This evening sees the second live show of the current series of Strictly Come Dancing in which the remaining nine contestants take to the dance floor for the first time.
Tonight, queen of numbers Rachel Riley and her professional partner Pasha Kovalev danced the Waltz to Luther Vandross’ version of When I Need You. It was described as “beautiful” and “elegant” by the judges – quite an impressive first dance.
In her VT, Rachel said: “Behind all this Strictly glitz and glamour, I’m just a girl from Essex. When I was younger I was a tom boy! Counting with numbers is so different as you don’t have to bother about the beat or the rhythm. This is the opportunity of a lifetime”.
Rachel has revealed that she is absolutely terrified of getting any of the steps wrong on tonight’s first live show, but Pasha has been pushing her hard during rehearsals. He’s been pushing her that her she forgot to get out of bed earlier in the week to appear on BBC Breakfast, leaving Pasha to fly solo on his own!
Bruno Tonioli said: “You had a graceful and fragrant quality! The fragility came from nerves, you have nothing to worry about, all the elements are there.”.
Len Goodman added: “I thought the dance was very pretty, but it was a tad on the careful side. That will get you through three or four weeks, but you’re not going to win being careful”.
Darcy Bussell told the pair: “What you need for the Waltz is to glide and to be graceful, you had that. In the transitions, you lose your core especially when you speed up. Very beautiful”.
“Your head at times didn’t look like it belonged on your body. That is largely due to a transition and connection thing. What happens is you focus on things in the room and then you start to turn around. It was full of elegance,” added Craig Revel Horwood.
Speaking about her Waltz, Rachel told Tess Daly: “I was terrified, I have been so calm but when you get out there, it’s different.”.
In total, Rachel and Pasha scored 27 with a 6 from Craig Revel Horwood, a 7 from Darcey Bussell, a 7 from Len Goodman and a 7 from Bruno Toniloi.
This week, no couples will be leaving the competition. The judges scores will be carried across to next week’s show in which two celebrity couples will be given the boot.
Strictly Come Dancing continues next Saturday on BBC One/HD.