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Strictly Come Dancing fans stunned by this surprise star's 'outstanding' first dance: 'Was NOT expecting that!'

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This performance really got viewers talking

Strictly Come Dancing 2018 kicked off in style last night and one star in particular left viewers gobsmacked with their first performance.

Joe Sugg surprised both fans and the judges alike thanks to his energetic Jive with dance partner Dianne Buswell, which earned the pair a place close to the very top of the leaderboard.

The blogger performed the lively routine to Take On Me by A-ha and even the experienced panel seemed stunned by Joe’s skills.

“Tonight has been a night full of surprises and you have to be the biggest one!” Bruno Tonioli told the 27-year-old.

“I had no idea that on week one you could come out here and do something like that.

“I wasn’t expecting that at all.”

Meanwhile Craig Revel Horwood admitted he hadn’t had high hopes for Joe during the launch show but claimed last night’s performance had ‘changed everything’.

Darcey Bussell and Shirley Ballas were equally complimentary and viewers at home seemed just as in awe over the dance, with many confessing that they weren’t expecting such a strong debut from the internet star.

“Fantastic! For week 1 absolutely brilliant! Who knew he could dance?” one watcher tweeted, whilst another said: “Was NOT expecting that!!! Wow”

Meanwhile one gushed: “Outstanding really enjoyed that. Brilliant timing in the dance . One to watch”

And a fellow fan said: “@BrunoTonioli was surprised, I was surprised. Those flicks and kicks, the speed and energy. Wowee! Well done, Joe! Can't wait for next week.”

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Joe and Dianne’s performance earned them 27 points, which placed them in joint second on the leaderboard whilst Ashley Roberts and Faye Tozer shared the first place spot.

Unfortunately not everybody experienced this amount of success on the opening night though.

Susannah Constantine and dance partner Anton Du Beke ended up with just 12 points, making it the third lowest score to ever be given on the show.