Chef and TV persona John Whaite acquired a standing ovation after making his Strictly debut along with his skilled dance associate, Johannes Radebe.
The 33-year-old made historical past with Radebe as the primary same-sex male couple to seem within the competitors, after Nicola Adams and Katya Jones danced collectively within the final collection.
Whaite and Radebe made their debut dancing to a rendition of “Blue Monday”, and acquired rousing applause as they concluded their routine.
The judges had been additionally filled with reward, with the notoriously hard-to-please Craig Revel-Horwood saying he had “cherished it”.
Whaite acquired the best scores of the night time on the time of writing, together with 8s from Shirley Ballas and Anton Du Beke, which positioned him on the high of the leaderboard.
Du Beke referred to as the dance “super”.
Whaite had beforehand mentioned he was excited to bop with one other man as “an amazing step ahead in illustration and inclusion”.
“I’ve been carrying sequins and jazzy apparel since I used to be three years previous and might’t wait to hurl myself, full throttle, round essentially the most glamorous dance flooring on earth,” he mentioned. “Whoever it’s I’m paired with, I hope they’re up for a problem as I need our routines to incorporate plenty of spectacular lifts!”
Strictly Come Dancing continues every Saturday on BBC One. See the complete listing of contestants and their skilled companions right here.