Strictly Come Dancing 2023 LIVE: Get the updates on first live show

Strictly Come Dancing 2023 LIVE: Angela Rippon, 78, tops the leaderboard with a score of 28 after cha-cha-cha

Here, follow MailOnline’s liveblog for all the updates on the first Strictly Come Dancing live show of the 2023 series.

Angela Rippon and Kai Widdrington top the leaderboard!

The TV presenter, 78, who is this year’s oldest contestant, received a score of 28 for her cha-cha-cha.

Eddie Kadi and Karen Haur gave a 'magnificent' quickstep

Motsi Mabuse added: ‘Your posture, you need to work on that. But honestly, I was entertained from the first step up to the last step.’

How incredible do Claudia and Tess look?

Angela has 'a lot of potential' according to Craig Revel Horwood (high praise from him!)

Anton Du Beke added: ‘The drama, the intent, the commitment was magnificent. What I’d like you to do is work on your posture, it gets a little over the top.’

Angela and Carlos received a score of 23.

They're not making it easy on them! Angela Scanlon and Carlos Gu do a tango for their first dance

It's praise all around for Adam and Luba!

“What a way to open the show,” Shirley said.

“There’s so much good going on, well done you,” Anton said.

“Your hips are there, they need a lot more work, but they’re there,” Craig added.

They received a score of 19 points, not bad for their first try!

It's Adam Thomas and Luba Mushtuk up first!

We’re crossing our fingers for them!

The opening performance has gone down a treat with fans!

Less than 20 minutes to go folks!

Jeff Brazier is keeping his fingers crossed for son Bobby and his partner Dianne

It's hair and makeup time!

Not long to go now…

Layton Williams is ready to take to the dancefloor!

‘Feeling all the emotions right now’

Meet Krishnan Guru-Murthy: The Strictly Come Dancing star and news presenter whose wife is 'appalled' he's on the show

Who is Krishnan Guru-Murthy?

Click here to find out all about the Channel 4 News presenter

Meet Strictly's Ellie Leach: Coronation Street star trades the cobbles for the dancefloor

Who is Ellie Leach? What has she said about joining Strictly Come Dancing?

Read on here for everything you need to know about her


Meet Eddie Kadi: Congolese comedian with 'illegal hips' bringing the VIBE to Strictly

Who is Eddie Kadi? And what radio and TV shows has he been on?

Read on here to find out more.

Inside the Strictly Come Dancing curse: All the couples torn apart and new romances over 20 scandalous years

Strictly waltzed back onto on screens last week, marking it’s 21st series.

But with the Quicksteps and Waltzes come the romantic rumours and inevitable breakups from couples on the show.

While some couples split while they were competing on the show, amicable or otherwise, many fell apart in the months after the glitzy lights dimmed in the famous ballroom, giving name to the infamous Strictly curse.

MailOnline take a look-back at some of its biggest victims here.

Meet Nikita Kanda: BBC Asian Network radio presenter and Strictly 2023 contestant

Radio presenter Nikita Kanda is one of the participants on this year’s show.

But who exactly is Nikita? What has she said about joining Strictly Come Dancing?

Read on here for everything you need to know about Nikita Kanda.

Meet Zara McDermott: Star becomes first Love Islander to appear on Strictly

Zara McDermott has become the first star to cross between Strictly Come Dancing and Love Island, the show where she made her name.

From finding love on Made In Chelsea to carving out a career as a documentary host, take a look at who Strictly star Zara is.

Meet Strictly's Annabel Croft: TV presenter who show after her husband tragically died

Former professional tennis player turned broadcaster Annabel Croft is one of the participants on this year’s show.

But who exactly is Annabel Croft? What has she said about joining Strictly Come Dancing? Does she have any children?

Click here for everything you need to know about Annabel Croft.

Meet Strictly's Bobby Brazier: Jade Goody's model son, 20, is the youngest contender in competition

Click here for everything you need to know about Bobby Brazier!

Who is paired up with who?! Take a look at the Strictly Come Dancing 2023 pairings

The partnerships for the new series of Strictly Come Dancing were revealed during the launch show last Saturday.

From Amanda Abbington and Giovanni Pernice pairing up, to Zara McDermott getting partnered with Graziano Di Prima, viewers are in for a treat this year!

Take a look at the celebrity pairings here…

The first live show is just HOURS away… but who are the celebrity contestants?

Take a look at the celebrities who will be taking to the dance floor for the 2023 series here…

Amy Dowden, 33, has shared her hopes of returning to Strictly amid her cancer battle

Amy Dowden has shared her hopes of returning to Strictly Come Dancing in a matter of weeks ahead of the BBC dance contest’s first live show.

The dancer, 33, took to Instagram on Saturday to wish her fellow professionals and the celebrity line-up luck for Saturday’s first live show of the 2023 series.

Amy was expected to miss the new series amid her battle with breast cancer, but she has now shared her hopes that she could rejoin the show in just weeks’ time.

Meanwhile, Strictly also included Amy in its 2023 trailer, which introduces all the couples at the start of every show alongside the recognisable theme music.

Strictly's Amanda Abbington has hit back at Giovanni Pernice feud rumours in a swear-filled rant

Strictly Come Dancing’s Amanda Abbington has passionately hit back at claims that she threatened to quit the show due to clashes with Giovanni Pernice.

The actress, 49, shared a video to Instagram on Saturday, just hours ahead of the first live show, where she rubbished the rumours in a swear-filled rant.

It follows claims Amanda was 'left shaken' by Giovanni's 'militant and aggressive' training style with tensions escalating between the pair.

But Amanda has now hit back at the rumours and told how she is ‘ignoring the bulls***’ as she insisted things are all good between her and Giovanni, 33.

Welcome to the Strictly Come Dancing live blog!

Get all the live updates about the first live show of the Strictly Come Dancing 2023 series here.


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