Wednesday 28 September 2016

Anthony Ogogo splits judges and trousers on Strictly opener

Published 25/09/2015 | 22:35

Strictly host Tess Daly, Anthony Ogogo and his dance partner Otlile Mabuse (BBC)
Strictly host Tess Daly, Anthony Ogogo and his dance partner Otlile Mabuse (BBC)

Boxer Anthony Ogogo suffered a wardrobe malfunction as he danced a jive with partner Oti Mabuse in the first part of a double Strictly Come Dancing opener.

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The 26-year-old split his trousers during the energetic routine to Wham! classic Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go. The dance included a number of kicks and flicks, which explained how the incident occurred.

However, to his credit, the sportsman quickly adapted and carried on like a trooper to earn 21 points from the panel.

Judge Bruno Tonioli said: "Wonderfully enthusiastic and energetic. A couple of timing incidents and you have to point your feet."

Fellow panellist Craig Revel Horwood was booed as he complained about Ogogo's "pigeon toes" but he also stated: "You're the best boxer we've ever had on Strictly."

Head judge Len Goodman said: "It had plenty of attack and plenty of attitude. Well done on your jive. Terrific."

Meanwhile, Call The Midwife star Helen George and Aljaz Skorjanec got a standing ovation from the audience for her dreamy waltz to With You I'm Born Again by Billy Preston and Syreeta Wright.

It was no surprise when the panel hailed her performance: "Tremendous potential. Fantastic!" enthused Revel Horwood.

Judge Darcey Bussell felt "there were glimmers of Ginger Rogers".

Goodman delivered one of his memorable one-liners: "Hold me upside down and smack my bottom! It was so elegant, so much musicality. I can't believe this is week one and we're seeing this standard," he exclaimed as she topped the leaderboard with 29 points.

EastEnders star Kellie Bright and partner Kevin Clifton had the pressure of kicking off the 2015 series proper with their 1960s-themed tango to You Really Got Me by The Kinks.

The pair got the audience clapping and cheering along to their lively routine which was rewarded with 27 points.

The 39-year-old actress, best known as the soap's Linda Carter, was supported from the audience by TV husband Danny Dyer, who plays Albert Square's Mick.

Goodman was full of praise. "As bubbly as alka seltzer; fizzy and does you good," he said. Tonioli observed: "I like the fact that you really went for that sharp staccato."

Revel Horwood was full of enthusiasm: "I thought that was absolutely marvellous. I thought the timing was very good. You do, however, have a peculiar wrist scenario."

Irish singer Daniel O'Donnell and partner Kristina Rihanoff's routine split the judges. Goodman praised their waltz to popular standard When Irish Eyes Are Smiling. "Your hold could be a little bit stronger, but your footwork is the best I've seen," he said.

However, Revel Horwood disagreed: "It was pretty uneventful," he stated as O'Donnell was awarded 24 points.

If viewers wanted a sparkling cha cha cha, they got it with TV presenter Anita Rani and new professional dancer Gleb Savchenko. Their routine to Rather Be by Clean Bandit had the studio audience on their feet cheering.

The 37-year-old looked relieved when it was all over, but the judges immediately gushed over her first dance.

"That's how you interpret the cheekiness of the cha cha cha! Well done!" cried Tonioli.

Even Revel Horwood had to admit he was surprised. "I was shocked that it was so good, to be honest," he said.

Goodman rolled out one of his standard assessments: "You gave that plenty of welly!" he burst out as Rani was given a score of 27 points.

BBC Breakfast's Carol Kirkwood and partner Pasha Kovalev had a night to forget. Their cha cha cha to Thunder In My Heart by Leo Sayer received poor reviews.

The 53-year-old weather presenter put on a brave face as Revel Horwood sniffed: "Let's just say the cold front blew in, darling."

Judges Goodman and Bussell tried to encourage her: "It was like a summer day. There were some bright spells and a cloud here or there," he said.

The former ballerina added: "You made it a lot of fun to watch." But Kirkwood's score of 16 was the lowest.

The opening episode, hosted by the glamorous duo of Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman, treated viewers to a spectacle of colour. The first six couples made their debut on the dance floor and the remaining nine will take to the floor on Saturday as the quest for glitterball glory is under way.

Strictly Come Dancing airs on BBC One on Saturday September 26 at 9pm.

No one is leaving this weekend, but the scores will be carried over to next week's show when one celebrity will be voted off the series.

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