Strictly Come Dancing 2013 Live Shows: Bookies’ favourites Natalie Gumede & Artem Chigvintsev dance a “sexy and sensuous” Cha Cha (VIDEO)

by Nick Barnes

Natalie Gumede

This evening, Natalie Gumede and Artem Chigvintsev took to the Strictly Come Dancing dance floor for the first time this evening.

The pair performed the Cha Cha to Rasputin by Boney M. The dance was sexy and sensuous and Craig even added that Natalie is the front-runner. If the scores are anything to go by, Natalie will be around for a while as she received the highest scores of the night.

“Live performance is nothing like working in telly. If something goes wrong you can’t do it again. There’s no take 2. I’m terrified but I can’t wait to get out there,” she said.

Artem added: “She seems like my perfect pair. She’s feisty and she may be the one I’m scared of”.

Natalie is currently sat at the top of the leaderboards at the bookies as the favourite to steal the show and after tonight’s performance she will stay up there as she had a standing ovation from the crowd.

Bruno Tonioli told the pair: “I tell you, with that attitude, the serious, sexy and sensuous, you’re going to go far”.

Darcey Bussell added: “Natalie I was not expecting that much detail in your first dance, The finish and the eye contact was brilliant. I can’t wait to see what’s next”.

“It was clean and precise. You need a little more rhythem but it was brilliant. Well done,” Len Goodman told them.

Revel Horwood added: “You are a brilliant dancer and so far our front-runner”.

Natalie and Artem received a combined score of 31 with a 7 from Bruno, an 8 from Darcey, an 8 from Len Goodman and an 8 from Craig Revel Horwood. Natalie has the HIGHEST score of the evening!!

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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