Actor Will Mellor and Wildlife host Hamza Yassin both topped the Serious Come Dancing chart for the first week of the new series.
aturday marks the popular show’s first night of competition, with 15 couples battling for as many points as possible.
The Two Pints Of Lager and A Packet Of Crisps star Mellor performed Ricky Martin’s Livin’ La Vida Loca with dance partner Nancy Xu, which impressed judges Motsi Mabuse and Shirley Ballas so much that they gave him a standing ovation and a score of 34.
Mabuse questioned where Mellor learned her hip movements as she exclaimed: “You surprised me, I was speechless. That’s great. Best start ever. “
While Anton Du Beke said it looked like the actor had been dancing out of habit for 18 months, adding: “That’s amazing.”
Yassin and his teammate Jowita Przystal also shone with a playful foxtrot to Islands In The Stream by Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers for 34 points.
“That was amazing,” Mabuse said. That slow – it’s enough for me” while ballroom artist Du Beke said: “We’ve got ourselves a dancer in the house. “
Britain’s Got Talent finalist Molly Rainford and professional rookie Carlos Gu came in third with a score of 31 for their energetic samba.
Following their practice with Anne Marie and Little Mix’s Kiss My (Uh Oh), Mabuse described the singer-actress as a “shooting star”.
New professional singers Fleur East and professional Vito Coppola took fourth place, with a score of 29, for their electric track cha cha cha in Jennifer Lopez’s Let’s Get Loud, closing the show.
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Dressed in a hot pink sequined outfit, East dominated the stage prompting Revel Horwood to admit it was “a bit too wild” for him, but praised her as a “great dancer”. “.
Mabuse advised her to control her sense of power and add “a little softness” to her movements.
Actresses Ellie Taylor and Johannes Radebe of Ted Lasso performed Quickstep to I Am What I Am by Klaus Hallen Tanz Orchester.
Wearing a sparkly black evening gown paired with long black gloves, Taylor turned around and scored 28.
Du Beke said the “starters and bolts” needed a bit of work but praised her look, adding: “When you step out there, you’re just the epitome of the golden age. Hollywood needle. It looks very beautiful. “
TV presenters Helen Skelton and Gorka Marquez performed American Smooth for their first dance in Aretha Franklin’s You Send Me, earning them a score of 26.
Du Beke told Skelton to “master the dance” more but added that she was “awesome”.
Paralympic swimming gold medalists Ellie Simmonds and Nikita Kuzmin also took home 26 points after performing the vibrant cha cha cha dance in Dance by DNCE.
Mabuse said: “I absolutely love this team… It comes straight. What I like is this focus, you understand what the dance is about. Allow yourself to enjoy it more because you are great dancers. Loved it.”
Actresses Kym Marsh and Graziano Di Prima were the first couple to hit the dance floor, scoring 23 for Merry Clayton’s jive to Yes.
Dressed in matching canary yellow, they twirled and dipped in transparency with Ballas praising the Coronation Street star who opened the show, saying: “What a way to open, so wonderful.”
However, Craig Revel Horwood described it as “slow” and said she needed to get on her toes more.
Comedian Jayde Adams and dancer Karen Hauer received a standing ovation from judges Mabuse and Ballas after they performed a vibrant samba in Christina Aguilera’s Dirrty featuring Redman, earning them points 23.
Mabuse commends Adams, saying: “You are absolutely contagious. Energy, you’re selling parts of the show, we’ve got all that” but asked her to do her technique.
The comedian and dancer are also the show’s second same-sex couple, as Katya Jones was paired with Olympic gold medalist Nicola Adams in 2020.
The series’ second same-sex pairing between BBC Radio 2’s Richie Anderson and defending champion Giovanni Pernice provided an energetic cha-cha to Wham’s I’m Your Man! for their first routine.
Wearing matching t-shirts with the words ‘Choose Dance’, they also received a score of 23 and Anderson’s mother also gave him an additional 10.
Revel Horwood joked: “For a moment I thought I was at RuPaul’s Drag Race, honey,” adding that he thought it was tough but gave him “complete points for entertainment.” .
Kiss FM DJ Tyler West and professional partner Dianne Buswell performed an elegant Harry Styles rendition of American Smooth to Falling.
In the course of the routine, they tried out the challenging Angel Lift, which saw West lift and swing Buswell over his head – helping them to a score of 21.
Ballas said the atmosphere they created was “beautiful” while Revel Horwood felt it was “a bit pedestrian” and lacking in emotion, but added that he loved the dramatic uplifting.
EastEnders actors James Bye and Amy Dowden performed a nostalgic-themed jive for The Romantics’ What I Like About You, earning a score of 22 for their efforts.
Anton Du Beke reflects on some of the mistakes Bye has made, joking: “I like it, if you’re wrong, totally wrong, just stand still and get it in the end,” but added that he thinks it’s a “nice number”.
Loose Women stars Kaye Adams and Kai Widdrington performed the tango for Voulez-Vouz by Abba, and despite making a few mistakes, they earned a score of 21.
Ballas noted that the TV presenter seems “more neurotic” but when it comes to making mistakes, she has a “nice top lane” and needs to trust herself and her partner more.
Fit and boots in a tuxedo and evening gown, Bros singers Matt Goss and Nadiya Bychkova took a quick step to Chris Walden Big Band’s Sir Duke, earning them a score of 20.
Ballas said the performance had “potential” but suggested they go back to the drawing board and work on Goss’ technique.
Former soccer players Tony Adams and Katya Jones paid tribute to his illustrious sports career as they danced the tango in red shirts.
The former Arsenal defender was dropped to the dance floor on a golden cannon and briefly danced with a ball as they performed Village People’s Go West.
Despite the stage, the pair finished at the bottom of the rankings with a score of 15.
“Honestly, I feel that from being a footballer to being a dancer, we have gone a step further,” Mabuse said. And I love that you have this energy and this belief. “
The first live show of the 20th dance competition series kicked off with a fun group dance by the judges and professional dancers.
Performing a medley of songs, the female dancers wore vibrant feather dresses with matching headgear while the men wore bright yellow trousers and multicolored shirts.
Seriously come dancing continues on BBC One.
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