Comedian Robert Webb made an immediate impression on Strictly Come Dancing fans last night (September 25th).
But not everyone was convinced of his exaggerated facial expressions.
The jury welcomed his Cha Cha with partner Dianne Buswell to Rasputin from Boney M, united in their conviction that the peep show star is extremely entertaining.
But while Shirley Ballas and Motsi Mabuse had some reservations about the more technical aspects of Robert’s presentation, many of the viewers back home were more preoccupied with his face.
What did the judges say to Robert Webb at Strictly Come Dancing?
Shirley told Robert and Dianne that she enjoyed the 1970s-style dance. But she encouraged him to focus a little more on his foot and leg movements.
“You definitely have the gift of entertaining, darling, that’s for sure,” she praised his extravagant gestures.
Anton du Beke and Craig Revel Horwood were also impressed and praised Robert’s performance as a “crowd pleaser” and “hilarious”.
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And backstage, during her conversation with Claudia Winkleman, Dianne also emphasized that Robert is a natural at making the most of his reactions.
“He sells everything,” said the professional dancer.
Dianne continued: “I’m not worried about that at all…. I love your face, Robert. “
He replied, “Thank you. It’s just the feet, arms, legs, the body and everything else [we need to sort out]… “
How did Strictly viewers react to Robert’s facial expressions?
Over on social media, many of those watching at home seemed even more captivated by his OTT-skewed expressions.
Some noted that they felt that Robert’s mannerisms were a real highlight for them.
“Robert Webb’s dancing face made my evening! # Strictly speaking, “wrote one person on Twitter.
Another tweeted, “I just knew Robert Webb would put a smile on my face tonight. My money is on you, go Rob! #StrictlyComeDancing. “
And a third person added, “If we could fill Robert Webb’s face from this dance, the world would be a better place! #Strictly #StrictlyComeDancing. “
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But other viewers brutally rejected Robert’s efforts.
One person gave him a thumbs down: “Robert Webb’s face was #Strictly terrifying during this dance.”
Is anyone going to tell Robert Webb to stop that goofy grin?
“Robert Webb is a good dancer, but he has to lose that insane look on #StrictlyComeDancing #Strictly,” said another person.
And someone else raved, “Is anyone going to tell Robert Webb to #Strictly stop that silly grin?”
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