Strictly Come Dancing 2022: week one – as it happened | Come dance strictly


That’s the end of the first Strictly live show – lovely to be back into the swing of things, and thank you all for joining in – am off to add some pictures, read your comments and rest my very tired fingers.

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No results show tomorrow, so I’ll be back next Saturday for Week 2, which kicks of at 6.30pm. In the meantime you can find me on Twitter @heidistephens, so please come and say hello if you’re passing. See you next Saturday! Hx

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PHEW – that felt like a marathon. Let’s take a look at the scoreboard – Will and Nancy and Hamza and Jowita at the top, Tony and Katya and Matt and Nadiya at the bottom. But these scores are carried over to next week, so everything could change.

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Which couple is shaping up to be your favourite? Feel free to make a wild prediction for your four Grand Finalists in the comment box below. I’m still musing, but I’ll have my thoughts together in time for the much-anticipated* return of Heidi’s Hunches in next week’s liveblog.

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*in my head

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Their first dance is the Cha Cha Cha to ‘Let’s Get Loud’ by Jennifer Lopez. This is pop banger, and our first indication that Fleur is NOT here to play. My 8-year-old nephew messaged me this morning to say he thinks Fleur is going to win, even though he hasn’t really seen her dance yet. I’ll definitely check in with him tomorrow to see if he’s changed his mind.

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Their first dance is the Foxtrot to ‘Islands In The Stream’ by Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers. I guess this could be seen as an oblique reference to Hamza being a man in touch with nature, so let’s all have a drink.

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Their first dance is the Quickstep to ‘I Am What I Am’ by Klaus Hallen Tanzorchester. Try saying that after a full night of Strictly Come Bingo.

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A Quickstep in Week One is always a risky strategy, but I love the music choice. I think we can all agree that wedding disco fabulous is definitely the musical theme this evening.

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Their first dance is the Jive to ‘Livin’ La Vida Loca’ by Ricky Martin, which is really quite a sexy choice for a Jive. What if it makes us all want to take our clothes off and go dancing in the rain? I’m not sure they’ve thought this through.

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Their first dance is the Tango to ‘Go West’ by Village People. This is what Katya is brilliant at – take a non-dancer, clamp them into hold, put on the campest track you can find and give them a huge confidence boost. Come on Tony, you’ve got this.

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Apparently this song has some kind of Arsenal football connection. DRINK.

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Their first dance is the Cha Cha Cha to ‘Dance’ by DNCE. Strictly has a great track record for inclusion and representation, and I can’t wait to see Ellie and Nikita make this Cha Cha all kinds of fabulous. I think Ellie is about to unleash her inner sass queen.

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Their first dance is the Quickstep to ‘Sir Duke’ by The Chris Walden Big Band. Matt is such an interesting contestant this year – he’s clearly doesn’t have the jazz hands confidence of some of the others, but I also suspect he’ll take the whole business incredibly seriously and train his socks off.

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Mostly I’d really like him to find a new side to himself in this competition, in a Louise Redknapp journey-of-discovery kind of way.

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Their first dance is the Samba to ‘Kiss My (Uh Oh)‘ by Anne Marie and Little Mix. One for the kids, although Anne Marie did actually perform this on Strictly last year. I do quite like a pop Samba, although I know it’s not for the purists.

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Their first dance is the American Smooth to ‘You Send Me’ by Aretha Franklin. Well, this is going to be lovely, isn’t it? The American Smooth is always such a showstopper, so I’m surprised they haven’t kept it for later in the contest when they might need to play a joker. Get a Cha Cha out of the way now, or one of the other dances nobody ever remembers.

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Their first dance is Cha Cha Cha to ‘I’m Your Man’ by Wham! Oh Ritchie, you wish.

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This is one of my favourite Wham! songs ever, and I really hope Ritchie has the hips for it. In the immortal words of George Michael – if you’re going to do it, do it right.

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Their first dance is the Jive to ‘What I Like About You’ by The Romantics. We’ve got a few Jives tonight, which is quite big ask on Week One. But I guess if you’re a non-dancer they’re ALL a big ask, so you might as well get the untidy ones out of the way early.

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Their first dance is the Tango to ‘Voulez-Vouz’ by ABBA. The whole track listing for this evening has a whiff of wedding DJ, and I mean that in the best possible way.

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There were indications in the group dance last night that Kaye might not be the most confident dancer, so being clamped firmly in Kai’s arms for Tango is probably a great place to start.

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Their first dance is Samba to ‘Dirrty’ by Christina Aguilera featuring Redman, because of course it is. Jayde and Karen are setting her stall out early, and I for one am very here for it.

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Please retain the rehearsal room footage VTs all series, Strictly – it makes the show SO much better.

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Their first dance is the American Smooth to ‘Falling’ by Harry Styles. The little glimpse we had last night suggested Tyler could have some serious moves in the Latin dances, so interested to see if he’s got poise and style in ballroom too.

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Dianne’s dedication to that hair colour is laudable. She’s totally committed, and the roots must be a nightmare.

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Their first dance is the Jive to ‘Yes’ by Merry Clayton. It’s quite a full-on tune for a Jive, but then Graziano does have a solid track record for frenetic Jives. Will Kym be able to keep up? The title of the song certainly thinks so.

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Kym has wheeled out her family VERY early. Risky.

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You can smell the nerves from here – it’s a heady combo of sweat and digestive biscuits, so maybe that’s actually fake tan. They all look incredible, but there are SO many of them. I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed – stay with me, people and forgive me my typos.

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Last night I was so busy trying to work out Tess’s gold bouffant demi-cape I entirely failed to acknowledge the fabulousness of Motsi and Shirley’s outfits. But I’ve got both eyes on the telly this evening.

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Shirley’s the most stylish orca ever, and Motsi’s turned up in a turquoise picnic blanket and yet STILL looks amazing.

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Tess in a red boot cut onesie, Claudia in elegant monochrome. What does Tess keep in those puffed cuffs? A hankie? Her phone?

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See you next Saturday !

It’s the end of the first Strictly live show – it’s nice to get back into the swing of things, and thank you all for participating – I’m going to add some pictures, read your comments and rest my very tired fingers.

No results are showing tomorrow, so I’ll be back next Saturday for week 2, which starts at 6:30 p.m. In the meantime you can find me on Twitter @heidistephens, so don’t hesitate to come and say hello if you pass by. See you next Saturday ! Hx

The dance is over!

Phew – it felt like a marathon. Let’s take a look at the dashboard – Will and Nancy and Hamza and Jowita on top, Tony and Katya and Matt and Nadiya on the bottom. But those scores are carried over to next week, so that could all change.

Which couple is your favorite? Feel free to make a crazy prediction for your four grand finalists in the comments box below. I’m still thinking, but I’ll have my ideas in mind in time for the highly anticipated* return of Heidi’s Hunches in next week’s live blog.

*in my head

Scores: 7,7,7,8 – a total of 29 for Fleur and Vito.

Craig was a bit wild for him and needed more technique, but Fleur is a fantastic dancer. Motsi was impressed with power and conviction, but they have to find a way to control it. Shirley wanted more contrast between power and leg placement, and Anton thought Fleur was a superstar, but she needs refinement in the grip.

Shall we start a button whipping ride for Vito. No, let’s leave it.

I think we all had high hopes for Fleur after last night’s opener, and she’s not letting us down. Great action and hip musicality, but a big stompy and frenetic in places and the transitions need a little work. Love the energy though, a great end to a FABULOUS week 1.

Flower and Vito Photo: Guy Levy/BBC/PA

And finally, it’s Fleur and Vito!

Their first dance is Cha Cha Cha to Jennifer Lopez’s ‘Let’s Get Loud’. It’s pop banger, and our first indication that Fleur is NOT here to play. My 8-year-old nephew texted me this morning saying he thinks Fleur is going to win, even though he hasn’t actually seen her dance yet. I will definitely check with him tomorrow to see if he has changed his mind.

Scores: 8,9,9,8 – a total of 34 for Hamza and Jowita. This week’s score is WILD. Start as you want to continue, I guess.

Anton loved Hamza’s backward footwork. Who knew? Craig says, then adds a Wow. Motsi thought it was exquisite and brilliant. Shirley thought Hamza was a sweet soul and easy on the eyes, and now she will think of Hamza every time she hears this song. What a nice thing to say, Shirley. A little emotional now.

OK, they’re in a boat with binoculars. BEVERAGE. Hamza has a nice soft touch in this Foxtrot, he has real class and sensibility and bags of charm. I smile wildly and LOVE the way her hair dances in the turns. Wonderful.

Hamza and Jowita
Hamza and Jowita Photo: Guy Levy/BBC/PA

It’s time for Hamza and Jowita!

Their first dance is the Foxtrot to “Islands In The Stream” by Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers. I guess this could be taken as an indirect reference to the fact that Hamza is a man in touch with nature, so let’s all have a drink.

Scores: 6,7,7,8 – a total of 28 for Ellie T and Johannes.

Just a note to apologize for the lack of photos in the blog so far, especially for those following without the TV piece. They are starting to show up in the image system so I’ll add as many as I can later.

Shirley loved Ellie’s cleavage and figure, and now she has to focus on her feet. Anton loved Hollywood glamor and characterization, but the nuts and bolts below need work. Craig agrees the footwork was an issue, but he really enjoyed the routine. Motsi thought it was classic, elegant, fun and lighthearted.

Loving Ellie’s gorgeous 40s style, and her characterization is fabulous. Nice footwork and frame too – lots to like about it. A few small timing issues but generally a big push for Week 1 – how good will this series be?

Next is Ellie T and Johannes

Their first dance is the Quickstep to ‘I Am What I Am’ by Klaus Hallen Tanzorchester. Try saying that after a full night of Strictly Come Bingo.

A Quickstep in the first week is always a risky strategy, but I love the choice of music. I think we can all agree that the fabulous wedding disco is definitely the musical theme for this evening.

More than three! Stay with me, people!

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