Friday’s show was in truth a bit of an anti-climax and it was good to see that with tonight’s show we were back on track.
The big surprise from Friday night was that VIctoria Pendleton had the worst scoring routine of the night, and is it turned out also the worst scoring dance of the entire weekend. Victoria had made no secret of her joy at getting on Strictly having dropped hints for many weeks before this season’s celebrities were announced. She was said to have been practising for around 30 hours each week compared to the show’s guideline figure of around 10 hours a week.
Thankfully Saturday’s show was a much smoother affair and started off well with a very fit, hot looking Tess Daly walk on set in an almost see-through white top. Tess’s outfit tonight included designs by Michael Kors and Topshop. The dancers also looked up to the job and there were even a few surprises including the fact that the top scoring celebrity from the first weekend turned out to be Lisa Riley, who many had felt was being lined up as this year’s Russell Grant. Lisa and professional dance partner Robin Windsor finished up with a very impressive week 1 score of 30 points from the judges for their cha-cha-cha.
Another unexpected surprise was a solid performance from ITV’s Richard Arnold who contrary to expectations did not camp it up but produced a very solid waltz which impressed the judges.
Two celebrities who were expected to perform well and did not disappoint were Girls Aloud’s Kimberley Walsh and Olympic gymnast Louis Smith who finished off his very good opening number with the splits. Smith certainly made a big impression on new judge Darcey Bussell who awarded him an 8 and showed more emotion than she had managed over all the other contestants combined.
After the opening weekend shows going out on a Friday and Saturday night next week sees the show’s normal slots return on a Friday and Saturday night.