Before week one of Strictly Come Dancing, would you have thought that Debbie McGee would score more than Davood Ghadami or Gemma Atkinson?
Nope, us neither. But the broadcaster and TV personality absolutely stunned both the audience and the Strictly judges when she gave her debut performance of a Paso Doble, scoring a whopping 30 and sending her to the top of the leaderboard. Only Aston Merrygold managed to top her score after he was given 31 by the judges.
Emerging as something of a dark horse, Debbie displayed her incredible flexibility as she high-kicked her way across the floor with partner Giovanni Pernice and even did the splits.
Craig Revel Horwood commented that she had the legs of a 20-year-old, while she earned a standing ovation from both Darcey Bussell and Shirley Ballas after her Paso to Be Italian.
She even gave a cheeky snog to Giovanni at the end – something she admitted they definitely didn’t do in training and that he wasn’t expecting. He certainly ended up with the lipstick evidence plastered across his smackers afterwards, anyway.
Viewers were equally stunned by Debbie’s performance:
— Matthew Chapman (@Matt528chap) September 23, 2017
Debbie McGee!!!! Who knew ????????????#Strictly
— Julie Rose (@juliearose) September 23, 2017
— samantha jones (@janey_jones123) September 23, 2017
Debbie McGee could break the curse of the older woman on #Strictly
— ???? Shaddocking Around the Christmas Tree ???? (@jpshaddock) September 23, 2017
I've got money on Debbie McGee at 33-1. I think she's going to be the surprise package of #Strictly this year. Though I'm usually wrong.
— Richard Osman (@richardosman) September 23, 2017
Somehow, we think the bookies’ odds on Debbie will have somewhat narrowed come Monday morning.