Like a Boeing 747 with glitterballs for jet engines, every new series of Strictly requires a colossal burst of energy to get it airborne.
After a fuel-blazing, 141-minute blast up the runway, this year’s show is finally off the ground. And it promises to lift us as high as ever.
Before the dancing began, everyone was talking about the Covid controversy, with several vaccine refuseniks among the cast.
And last night it emerged that two people had indeed tested positive.
A full outbreak could cause a serious crisis – but for now it’s Strictly business as usual.
On Saturday all eyes were on TV chef John Whaite, dancing with pro Johannes Radebe as the show’s first same-sex male pairing.
In dark suits and polo necks, high-stepping to the robotic Blue Monday by New Order, they looked more like duelling secret agents than ballroom performers – easily the least camp of all the men.
On Saturday all eyes were on TV chef John Whaite, dancing with pro Johannes Radebe as the show’s first same-sex male pairing (pictured)
Far more flamboyant was Olympic swimmer Adam Peaty, in