'Strictly' debs show off their moves

'Strictly Come Dancing's remaining debutants showed off their best moves in front of the judges tonight.

'Strictly Come Dancing's remaining debutants showed off their best moves in front of the judges tonight.

Comedian Rory Bremner, Jason Donovan, former MP Edwina Currie and bookies’ favourite Harry Judd took to the dancefloor.

All 14 contestants have now performed under the stern gaze of the judges on BBC1.

Judd, the drummer from pop group McFly, dancing with Aliona Vilani, lived up to his billing with a respectable 28 out of 40 score.

But it was Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat star Donovan who stole the show.

Hard-to-please judge Craig Revel Horwood told the Australian, who danced the cha cha cha with Kristina Rihanoff: “It was a rip-snorter mate, bonzer, beauty.”

The stars were among seven couples performing for the judges, after the first seven pairs danced last night.

All the contestants have undergone gruelling training sessions for the past few weeks to ensure they were up to the task when Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly introduced them.

At this first stage there is no phone vote and no-one leaves – but the stars still need to impress the judges, who scored them for their performances.

Nancy Dell’Olio’s mishap-strewn dance saw her movement impeded by her feather boa, and ended with her apologising to the judges.

But judge Alesha Dixon gave her encouragement, calling her the “glamour puss” of this year’s show.

Impressionist Rory Bremner, partnered with Erin Boag, gave a “first-class impression of a waltz”, according to Len Goodman.

“I thought for the first week that was fantastic,” said the judge.

The One Show presenter Alex Jones was “incongruous, starchy and stiff”, according to Revel Horwood.

But her partner James Jordan leapt to her defence and urged the judge to “be a little bit nicer”.

Former Conservative MP Edwina Currie confused Sir Bruce with her bright red dress on the eve of the Tory party conference.

“I’ve heard of red Ed but not red Edwina,” said the presenter.

Waterloo Road actress Chelsee Healey completed the lineup with a dance that “started off like Petula Clark and ended up more like Lady Gaga”, according to Goodman.

Contestants who appeared last night included actress Holly Valance, ex-footballer Robbie Savage and former boxer Audley Harrison.

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