Strictly Come Dancing: Tess Daly, 51, dazzles in a black sequinned jumpsuit as she joins Claudia Winkleman to host the first live show
Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman kicked off the Strictly Come Dancing live shows with a bang on Saturday night, as both presenters donned incredible outfits to usher in the new series in style.
Tess, 51, stepped out in a stunning black sequinned jumpsuit that showed off her slender figure.
The outfit featured one full-length sequinned sleeve, but was sleeveless on the left side to allow Tess to showcase one of her toned arms.
Stunning: Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman donned incredible outfits to usher in the new series of Strictly Come Dancing in style on Saturday night
Flaring on the jumpsuit’s sleeve and trouser legs added a hint of 70s glam to the TV presenter’s sparkling get up, as she excitedly ushered in the new series of Strictly.
Tess wore her signature blonde tresses loose and straight, while her beaming expression suggested that viewers are once again due for a memorable series.
Claudia, 48, meanwhile looked ravishing in a chic black dress encrusted all over with white pearls.
The low-cut outfit showed off the TV presenter’s toned upper body, while she wore her raven tresses in their signature long straight fringe.
Beaming: Tess, 51, stepped out in a stunning black sequinned jumpsuit that showed off her slender figure
Off the shoulder: She wore her signature blonde tresses loose and straight, while flaring on the jumpsuit added a hint of 70s glam to the TV presenter’s sparkling get up
Just before the Saturday night spectacle began, both Claudia and Tess shared backstage snaps of the duo looking thrilled for the night ahead.
The excitement was palpable, as Claudia captioned her post: ‘Not long now.’
Tess and Claudia are ensuring that they stand at least two metres apart throughout the episode.
Hosting duties: Tess chatted to Made in Chelsea star Jamie Laing and his professional partner Karen Hauer after they kicked off the live shows with their first performance
Earlier in the evening, Tess took to her story to illustrate the extent of COVID restrictions at the Elstree studios, as she showed herself decked out in a visor as she headed into the complex.
Tess also shared a full-body snap of herself looking dazzling in her evening’s outfit, as she thanked her stylists and make-up artist in the caption for their work.
Twelve couples are taking to the floor in the first live show on Saturday, and they will be scored by judges Craig Revel-Horwood, Motsi Mabuse and Shirley Ballas.
Fourth judge Bruno Tonioli has been unable to travel back to the UK from his home in LA for the filming due to the COVID-19 crisis and his work commitments on Dancing With The Stars.
Safety first: She also took to her Stories to illustrate the extent of COVID restrictions at the Elstree studios, as she showed herself decked out in a visor as she headed into the complex
Already the BBC favourite has seen its highest ratings in three years, after finally making it to screens after months of uncertainly sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Viewing figures averaged at 8.6 million and it is the show’s highest ratings since 2017.
This year’s couples have formed their own separate ‘bubbles’ to allow them to train and perform, and are being regularly tested to avoid a virus outbreak during filming.
The show is continuing to have a live audience, but members of the public will be seated in their separate households or ‘bubbles’ and will wear a mask throughout filming.
Behind the scenes: Just before the Saturday night spectacle began, both Claudia and Tess shared backstage snaps of the duo looking thrilled for the night ahead