This was a jump from last year. which saw an average of 5.4M viewers watching the very first show after drawing in a whopping 7.9M in 2021.
Saturday’s launch saw the 15 celebs paired with their pro partners, attracting a peak of 6.7M viewers.
Last year’s first show drew an average of 5.4M ballroom fans, peaking at 5.6M.
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Strictly viewers already tipped who they think will win the new series after the launch saw the celebs take to the dance floor for the first time in a disco themed group routine.
And fans predicted Layton Williams would make history by becoming the show’s first ever winning same-sex pairing alongside pro Nikita Kuzmin.
It comes despite the series facing a ‘fix’ row after fans claimed the actor had an unfair advance following his West End appearances and Stage School training.
Following the performance, viewers took to Twitter in their droves with one writing: ‘Same gender couple gonna win it this year I can feel it in my bones!!!!!’.
A second said: ‘I’ve already chosen who I think will win! That Leyton chap… mind you… it helps he’s already a dancer’.
A third wrote: ‘From the dance by all, Layton and Nikita stood out’.
And: ‘Yeah Layton Williams is gonna win this’.
With someone else branding his performance: ‘Winner vibes’.
Another fan wrote: ‘That was brilliant! Layton is fabulous by the way’.
And: ‘Yep, after that opening routine I am putting my money on Layton and Nikita’.
Meanwhile on the other end of the scale Les Dennis, 69, failed to impress while others said it was too early to rule him out.
One fan said: ‘I fear Les Dennis is the runt of the litter’.
While another wrote: ‘Don’t completely write off Les – He’s got a background in theatre so he’ll be good at storytelling and he does show some Rhythem. It’ll be interesting to see how Nancy adapts her choreography for an older Celeb like Les’.
Caerphilly born Amy, 33, was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier in May, and began chemotherapy after doctors discovered another type of cancer in her body, meaning she was unable to be paired with a celebrity for the new series.
Ahead of the show-stopping routine Tess said: ‘We are of course, missing one of our professional dancers.
‘Our gorgeous Amy Dowden is unwell and she can’t be with us for the start of the series’.
She went on: ‘But she is our Welsh dragon and we know she will be back soon’.
Claudia then interjected saying: ‘Amy from all your Strictly family we are sending all our love and we cannot wait to have you back on the dance floor’.
With Tess adding: ‘This [dance] is for you!’.
Nigel Harman and Katya Jones
Bobby Brazier and Diane Buswell
Annabel Croft and Johannes Radebe
Zara McDermott and Graziano Di Prima
Amanda Abbington and Giovanni Pernice
Angela Rippon and Kai Widdrington
Krishnan Guru-Murthy and Lauren Oakley
Angela Scanlon and Carlos Gu
Ellie Leach and Vito Coppola
Adam Thomas and Luba Mushtuk
Jody Cundy and Jowita Przystał
Layton Williams and Nikita Kuzmin
Nikita Kanda and Gorka Marquez
Les Dennis and Nancy Xu
Eddie Kadi and Karen Hauer
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