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Rutherford jumps into an early lead as Strictly makes a return

By Lucy Mapstone

Strictly Come Dancing has added some glitz and glamour to the TV schedule as the series returned, with the first six celebrities hitting the dance floor to compete for the show's coveted glitterball trophy.

Olympic gold medallist Greg Rutherford and sports presenter Ore Oduba got an early lead on the scoreboard as they came joint first place with their debut dances.

Oduba, who is partnered with Joanne Clifton, received 27 points from the judges after being highly praised for his tango to Geronimo.

Judge Bruno Tonioli said: "I like a tango with a cheeky spin. It was something I have not seen before, it was original and fresh."

Darcey Bussell and Craig Revel Horwood agreed, but head judge Len Goodman had a more critical opinion. He commented: "The drama for me is that I thought it was never going to get started. Give over, it's a tango! They're larking about on a bench, all lovey-dovey."

Rutherford was the last contestant to perform, and notably he struggled to perfect his footwork after 15 years as a long jumper.

Having worked hard on the routine, his jive with Lowe to Get Ready was well-received by the judges.

The remaining nine celebrities and their partners will be put to the test during Saturday night's live broadcast. The marks they receive this weekend will be carried forward to week two, when the public can vote for the first time.

Strictly Come Dancing continues on BBC One on Saturday at 6.30pm

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