‘I got in a bit of a muddle!’ Strictly’s Shirley Ballas suffers a hilarious blunder as she accidentally gives Tyler West and Dianne Buswell the ‘wrong score’ following their debut dance
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Strictly Come Dancing 2022 kicked off its first live show in style on Saturday, and all 15 couples took to the floor to perform their first ever competitive routine of the series.
However, despite a fabulous start, Shirley Ballas, 62, was left squirming after she got muddled up with her paddles when giving Tyler West and his professional partner Dianne Buswell their score.
The blunde prompted host Claudia to pause the show and seek clarification from Shirley, who quickly noted that she had planned to give the pair seven points, despite the on-screen count saying six.
Oops! Strictly Come Dancing’s Shirley Ballas, 62, was left squirming after she got muddled up with her paddles whhile giving Tyler West and Dianne Buswell their score on Saturday
Shirley picked up her paddle with the number seven on it but the on-screen tally stated she was giving them six points.
Kiss FM DJ Tyler, 26, and his professional partner Dianne, 33, performed the American Smooth to the song Falling by Harry Styles.
The couple received a mixed reception from the judges but were praised by head judge Shirley.
Gracing the dance floor: Kiss FM DJ Tyler, 26, and his professional partner Dianne, 33, performed the American Smooth to the song Falling by Harry Styles
Giving his comments, Anton said: ‘There is something about a big strapping chap dancing with a slight lady, and dancing together in a sensitive way, partnering her beautifully.
‘It was so gorgeous to watch you two dancing together. You have got a few problems below the waterline which I’m sure my colleagues will draw your attention but, the partnership, I loved.’
Giving a more harsh take, Craig said: ‘It all looked a bit sloppy to me… you have to dance through the moves, you can’t just step though them and think, “I do”.
‘The lift was good. I see potential.’
Glitch: Shirley picked up her paddle with the number seven on it but the on-screen tally stated she was giving them six points
Confirmation: Host Claudia Winkleman brought the show to a pause as she sought clarification on the scoring from Shirley
Motsi said: ‘I can see you guys have developed such a trust in a short space of time…
‘I think when you came in to hold, I need a bit more attention on the technique, gliding across the dance floor, opening it. But I can see the potential.’
Shirley added: ‘Any girl would feel very safe doing lifts and doing any kind of tricks with you. You just put her in the most beautiful space to enter and exit…
‘It’s only week one so from here forward you need to know what to heel, what to toe, what to heel, ball toe.
‘Just enhance your technique and it will show the beauty of your performance.’
However, when it came to scoring, Shirley could be seen reaching around under the table for her paddle to give the score.
She said: ‘I’m putting up a seven,’ despite her score on the screen reading as a six.
Emotional dance: The couple received a mixed reception from the judges but were praised by head judge Shirley
Host Claudia, 50, then had to intervene by saying: ‘Okay, we just need to clarify because Shirley held up a seven. I imagine you’d prefer the seven.’
To which Shirley replied: ‘I’ll take the seven, I got muddled up with my paddles, I was in a bit of a muddle.’
Claudia then went on to confirm: ‘Perfect, we’ll take a seven,’ which then brought Tyler and Dianne’s score to 22 points out of 40.
Strictly returns on Saturday evening at 6.30pm on BBC One.
Strictly: It Takes Two starts on Monday at 6.30pm on BBC Two.
Next instalment: Strictly returns on Saturday evening at 6.30pm on BBC One (Tyler and Dianne pictured on show)
Strictly Come Dancing 2022: Who are the couples?
HELEN SKELTON AND GORKA MARQUEZ
Helen Skelton and Gorka Marquez
Celebrity’s age: 39
Profession: TV and radio broadcaster
Helen says: ‘I’m really excited to get stuck into a fun adventure. My family and friends have always loved the show and can’t wait for me to get started’
ELLIE SIMMONDS AND NIKITA KUZMIN
Ellie Simmonds and Nikita Guzman
Celebrity’s age: 27
Profession: Former athlete
Ellie says: ‘To be asked to be part of the Strictly family is just so exciting and I cannot wait, it’s going to so much fun.’
ELLIE TAYLOR AND JOHANNES RADEBE
Ellie Taylor and Johannes Radebe
Celebrity’s age: 38
Ellie says: ‘Well, cover me in fake tan and roll me in sequins! I’m absolutely over the moon to be a part of Strictly 2022!’
FLEUR EAST AND VITO COPPOLA
Fleur East and Vito Coppola
Celebrity’s age: 34
Fleur says: ‘I’m equally nervous and thrilled to be part of this year’s Strictly line up. I’m excited to learn new skills and I want to soak up every moment of this magical experience.’
JAMES BYE AND AMY DOWDEN
James Bye and Amy Dowden
Celebrity’s age: 38
Profession: EastEnders actor
James says ‘I’m not known for my shimmy or my twinkle toes – in fact my kids regularly laugh at my dad dancing but it’s an honour to be asked and I’m going to give it my best shot.’
JAYDE ADAMS AND KAREN HAUER
Jayde Adams and Karen Hauer
Celebrity’s age: 37
Jayde says: ‘I’ve been a massive fan of the show for years. I feel like I’m watching myself in a dream and I can’t believe I’ve manifested this.’
TYLER WEST AND DIANNE BUSWELL
Tyler West and Dianne Buswell
Celebrity’s age: 26
Profession: Radio DJ
Tyler says: ‘It’s a show that means so much to me and my family and I can’t wait to seriously shake a leg on that shiny dance floor… with a side of sequins.’
HAMZA YASSIN AND JOWITA PRZYSTAL
Hamza Yassin and Jowita Przystal
Celebrity’s age: 35
Profession: Wildlife cameraman and presenter
Hamza says: ‘I am absolutely over the moon to be joining Strictly 2022. Never in a million years did I think I’d be on such a cool show.’
RICHIE ANDERSON AND GIOVANNI PERNICE
Richie Anderson and Giovanni Pernice
Celebrity’s age: 34
Profession: Radio presenter
Richie says: ‘This is a dream come true! I cannot wait to get in those sparkles and sequins and shimmy across the most famous dance floor in the world!’
KYM MARSH AND GRAZIANO DI PRIMA
Kym Marsh and Graziano Di Prima
Celebrity’s age: 46
Profession: Coronation Street star and presenter
Kym says: ‘I’m so delighted that this year they have! I’m a huge fan of the show and can’t believe I’m going to go from watching at home in my pyjamas to actually dancing in front of the judges in a glittery dress.’
MATT GOSS AND NADIYA BYCHKOVA
Matt Goss and Nadiya Bychkova
Celebrity’s age: 53
Matt says: ‘I’ve been reclusive, I come and work and then go back to America. I thought, it’s time for me to come home and get out of my own way’
MOLLY RAINFORD AND CARLOS GU
Molly Rainford and Carlos Gu
Molly says: ‘I already know it’s gonna be an experience of a lifetime and I can’t wait to meet the rest of the Strictly family I’ll be sharing it with.’
WILL MELLOR AND NANCY XU
Will Mellor and Nancy Xu
Celebrity’s age: 46
Will says: ‘I know it will be a huge challenge but that’s what life is all about. This is also my Mum’s favourite show and she’s had a really tough few years so I’m doing this is for her as well. Bring it on!’
TONY ADAMS AND KATYA JONES
Tony Adams and Katya Jones
Celebrity’s age: 55
Profession: Retired footballer and manager
Tony says: ‘To say I’m excited is an understatement – the lure of the sequins and the call of the salsa has me swapping my battered old football boots for a set of Strictly soft shoes’
KAYE ADAMS AND KAI WIDDRINGTON
Kaye Adams and Kai Widdrington
Celebrity’s age: 59
Profession: Television presenter
Kaye says: ‘I said I wanted to make the last year of my fifties memorable and i can’t think of a better way of doing it than showing the world my two left feet. Pray for me!’
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