Week 1: Ali Bastian's Waltz

Actress Ali Bastian and her dance partner Brian Fortuna perform a Waltz to Aretha Franklin's classic song "Reach Out And Touch".

In the first show of the 2009 series of Strictly Come Dancing, the eight celebrities in Group A - Chris Hollins, Ali Bastian, Lynda Bellingham, Joe Calzaghe, Ricky Groves, Martina Hingis, Jade Johnson and Rav Wilding - took to the floor to perform their Ballroom routine.

The second episode, again featuring the same 8 celebrities, was broadcast the following day and featured the couples performing a Latin routine.

After the judges and the public had spoken, two couples faced the dreaded Dance-Off: Rav Wilding and his partner Aliona Vilani, and Martina Hingis and her partner Matthew Cutler.

Sadly, the judges decided that Martina would be the first celebrity dancer to leave Strictly Come Dancing 2009.

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