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Strictly Come Dancing 2017: Aston Merrygold tops scoreboard and no one's surprised

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Aston Merrygold topped the Strictly Come Dancing 2017 scoreboard last night.

And no one was really shocked at the outcome, suggesting it was proof the former judge on Got To Dance had an advantage over his competitors.

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Aston and pro partner Janette danced the Foxtrot to It Had To Be You by Harry Connick Jnr to close last night's first live show, scoring an impressive 31 out of 40 points for their debut performance.

After the performance, Craig Revel Horwood commented: "Well all those flashy moments I thought were completely self-indulgent, very little to do with the foxtrot at all, however I thought your confidence shone through brilliantly.

"You have a great sense of musicality, it’s just amazing to watch. I think you’re going to be the one to watch in this whole competition."

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Janette Manrara, Aston Merrygold
Janette Manrara, Aston Merrygold

The pair Debbie McGee - who also has a dance background - into second place after she scored 30 points performing a Paso with pro partner Giovanni to Be Italian by Fergie.

On Twitter, viewers were quick to react to the not-quite-surprising results.

Pointless' Richard Osman quipped: "Here we go. Who will win #Strictly? The 50-something country vicar, Richard, or the 29 year-old professional dancer, Aston? Nobody knows."

Ahead of the first live show, Aston's fellow pop star competitor Mollie King played down any advantage the pair could have over their less experienced rivals.

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 Mollie King, AJ Pritchard
Mollie King, AJ Pritchard

She told the Yahoo: “I think that we’re used to being disciplined to a certain to degree but I think there is a sort of expectation that people will have, but Aston and I, we’re both terrified because it’s a whole new world for both of us. We don’t want to look like complete wallies.

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“There is so much for us to learn. Obviously we’re lucky that we have performance experience. But this is a whole new world of dance. It’s madness.”

Strictly Come Dancing returns to TV next Saturday night.