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Could this be the last waltz for our Nicky?

Westlife singer Nicky Byrne is trailing second last after his first night on BBC's Strictly Come Dancing competition.

The singer's ballroom dancing debut was panned by competition judge Craig Revel Howard who described the performance as "mechanical" and "hideous" and accused Nicky of looking like he was "dancing with a cardboard cutout".

Nicky and partner, professional dancer Karen Hauer from Venezuala were the second couple out on the floor and danced a waltz to the strains of Curtis Stigers' I Wonder Why.

Dressed from head to toe in black, Nicky looked a little ill at ease as he moved across the floor with Karen, who wore a yellow and gold halter-neck sequinned gown.

Craig was quick to tell the star that while he worked his boyband looks his posture was bad and lacked "intimacy" and "storytelling".


The judge also gave Karen a stern telling off for an illegal lift in the middle of the waltz.

Nicky's wife Georgina was in the audience to hear the sharp comments and the singer himself said afterwards that it was "strange to stand there and be criticised like that".

He also thought to controversial move was "more of a swoosh than a lift".

Judge Darcey Bussell was more lenient in her remarks telling Nicky his strength was "obviously your musicality".

She advised him to feel the music, breathe with the moves and pull down his tight shoulders to improve his rigid posture.

When it came to the vote the four judges gave Nicky and Karen 2,5,5 and 5, making a total of 17 and leaving them in second last place.

Denise Van Outen took first place with a total of 25 votes. Last night, the first six of the 14 couples took to the floor and tonight the remaining couples will dance when the programme is screened at 6.30pm.

There is no public vote this weekend and none of the couples will be voted out of the competition.

Instead they will carry forward their judges' panel votes to next week's programme.

We have yet to see Girls Aloud singer Kimberley Walsh dance.

Nicky believes she is his biggest competitor because they are both from band backgrounds and are experiencing a similar level of nerves.