Strictly Come Dancing 2013 Live Shows: Ashley Taylor Dawson & Ola Jordan get funky with the first Cha Cha of the series! (VIDEO)

by Nick Barnes

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Strictly Come Dancing is back and this evening, Hollyoaks star Ashley Taylor Dawson and his professional dancer Ola Jordan took to the shiny new dance floor for the first time.

The pair performed the Cha Cha to One Direction’s What Makes You Beautiful.

In his VT, Ashley said he wanted to be a sportsman when he was younger, he discovered acting and that’s the route he took. And now look, he’s in tight lycra!

Ola says Ashley is “fit and good looking” and thinks all the girls wanted to get him!

“When you’re trying to get all the steps and you’re tired, I feel like my head is going to burn out,” he said.

Along with Natalie Gumede, Ashley Taylor Dawson is one of the favorites to steal the Glitterball trophy this series, and after tonight’s performance, he may well be staying there.

Bruno Tonioli told the pair: “Oh yes Ashley! You looked surprisingly at ease. You were born to be on your hands and knees! Your timing was very, very good! First out, well done.”

Darcey Bussell added: “It was a confident first dance, really impressive. I can see you really enjoy dancing with Ola. When you do a turn, just look out. Make sure the turns are there and keep the eye level up”.

“Your leg action could have been straighter, but the bottom line is it was sail on,” Len Goodman told them

Mr. Nasty Craig Revel Horwood finally grunted: “I thought you had a good amount of rhythm, your hips however are extremely stiff. There was absolutely nothing going on there, the footwork was extremely feral and you need to straighten your legs”.

Both Ashley & Ola received a combined score of 25 with a 7 from Bruno, a 6 from Darcey, a 7 from Len Goodman and a 5 from Craig Revel Horwood.

Strictly Come Dancing continues tomorrow evening at 7pm with the second live show of the series on BBC One/HD.

Nick Barnes

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