James Jordan has provided a very honest review of Strictly Come Dancing 2021's first live show - and given a takedown of some of this year's biggest stars.

After being known for his clashes with the judges as much as his routines during his time on the BBC show, outspoken James turned to Twitter to share his opinions and last night offered a very insightful rundown of the first live episode.

He branded Tilly Ramsay 'lumpy' and 'needing improvement' and called Tom Fletcher 'awkward' and 'not totally in control of his own limbs.'

James also claimed that some of the contestant's past dance experience, including that of Bake Off's John Whaite, was clear to see while true amateurs, such as Greg Wise, were clearly at a disadvantage.

"He is what 99% of blokes would look like on Strictly that have never danced before," observed James of the veteran actor.

James Jordan said it was obvious John Whaite had previous dancing experience, as he praised his routing with Johannes Radebe (


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The former pro said Till Ramsay had room for improvement (



Nevertheless, Greg's wife Emma Thompson looked thrilled with his performance as she watched proudly on in the studio.

James saved his highest praise for EastEnders star Nina Wadia who admitted she had to channel her inner Beyonce to get into character.

'Nina... Wow wow wow…." James tweeted after the soap star's thrilling Samba.

"Neil Jones you clever clever boy!!! Contradicting myself now because this wasn’t a traditional Samba, but it had the content of one. He made samba look cool," enthused James.

"Well done Nina BUT NEIL JONES you took it to another level," added the ex professional.

"DANCE OF THE NIGHT!!!" he declared.

James called Nina and Neil's Samba the dance of the night (


James praised actor Greg Wise as a total beginner (



The former professional dancer was also moved by TV presenter Ugo Monye, who revealed he had attended his dad's funeral hours before performing at the first live show.

James lost his father Allan back in March after he was diagnosed with a brain tumour and and suffered a series of strokes.

Praising Ugo for carrying on after the personal loss, James complained he was given a 'crap dance' in week one.

Brave Ugo Monye performed hours after his dad's funeral on Saturday (


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"What a crap dance to get week one," James fired. "Oti is definitely the Strictly Samba queen. He started of a bit weak and technically not great but overall I love them together. He has a lot of potential although I’m worried about his ballroom as a big lad."

Sadly Oti finds himself towards the dangerous lower half of the leaderboard and will need to impress the judges with his second dance next week.

Viewers at home will also get their say on who goes with the vote opening for the first time.

Dragon's Den star Sara Davies wound up at the bottom of the scoreboard after failing to impress with her Cha Cha.

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