'Strictly' suffers a technical glitch as the show goes off air in the opening scenes

Katie Archer
Contributor
(BBC)

Strictly Come Dancing got off to a less than polished start this week as technical difficulties saw it drop off air a number of times during the opening moments.

The BBC One Saturday night highlight is usually known for running like clockwork despite being a lengthy live broadcast, but things went a bit wrong within seconds of the opening credits during the second live show of the series.

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As hosts Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman made their entrance backed by the orchestra, the episode cut out to blank screens for a few seconds, and then repeated the same problem as the judges were introduced.

Fans began to panic that their Saturday night in front of the telly could be ruined, but luckily the glitches were all ironed out by the time the dancing began, meaning we didn’t have to miss a moment of any of our favourite couples.

After Saffron Barker and her partner AJ Pritchard opened the show with their Cha Cha, presenter Daly addressed the problems, explaining: “We do apologise to any viewers who may have experienced any transmission problems. We are a live show.”

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Tonight’s episode saw Karim Zeroual and Michelle Visage both storm up the leaderboard as they each earned 32 points, matching Kelvin Fletcher’s high score from week one.

Meanwhile, James Cracknell stayed in the danger zone at the bottom of the score board with another badly rated performance.

Viewers were dazzled by Mike Bushell’s garish suit, which outshone his dancing in the American Smooth, and David James had a nightmare with a hard-to-control cape in the Paso Doble.

Tonight’s scores will be combined with last week’s and the public vote to find out which couples will be the first to face the dance off this series, airing on Sunday night.