Roll up, roll up, for the FIRST live show of the Strictly Come Dancing 2016 season! Six sacrificial lambs, sorry, celebrities will take to the floor with Tess and Claudia tonight and RadioTimes.com will be following all the action live right here and on Twitter @RadioTimes.
Your semi-professional partner for tonight’s proceedings will be me, Sarah Doran. We’ll be LIVE in the ballroom from 9pm but be sure to keep dancing with us throughout the day as we count down to an elegant evening of sequins and SEH-VUUUUUUHNs.
It’s going to be FAB-U-LOUS, darling.
9.57pm Ed Balls is raring to go with an Elvis number tomorrow night and it certainly looks as though Tameka will be tearing up the dance floor. We’ll see you back here tomorrow night at 6.30pm for all the Strictly action as the final nine celebs take to the floor!
Until then, we’ll leave you with that glorious Rinder spin.
9.54pm The scores are in and a 6 and three 7s puts Greg and Natalie at the top of the table with Ore and Joanne on 27.
Naga and Pasha and Lesley and Anton are joint bottom with 23.
9.51pm “By the way it looks, Greg could go all the way my darling” says Bruno. “That’s what I mean by giving it welly.” It’s not precise enough, but the boy’s got talent.
Craig thinks it was flat footed and stompy. “You’re extremely pigeon toed” says Craig, though he admits he “enjoyed it enormously”.
“You are certainly built to jive” says Darcey, who describes Greg as a “blue frog”. She’s impressed.
“You’re the dynamic duo” says Len, who thinks Greg’s done well “for a bloke who spends his time larking about jumping in a sand pit”.
9.47pm And Greg Rutherford LAUNCHES into the air to kick off the final dance of the evening. A jive, with partner Natalie.
9.43pm “The tango is thunder and lightning, it’s not lollipops” says Len, who wants to see a full routine from a good dancer.
“I like a tango with a cheeky spin” says Bruno who enjoyed watching both the nerd and the controller.
Craig says he loved all the story telling and thought the dance was strong and dramatic. “Well done” he says.
And Darcey is all smiles. “For me, you have so much potential”, she says.
9.45pm Ore’s scores are in and it’s a 7 from Craig, a 7 from Darcey, a 6 from Len and a 7 from Bruno!
9.39pm The first tango of the series comes courtesy of Ore and Joanne. “Dancing in chinos? That isn’t going to be easy…” muses the Strictly sofa panel.
Well, they’re certainly TIGHT trousers… we’ll say no more.
Is it just me or wasn't there enough fabric in Ore's trousers?? #Strictly
For those who aren’t familiar with the term, the ‘dab’ is defined as ‘a dance move in which the dancer simultaneously drops the head while raising an arm and the elbow in a gesture that has been noted to resemble sneezing’.
7.55pm We haven’t even seen anyone dance yet but the public have already reminded us that it is in fact still 2001 because people want Will Young to win a reality competition – but don’t think he actually will.
News dancers Chloe Hewitt and Neil Jones didn’t get paired with Strictly celebs this year, but don’t worry: they’ll still be performing in the group dances, running their eyes over the performances in Strictly’s It Takes Two – and acting as back-up just in case there are any unforeseen injuries… Meet the two new dancers here.
And with all that knowledge safely under your belt, there’s nothing left to do but sort your snacks, reserve the sofa, and prepare to be reunited with Craig, Darcy, Len and Bruno for the most footloose Friday night entertainment the Great British Broadcasting Corporation has to offer!
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