Strictly Come Dancing has understandably had to implement many changes amid the coronavirus pandemic, but there was one new element on Saturday night’s show viewers could not agree on.
The first live show saw the introduction of a new slow-motion replay of each couple’s dance to cover a moment that can’t be as euphoric as usual.
Under normal circumstances, after being critiqued each couple would dash up the stairs as the studio audience applaud, before being greeted by Claudia Winkleman and the other dancers to receive their scores.
But with Claudia having to host her segments in her so-called ‘Clauditorium’ alone and a much reduced studio audience, bosses had to come up with a way to cover the lack of atmosphere.
However, the action replay of the couple’s dance proved to be a strange introduction for many viewers...
What on earth has Strictly done this year!
What is this awkward gladiators style slow mo replay after the dance! #Strictly
— Branston (@branston_f) October 24, 2020
I love strictly, I really do but the awkward clapping as they go up the stairs and the replay has got to go!! Have a reprise of their tune as they got up the stairs...get rid of the replay #Strictly
— Nicola Stimson (@NicStimson) October 24, 2020
So what does everyone think of the #Strictly changes? Like them? Hate them? ✨💫
I like it all and it’s all necessary for safety etc apart from the slow-mo replay, didn’t enjoy that so much!
— Team Strictly! ✨💖 (@Team_Strictly) October 25, 2020
Dear #Strictly2020 producers, we don't need the slow mo playback like it's Dancing on Ice (the ratings would have told you that) ALSO we actually like the running up the stairs in heels bit waiting for someone to trip on their dress! #Strictly
— 𝕂𝕒𝕥𝕚𝕖 (@Katie_Lewis_) October 24, 2020
Don’t like the slow-mo dance previews afterwards 👎🏻 #Strictly
— Joe Mander (@BTPJoe) October 24, 2020
— ⚡️ (@ftslangford) October 24, 2020
— LaraBadger (@LaraBadger1) October 24, 2020
These slo mo action replays are a hard no. #Strictly
— Aggie Holland (@THEaggieholland) October 24, 2020
— Sean Fitzpatrick (@lostatcore) October 24, 2020
What happens between the top of the stairs and Claudia's screen that means we need those odd replays? Not adding anything for me #Strictly
— Nick (@NickRH14) October 24, 2020
But others pointed out that they would become less jarring over time, and might even prove to be useful as the weeks roll on...
— Dan @ TellyStats.com: #Strictly #ImACelebrity (@TellyStats) October 24, 2020
The mini replay is a good idea but the swooshing sound of the glitterball graphic sounds like they’re about to announce a flash sale on Price Drop TV. #strictly
— Justin Myers (@theguyliner) October 24, 2020
This slow motion replay thing is really weird but it’s going to be really useful later on #Strictly
— ellie king (@ellietheking) October 24, 2020
Ooh I'm enjoying these replays instead of running up to the Clauditorium, but I'm REALLY going to miss Graziano desperately trying to get a second of attention behind Claudia this year. #Strictly #scd
— 🧟♀️frankenbananas🧟♂️ (@fatherbananas) October 24, 2020
The judge hailed it as “the best first dance I have ever seen....ever ever ever!”, across the show’s many international editions, with the couple coming top of the leaderboard with 25 out of 30.
Elsewhere, there was success for EastEnders star Maisie Smith, who picked up 24 points for her dancefloor debut.
Strictly Come Dancing continues next Saturday at 7.15pm on BBC One.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost UK and has been updated.