Strictly reaction: Tess Daly’s shoe slip, Jake Wood’s “snakehips” and Pixie Lott’s “gorgeous” waltz

Saturday night's shiny-floored dance show produced plenty to keep Twitter talking

Well at least we now know it’s definitely live!


As Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly glided down the stairs for Saturday night’s Strictly dance marathon (all 130 minutes of it), Daly suffered what can only be described as a stiletto malfunction. Somewhere underneath her dazzling white dress, Strictly’s Cinderella (as she appears now to be known on Twitter) lost her shoe.

Both presenters managed to laugh it off, with Winkleman coming to the aid of her presenting colleague and placing it back on before the action began.

However radio DJ Chris Moyles was convinced he spotted another Strictly faux-pas when Daly sat with Ian Beale (AKA actor Adam Woodyatt) who was in the audience supporting his Walford colleague Jake Wood:

The image also made its mark on another viewer:

Not all Strictly aficionados were dazzled by the presenting line-up:

Although opinion was, admittedly, divided:

Saturday night’s glitter-fest saw Wood top the leaderboard with an overall score of 63 after all 15 contestants and their partners showed what they were made of.

Wood – better known as EastEnders’ Max Branning – impressed the audience and judges with his shapes as well as a few smart lifts in his Latin dance with partner Janette Manrara.

Even the hard-to-please judge Craig Revel Horwood couldn’t help telling Wood: “Darling, that hip action could crack coconuts.”

And Jacqueline Jossa, who plays Wood’s onscreen daughter Lauren, tweeted:

Clearly the EastEnders folk are behind the show. The soap’s boss Dominic Treadwell-Collins dubbed his actor “snakehips” tweeting:

Treadwell-Collins also suggested that the soap’s carpentry team might also have to make a few on-set adjustments to accommodate his newly-discovered dance star:

Popstar Pixie Lott, whose waltz was said to be “gorgeous” by judge Len Goodman, also had a good night with partner Trent Whiddon and her 35 points on Saturday puts her second below Wood with a score of 62 points overall.

However, Judy Murray has work to do. Her cha cha cha with Anton du Beke managed to muster a meagre 17 points on the night to add to her 18 last week, with flamboyant judge Bruno Tonioli telling her that her performance was “more court 18 than Centre Court.”

Murray now sits at the foot of the Strictly table and will be praying for a miracle to avoid the dreaded dance-off on Sunday’s result show. No-one likes being the first contestant eliminated, especially not the mother of a super-competetive tennis star.


Strictly Come Dancing: The Results airs on BBC1 tonight at 7.20pm