'Strictly Come Dancing' week two: Darcey Bussell flashes her knickers and one celeb gets a 9 already

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Strictly Come Dancing got off to a revealing start tonight when Dame Darcey Bussell accidentally flashed her pants as she made her entrance to the ballroom.

The ballerina swished her dress a little too enthusiastically as she descended the stairs and gave viewers an eyeful of her knickers – which must have helped any nervous contestants who’d been using the tactic of imagining the judges in their underwear.

The freebie week is over and this weekend the celebrities need to do enough to make sure they don’t have the shame of being the first couple sent home.

Ashley Roberts looks a sure bet for week three, as she topped the table and got tonight’s highest score including an incredibly early 9, but Susannah Constantine is predictably in trouble with the lowest score.

We also had the special treat of comedian Rob Beckett dropping by to read out the voting terms and conditions.

Here’s what Dame Darcey, Craig Revel Horwood, Shirley Ballas, Bruno Tonioli, and us, the viewing public, made of the week two show.

Stacey Dooley and Kevin Clifton

Dance: Cha Cha Cha to Came Here for Love by Sigala

What we thought: Sadly not quite as amazing as week one, but Stacey and Kevin still look great together.

She did look as though she may have briefly forgotten the last few steps though.

What the judges thought: Shirley said: “You have mega talent.”

Bruno said: “This girl has got all the tools necessary to win.”

Score: 20

Charles Venn and Karen Clifton

Dance: Quickstep to Sir Duke by Stevie Wonder

What we thought: We just love Charles – he’s so light on his feet and that jump into the splits was incredibly brave.

Slightly spoiled by the little kicky legs bit (ahem, the technical term) being out of time with Karen.

What the judges thought: Bruno said: “He was skimming across the surface like a hovercraft…but somebody went wrong.”

Craig said: “Someone did go wrong and that was Charles, darling. But you know what I love about your performance? The confidence, you style things out.”

Score: 25

Katie Piper and Gorka Marquez

Dance: Paso Doble to Confident by Demi Lovato

What we thought: Katie was sooo nervous last week, so she was hoping the song choice would spur her on tonight.

She made a very strong start and looked fantastic, especially her rock-chick hair. It was a little stompy, but a massive improvement on last week.

What the judges thought: Craig said: “There was no real shaping sadly, and the whole thing was very blankish.”

Darcey said: “What a transformation. I know what it’s like to have those nerves before you come out to dance. Really, well done.”

Score: 13

Graeme Swann and Oti Mabuse

Dance: American Smooth to Try a Little Tenderness by Otis Redding

What we thought: We really didn’t agree with the judges on this one – ok, maybe it was a bit of an…eccentric American Smooth, but we really enjoyed it.

He may not be up there with Charles or Dr Ranj, but Graeme is one of the biggest surprises for us in Strictly this year.

What the judges thought: Darcey said: “There is so much of the showman in you and I know we’re going to see more of that, but that was just a little confused for me.”

Craig said: “I normally look forward to the American Smooth and you’re fantastic at doing all the disco boppy stuff, but as soon as you went into hold it completely fell apart, and it just didn’t work on any level.”

Score: 15

Kate Silverton and Aljaz Skorjanec

Dance: Tango to No Roots by Alice Merton

What we thought: “Fierce” was obviously the memo from Aljaz tonight, and by and large it worked, but the grimace was a little too much at times.

However, the drama and attack meant Kate pulled off the dodgy facial expressions.

What the judges thought: Craig said: “Aljaz you have transformed this woman.”

Darcey said: “Kate, one cool, beautiful lady in that Tango, my goodness.”

Score: 27

Joe Sugg and Dianne Buswell

Dance: Charleston to Cotton Eyed Joe by Rednex

What we thought: The producers have obviously decided that Joe’s previous calling as a roof thatcher may be more accessible to some viewers than “vlogger” as a job description, so they’ve gone heavy on that this week.

Very lively and entertaining, lots of fun to watch.

What the judges thought: Bruno said: “It was so charming and energetic, it was like watching a playful puppy.”

Shirley said: “I loved it. Great musical ear, spot on.”

Score: 31

Susannah Constantine and Anton Du Beke

Dance: Foxtrot to They Can’t Take That Away from Me by Frank Sinatra

What we thought: We felt sorry for Susannah crying in her VT, and as much as we love Anton, he’s kind of responsible for setting her up as the joke contestant.

Luckily, Anton seemed to have had a bit of an attack of conscience this week. Ok, it wasn’t great and there were a few hairy moments, but at least she got the opportunity to be elegant.

What the judges thought: Craig said: “Even the smoke sadly couldn’t cover that complete dance disaster.”

Darcey said: “You just glaze over occasionally, so you’ve got to keep telling a story. But you kept that smile going and you’re going to be here next weekend.”

Bruno said: “Anton you could have got better movement out of a lamppost, you were just dragging her. Bring back the maracas, that was a masterpiece.”

Score: 12

Lee Ryan and Nadiya Bychkova

Dance: Jive to Blue Suede Shoes by Elvis Presley

What we thought: It seems like Lee is putting an awful lot of pressure on himself to do well, but this week it really paid off.

The Jive definitely suits him and he looked like he enjoyed dancing it as much as we loved watching it.

What the judges thought: Bruno said: “I thought that was a very, very, very strong performance. You kept the character going all the way through.”

Craig said: “I thought it was a little bit heavy, a little bit flat-footed, a little bit laboured, but you have a wonderful sense of musicality which just shines through.”

Score: 26

Danny John-Jules and Amy Dowden

Dance: Cha Cha Cha to Beggin by Madcon

What we thought: Can we just remind you that this man is 58. Look how quick he is!

It’s already tough to choose a favourite, this year’s quality is so high, but Danny is definitely top three for us.

What the judges thought: Bruno said: “You put more content there than you can possibly imagine. Every single step you could have, you threw in. You were sharp as a razor.”

Darcey said: “It was extraordinary how much you fitted in and your posture is extraordinary. At that speed, fabulous.”

Score: 28

Vick Hope and Graziano Di Prima

Dance: Waltz to Somewhere from West Side Story

What we thought: Last week, we completely disagreed with the judges and thought that Vick and Graziano were fab-u-lous.

Vick looked like a graceful ballerina tonight and luckily it all fell into place for her, with everyone agreeing that she was brilliant.

What the judges thought: Craig said: “I have to say, you owned that, darling.”

Darcey said: “You are made to do ballroom. You have the limbs, and you can control it.”

Score: 27

Dr Ranj and Janette Manrara

Dance: Salsa to Fireball by Pitbull

What we thought: Dr Ranj is Strictly personified – you just can’t feel anything but happy watching him dance.

Did he get the steps right? Don’t know, don’t care, but we’re going to say it again…Strictly 2018 winner!

What the judges thought: Darcey said: “A spicy hot doctor. You weren’t even put off by Janette’s problem with the costume.”

Shirley said: “Your personality is going to carry you a really long way. How Janette coped with that dress deserved a 10 on its own.”

Score: 24

Faye Tozer and Giovanni Pernice

Dance: Viennese Waltz to It’s a Man’s World by Seal

What we thought: Faye just has that stage-school sheen to her that makes every performance look polished.

We’re not sure whether that’ll be a good or a bad thing for her as people will always complain that she has an advantage, but she’s so talented.

What the judges thought: Darcey said: “Took my breath away, wow. The musicality, the phrasing, the drama you brought to a Viennese Waltz.”

Bruno said: “For me it was a Viennese thriller. This was one of the most compelling, dramatic intertwinings of a man and a woman I’ve seen for a long time.”

Score: 31

Lauren Steadman and AJ Pritchard

Dance: Charleston to New Rules by Dua Lipa

What we thought: SO much better than last week’s forgettable ballroom routine.

Lauren really attacked the Charleston and her athletic ability served her well, with some tricky lifts, jumps and leaps.

What the judges thought: Shirley said: “Week two, an extremely ambitious routine you’ve got there. A little mishap at the end but you went for it, good for you.”

Bruno said: “Even to attempt those lifts on week two is great, going up is easy, coming down is hard.”

Score: 22

Seann Walsh and Katya Jones

Dance: Jive to I’m Still Standing by Elton John

What we thought: Seann looked like the terrible joke he had to start the routine with was making him regret ever having signed up to Strictly, and what followed didn’t exactly help.

He’d obviously tried really hard with the footwork, but it was so out of time that the dance just bore no relation to the music.

What the judges thought: Bruno said: “Thank god for the comedic streak, you did all the right steps at the wrong time.”

Craig said: “It all went horribly wrong. I feel bad because I can see how much work you put in.”

Shirley said: “I liked your hair.”

Score: 15

Ashley Roberts and Pasha Kovalev

Dance: Cha Cha Cha to Boogie Wonderland by Earth, Wind and Fire

What we thought: Ok, Ashley is going to come in for exactly the same criticism as Faye, but it doesn’t take away from the fact that she’s a brilliant dancer.

It’s impossible to see how she won’t be in the final, unless the viewers totally take against her.

What the judges thought: Shirley said: “I probably am holding you to quite a high standard. I would like to see a stronger standing leg. But other than that, amazing.”

Bruno said: “If that doesn’t get you in the mood for dancing, nothing will. And your hips honey, they don’t lie.”

Score: 32

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