Strictly Come Dancing’s Ruth Langsford on being bottom of the scoreboard

Ruth Langsford has opened up about her debut performance on Strictly Come Dancing.


Ruth and pro partner Anton Du Beke performed the Waltz on Saturday night, scoring 16 points from the judges.

The total – which included just a three from Craig Revel Horwood – left the pair joint bottom of the table alongside comedian Brian Conley who danced the Tango.

“I can honestly say I have never been so nervous ever – not when I got married, not doing live television,” Ruth recalled.

She added: “Everything the judges said to me was absolutely right. Bruno said, ‘You were clinging onto Anton’, which I was because the minute I went wrong I went a bit dance-blind…

“The dress rehearsal, if I could have just done that and gone home it would’ve been perfect. [In the rehearsal], I did OK and there were no judges!”

Ruth went on to reveal that Strictly judge Craig tried to pick up her spirits after the live show.


After drinking in the bar post performance, Craig told her: “Darling, it’s the bottom everyone talks about. Top or bottom is what everyone talks about.”

Ruth added: “The only way is up I suppose!”

Fortunately for Ruth, as usual, there was no public vote or elimination in the first weekend but the judges’ marks will carry forward to Week 2 and help determine which acts are in the bottom two.

Week 2 will also see the public given their first chance to vote this year, with viewer votes combined with the judges’ marks to decide which celebs face the dance off.


Strictly Come Dancing 2017 returns to TV this Saturday night at 6:45PM on BBC One.

The results air on Sunday night from 7:15PM.