Strictly 2023: Couples make their bid to avoid going home first - as it happened

The 15 Strictly couples will dance for their place in the competition for the first time.

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Katya Jones and Nigel Harman impressed in the first Strictly live show - can they do it again? (BBC)

After showing off their dance moves live for the first time last week, the 15 celebrities competing in Strictly Come Dancing 2023 took to the dancefloor in the second live show of the 21st series, and already one talented contestant earned all nines from the judges.

For only the second time in Strictly history, a week two performance won all nines from the judges - the lucky couple in question were Layton Williams and Nikita Kuzmin, whose Quickstep was labelled "ridiculously" good.

Other dancing duos impressing judges Craig Revel Horwood, Shirley Ballas, Motsi Mabuse, and Anton du Beke included Amanda Abbington and Giovanni Pernice, Angela Rippon and Kai Widdrington, and Angela Scanlon and Carlos Gu.

Read more: Who's who in Strictly 2023?

On the other end of the leaderboard was Les Dennis who again received the lowest score of the night with partner Nancy Xu, putting them in last place.

The week one leaderboard stands as the judges scores have been carried over and at the end of the show, the public vote opened for the first time this series with the results due to air tomorrow night, when we'll find out who's first out.

Here's Strictly week two, as it happened:

The first Strictly Come Dancing results show of 2023 is on Sunday 1 October from 7.15pm.

Strictly Leaderboard stands after the couples' first routines:

  • Nigel and Katya - 32

  • Amanda and Giovanni - 29

  • Bobby and Dianne - 29

  • Ellie and Vito - 29

  • Layton and Nikita - 29

  • Annabel and Johannes - 28

  • Angela and Kai - 28

  • Angela and Carlos - 23

  • Eddie and Karen - 22

  • Krishnan and Lauren - 22

  • Jody and Jowita - 21

  • Adam and Luba - 19

  • Zara and Graziano - 19

  • Nikita and Gorka - 18

  • Les and Nancy - 16

Strictly Week Two Song & Dance List

Adam and Luba - Tango to Somebody Told Me by Måneskin

Amanda and Giovanni - Salsa to Oye by Gloria Estefan

Annabel and Johannes - Quickstep to Walking On Sunshine by Katrina & The Waves

Angela R and Kai - Foxtrot to You Make Me Feel So Young by Frank Sinatra

Angela S and Carlos - Jive to Trouble by Shampoo

Bobby and Dianne - Charleston to Do Your Thing by Basement Jaxx

Eddie and Karen - Cha Cha Cha to Rie y Llora by Celia Cruz

Ellie and Vito - Foxtrot to Perfect by Fairground Attraction

Jody and Jowita - Paso Doble to Thunderstruck by AC/DC

Krishnan and Lauren - Foxtrot to Love Really Hurts Without You by Billy Ocean

Layton and Nikita - Quickstep to Puttin’ On The Ritz by Gregory Porter

Les and Nancy - Samba to Rock The Boat by Hues Corporation

Nigel and Katya - Viennese Waltz to Until I Found You by Stephen Sanchez

Nikita and Gorka - Charleston to Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It) by Beyoncé

Zara and Graziano - Quickstep to Anyone For You (Tiger Lily) by George Ezra