CELEBS SHOW OFF MOVES AS STRICTLY BAT­TLE BE­GINS

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P USSYCAT Dolls star Ash­ley Roberts and Steps singer Faye Tozer have rock­eted to the top of the leader­board af­ter im­press­ing with their Strictly Come Danc­ing de­buts last night.

They both scored 29 out of a pos­si­ble 40 in the first week of the com­pe­ti­tion – while What Not To Wear pre­sen­ter Su­san­nah Con­stan­tine lan­guished at the bot­tom of the rank­ings with a score of 12.

Ash­ley Roberts was cheered on by her band­mate Kim­berly Wy­att for her Vi­en­nese waltz to Per­fect by Ed Sheeran fea­tur­ing Bey­once with part­ner Pasha Ko­valev.

Head judge Shirley Bal­las told her she showed “a beau­ti­ful mu­si­cal ear, so fem­i­nine”, while Bruno To­nioli said the dance was “all seam­lessly beau­ti­ful” and Craig Revel Hor­wood said: “The whole thing was gor­geous.”

Steps singer Faye Tozer was the last of 15 celebri­ties to take to the dance­floor for the first live show of the BBC One se­ries.

She per­formed a cha cha cha to Lul­laby by Si­gala fea­tur­ing Paloma Faith with her part­ner Gio­vanni Per­nice.

Revel Hor­wood praised her, say­ing it was “most cer­tainly worth the wait and by no means a tragedy dar­ling. It’s amaz­ing what you’re do­ing in week one”.

The judges were less im­pressed with Su­san­nah Con­stan­tine, who ap­peared with a large bowl of fruit on her head at the start of her samba to Tico Tico by Car­men Mi­randa.

Her part­ner An­ton Du Beke emerged from un­der her large skirts to start the rou­tine, be­fore the huge dress was lifted up to the ceil­ing and Con­stan­tine was re­vealed to be wear­ing a much shorter en­sem­ble for the dance.

After­wards, To­nioli said: “I’m glad it’s over. It was more like Car Crash Mi­randa than Car­men Mi­randa.”

Revel Hor­wood said she looked like she was “stag­ger­ing about lost and drunk at a party, the best part was when you fell on the floor at the end”, prompt­ing Con­stan­tine to ask him: “Will you come and show me how to do a few steps?”

Darcey Bus­sell told her: “I like a bit of com­edy but I’ve seen you work hard and I know there is a dancer in you, I know the prom­ise of you danc­ing is great, you don’t need any props.”

Revel Hor­wood dis­ap­pointed the duo by award­ing them just one point, while Bus­sell and To­nioli gave them four and Bal­las gave them three.

How­ever, they have avoided the threat of elim­i­na­tion this week be­cause no­body will leave the com­pe­ti­tion un­til next week­end, when their scores are added to next week’s to­tals.

Broad­caster Stacey Doo­ley be­came the first con­tes­tant to at­tempt a quick­step in the first week of the com­pe­ti­tion. She took to the floor with part­ner Kevin Clifton to Danc­ing by Kylie Minogue.

After­wards, Revel Hor­wood told her: “I en­joyed every minute, for some­one who puts her life at risk in doc­u­men­taries, to come out with all that glam­our with the hard­est dance in week one, you did very well.”

They re­ceived a score of six from all four judges for a to­tal of 24.

Also im­press­ing the judges were Red Dwarf star Danny John-Jules, YouTu­ber Joe Sugg and This Morn­ing star Dr Ranj Singh, who all came joint sec­ond with 27 points.

The This Morn­ing doc­tor wore a white coat and a stetho­scope for the start of his cha cha cha to How Will I Know by Whit­ney Hous­ton.

He ripped off the coat to re­veal a bright yel­low silk shirt for the en­er­getic rou­tine with part­ner Janette Man­rara, which earned him a stand­ing ova­tion from Bal­las.

Sugg wore glit­tery sil­ver train­ers for his jive to Take On Me by A-Ha, which saw emo­jis pro­jected over the dance­floor as he spun part­ner Dianne Buswell around.

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Su­san­nah Con­stan­tine and, be­low, the score­board

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Ash­ley Roberts and Pasha Ko­valev who jointly topped the leader board with Faye Tozer and Gio­vanni Per­nicce

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