The singer and the lovely Ola were the first pairing on the floor for the festive special and they certainly impressed the judges with their jive to “Rockin’ Robin.’
Bruno said of their jive: ‘Oh yes you set it all off with a real cracker of a Jive. The talent and energy of a young buck. Excellent.’
Head judge Len Goodman was equally impressed saying: ‘JB… I tell you that stands for Jive Bunny. You were bopping. It was full on. For one week’s training, that was fantastic.’
No doubt the rest of the celebrities appearing on the dance show would have hoped for a less high-scoring start to the show as JB and Ola scored a total of 39 points from the judging panel with only the hard to please Craig not scoring a maximum.
Other pairings on the show included comedian Bobby Ball who was dancing an American Smooth to the very festive White Christmas with his partner Katya Virshilas.
One competitor who scored much higher than was expected was 79-year old actress Sheila Hancock who danced a lovely Foxtrot to Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas with her professional partner Ian Waite. The judges were all impressed with her performance with Bruno saying that she proved that age was just a number. The pair scored a total of 36 points from the judges even getting a couple of maximums from Len and Bruno.
One much-anticipated performance came from the Blue Peter presenter and daredevil explorer Helen Skelton. Apart from her reputation for adventuring Helen was also in this year’s FHM 100 Sexiest Women In The World list. She had said before the show was aired that she was worried that the outfit they wanted her to wear was not sufficient to contain her ample breasts as she performed a cartwheel during the routine. 29-year old Helen complained that they wanted to send her out in just a bra and this was not enough to contain her DD’s so eventually got a bit more support to help her stay safe during her cartwheel.
Helen was paired with ladies favourite pro-dancer Artem Chigvintsev and they danced an energetic jive to All I Want For Christmas. The outfit proved substantial enough to keep Helen’s assets in place but their performance was not enough to triumph on the might although there must now be many viewers hoping that the Blue Peter presenter signs up for the next full series of the show.
One competitor on the Strictly Christmas Special who got a very warm welcome was ex-professional footballer Fabrice Muamba whose heart stopped for 78 minutes during an FA Cup match when he suffered a heart attack earlier in the year. He got a great reception from the audience and some good comments from the judges but his Salsa with partner Aliona Vilani did not prove to be enough to wrestle the title away from JB.
The programme also included a special routine featuring a number of previous Strictly competitors including Rachel Stevens, Kelly Brook, Tom Chambers, Chelsee Healey and the winner of the first ever series of Strictly, Natasha Kaplinski.