Strictly Come Dancing 2011: Holly Valance and Anita Dobson top the leaderboard on first night

Holly Valance (Strictly Come Dancing 2011)

Former soap stars Holly Valance and Anita Dobson topped the leader board on last night's first Strictly Come Dancing 2011 show, which was watched by well over 7 million viewsers at 9PM on BBC One. Opening the show, Holly recieved praise from all of the judges and a score of 28 out of 40 for her cha-cha-cha.

Alesha Dixon raved: "'You are a very good dancer, you look sensation and you've got the sexiness down. Your technique is already at a very high standard. You're going to be sensational!"

It was a score Anita Dobson and partner Robin Windsor matched with their waltz, as Craigt Revel Horwood told them: "I thought that whole routine was gorgeous."

Lulu and Brendan Cole's fumbling left them at the bottom of the scoreboard, earning just 17 points. Craig remarked: "It was a complete dance disaster. You made it up from beginning to end."

Tonight will see the remaining contestants - Jason Donovan, Nancy Dell'Ollio, Harry Judd, Chelsee Healy, Alex Jones, Edwina Currie and Rory Bremner - take to the dance floor.

No one will leave the show this weekend, but the scores will be carried forward to next week's show, where they will be combined with a public vote.

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