Secret Strictly gestures – Maisie’s glance at HRVY to couple’s ‘sexual sizzle’

Strictly Come Dancing finally returned to its rightful place as king of Saturday night TV this evening, full of glitter, sexy dancing and, of course, the occasional tear.

As the professionals and their celebrity partners took to the floor for their first routine, the chemistry was electric for some while for others… it was more wet flannel-esque.

But with the couples now sitting at their own tables in the audience, some of their telling backstage looks and gestures won’t go amiss.

We’ve got body language expert Judi James on hand to analyse each couple’s chemistry and what they really thought about one another…

Jacqui and Anton

Forget all the fake whoops and screams of delight when the couples first met up last week, it’s this first show where all the chemistry or lack of it begins to show in the small peeks we get of their body language behind all those cheesy smiles.

Poor Anton barely bothered to do more than sport that Wallace & Gromit-style teeth-baring grin he performs when they pair him with yet another celeb who stands zero chance of allowing him to get his hands on that glitter-ball trophy.

Bill threw himself into his routine like a man who really does want to win and not as the comedy turn.

1/10 for chemistry but if anyone can turn Bill into a genuine dancer it will be Oti.

Jamie and Karen

In his white jeans that were so tight he looked as though he was in Swan Lake rather than Strictly, Jamie did look at some moments as though he might be going for Bills comedy crown.

With his wide eyes and wide smile Jamie is super-keen to do well but Karen looked keener to play deadpan, putting him down with eyes to camera and a pause before a low ‘yes?’ when he asked if she was excited to be paired with him. She uncoupled quickly after some low scores too.

3/10 for chemistry so far.

HRVY and Janette

This pairing looked a bit odd but it is clearly made in heaven in terms of Janette playing slightly maternal to get the best out of the excitable but energetic HRVY.

She got his attention and his dedication for a points-winning number 9/10 for professional compatibility.

*Strictly returns next Saturday on BBC One

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