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Strictly Come Dancing celebrates best ever viewing figures for launch show

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Strictly Come Dancing only returned to our TV screens at the weekend, but already the show has found itself involved in a "fix" scandal as former professional dancer James Jordan claimed the producers know who they want to win.

Balls, who claimed that his lack of hip movement ruled him out of Latin dancing, said: "Maybe I will emerge from my chrysalis or it turns out I was a slug all along".

Wearing a suitably glittering shirt, Balls, 49, twisted and writhed around the 27 year-old from St Petersburg, during the first group dance.

On Saturday's launch show Daisy made sure to keep her grandfather close by and said she would be dancing for him.

She added: 'It was pretty tough and thank God I had Louise Redknapp there.

The politician had failed to take the opportunity to lose weight and undergo intensive dance ahead of the recording since "that wouldn't have been consistent with the spirit of the show".

Winkleman, who lists The Godfather and The Shawshank Redemption as her favourite films, said: "I'm incredibly sad about leaving the film show and it wasn't an easy decision".

The model says she is also grateful to her Strictly "family" - with Louise Redknapp in particular helping her through the hard time.

Viewers saw EastEnders star Tameka Empson paired with hot new Spanish dancer Gorka Marquez, model Daisy Lowe with previous Strictly champ Aljaz Skorjanec and Olympic gymnast Claudia Fragapane, this year's youngest contestant at just 18, with another new pro, AJ Pritchard. "I've not had a text from David Cameron but I don't mind as long as he votes for me". My grandma has never missed an episode. Everybody says you lose weight and that is essential for me.

"I don't think I was ready before my mastectomy but that brought me down to earth and I thought, 'Now I've removed a body part what more is there to be scared about?'"

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