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Strictly Come Dancing returned to BBC One for a seasonal special at the weekend, with the couples celebrating Halloween. They donned their scary outfits for the performances and it was a record-breaking night for Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice who scored a perfect 40. Yet Dancing With The Stars expert Gary Edwards was not impressed with the theme this year.

Strictly Come Dancing is known for pulling out all the stops for its special shows including movie week, musicals week and Halloween week.

The celebrities and their professional partners loved getting into character for the eerie performances at the weekend.

Sadly it was Judi Love and Graziano Di Prima who were sent home following their ‘zombie gym’ themed dance.

Professional dancer and judge Gary Edwards, who has worked on Dancing With The Stars in the US, said he was left extremely disappointed with the whole show.

He told “The whole Halloween night was a big disappointment to me, to be honest, for the first time I think ever.

“I think that goes across the whole Halloween theme, normally Halloween is my favourite night whether it be on Strictly or Dancing With The Stars.

“It just didn’t do it for me. In terms of the actual show, I didn’t really like the opening number.

“I adore John [Whaite] and Johannes [Radebe] and I didn’t get that one either. I think I was expecting so much from everybody.

“It wasn’t really an inspired week for me, I think they were, if anything, taking it a little bit easy.

“Normally with Strictly it is right up there with Dancing With The Stars but I just thought this time for Halloween, Dancing With The Stars blew it away.”

He did praise Rose and Giovanni for their perfect Tango, as they made history scoring full points at the earliest stage of the competition.

Gary continued: “Other than the Tango from Rose there is nothing really I stood up for. I do stand up at home at something if it’s very good.

“Johannes and John, I fully expected to be on my feet clapping and I wasn’t, so it sort of started pretty bad for me.

“Take away Halloween, take away their costumes and it was a very good performance from John and Johannes, but I just don’t think they nailed the whole Halloween thing.”

He referred to Dan Walker and Nadiya Bychkova’s Rock Lobster performance as being more like children’s entertainment.

He added: “It was more like movie week rather than Halloween week. It’s supposed to blow you away, Halloween, and it just didn’t.

“It’s all well and good dressing up but it didn’t work for them. Normally the makeup and the outfits are off the planet, fantastic.

“I don’t know if they were intentionally made to be a little bit baggy and fancy-dressy but that’s definitely how they came across.”

However, there were plenty of fans watching at home who were blown away by the spooky performances and intricate costumes.

Siobhan said on Twitter: “I thought the opening number tonight was amazing. One of my faves ever.

“I love the idea that whilst the world is on fire, the pantomime villains can get together & dance & have fun to my favourite ever Styles song, which is about pure positivity, & exactly what we need right now.” [Sic]

Joyce Jordan added: “Absolutely brilliant opening routine. Fabulous Choreography from @JasonGilkison & wonderful costumes & make up. You are all amazing.”

Darren Brady said: “The hair and make-up team are just magnificent. Just so creative. Brilliant costumes and outfits.”

Sadly Judi and Graziano went home on Sunday night and Gary said it was “partly because of the theme in my opinion”.

He said: “I thought it wasn’t her strength, her strength is the sass. I didn’t get the message from that – the choreography, the outfits, the theme, nothing connected for me.”

Strictly Come Dancing returns on Saturday at 6.45pm on BBC One.

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