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Saturday 20 December 2014

Myers fails to impress on Strictly

Dave Myers and Karen Hauer received the lowest score of all the contestants on the Strictly opening shows (BBC)
Dave Myers and Karen Hauer received the lowest score of all the contestants on the Strictly opening shows (BBC)

Hairy Biker Dave Myers failed to heat up the dance floor as he made his debut performance in the new series of Strictly Come Dancing.

Myers, best known as one half of the cooking duo, received the lowest score of all the contestants on the opening weekend of the BBC1 show.

His entrance to the cha cha with partner Karen Hauer to Moves Like Jagger by Maroon 5 was described as "terrifying" by judge Craig Revel Horwood. "I totally recoiled in horror. I had an overwhelming feeling of revulsion," he added.

Len Goodman said his moves were "a bit more stagger than Jagger", but the TV chef had a fan in Darcey Bussell who told him he made her " want to cry with happiness". "I was totally in love," she added.

Model Abbey Clancey's performance was described as "the dance of the night" by Goodman, after she waltzed to Kissing You by Des'ree with partner Aljaz Skorjanec.

The mother of one, who is married to footballer Peter Crouch and wore a long, figure-hugging white dress, admitted she was shaking with nerves but performed a "very romantic" and "beautiful" dance, according to Bussell.

"I had a hunch about you two - gorgeous", added the notoriously hard to please Revel Horwood.

Also scoring highly was Countdown presenter Rachel Riley, who impressed judges with her waltz to When I Need You by Luther Vandross, accompanied by partner Pasha Kovalev.

Wearing a full-length flowing yellow gown, the self-confessed tomboy said the show was taking her out of her comfort zone but was described as "full of elegance" by Revel Horwood.

First up on the dance floor was former rugby World Cup champion Ben Cohen and his partner Kristina Rihanoff who did the cha cha to Love Me Again by John Newman.

Judge Bruno Tonioli appeared particularly taken by "beefy beast" Cohen, with Goodman telling the former sport star: "I thought your footwork was terrific. I like your attitude and you came out and had a go."

But Revel Horwood delivered a crushing blow as he told him: "I've seen breeze blocks with more movement."

Other new contestants to show off their moves for the first time included Dragon's Den star Deborah Meaden who "gave a very good pitch", according to Tonioli, and fashion designer Julien Macdonald who danced to Madonna's Vogue but looked something "more like Woman's Weekly", Goodman said.

Former Bond girl Fiona Fullerton, Casualty actor Patrick Robinson and television and radio presenter Vanessa Feltz completed the line up.

Feltz, who wore a sparkly pink number, was told her performance with partner James Jordan consisted of "too much acting and not enough dancing", by Revel Horwood.

But a fiery Feltz fought back, telling him she found it too hard to pretend "not to be impressed when James gets his chest out".

The new series of the hit show began last night when the first six stars took to the dance floor.

Coronation Street actress, and favourite to win this year's Strictly trophy, Natalie Gumede received the highest score of the night, while BBC Breakfast presenter Susanna Reid and singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor also did well in joint second place.

Former golfer Tony Jacklin on the other hand was compared to a "Galapagos tortoise" by Tonioli, while Hollyoaks actor Ashley Taylor Dawson and Waterloo Road star Mark Benton fared better.

Viewers were introduced to the competitors three weeks ago and they have been practising ever since, fitting their rehearsals around their day jobs and screen commitments.

The scores from yesterday's and tonight's performances will be carried over to next week's show and combined with a public vote as no one was being voted off this weekend.

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