Ruth Langsford comes last with 'stumble and grab' dance in Strictly debut
Ruth Langsford may have finished bottom of the Strictly leader board following her debut performance, but doting hubby Eamonn Holmes said he couldn't be more in love with her.
The Belfast-born presenter took up the role of cheerleader as his wife Ruth (57) sashayed on to the floor with dance partner Anton Du Beke.
Wearing a sparkly dress, she performed the waltz to This Nearly Was Mine by Seth MacFarlane. However, the judges were unimpressed.
Ruth and Anton scored 16 points from the judges, placing them joint bottom on the leaderboard. Awarding her just three points out of a possible 10, judge Craig Revel Horwood told her it was "a stumble and grab dance" and said he hoped she would do better next week.
New head judge, international ballroom champion Shirley Ballas, gave them a four as did Darcey Bussell, while Bruno Tonioli, who told Ruth "the feet have a mind of their own", awarded them five points.
Eamonn turned to Twitter after the performance to speak of his pride: "She did her best - just so nervous and I couldn't be more in love with her. Time to bring my girl home."
Ruth was also upbeat: "Despite being bottom of the leader board I had the BEST time with @TheAntonDuBeke on @bbcstrictly tonight! LOVE IT!!!", and proved to have a good sense of humour about her moves: "I did go a bit "free style"....sorry partner!"
The busy mum, who has a 16-year-old son with Eamonn, has had a tough job adding the gruelling Strictly training sessions to her regular role as presenter of This Morning and Loose Women.
Fellow Strictly contestants Susan Calman, a Scottish comedian, and Sky newsreader Charlotte Hawkins, also revealed they had endured sleepless nights before they took to the dancefloor.
Also taking to the Strictly dance floor were soap stars Davood Ghadami, Chizzy Akudolu and Joe McFadden, comedian Brian Conley, magician Paul Daniels' widow Debbie McGee and pop star Mollie King, X Factor winner Alexandra Burke, and JLS singer Aston Merrygold.
Aston topped the leaderboard with 31 points. His mum Siobhan, who is from Dunmurry, was there to support him.