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Sunday 5th July 2020

Strictly Come Dancing fans divided over Saffron Barker's 'seven' score as dad weeps tears of pride in the audience

A mixed reaction

It was a big night on the Strictly dance floor as all 16 contestants wowed the audience and the viewers at home with their opening dances.

There was a surprise in store when social media star Saffron Barker impressed the judges with her tango, scoring three sevens and a six.

But not everyone agreed with the judges' scores.

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Emmerdale's Kelvin Fletcher and his pro partner Oti Mabuse topped the leader board at the end of the first episode (21.09.19).

But Saffron, 19, and her partner AJ Pritchard stormed it with their tango.

Why can't you just accept that it looks like she's pretty decent and could be a contender?

With her family in the audience and wowing with a flowing red dress, Moti said of the routine: "Girl, you have fire!"

And her routine went down well with fans on social media, too.

One fan said: "Saffron is a little pocket rocket she blazed around that floor... full of attack and sass, I love the partnership."

But not everyone was in agreement, with more fans not quite seeing what the judges saw.

Elsewhere, Saffron's dad couldn't hold his emotions back as he sat in the audience.

Saffron's dad showed his emotions (Credit: BBC)

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And, as the scores came in, Saffron turned to AJ and said that she just wanted to "make him proud".

You certainly did that, Saffron!

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