But after Dermot announced he was leaving, I thought that would be it for this cheeky opening. No more Austin Powers-esque grooving, no more enthusiastic pointing. Yet all is not lost. A certain Ms Caz Flack – herself the reigning Strictly champ – and Mr Murs have stepped up to the plate.
“They’re really good. They come on at the beginning of the session to introduce the judges one by one and were doing a bit of a routine,” a source close to the show told me after the first few days of auditions wrapped in Manchester.
“It’s not choreographed,” the source added of Caroline and Olly’s moves. “It’s off the cuff. It wasn’t like they’d rehearsed a routine; they were just getting really into it as each judge walked out. It was kind of like they were in tune with what each other were doing. The chemistry was crackling.”
Now, we just need to get them some, erm Carolly-ettes (I’ll work on that), some fittingly cheesy tracks and we’ll be ready and raring for the live shows, eh?