Inside Strictly week one – Pros snubbed, fans distracted and Les Dennis concerns

The 21st series of Strictly Come Dancing has kicked off after a dazzling launch show, with a host of new celebrity faces taking to the ballroom floor in a bid to lift the coveted Glitterball Trophy.

All 15 contestants have been paired up with their professional partners, with one or two Strictly favourites missing out on securing a spot on this year’s series.

We’ve rounded up everything you need to know about what happened during week one, such as who has been snubbed and why viewers were “switching off” within minutes.

Who has been snubbed in this year’s series?

One notable absentee who has missed out on a celeb partner is Ukrainian dancer Nadiya Bychkova.

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She was partnered with Matt Goss last year and is currently in a relationship with fellow professional Kai Widdrington. She said on Instagram that she was “disappointed” but will be “supporting her fellow pros”.

Another dancer who was left out of this year’s series is Neil Jones.

Despite having joined Strictly seven years ago, the 41-year-old has only ever been partnered with a celebrity twice. Both Neil and Nadiya will be part of the larger group dances during the series.

Viewers claim “switch off” due to “canned laughter”

Numerous Strictly fans united in agreement that one thing forced them to “switch off” after just a few minutes.

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Many BBC fans were apparently “fed up” with the “canned” laughter from the audience.

On social media, one fan typed: “Why does it sound like they have canned laughter in the background #Strictly.”

A second chimed in: “What’s wrong with the crowd noise on #strictly sounds like they are mixing in canned laughter.”

Angela Rippon leaves viewers distracted during debut

Many Strictly followers were left gobsmacked when broadcaster Angela Rippon showed off her age-defying appearance.

The 78-year-old dazzled in a gold dress, leaving one fan typing on Twitter: “#AngelaRippon and those legs on #StrictlyComeDancing are a winning combination for me.”

A second fan commented: “Angela Rippon looks AMAZING!!!!” Whilst a third gushed: “Angela Rippon is so beautiful and elegant. Looking forward to seeing her waltz.”

Les Dennis’ Strictly appearance has fans worried

Strictly viewers who tuned in also raised their concerns that Les Dennis will be the first celebrity to be eliminated.

The comedian, who has been partnered up with Nancy Xu, took to the dancefloor during the show’s launch and has left many believing he will experience an “early exit.”

One person on Twitter penned: “Les Dennis, I fear he may be the runt of the litter #Strictly #StrictlyComeDancing.” A second typed: “Worry for Les Dennis, I really do… #Strictly.”

Strictly Come Dancing continues on Saturday at 6.35pm on BBC One.

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