Strictly Come Dancing’s quarter final episode caused a buzz from the very start as there was a major break in tradition
For the opening number of the specially themed musicals week the professional dancers performed to a series of hits from the ABBA musical Mama Mia.
For the first time, judges Craig Revel Horwood, Bruno Tonioli, Darcey Bussell and Shirley Ballas joined the professional dancers on the dance floor for the romantic performance.
Craig joined with Karen Clifton for a twirl while Bruno was teamed up with Anton Du Beke.
Strictly viewers were delighted to see the judges moves on the dancefloor
Craig and Bruno got to show off their expertise
The beaming judges were clearly loving stepping out from the judge’s podium for the night.
And viewers at home were just as impressed.
"This is iconic," said one.
"LOVED the opening dance… Bruno and Anton dancing together was a particular highlight," added another.
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It was a Mama Mia themed special
While other viewers claimed to be distracted by Bruno’s very snug grey shorts.
"Wow Bruno what a paunch," joked one.
"Two words Bruno .. JOCK STRAP," advised another.
While former Strictly dancer James Jordan simply tweeted: "I have no words."
Bruno is usually poised behind the judge’s desk
Ahead of Strictly 2019, it was revealed that the long-running BBC dance contest would make an effort to feature same sex couples dancing.
Last weekend’s show was a celebration of diversity as the performers danced in same sex pairs and alongside a disabled performer.
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The performance, choreographed by former Strictly judge Arlene Phillips, saw the ballroom pros dance alongside the Candoco Dance Company, which is formed of both disabled and non-disabled dancers.
The dancers, all dressed in black lace, red velvet and other plush looks, were surrounded by smoke as they did a thoroughly modern performance to David Bowie’s Life On Mars.