'Fearless and fabulous!' Paralympian Jonnie Peacock wins high praise for his fast-paced jive... while Davood Ghadami makes the judges blush during weekend of high drama on Strictly Come Dancing

Mail Online | 10/1/2017 | Laura Lambert For The Daily Mail
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Saturday marked the first time Paralympic star Jonnie Peacock had highlighted his prosthetic leg on the dancefloor, as he transformed himself from blade runner to blade dancer with a fast-paced jive on a specially-crafted blade.

The 24-year-old, who is the first disabled contestant to appear on Strictly Come Dancing, wowed the judges and audience alike with his cowboy-themed routine, set to Chuck Berry’s Johnny B Goode.

Ovation - Studio - Audience - Judges - Performance

Following a standing ovation from the studio audience, the four judges commended him for a ‘fantastic’ performance and many viewers hailed him an ‘inspiration’ on social media.

The live show once again drew a bumper audience for BBC1, as 9.3million tuned in and the show attracted a peak audience of 10.2million, dwarfing the 4.6million who watched The X Factor.

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However, despite Strictly’s continued popularity, many viewers vented their frustration online about the ‘unfair advantage’ held by celebrities with extensive dance training.

The criticism came after three contestants - singers Alexandra Burke and Aston Merrygold...
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