The new series of Strictly Come Dancing got off to an emotional start last night as Olympic cycling's golden girl Victoria Pendleton broke into tears after blowing her first routine.

As half of the new cast of stars began to bust moves, it was evident that there they all have plenty of work to be do on their dancing.

But showing her competitive streak and emotional nature, Pendleton cried after she could not quite get her footwork right as she performed the chachacha to Kylie Minogue's Spinning Around.

Afterwards she said: "There is no way I thought I was going to cry but I just blew it so much. I'm so sorry."

Pendleton already became well-know for her tears this summer during the Olympics when she won gold in the keirin and silver in the sprint before retiring from cycling.

Former James Bond actor Colin Salmon showed he was one of the most promising celebrities this season as he performed what judge Len Goodman described as the "best chachacha of the night" to the sound of James Brown's classic soul track I Got You (I Feel Good).

Salmon celebrated by drinking a dry martini - shaken, not stirred - with Russian partner Kristina Rihanoff, while host Bruce Forsyth settled for a mug of cocoa.

Original Essex girl Denise Van Outen also got off to a good start as she waltzed with James Jordan.

The 38-year-old TV presenter revelled in the chemistry between her and Jordan, which she put down to the pair both having a "naughty streak".

Meanwhile, new dancer Karen Hauer got herself into hot water after admitting to Westlife star and dancing partner Nicky Byrne that she had never heard of the Irish heartthrobs.

The 30-year-old Venezuelan did not endear herself to snooty judge Craig Revel Horwood either and was criticised for incorporating lifts into the waltz she danced with Byrne.

Tonight, the other half of the cast will take to the floor to perform live.

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 11: Victoria Pendleton attends the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2012 at BBC Television Centre on September 11, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)

  • Strictly Come Dancing - Red Carpet Launch

    LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 11: Denise Van Outen attends the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2012 at BBC Television Centre on September 11, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)

  • Strictly Come Dancing - Red Carpet Launch

    LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 11: The professional dancers attend the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2012 at BBC Television Centre on September 11, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)

  • Strictly Come Dancing - Red Carpet Launch

    LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 11: Kristina Rihanoff attends the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2012 at BBC Television Centre on September 11, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)

  • Strictly Come Dancing - Red Carpet Launch

    LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 11: Flavia Cacace and Vincent Simone attend the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2012 at BBC Television Centre on September 11, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)

  • Strictly Come Dancing - Red Carpet Launch

    LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 11: Jerry Hall attends the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2012 at BBC Television Centre on September 11, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 11: Erin Boag attends the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2012 at BBC Television Centre on September 11, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 11: Dani Harmer attends the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2012 at BBC Television Centre on September 11, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 11: Aliona Vilani attends the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2012 at BBC Television Centre on September 11, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)

  • Strictly Come Dancing - Red Carpet Launch

    LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 11: Karen Hauer attends the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2012 at BBC Television Centre on September 11, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 11: Ola Jordan attends the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2012 at BBC Television Centre on September 11, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)

  • Strictly Come Dancing - Red Carpet Launch

    LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 11: Karen Hauer attends the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2012 at BBC Television Centre on September 11, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)

  • Strictly Come Dancing - Red Carpet Launch

    LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 11: Denise Van Outen attends the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2012 at BBC Television Centre on September 11, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)

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    Kimberley Walsh arriving for the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2012, at BBC TV Centre in west London.

  • Strictly Come Dancing 2012 launch - London

    Olympian Victoria Pendleton arriving for the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2012, at BBC TV Centre in west London.

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    Dani Harmer arriving for the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2012, at BBC TV Centre in west London.

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    Denise Van Outen arriving for the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2012, at BBC TV Centre in west London.

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    Tess Daly arriving for the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2012, at BBC TV Centre in west London.

  • Strictly Come Dancing 2012 launch - London

    Olympian Victoria Pendleton arriving for the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2012, at BBC TV Centre in west London.

  • Strictly Come Dancing 2012 launch - London

    Olympian Victoria Pendleton arriving for the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2012, at BBC TV Centre in west London.

  • Strictly Come Dancing 2012 launch - London

    Tess Daly arriving for the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2012, at BBC TV Centre in west London.

  • Strictly Come Dancing 2012 launch - London

    Denise Van Outen arriving for the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2012, at BBC TV Centre in west London.

  • Strictly Come Dancing 2012 launch - London

    Kimberley Walsh arriving for the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2012, at BBC TV Centre in west London.

  • Strictly Come Dancing 2012 launch - London

    Olympian Victoria Pendleton arriving for the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2012, at BBC TV Centre in west London.

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    Fern Britton arriving for the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2012, at BBC TV Centre in west London.

  • Strictly Come Dancing 2012 launch - London

    Denise Van Outen arriving for the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2012, at BBC TV Centre in west London.

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    Lisa Riley arriving for the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2012, at BBC TV Centre in west London.

  • Strictly Come Dancing 2012 launch - London

    Olympian Victoria Pendleton arriving for the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2012, at BBC TV Centre in west London.

  • Strictly Come Dancing 2012 launch - London

    Louis Smith arriving for the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2012, at BBC TV Centre in west London.

  • Strictly Come Dancing 2012 launch - London

    Denise Van Outen arriving for the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2012, at BBC TV Centre in west London.

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    Johnny Ball arriving for the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2012, at BBC TV Centre in west London.

  • Strictly Come Dancing 2012 launch - London

    Jerry Hall arriving for the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2012, at BBC TV Centre in west London.

  • Strictly Come Dancing 2012 launch - London

    Kimberley Walsh arriving for the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2012, at BBC TV Centre in west London.

  • Strictly Come Dancing 2012 launch - London

    Victoria Pendleton and Louis Smith arriving for the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2012, at BBC TV Centre in west London.

  • Strictly Come Dancing 2012 launch - London

    Tess Daly arriving for the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2012, at BBC TV Centre in west London.

  • Strictly Come Dancing 2012 launch - London

    Denise Van Outen arriving for the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2012, at BBC TV Centre in west London.

  • Strictly Come Dancing 2012 launch - London

    Olympian Victoria Pendleton arriving for the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2012, at BBC TV Centre in west London.

  • Strictly Come Dancing 2012 launch - London

    Kimberley Walsh arriving for the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2012, at BBC TV Centre in west London.

  • Strictly Come Dancing 2012 launch - London

    Dani Harmer arriving for the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2012, at BBC TV Centre in west London.

  • Strictly Come Dancing 2012 launch - London

    Jerry Hall arriving for the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2012, at BBC TV Centre in west London.

  • Strictly Come Dancing 2012 launch - London

    Kimberley Walsh arriving for the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2012, at BBC TV Centre in west London.

  • Strictly Come Dancing 2012 launch - London

    Denise Van Outen arriving for the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2012, at BBC TV Centre in west London.

  • Strictly Come Dancing 2012 launch - London

    Tess Daly arriving for the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2012, at BBC TV Centre in west London.

  • Strictly Come Dancing 2012 launch - London

    Olympian Victoria Pendleton arriving for the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2012, at BBC TV Centre in west London.

  • Strictly Come Dancing 2012 launch - London

    Fern Britton arriving for the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2012, at BBC TV Centre in west London.

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    Colin Salmon arriving for the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2012, at BBC TV Centre in west London.

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    Sir Bruce Forsyth arriving for the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2012, at BBC TV Centre in west London.

  • Strictly Come Dancing 2012 launch - London

    Sir Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly arriving for the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2012, at BBC TV Centre in west London.

  • Strictly Come Dancing 2012 launch - London

    Olympian Louis Smith arriving for the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2012, at BBC TV Centre in west London.

  • Strictly Come Dancing 2012 launch - London

    Olympian Louis Smith arriving for the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2012, at BBC TV Centre in west London.

  • Strictly Come Dancing - Red Carpet Launch

    LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 11: Artem Chigvintsev attends the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2012 at BBC Television Centre on September 11, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)