The celebrities put on the style with their pro dancers and the internet was awash with chat about who was the most elegant of the contestants.
There was admiration for Adam Peaty’s hips, big love for John Whaite and Johannes Radebe as the show’s history making first all male couple , and chat about Tilly Ramsay and Nikita Kuzmin’s chemistry.
There was also sadness and emotion as Ugo Monye told the audience that he’d just buried his father this morning after he passed away a few weeks ago from prostate cancer, and dedicated his dance to him.
With Strictly’s first deaf contestant Rose Ayling Ellis also dancing the jive it made for a memorable night with plenty of interesting moments.
The lowest score sadly went to Dragon’s Den star Sara Davies and professional dancer Aljaz Skorjanec.who received a score of 17.
Judge Motsi Mabuse said: “I thought it was really sophisticated. Sweet and salty at the same time. We like a bit of flavour. What a start.”
Ugo Monye and Oti Mabuse scored 18 for the samba. The former rugby player told of his heartache saying: “My dad passed away a couple of weeks ago of prostate cancer and we had his funeral this morning, and during the funeral they spoke about today being a celebration.
“And that’s exactly how today felt. There’s no better way of celebrating than by dancing.”
Robert Webb and Dianne Buswell received a score of 20 and Craig Revel Horwood said: “At this point, I couldn’t care less about technique. It’s a great crowd pleaser, I loved it. Absolutely hilarious.”
Tom Fletcher and Tilly Ramsay – both scored 21 each with their respective partners Amy Dowden and Nikita Kuzmin.
Judge Shirley Ballas told Tom: “It’s definitely difficult to go first and you did yourself honour with some of the footwork you did today.”
“If this is the standard that you are setting then I hope that everyone else can follow that because that was really very good.”
Tilly ‘s waltz got Craig Revel Horwood heated as he said: “It lacked, for me, expression in the arms, but you told a very sweet story that was believable and I enjoyed that.”
Motsi Mabuse said: “You created a great atmosphere, you are off to a super start.”
Eastenders Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice and Katie McGlynnand Gorka Marquez received 22 each.
Anton Du Beke said of Rose’s performance: “This is the most fun watching a dance I have had for a long time. I absolutely loved it.”
Judge Shirley Ballas said to Katie: “Girl, you came in, you attacked.”
Loose Women’s Judi Love and Graziano Di Prima got 24 as Anton Du Beke said: “I loved that. I love you two together, this makes me happy. The chemistry is great, you play off each other beautifully and that’s going to be your thing.”
BBC Breakfast’s Dan Walker who dedicated a dance to Louise Minchin – and his partner Nadiya Bychkova also got 24 and Anton said: “I have to be honest with you, I was a bit nervous about this. I thought you were going to be awful. But you were terrific.”
And Greg Wise and Nina Wadia also got 24 each with their dance partners Karen Hauer and Neil Jones
Anton Du Beke told Greg: “I’d give you 45 points on my own if I could. I loved it. Great job.”
Craig Revel Horwood said of Nina’s samba: “Nina, who knew that was in you, my darling.”
Shirley Ballas also said: “The dance that everybody wants to avoid is the samba, and you did things in this routine that look like they belong in week seven for me. For week one, outstanding.”
CBBC host Rhys Stephenson and Nancy Xu. received a score of 27 with Shirley Ballas saying: “You are a talent to watch.”
Anton Du Beke added: “I thought you were really, really good. Well done. Your footwork is immaculate. Keep that through all the ballroom dances and you will be just fine.”
Scoring 30 each John Whaite and partner Johannes Radebe and Adam Peatyand Katya Jones impressed the judges.
Great British Bake Off star John was told by Anton Du Beke: “Last week you said you wanted to make it about the dancing and let me tell you, you absolutely made it about the dancing because that was a great dance. Just carry on like that please and I will be delighted. Fabulous.”
Shirley Ballas added: “Well, I feel this is a testament to the same-sex couple. It was absolutely exquisite.”
Olympic swimming champ Adam Peaty was told by Anton Du Beke: “It was tremendous. If you just keep that going through the series, you will be just fine.”
Shirley Ballas also said: “It was effortless and it moved in every direction.”
The top marks went to AJ Odudu and partner Kai Widdrington with an impressive total of 34
Motsi Mabuse said it was “the best dance of the evening, without a doubt”.
Anton Du Beke added: “We have just dropped into week nine. There’s not much to say. It was absolutely remarkable. Completely brilliant.”