Entertainment: Strictly's Will Mellor emotional as he tops leaderboard alongside Hamza Yassin in week 1

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Will was overcome after triumphing on Saturday night’s launch show (Picture: BBC/PA) © Provided by Metro Will was overcome after triumphing on Saturday night’s launch show (Picture: BBC/PA)

Actor Will Mellor dedicated his dance to his mum and late dad as he and Wildlife presenter Hamza Yassin placed joint top of the Strictly Come Dancing leaderboard in week one of the new series.

Saturday marked the first competition night of the popular show, with 15 couples battling it out to get as many points as possible.

Two Pints Of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps star Will performed an electric jive to Livin’ La Vida Loca by Ricky Martin with his partner Nancy Xu which impressed judges Motsi Mabuse and Shirley Ballas so much that they gave him a standing ovation and a score of 34.

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Motsi questioned where he had learnt his hip movements as she exclaimed: ‘You surprised me, I’m speechless. That was fantastic. Best start ever.’

Meanwhile, Anton Du Beke said that it looked like the actor had been dancing the routine for 18 months, adding: ‘It was absolutely amazing.’

Chatting to co-host Claudia Winkleman after performing about his teenage children’s reaction, the Coronation Street star admitted: ‘Usually they’re mortified when I dance at parties, so I just hope they were proud of me, that’s all that matters to me, my family.’

He blew the judges away with his confident Ricky Martin routine (Picture: Guy Levy/BBC) © Provided by Metro He blew the judges away with his confident Ricky Martin routine (Picture: Guy Levy/BBC)

He also praised Nancy, saying he’d ‘be nothing without her’ after revealing he thought there was ‘no way’ he’d ever be able to master the routine when it was first shown to him.

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After receiving his score of 8, 9, 8, 9 from the judges, Will became teary as he said: ‘Mum I just hope I did you proud. This is for you and my dad. Sorry, I get upset.’

Hamza and his partner Jowita Przystal also dazzled with their joyful foxtrot to Islands In The Stream by Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers to secure their 34 points.

Motsi said: ‘That was exquisite. That slow – it was enough for me’ while ballroom dance extraordinaire Anton added: ‘We’ve got ourselves a ballroom dancer in the house.’

The actor then dedicated his performace to his parents (Picture: BBC) © Provided by Metro The actor then dedicated his performace to his parents (Picture: BBC) Hamza and Jowita matched Will and Nancy’s top score (Picture: Guy Levy/BBC) © Provided by Metro Hamza and Jowita matched Will and Nancy’s top score (Picture: Guy Levy/BBC)

Britain’s Got Talent finalist Molly Rainford and new professional Carlos Gu came in third with a score of 31 for their energetic samba.

Following their routine to Kiss My (Uh Oh) by Anne Marie and Little Mix, Motsi described the singer and actress as a ‘shooting star’.

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Singer Fleur East and new professional Vito Coppola took fourth place, with a score of 29, for their electric cha cha cha to Let’s Get Loud by Jennifer Lopez which closed out the show.

Donning a hot pink sequined outfit, Fleur dominated the stage which caused Craig Revel Horwood to confess it was ‘a bit too wild’ for him, but praised her as a ‘fantastic dancer’.

Fleur East and new pro Vito Coppola came in fourth (Picture: Guy Levy/BBC) © Provided by Metro Fleur East and new pro Vito Coppola came in fourth (Picture: Guy Levy/BBC)

Motsi advised her to control her sense of power and to add ‘a little bit of softness’ into her movements.

Ted Lasso actress Ellie Taylor and Johannes Radebe performed an elegant Quickstep to I Am What I Am by Klaus Hallen Tanz Orchester.

Dressed in a black sparkly ballgown paired with long black gloves, Ellie twirled and dipped her way to a score of 28.

Anton remarked that the ‘nuts and bolts’ needed a bit of work but praised her look, adding: ‘When you came out there you just epitomised the golden age of Hollywood. It looked so beautiful.’

TV presenter Helen Skelton and Gorka Marquez delivered an elegant American Smooth for their first dance to You Send Me by Aretha Franklin, securing them a score of 26.

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Countryfile presenter Helen was elegance personified for her American Smooth, but was told to ‘own it’ more (Picture: Guy Levy/BBC) © Provided by Metro Countryfile presenter Helen was elegance personified for her American Smooth, but was told to ‘own it’ more (Picture: Guy Levy/BBC)

Helen was told to ‘own the dance’ more by Anton but he added that she was ‘great’.

Paralympic swimming gold medallist Ellie Simmonds and Nikita Kuzmin also took home a score of 26 after performing a vibrant cha cha cha to Dance by DNCE.

Motsi gushed: ‘I absolutely loved this team… It comes straight through. What I love is this focus, you understand what the dance is about. Allow yourself to enjoy it even more because you are great dancers. Loved it.’

Actress Kym Marsh and Graziano Di Prima were the first couple to take to the dancefloor, achieving a score of 23 for their jive to Yes by Merry Clayton.

Dressed in matching canary yellow, they twirled and dipped throughout with Shirley praising the Coronation Street star for opening the series, saying: ‘What a way to open the show, that was amazing.’

Kym Marsh and Graziano kicked off the whole series with a jive (Picture: Guy Levy/BBC) © Provided by Metro Kym Marsh and Graziano kicked off the whole series with a jive (Picture: Guy Levy/BBC)

However, Craig described it as ‘sluggish’ and said she needed to be up on her toes more.

Comedian Jayde Adams and dancer Karen Hauer received a standing ovation from judges Motsi and Shirley after they performed a lively samba routine to Dirrty by Christina Aguilera featuring Redman, landing them a score of 23.

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Motsi praised Jayde, saying: ‘You’re absolutely contagious. The energy, you’re selling parts of the performance, we’ve got all of that,’ but asked her to work on her technique.

The comedian and dancer are also the show’s second female same-sex couple, as Katya Jones was paired with Olympic gold medallist boxer Nicola Adams in 2020.

Jayde Adams and pro partner Karen were crowd favourites (Picture: Guy Levy/BBC) © Provided by Metro Jayde Adams and pro partner Karen were crowd favourites (Picture: Guy Levy/BBC)

The series’ second same-sex pairing of BBC Radio 2’s Richie Anderson and reigning Strictly champion Giovanni Pernice delivered an energetic cha cha cha to I’m Your Man by Wham! for their first routine.

Wearing matching T-Shirts that read ‘Choose Dance’, they also received a score of 23 with Richie’s mother, named honorary ‘Head Judge’ also giving him an additional top score of 10.

Craig joked: ‘For a moment I thought I was at RuPaul’s Drag Race darling,’ adding that he thought it was stiff but gave him ‘full marks for entertainment’.

Kiss FM DJ Tyler West and professional partner Dianne Buswell performed an elegant American Smooth to Falling by Harry Styles.

Richie Anderson left it all on the dancefloor with Giovanni for their joyful routine (Picture: Guy Levy/BBC) © Provided by Metro Richie Anderson left it all on the dancefloor with Giovanni for their joyful routine (Picture: Guy Levy/BBC)

During the routine, they attempted the challenging Angel Lift, which saw Tyler lift and spin Dianne over his head – and secured them a score of 21.

Shirley said the atmosphere they created was ‘stunning’ while Craig felt it was ‘a little bit pedestrian’ and lacked emotion but added that he loved the dramatic lift.

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EastEnders actor James Bye and Amy Dowden delivered a retro-themed jive to What I Like About You by The Romantics, picking up a score of 22 for their efforts.

Anton reflected on some of the mistakes James made, joking: ‘I like it, if you’re going to go wrong, go completely wrong just stand still and pick it up eventually,’ but added that he thought it was a ‘good number’.

Loose Women star Kaye Adams and Kai Widdrington took on the tango to Voulez-Vouz by Abba, and despite making a few mistakes they secured a score of 21.

Shirley noted that it seemed ‘nerves got the better’ of the TV presenter but that when they did not make a mistake she had a ‘beautiful top line’ and needed to trust herself and her partner more.

Loose Women star Kaye Adams suffered with nerves (Picture: Guy Levy/BBC) © Provided by Metro Loose Women star Kaye Adams suffered with nerves (Picture: Guy Levy/BBC)

Suited and booted in a tuxedo and ballgown, Bros singer Matt Goss and Nadiya Bychkova opted for a quickstep to Sir Duke by the Chris Walden Big Band, which secured them a score of 20.

The performance had ‘potential’ according to Shirley, but she suggested they go back to the drawing board and work on Matt’s technique.

Former footballer Tony Adams and Katya Jones then paid homage to his illustrious sports career as they danced the tango dressed in red jerseys.

The ex-Arsenal defender was lowered to the dancefloor on a gold cannon and briefly danced with a football as they performed to Go West by the Village People.

Matt Goss and Nadiya performed a Las Vegas inspired dance (Picture: Guy Levy/BBC) © Provided by Metro Matt Goss and Nadiya performed a Las Vegas inspired dance (Picture: Guy Levy/BBC) And yes, Tony Adams rode in on a cannon (Picture: Guy Levy/BBC) © Provided by Metro And yes, Tony Adams rode in on a cannon (Picture: Guy Levy/BBC)

Despite the theatrics, the couple placed bottom of the leaderboard with a score of 15.

Motsi commented: ‘I do feel, honestly, that from a soccer man to a dancer, we are a step further. And I love that you have this energy and this conviction.’

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The first live show of the dance competition’s 20th series kicked off with a joyful group dance by the judges and professional dancers.

Performing to a medley of songs, the female dancers wore vibrant feathered skirts with matching headdresses as the males donned bright yellow trousers and multicoloured shirts.

Strictly Come Dancing continues on Saturday at 6:30pm on BBC One.

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Strictly Come Dancing's Hamza Yassin, 32, and his professional dance partner Jowita Przystal, 28, were at the top of the leaderboard on Saturday 15 October after scoring 39/40The presenter, 32, appeared on today's show, Wednesday 19 October, of Good Morning Britain with his professional dance partner Jowita Przystal, 28.

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