Strictly Come Dancing is back with a bang as Kelvin Fletcher shocks and Anton du Beke and Emma Barton look to final

Strictly Come Dancing is back with a bang (Picture: BBC)

Strictly Come Dancing is finally back on TV screens and what a first episode.

Kelvin Fletcher topped the leaderboard with professional partner Oti Mabuse with an incredible score of 33, after only joining the show weeks prior to fill in for injured Jamie Laing, while three other pairings also reached 30 and over.

Perpetual loser Anton du Beke, meanwhile, may finally be in with a real shot of the final.

Dev Griffin and Dianne Buswell, and Michelle Visage and Giovanni Pernice, both received 30 from the judges, while Karim Zeroual and Amy Dowden scored 31.

But it was Kelvin and Otis samba which had the audience and the judges on their feet.

Claudia Winkleman later confirmed was the highest ever score for the first show in five years.

Strictly judges

Motsi joins the Strictly judges (Picture: BBC)

I am talking about that spine, that hip rotation, that ooziness in your body, said Motsi in response to their performance.



I enjoyed it I loved it, oh my God, she added before Shirley called it electrifying and admitted she was lost for words and praised him for being in touch with his feminine side and ability to work with his body.

Karim Zeroual and Amy Dowden

Karim Zeroual and Amy Dowden scored 31 (Picture: BBC)

The show kicked off with a huge group number before the judges were introduced.

Motsi has replaced Darcey Bussell for the shows 17th season and viewers fell in love with her no-nonsense critique and playful side; she also came dressed in a glittery number putting her right at home on the show.

Luba Mushtuk and James Cracknell

Luba Mushtuk and James Cracknell were on the bottom of the scoreboard (Picture: BBC)

At the other end of the scoreboard, James Cracknell and his partner Luba Mushtuk received only 11 points, with the judges critical of his performance, asking him to enjoy the dancing and open himself to the audience.

Chris Ramsay and his partner Karen Hauer received 13 points while Kevin Clifton and his celeb partner Anneka Rice were awarded 14.

Kevin Clifton and Anneka Rice

Kevin Clifton and Anneka Rice scored 14 (Picture: BBC)

Long-time professional Anton du Beke will be hoping he makes it farther than ever before as he has been partnered with EastEnders actress Emma Barton.

The pair were awarded an impressive 23 points for week one, with the judges praising Emma for her showmanship and offering constructive criticism that could see them go far.

Jamie, who was forced to pull out of the show after a foot injury,