Strictly Come Dancing 2019: Stars take to the floor for the first time

Strictly Come Dancing 2019: Kelvin Fletcher and Oti Mabuse raise the roof with an ‘outstanding’ Samba while injured Jamie Laing watches on as the celebrities take to the floor for the first time

  • Strictly kicked off in sensational style on Saturday night with the first live show, two weeks after the pairings were first revealed
  • Emmerdale star Kelvin Fletcher sent the audience into a frenzy with a hip-popping Samba with pro Oti Mabuse, after he stepped in to replace injured Jamie Laing
  • The pair earned a thunderous reception from the panel, and soared to the top of the leaderboard with 32 points out of 40
  • Ahead of the live show, CBBC presenter Karim Zeroual has already been branded the bookies favourite to win 

Strictly Come Dancing kicked off in sensational style on Saturday night, as 15 celebrities took to the ballroom floor with their professional partners for the first time.

Made In Chelsea star Jamie Laing proudly showed his support for the celebrities as he watched his replacement Kelvin Fletcher raise the roof with a show-stopping Samba, that saw him soar to the top of the leaderboard.

Celebrities including Alex Scott, Catherine Tyldesley, James Cracknell and Michelle Visage took to the floor for the first time with their professional partners, hoping to impress the judges including newcomer Motsi Mabuse.

Incredible: Strictly Come Dancing kicked off in sensational style on Saturday night, as 15 celebrities took to the ballroom floor with their professional partners for the first time

After stepping in as Jamie’s replacement two weeks ago, fans were eagerly awaiting his debut, which was a Samba to La Vida Es Un Carnaval by Celia Cruz.

While a thrilled Motsi cheered on her sister Oti, the performance sent the crowd and the panel wild, with the judge gushing: ‘Well are we not happy you stepped in? Seriously you have good assets, I’m taking about that spine that hip rotation that oozingness in your body, that was rhythmic that was so fun you are strong, I loved that.’ 

Jamie proudly watched the pair from the audience, and even gave them a standing ovation.

Bruno Tonioli added: ‘This hunk is on fire! I think you started a chain reaction of hot flushes across the country, honestly this is the best samba i have seen on a debut show here in American in Australia for the past 15 years.’ 

The pair’s sensational debut was also reflected in the scores, with an amazing 32 points out of 40.

Unbelievable: Emmerdale star Kelvin Fletcher stunned with a Samba alongside Oti Mabus, and they soared to the top of the leaderboard with a stunning 32 points

Delighted: The soap star was drafted into the show earlier this month after Jamie Laing was forced to pull out with a foot injury

Supportive: Jamie proudly watched on from the audience and even gave Kelvin and Oti a standing ovation following their dance

STRICTLY WEEK ONE LEADERBOARD

Alex Scott and Neil Jones: Quickstep to I Get a Kick Out of You by Frank Sinatra – 21 points out of 40

Dev Griffin and Dianne Buswell: Foxtrot to Build Me Up Buttercup by The Foundations – 30 points out of 40

David James and Nadiya Bychkova: Foxtrot to Three Lions by Baddiel, Skinner and Lightning Seeds – 17 points out of 40

Michelle Visage and Giovanni Pernice: So Emotional by Whitney Houston – 30 points out of 40

James Cracknell and Luba Mushtuk: Tango to Gold by Spandau Ballet – 11 points out of 40

Will Bayley and Janette Manrara: Quickstep to Pencil Full of Lead by Paolo Nutini – 26 points out of 40

Emma Weymouth and Aljaž Škorjanec: She’s a Lady by Tom Jones – 19 points out of 40

Catherine Tyldesley and Johannes Radebe: Viennese Waltz to I Got You Babe by Sonny and Cher – 20 points out of 40

Anneka Rice and Kevin Clifton: Cha Cha Cha to Gloria by Laura Branigan – 14 points out of 40

Saffron Barker and AJ Pritchard: Tango to Lips Are Moving by Meghan Trainor – 27 points out of 40

Chris Ramsey and Karen Hauer: Cha Cha Cha to Juice by Lizzo – 13 points out of 40

Kelvin Fletcher and Oti Mabuse: Samba to La Vida Es Un Carnaval by Celia Cruz – 32 points out of 40

Mike Bushell and Katya Jones: Jive to Do You Love Me by The Contours – 22 points out of 40

Karim Zeroual and Amy Dowden: Cha Cha Cha to If I Can’t Have You by Shawn Mendes – 31 points out of 40

Emma Barton and Anton Du Beke: Jive to Honey Honey by ABBA – 23 points out of 40

Kelvin was drafted into Strictly at the last minute to replace Jamie, after he suffered a foot injury during filming for the launch show.

Speaking to Tess before his dance, the actor said: ‘The craziest two weeks I’ve ever had but I’m so happy to be here,’ before wishing Jamie well in the audience.

It came as all 15 couples took to the floor with their partners for the first time, and while some surprised viewers with their moves, others struggled. 

Fierce: Another couple that earned a thunderous reception was RuPaul’s Drag Race star Michelle Visage and her fellow Italian Giovanni Pernice, who performed a Cha Cha Cha that was packed with attitude

Shocking: The pair earned a stellar 30 points out of 40 which left them in second place on the leaderboard

Another couple that earned a thunderous reception was RuPaul’s Drag Race star Michelle Visage and her fellow Italian Giovanni Pernice, who performed a Cha Cha Cha that was packed with attitude.

The American judge delighted the panel with her performance, with an impressed Craig stating that she ‘doesn’t need any help.’

Motsi added: ‘Full of sass full of power really elegant it’s not your down and dirty cha cha cha. You can straight away you’ve got coordination.’ 

The pair earned a stellar 30 points out of 40 which left them in second place on the leaderboard.

First to take to the floor was former England Lioness Alex Scott, who danced a quickstep to the appropriately titled I Get a Kick Out of You by Frank Sinatra 

British pro Neil Jones, who after four years of being on the show has landed has finally landed his first celebrity partner this series with the retired footballer.

Following an energetic routine, Neil said his debut performance was ‘worth the wait,’ and the judges all agreed the pair had plenty of potential.


Lovely: First to take to the floor was former England Lioness Alex Scott, who danced a quickstep to the appropriately titled I Get a Kick Out of You by Frank Sinatra with Neil Jones

Sensational: British pro Neil, who after four years of being on the show has landed has finally landed his first celebrity partner this series with the retired footballer, said their first dance was ‘worth the wait’

Making her first critique of the series, Motsi said: ‘I think you started off a little bit shy but as the music went on you did lighten up. 

‘You look quite comfortable in the hold with Neil so we just need to work on your presentation, and then you’ve got all the goods you need girl you’re dangerous!’

The pair’s solid first dance was reflected with a respectable 21 points out of 40.  

Strong: The pair’s solid first dance was reflected with a respectable 21 points out of 40

Second was comedian Chris Ramsey and pro Karen Hauer, who danced a Cha Cha Cha to Juice by Lizzo.

Sadly the performance was branded ‘awkward’ by Craig Revel-Horwood, but an optimistic Shirley Ballas insisted there is a dancer deep down in him.

Chris seemed less convinced, as his supportive wife Rosie watched on in the audience, and he and Karen scored just 13 points on their debut.

Hysterical: Second was comedian Chris Ramsey and pro Karen Hauer, who danced a Cha Cha Cha to Juice by Lizzo


Funky: Sadly the performance was branded ‘awkward’ by Craig Revel-Horwood, but an optimistic Shirley Ballas insisted there is a dancer deep down in him. They scored just 13 points out of 40


Romantic: Next up was Catherine Tyldesley, who struggled to overcome her motion sickness when dancing a Viennese Waltz with Johannes Radebe to I Got You Babe by Sonny and Cher

Potential: The performance earned a respectable critique from the panel and scored 20 points out of 40, with both Craig and Shirley insisting she could go far in the competition

Next up was Catherine Tyldesley, who struggled to overcome her motion sickness when dancing a Viennese Waltz with Johannes Radebe to I Got You Babe by Sonny and Cher.

The performance earned a respectable critique from the panel and scored 20 points out of 40, with both Craig and Shirley insisting she could go far in the competition.

Motsi said: ‘You two are just a beautiful tall elegant couple, and you managed to create an atmosphere ,for further cases when you dance ballroom just to stay in his right shoulder and that smooths everything out.’

Bruno added: ‘The trick in the Viennese Waltz is maintaining it, there is no stumble, there is no hops, it is continuous flow you have to continue that all the way through but some very good bits.’

Cute: As this year’s youngest contestant, YouTube star Saffron Barker was out to prove she could move, and she certainly impressed with her partner AJ Pritchard as they danced a Tango to Meghan Trainor’s Lips Are Moving


Passionate: The pair delivered a sensational routine which sent the audience into the tailspin, and immediately earned a high score that sent them soaring to the top to the leaderboard

Over the moon: The pair struggled to hide their delight as they scored a surprising 27 points out of 40

As this year’s youngest contestant, YouTube star Saffron Barker was out to prove she could move, and she certainly impressed with her partner AJ Pritchard as they danced a Tango to Meghan Trainor’s Lips Are Moving.

Soaring to the top of the leaderboard, Motsi gushed: ‘Girl you have fire I love that! I enjoyed every second because you were in there you were alive, you risked it, you have us what want. That is the best I’ve seen until now.’

The pair struggled to hide their delight as they scored a surprising 27 points out of 40. 


Kooky: Breakfast presenter Mike Bushell surprised the judges with his jaw-dropping jumping skills, as he performed a jive with Katya Jones to Do You Love Me by The Contours. The pair finished middle of the pack with a decent 22 points out of 40

Breakfast presenter Mike Bushell surprised the judges with his jaw-dropping jumping skills, as he performed a jive with Katya Jones to Do You Love Me by The Contours.

Shirley was full of praise, saying: ‘You are the dynamic duo you are like a little jumping thing. I mean you give it your best you go out there, you do out there with great energy and I thought it was delightful.’

As ever Craig was more critical saying: ‘It was like an over-wound tin toy, I have to say I sort of love that part of it, but you do have sickle feet. I’m not a fan of the aerial stuff leaving the floor but you did very well.’

The pair finished middle of the pack with a decent 22 points out of 40.

 

 

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