This weekend marked the return of Strictly’s live shows, with the former Big Brother’s Bit On The Side host bagging the top spot on the leaderboard for her Jive routine to DJ Fresh’s Gold Dust.
AJ – who recently won rave reviews for hosting Channel 4’s one-off revival of The Big Breakfast – and her professional partner Kai Widdrington scored 34 points from the judges, the most points for a week one routine since Zoe Ball back in 2005.
It was a big night for Kai, too, as this year marks his first time competing in Strictly.
The Great British Bake Off winner and his professional partner made history as the first partnership made up of two men to hit the Strictly floor, delivering a Tango routine to Blue Monday by New Order.
John and Johannes are the second same-sex pairing to compete in Strictly, after Olympian Nicola Adams danced with Katya Jones in 2020.
Sadly, it wasn’t quite as joyous an evening for all of the celebrities.
There was no public vote on Saturday night, with all 15 of the celebrities making it through to next week’s live show, after which viewers will help determine which two stars end up in the first dance-off of the series.
Find out how the cast gets on when Strictly returns to our screens on Saturday night at 6.45pm.