and Oti Mabuse – Jive to ‘Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go’ by Wham!

Props: a blue door

First look at a new professional. She can kick, I’ll give her that.

Oti gave the boxer a lot of choreography for his first bite of the Strictly cherry and the result was a little messy. Anthony stomped around the floor looking as if he was contemplating what he has signed himself up for. However, he kept up with the pace (mostly) and that should bode well going forward. Not really much I can find to say here. It was alright?

Judges: Craig 4, Darcey 5, Len 6, Bruno 6 = 21/40

Helen George and Aljaž Skorjanec – Waltz to ‘With You I’m Born Again’ by Billy Preston and Syreeta Wright

Props: none

A beautiful first dance from Helen and Aljaz as they showed us what a couple they can be. The whole thing was elegant, classy and sweet. A few seconds out of hold but that is to be expected – it’s week one and natural habits will creep back in. The moments out of check were minimal. Very lovely.

Judges: Craig 7, Darcey 7, Len 7, Bruno 8 = 29/40

Carol Kirkwood and Pasha Kovalev – Cha Cha Cha to ‘Thunder in My Heart’ by Leo Sayer

Props: a glittery weather map and a cloud

Oooh. Well. Nerves ruined that one I’m afraid. Carol shook the entire way through the routine and lagged behind Pasha for the majority of the routine. Very slow and lethargic and you could see how Carol was thinking about her routine and her steps so very much that the whole thing was overcast and grey.

Judges: Craig 2, Darcey 5, Len 5, Bruno 4 = 16/40

Daniel O’Donnell and Kristina Rihanoff – Waltz to ‘When Irish Eyes Are Smiling’ by Ruby Murray

Props: none

I think Daniel is the one most have already written off but I thought it was quaint and cute. His hold suffered where his footwork triumphed – so it’s a case of putting the two together and keeping it in time. Kristina is a wonderful choreographer and so if anybody can make an elegant dancer out of Daniel, we have the girl.

Judges: Craig 4, Darcey 6, Len 7, Bruno 7 = 24/40

Anita Rani and Gleb Savchenko – Cha Cha Cha to ‘Rather Be’ by Clean Bandit

Props: hay bales

The last dance of the evening and the fastest on offer. Anita was on point with the speed and the energy. She gave it a wonderful effort and it looks like new boy Gleb won’t go easy on the choreography.

Judges: Craig 6, Darcey 7, Len 7, Bruno 7 = 27/40


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