Ben Cohen’s Smile Wins Premiere Episode Of UK’s “Strictly Come Dancing”

British rugby god Ben Cohen sashayed onto the floor for the first time on the UK’s Strictly Come Dancing this weekend, and we won’t say we told you so, but he probably should have fought a little harder to get that fancy male dancing partner.

Cohen made headlines earlier this month after he volunteered to be one half of the popular dancing show’s first same-sex couple opposite muscled ballroom dance professional Robin Windsor. He settled instead for his partner in the video above, Kristina Rihanoff, because she was “easier to pick up.”

But as always, settling for women could turn out to be a huge mistake. Though his debut cha-cha was full of bright smiles, wayward hips and a furry little patch of chest hair, it didn’t impress the judges and has landed him near the bottom of the star-studded lineup. None of this really matters, though, because as soon as he flashed the camera with that smile, he won life.

He tweeted some optimistic thank yous shortly after the show, obviously still reeling from infectious hip-sway.


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