Be sure to come dance Fans expressed concern for dancer Nancy Xu when she was seen bleeding from the head after her first dance of the new series.
Xu is partnering celebrity contestant Les Dennis for the 21st series of the popular BBC dance competition.
On Saturday’s (September 23) week one episode, Dennis and Xu danced a tango to “Don’t You Want Me” by The Human League.
Although the duo ultimately received the lowest score of the night, their dance was met with positive comments from judges Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse, Anton DuBeke and Shirley Ballas.
As they listened to the judges’ rulings, Xu could be seen bleeding from her left ear.
After a while, she is seen treating the wound and seemingly dabbing it with cotton.
After the broadcast, viewers expressed their concern for Xu on social media.
“What happened to Nancy? Looks like her neck is bleeding,” one viewer wrote on X/Twitter.
“Nancy is bleeding! Poor Nancy!” another fan wrote.
“Is Nancy okay? “Off camera, when she was close to Claudia, she appeared to be holding cotton wool to her neck and she moved it quickly when she was on screen and she appeared to have blood on her neck?” someone else noted.
Dennis and Xu’s dance wasn’t the only notable incident during the series premiere.
Angela Rippon, the veteran news anchor and now the oldest contestant ever Strictlyamazed the audience and the jury with an age-appropriate performance that culminated with an acrobatic high kick.
The former BBC News presenter danced the Cha Cha to “Get the Party Started” by Shirley Bassey with professional partner Kai Widdrington.
Her performance drew a standing ovation from the judges, with Horwood describing it as “stunning”.
Rippon ultimately finished the evening in second place behind actor Nigel Harman, whose paso doble to Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” made him the series’ first front-runner.
The complete rankings in their current form can be found here.
The episode also featured an emotional dance by soap actor Bobby Brazier, whose father, host Jeff Brazier, was in attendance.
Along with Dianne Buswell, Brazier, who is also the son of late reality star Jade Goody, danced a foxtrot to McFly’s “All About You,” bringing his father to tears in the crowd.
“Strictly Come Dancing”The channel’s live shows air on BBC One on Saturday evenings.