He and partner Janette Manrara’s performance was inspired by the film Trolls, with the judges commending the pair on their ‘cartoonishness’.
They received three nines and an eight, giving them an overall score of 35, putting them ahead of X Factor winner Alexandra Burke and partner Gorka Marquez who received 33, and Holby City’s Joe McFadden and Katya Jones, who scored 32.
At the middle of the table were Paralympic athlete Jonnie Peacock and partner Oti Mabuse with 26, and EastEnders actor Davood Ghadami and Nadiya Bychkova, with 25.
Meanwhile at the lower end of the leaderboard were the Reverend Richard Coles and Dianne Buswell, scoring 14 and presenter Ruth Langsford and Anton Du Beke, with 15.
It was movie week on Strictly and the celebrities (and the costume department) made the most of the occasion, with the contestants dressed up as scarecrows, panthers and pilots.
At one point in the show, head judge Shirley Ballas and Brendan Cole had an awkward disagreement over whether the professional dancer had included rise and fall in his Tango with partner Charlotte Hawkins.
Judge Bruno Tonioli joined in telling Coles he ‘should be more respectful’ to Ballas.
Strictly Come Dancing continues on Sunday, October 8 at 6.35pm on BBC One.