Viewers declare Debbie McGee the best dancer of Strictly Come Dancing’s first live show

Aston Merrygold got the best marks from the judges and topped the leader board, but RadioTimes.com readers say he should have come second to Debbie McGee

Debbie McGee and Giovanni Pernice dance the Paso Doble on week 1 of Strictly Come Dancing (BBC)

Aston Merrygold may have topped the Strictly Come Dancing leader board with a stylish foxtrot – but viewers are convinced Debbie McGee should have been the winner in week one.

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Debbie and her pro partner Giovanni Pernice wowed the judges with their Paso Doble to Be Italian by Fergie, scoring a seriously impressive 30 points and earning a standing ovation from both Shirley Ballas and Darcey Bussell.

But Aston snuck in just ahead of her with 31 points from the judges after he and Janette Manrara danced the foxtrot to It Had To Be You.

In a poll of more than 640 RadioTimes.com readers, a third said Debbie was the best celebrity dancer on Strictly’s first live show – comfortably beating the 22% who backed Aston.

But even if viewers disagree with who should have been top, it seems Strictly fans are on the same page as the judges. With Joe McFadden coming in at 14%, the top three are exactly the same as on the real leader board.

Of course, as Claudia Winkleman pointed out every five minutes, the public vote wasn’t open on Saturday night’s show. Instead, the judges’ scores will be rolled over to next week when the first contestant will leave the series.

Still: with such solid public support, it looks likely that Debbie and Aston will both be safe from elimination. Though with Strictly Come Dancing, nothing is ever guaranteed…

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Strictly Come Dancing returns on Saturday 30th September at 6.45pm on BBC1