Norwich City chairman Ed Balls finishes bottom of the Strictly Come Dancing leaderboard despite surprising the judges

Ed Balls with dance partner Katya Jones during the live show of Strictly Come Dancing where he came

Ed Balls with dance partner Katya Jones during the live show of Strictly Come Dancing where he came bottom of the leaderboard. Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire - Credit: PA

Strictly Come Dancing returned with impressive scoring on Saturday as a host of celebrities broke the 30 points barrier with their first competitive dances but Norwich City chairman Ed Balls ended up at the bottom of the leaderboard.

The former Labour shadow chancellor failed to keep up with Saturday's high scorers, sinking to bottom of the leaderboard with 21.

His waltz with partner Katya Jones to Elvis's Are You Lonesome Tonight failed to impress the judges, with Craig Revel Horwood saying: 'I thought it was a little pedestrian to be honest.

'You need to get some rise and fall in there, darling.'

Although Goodman said he was 'pleasantly surprised', Bruno Tonioli called the dance 'prim and proper' and 'politically correct'.

In contrast fashion model Daisy Lowe flew straight to the top of the leaderboard with a near-flawless waltz as the second batch of contestants hit the dance floor to compete for the BBC show's coveted glitterball trophy.

Lowe scored 32 points for her dance in what head judge Len Goodman called the best he had ever seen in the first week.

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Singer and TV presenter Louise Redknapp, the wife of former footballer Jamie, received 31 points as did Hollyoaks actor Danny Mac.

Mac, dancing with partner Oti Mabuse, performed a cha-cha-cha whilst Redknapp - who was first to perform on Saturday - danced a jive with partner Kevin Clifton to Jump, Jive an' Wail.

Their high scores knocked Friday night's contestants, including initial front-runners Olympic gold medallist Greg Rutherford and TV presenter Ore Oduba, down the leaderboard.

Goodman - who is appearing in his final series of the Strictly - said of Lowe's waltz to Nat King Cole's Unforgettable: 'I was looking for a daisy and I found an English rose.

'I don't think I've seen a dance better than that for week one ever.'

Olympic gymnast Claudia Fragapane and partner AJ Pritchard received a solid 26 points for their dance to One Direction's What Makes You Beautiful whilst the show was closed by bookies' favourite Will Young who paid tribute to the late David Bowie with a tango to Let's Dance.

Young and partner Karen Clifton received 30 points, putting them 4th on the leaderboard.

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