Was she marked too highly?
The model danced the waltz to Nat King Cole’s Unforgettable with her professional Aljaž Škorjanec. The judges were so pleased with the performance, they awarded her 32 points, including a nine from Len Goodman.
The head judge, who is leaving after this series of the show, commented: ‘I was looking for a daisy and I found an English rose. I don’t think I’ve seen a dance better than that for week one, ever.’
Yet Craig Revel Horwood added: ‘It was saccharine and over the top.’
While it’s not surprising that Len and Craig have disagreed with something, people took issue with ex-Hollyoaks actor Danny Mac dancing a near-perfect tango, yet only receiving a seven from the head judge.
And angry fans took to Twitter to complain. One wrote: ‘So Len gives Daisy Lowe a 9 and Danny Mac a 7?! Were we watching the same dances? #DannyFTW #Strictly #bbcstrictly’
Whereas another fumed: ‘Len giving Daisy a 9 on the first dance is bulls**t. And Louise’s jive was definitely deserving of higher scores! #SCD #Strictly’
However, a BBC spokesperson refuted any claims of score fixing to the Daily Star: ‘Any suggestion the scores are fixed is nonsense. Each judge scores each dance independently, based on its merits and in their expert opinion.’
On the night, Daisy Lowe said: ‘I can’t believe it! I am gobsmacked, I am speechless and that rarely happens! I was too sappy for Craig but I couldn’t believe what Len said, I am in a state of shock!’
Whatever the result, this series of Strictly Come Dancing is bound to be contentious.