Strictly Come Dancing kicked off with an explosion of glitter and sparkle last night, as six of the 15 celebrities danced to impress. From a Eurovision perspective it was an evening of mixed results. Former semi final commentator, Caroline Flack, dazzled us with a show-stopping Cha Cha, while current commentator Scott Mills limped into last place with a much more pedestrian (to put it politely) take on the same dance. Tonight, after a fantastic group number from the professionals (think Jedward’s 2011 stage show in Düsseldorf), the nine remaining stars took to the floor. Amongst their ranks were Frankie Bridge of the Saturdays, rugby hunk Thom Evans and of course, Blue’s Simon Webbe.
Dance Of The Night
Aside from some exceptions (see below), the overall standard was very high for the first week. However, amidst a sea of mid-twenties, two stood out. And guess what? Simon Webbe was one of them. He was the final dancer of the evening, and having to sit through the rest you’d imagine he’d be slightly nervous. Pah! He did Eurovision, no nerves for our Simon. He kicked and flicked through his jive like a natural. You’d almost say they’d saved the best for last. But alas, he was pipped to the title by the penultimate dancer, fellow popstar – Frankie Bridge.
The Saturdays singer left the audience spellbound after her enchanting waltz. It’s only week one and she’s already incorporating props into her routine. She deservedly sits atop this weeks leaderboard with 30 points. Definitely the one to beat.
Needs To Go
Unfortunately, not everyone can excel. And out of tonight’s bunch, there were two clear weak links – Mrs Brown’s Boys actress Jennifer Gibney and Masterchef judge Gregg Wallace. Technically, there wasn’t much to separate them, with the judges giving both a mere 18 points. However, Gregg gets the NTG nod today, simply because he stuck his bum out to much, and we’re shallow like that. Deal with it.
Everyone is safe for now – they’ll all dance again in a marathon show on Saturday. The results thus far will be carried forward and combined with next week’s. And then on Sunday, the public vote and judges marks will be consolidated, and we’ll lose our first star. Although, it seems like Simon Webbe is safe for the foreseeable future.