Strictly Come Dancing

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Strictly Come Dancing
Strictly Come Dancing title card.png
GenreTalent show
Created byFenia Vardanis[1]
Richard Hopkins[2]
Presented by
Voices ofAlan Dedicoat
Theme music composer
  • Dan McGrath[3]
  • Josh Phillips[4]
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series12
No. of episodes160 (as of 20 December 2014)
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time30–120 minutes
DistributorBBC Worldwide
Original channelBBC One
Picture format
Original run15 May 2004 (2004-05-15) – present
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For the most recent series, see Strictly Come Dancing (series 12). For the South African series, see Strictly Come Dancing (South African TV series). For international versions, see Dancing with the Stars.
Strictly Come Dancing
Strictly Come Dancing title card.png
GenreTalent show
Created byFenia Vardanis[1]
Richard Hopkins[2]
Presented by
Voices ofAlan Dedicoat
Theme music composer
  • Dan McGrath[3]
  • Josh Phillips[4]
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series12
No. of episodes160 (as of 20 December 2014)
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time30–120 minutes
DistributorBBC Worldwide
Original channelBBC One
Picture format
Original run15 May 2004 (2004-05-15) – present
Related shows
External links

Strictly Come Dancing (informally known as Strictly) is a British television show, featuring celebrities with professional dance partners competing in Ballroom and Latin dances. The title of the show suggests a continuation of the long-running series Come Dancing, with an allusion to the film Strictly Ballroom. The format has been exported to over 40 other countries (see Dancing with the Stars), and has also inspired a modern-dance themed spin-off Strictly Dance Fever. The show is currently presented by Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman, with former presenter Sir Bruce Forsyth continuing to front special episodes.

The show has run on BBC One since 15 May 2004, primarily on Saturday evenings with a following Sunday night results show (with certain exceptions). The twelfth series ended on 20 December 2014 and a further eleven stand-alone Christmas specials have also been produced, in consecutive years from 2004 to 2014. Nine charity specials have also been produced since 2008. Since the fourth series, the show has also been aired in high definition on BBC HD, and BBC One HD from series 8.


Producer Richard Hopkins, who had produced the first UK series of Big Brother, unsuccessfully pitched the idea of a modern Come Dancing to the BBC under the title of Pro-Celebrity Dancing in 2003.[6] Later, entertainment executive Fenia Vardanis also suggested reviving Come Dancing, so Jane Lush, the then head of BBC Entertainment, put Hopkins and Vardanis together to develop the show.[6]

Hopkins later took the format to America himself when the BBC dismissed the idea of selling it abroad, as they felt it was too British.[7]


From series 1 to 11, Sir Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly presented the pro-celebrity ballroom dancing competition. From series 8 to 11, Forsyth only presented the main show and was replaced for the results show by Claudia Winkleman, at which point Daly assumed Forsyth's role as main presenter and Winkleman assumed Daly's role as co-presenter. Winkleman has joined Daly as full-time co-presenter for series 12 following Forsyth's departure after the 2013 series. Through telephone voting, viewers vote for who they would like to be in the next round, the results of the poll being combined with the ranking of the judges. For example, with ten contestants left, the judges' favourite would receive ten points, second favourite nine points, and so on, and similarly with the viewers' rankings. The bottom ranked couple gets one point.[8] The profits from the telephone lines were donated to Sport Relief in series 1, and to Children in Need from series 2 to 5.

The show is broadcast live on BBC One on Saturday evenings, and is currently presented by Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman (however Zoë Ball covered for Winkleman for a number of weeks in 2014). Sir Bruce Forsyth presented the live shows alongside Daly from 2004 to 2013, announcing his departure in 2014. He will continue to present special editions of the show.[9] For some of the second series, Natasha Kaplinsky stood in temporarily for Daly while she took maternity leave, Claudia Winkelman has hosted the results show and editions that Forsyth had missed from 2010–2013. The judging panel initially consisted of Bruno Tonioli, Arlene Phillips, Len Goodman and Craig Revel Horwood. Alesha Dixon took Phillips' place from series 7 to 9, after which she left the programme to judge Britain's Got Talent which led retired ballerina Darcey Bussell to replace Dixon and remains a judge alongside Tonioli, Goodman and Revel Horwood.[10] Goodman and Tonioli commute weekly between Hollywood and London to judge both the American and British versions of the show simultaneously. Each judge gives the performance a mark out of ten, giving an overall total out of forty. The voice-over announcer is Alan Dedicoat. During series four, an hour-long highlight show was shown on Sundays at 19:00 on BBC Two, and during series five and six, the results show moved to Sunday evenings, although it was filmed on Saturday and then broadcast "as live" on the Sunday.

The singers on the show are Tommy Blaize, Hayley Sanderson, Lance Ellington, Andrea Grant and formerly the well known UK dance music vocalist Tara McDonald. The music director is David Arch. Tommy Blaize has been part of Strictly since its beginning. David Arch joined in the fourth series and Hayley Sanderson in the fifth.

The show was broadcast from a specially constructed set at the BBC Television Centre, moving to the Elstree Studios in 2013. However, in the first two series, shows were also filmed at the Tower Ballroom in Blackpool, where the original Come Dancing series was filmed in the 1970s.[11][12]

In the second series, two shows were filmed at the Tower Ballroom, show five and the Grand Final which was broadcast live on 11 December 2004.[13][14] In 2005 though the BBC announced that they would not be returning to the venue for the third series due to "logistical problems".[15] In October 2008, Craig Revel Horwood called for the series to return to the Tower Ballroom, saying, "the atmosphere was electric. It's huge and has so much history. The Tower Ballroom puts a lot of pressure on the professionals and the celebrities to perform to the best of their potential. What a wonderful place to go live to 12 million people. We have got to get the BBC to bring Strictly Come Dancing back to Blackpool." Eventually, the show did return to the Tower Ballroom, for series 7, where Blackpool-born Craig Kelly was eliminated. The episode was aired live on 7 November 2009.[16] Strictly Come Dancing returned to Blackpool for the 2010[17] and 2011 series.[18] Then after series 10 when Strictly Come Dancing didn't go to Blackpool, they announced that they would return for series 11.[19]


     Presenter of Strictly Come Dancing
     Presenter of It Takes Two
PresenterSeries 1Series 2Series 3Series 4Series 5Series 6Series 7Series 8Series 9Series 10Series 11Series 12
Sir Bruce Forsyth1
Tess Daly2
Claudia Winkleman3
Zoë Ball4
^1 From series eight to 11, Sir Bruce Forsyth only hosted the main show.
^2 In series two, Tess Daly only appeared from week six onwards due to maternity leave. Natasha Kaplinsky served as a temporary replacement.
^3 From series 8 onwards, Claudia Winkleman presented the results show alongside Daly, and occasionally the main show, replacing Forsyth. Following Forsyth's departure after series 11, Daly took over Forsyth's role as main presenter and Winkleman took over Daly's role as co-presenter.
^4 In series twelve, Zoë Ball co-presented weeks six, seven and eight of the main show with Daly, covering for Winkleman.


20041Justin Lee CollinsStrictly Come Dancing On Three
20042Natasha KaplinskyMain showMaternity cover for Tess Daly
20086Fearne CottonChildren in Need special
20097Ronnie CorbettMain showGuest host, Week 9
201412Zoe BallMain showGuest host, covering for Claudia Winkleman
201412Sir Bruce ForsythChildren in Need and Christmas specials

Live Tour[edit]

2008–10, 2012–13Kate Thornton
2010Amanda Byram
2011, 2015–Zoë Ball
2014Lisa Riley

Judging panel[edit]

     Judging panel
     Guest judge(s)
     Contestent of Strictly Come Dancing
JudgeSeries 1Series 2Series 3Series 4Series 5Series 6Series 7Series 8Series 9Series 10Series 11Series 12
Bruno Tonioli
Craig Revel Horwood
Len GoodmanA
Darcey BussellB
Arlene Phillips
Alesha Dixon
Jennifer GreyC
Donny OsmondD
^A Goodman is the head judge, but missed week six of series nine, so Revel Horwood served as temporary head judge
^B Bussell served as a guest judge throughout weeks twelve to fourteen for series seven
^C Grey served as a guest judge for Goodman during week six of series nine
^D Osmond served as a guest judge for week three of series twelve

Professional dancers and their partners[edit]

ProfessionalAvg.Series 1Series 2Series 3Series 4Series 5Series 6Series 7Series 8Series 9Series 10Series 11Series 12
Kazakhstan Aliona Vilani
Rav Wilding
Matt Baker
Harry Judd
Tony Jacklin
Gregg Wallace
Slovenia Aljaž Skorjanec
Abbey Clancy
Alison Hammond
South Africa Andrew Cuerden
Jaye Jacobs
United Kingdom Anton du Beke
Lesley Garrett
Esther Rantzen
Patsy Palmer
Jan Ravens
Kate Garraway
Gillian Taylforth
Laila Rouass
Ann Widdecombe
Nancy Dell'Olio
Jerry Hall
Fiona Fullerton
Judy Murray
Russia Anya Garnis
Patrick Robinson
Russia Artem Chigvintsev
Kara Tointon
Holly Valance
Fern Britton
Natalie Gumede
New Zealand Brendan Cole
Natasha Kaplinsky
Sarah Manners
Fiona Phillips
Claire King
Kelly Brook
Lisa Snowdon
Jo Wood
Michelle Williams
Victoria Pendleton
Sophie Ellis-Bextor
Sunetra Sarker
United States Brian Fortuna
Heather Small
Ali Bastian
Denmark Camilla Dallerup
David Dickinson
Roger Black
James Martin
Ray Fearon
Gethin Jones
Tom Chambers
United Kingdom Darren Bennett
Jill Halfpenny
Gloria Hunniford
Emma Bunton
Letitia Dean
Jessie Wallace
Lynda Bellingham
New Zealand Erin Boag
Martin Offiah
Julian Clary
Colin Jackson
Peter Schmeichel
Willie Thorne
Austin Healey
Ricky Groves
Peter Shilton
Rory Bremner
Richard Arnold
Italy Flavia Cacace
Jimmy Tarbuck
Matt Di Angelo
Phil Daniels
Craig Kelly
Jimi Mistry
Russell Grant
Louis Smith
Finland Hanna Haarala
Will Thorp
Finland Hanna Karttunen
Christopher Parker
New Zealand Hayley Holt
Mark Foster
United Kingdom Hazel Newberry
Quentin Willson
United Kingdom Ian Waite
Denise Lewis
Zoë Ball
Mica Paris
Penny Lancaster
Jodie Kidd
Jade Johnson
Lithuania Iveta Lukosiute
Johnny Ball
Mark Benton
Thom Evans
Poland Izabela Hannah
Dennis Taylor
United Kingdom James Jordan
Georgina Bouzova
Gabby Logan
Cherie Lunghi
Zöe Lucker
Pamela Stephenson
Alex Jones
Denise van Outen
Vanessa Feltz
United States Janette Manrara
Julien Macdonald
Jake Wood
United States Jared Murillo
Tina O'Brien
United Kingdom Joanne Clifton
Scott Mills
United Kingdom John Byrnes
Claire Sweeney
United Kingdom Karen Hardy
Bill Turnbull
Mark Ramprakash
Brian Capron
Gary Rhodes
Venezuela Karen Hauer
Nicky Byrne
Dave Myers
Mark Wright
Lithuania Katya Virshilas
Phil Tufnell
Gavin Henson
Dan Lobb
United Kingdom Kevin Clifton
Susanna Reid
Frankie Bridge
Russia Kristina Rihanoff
John Sergeant
Joe Calzaghe
Jason Donovan
Colin Salmon
Ben Cohen
Simon Webbe
United Kingdom Kylie Jones
Jason Wood
Russia Lilia Kopylova
Aled Jones
Darren Gough
Matt Dawson
Dominic Littlewood
Don Warrington
Richard Dunwoody
United Kingdom Matthew Cutler
Siobhan Hayes
Carol Smillie
Alesha Dixon
Christine Bleakley
Martina Hingis
Australia Natalie Lowe
Ricky Whittle
Scott Maslen
Audley Harrison
Michael Vaughan
Tim Wonnacott
South Africa Nicole Cutler
Diarmuid Gavin
Nicholas Owen
John Barnes
Poland Ola Jordan
DJ Spoony
Kenny Logan
Andrew Castle
Chris Hollins
Paul Daniels
Robbie Savage
Sid Owen
Ashley Taylor Dawson
Steve Backshall
Russia Pasha Kovalev
Chelsee Healey
Kimberley Walsh
Rachel Riley
Caroline Flack
United Kingdom Paul Killick
Verona Joseph
Carol Vorderman
United Kingdom Robin Windsor
Patsy Kensit
Anita Dobson
Lisa Riley
Deborah Meaden
Australia Trent Whiddon
Pixie Lott
Republic of Ireland Tristan MacManus
Jennifer Gibney
Italy Vincent Simone
Louisa Lytton
Stephanie Beacham
Rachel Stevens
Natalie Cassidy
Felicity Kendal
Edwina Currie
Dani Harmer


     Winner of the series
     Second place of the series
     Third place of the series
     First elimination of the series
     Withdrew in the series
     Elimination of the series (2nd to last)

Professional partners[edit]

As of September 2014, the professional pairs are:

Trent WhiddonAliona Vilani
Pasha KovalevOla Jordan
Tristan MacManusKristina Rihanoff
Anton du BekeIveta Lukosiute
Brendan ColeNatalie Lowe
Aljaž SkorjanecJanette Manrara
Kevin CliftonKaren Hauer

Many of the dancers form professional partnerships, dancing together competitively or on the show. Darren Bennet and Lilia Kopylova,[23] and James and Ola Jordan are married,[24] while Matthew and Nicole Cutler are divorced but still professional partners.[25][26] Anton du Beke and Erin Boag,[27] have danced as professional couples since 1997; Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace are a former Argentine Tango world champion couple.[28] Brendan Cole and Katya Virshilas danced professionally for several years before parting in November 2009.[29][30][31] Karen Hauer and Kevin Clifton were engaged when Kevin entered the show in 2013, Janette Manrara and Aljaž Skorjanec are also a couple. Joanne Clifton and Kevin Clifton are siblings.


On average dances last for approximately 90 seconds.[32]


As of series four, coaches are Jaclyn Spencer and Chris Marques (aka Cuban Groove) for Salsa and Mambo, and Jenny Thomas and Ryan Francois for Swing, Jive, Rock n Roll and The Charleston. The Argentine Tango coaches in series three were Flavia Cacace and Vincent Simone, both of whom have subsequently competed in the show.

Results Show[edit]

The results show is recorded on the Saturday night directly after the live show and incorporates the result of the viewers' votes which are completed by 21:30. This was confirmed by the official BBC website in 2008:

The Sunday show is recorded on Saturday night but no element involving the results of the vote will start recording until after lines are closed and votes counted and verified.[33]

Throughout the Sunday results show the presenters refer to 'last night' in reference to the main show, due to the timing of the Sunday programme, and Tess Daly's dress is changed to present an illusion of a second live broadcast.

For Series 7, the Sunday results show was axed and put back to Saturday nights as a result of a revamp of the show.[34] It was then put back on Sundays in Series 8.

Dance Off[edit]

In Series 5, a new system was introduced called the Dance Off. The Dance Off is performed by the two couples with the lowest scores following the judges' scores and public vote. After performing their dance again, the judges are asked one-by-one who they would like to save, and the couple with more votes remains in the competition. If there is a tie, head judge Len Goodman has the deciding vote.

From Series 8, the Dance Off was axed with the public having 50% of the decision of who is to be eliminated, the other 50% coming from the judge's scores. In Series 10, the Dance Off was reintroduced and has continued since.

Strictly: It Takes Two[edit]

During the run of Strictly Come Dancing, Strictly: It Takes Two is broadcast each weeknight on BBC Two. The series was previously hosted by Claudia Winkleman; but, due to her pregnancy in 2011, she has had to leave the series, and Zoë Ball took over from Series 9.[35]

The show features reviews of the performances during the previous Saturday's show, and interviews with, and training footage of, the couples preparing for the next show. The judges and other celebrities also provide their opinions on how the couples are doing. It Takes Two replaced Strictly Come Dancing on Three, hosted by Justin Lee Collins, which ran on BBC Three during the first series. Prior to 2010, BBC Two Scotland aired the programme on four nights only, running their own Gaelic-language programming on Thursdays instead.

Main series results[edit]

SeriesPremiere dateFinale dateNumber
of couples
of weeks
Second place
Third place
115 May 20043 July 200488Natasha Kaplinsky & Brendan ColeChristopher Parker & Hanna KarttunenLesley Garrett & Anton du Beke
223 October 200411 December 2004108Jill Halfpenny & Darren BennettDenise Lewis & Ian WaiteJulian Clary & Erin Boag
315 October 200517 December 20051210Darren Gough & Lilia KopylovaColin Jackson & Erin BoagZoë Ball & Ian Waite
47 October 200623 December 20061412Mark Ramprakash & Karen HardyMatt Dawson & Lilia KopylovaEmma Bunton & Darren Bennett
56 October 200722 December 20071412Alesha Dixon & Matthew CutlerMatt Di Angelo & Flavia CacaceGethin Jones & Camilla Dallerup
620 September 200820 December 20081614Tom Chambers & Camilla DallerupRachel Stevens & Vincent SimoneLisa Snowdon & Brendan Cole
718 September 200919 December 20091614Chris Hollins & Ola JordanRicky Whittle & Natalie LoweAli Bastian & Brian Fortuna
81 October 201018 December 20101412Kara Tointon & Artem ChigvintsevMatt Baker & Aliona VilaniPamela Stephenson & James Jordan
930 September 201117 December 20111412Harry Judd & Aliona VilaniChelsee Healey & Pasha KovalevJason Donovan & Kristina Rihanoff
105 October 201222 December 20121412Louis Smith & Flavia CacaceKimberley Walsh & Pasha Kovalev
Denise Van Outen & James Jordan
1127 September 201321 December 20131513Abbey Clancy & Aljaž SkorjanecNatalie Gumede & Artem Chigvintsev
Susanna Reid & Kevin Clifton
1226 September 201420 December 20141513Caroline Flack & Pasha KovalevFrankie Bridge & Kevin Clifton
Simon Webbe & Kristina Rihanoff

Series 1 (2004)[edit]

In Spring 2004, Strictly Come Dancing commenced its first series. The professional dancers were: Brendan, Hanna, Anton, Erin, John, Paul, Camilla and Kylie. This is the only series that took place in the Spring/Summer months. From the second series onwards, the show takes place from September/October to December each year.

CelebrityProfessionalResult (week voted out)
Jason WoodKylie JonesWeek 2
David DickinsonCamilla DallerupWeek 3
Verona JosephPaul KillickWeek 4
Claire SweeneyJohn ByrnesWeek 5
Martin OffiahErin BoagWeek 6
Lesley GarrettAnton du BekeThird place
Christopher ParkerHanna KarttunenRunners up
Natasha KaplinskyBrendan ColeSeries winners

Series 2 (2004)[edit]

In Autumn 2004, the second series commenced. 5 of the 8 professionals returned. These professionals were: Brendan, Anton, Erin, Paul and Camilla. There were 5 new professionals who are: Darren, Ian, Lilia, Nicole and Hazel. Hazel only participated in this series while the other professionals competed in following series.

A new spin-off show called Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two presented by Claudia Winkleman was created this series and has continued to air alongside each following series, now hosted by Zoe Ball on BBC Two.

CelebrityProfessionalResult (week voted out)
Quentin WillsonHazel NewberryWeek 1
Carol VordermanPaul KillickWeek 2
Esther RantzenAnton du BekeWeek 3
Diarmuid GavinNicole CutlerWeek 4
Sarah MannersBrendan ColeWeek 5
Roger BlackCamilla DallerupWeek 6
Aled JonesLilia KopylovaWeek 7
Julian ClaryErin BoagThird place
Denise LewisIan WaiteRunners up
Jill HalfpennyDarren BennettSeries winners

Series 3 (2005)[edit]

In 2005, the third series commenced. Brendan, Anton, Erin, Camilla, Darren, Ian and Lilia returned from last series. Nicole, Paul and Hazel did not return. They were replaced by Karen, Hanna, Izabela, Andrew and Matthew.

The celebrities that took part in this series were as follows:

CelebrityProfessionalResult (week eliminated)
Siobhan HayesMatthew CutlerWeek 1
Jaye JacobsAndrew CuerdenWeek 2
Gloria HunnifordDarren BennettWeek 3
Fiona PhillipsBrendan ColeWeek 4
Dennis TaylorIzabela HannahWeek 5
Will ThorpHanna HaaralaWeek 6
Bill TurnbullKaren HardyWeek 7
Patsy PalmerAnton du BekeWeek 8
James MartinCamilla DallerupWeek 9
Zoë BallIan WaiteThird place
Colin JacksonErin BoagRunners up
Darren GoughLilia KopylovaSeries winners

Series 4 (2006)[edit]

The show ran from 7 October to 23 December 2006. Over 12 million votes were cast, raising £1.5 million for Children in Need. A peak of 13 million viewers tuned into the final show of series four to see Mark and Karen crowned 2006 Strictly Come Dancing champions.

This series introduced four new professional dancers – Flavia Cacace, James Jordan, Ola Jordan and Vincent Simone. Andrew Cuerden, Hanna Haarala and Izabela Hannah did not return to the series. This series also saw the return of Nicole Cutler, who had taken part in Series 2 but not in Series 3.

The couples in order of elimination:

CelebrityProfessionalResult (week voted out)
Nicholas OwenNicole CutlerWeek 1
Jimmy TarbuckFlavia CacaceWithdrew
Mica ParisIan WaiteWeek 2
DJ SpoonyOla JordanWeek 3
Georgina BouzovaJames JordanWeek 4
Jan RavensAnton du BekeWeek 5
Ray FearonCamilla DallerupWeek 6
Peter SchmeichelErin BoagWeek 7
Claire KingBrendan ColeWeek 8
Carol SmillieMatthew CutlerWeek 9
Louisa LyttonVincent SimoneWeek 10
Emma BuntonDarren BennettThird place
Matt DawsonLilia KopylovaRunners-up
Mark RamprakashKaren HardySeries winners

Series 5 (2007)[edit]

The fifth series of Strictly Come Dancing began on BBC One on 29 September 2007, with Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly returning as presenters. For the first and only time, the line up of professionals was unchanged from the previous series. The first programme was a catch-up show and preview to the new series, before the start of the competition on 6 October, which ran for 12 weeks.

The show featured 14 new celebrities, who were paired with 14 professional dancers. In a change to the previous format, the results show was recorded on Saturday and broadcast on Sunday, rather than shown live later on Saturday. In addition to this, the two couples who were at the bottom of the table after the viewers' vote were subject to a dance-off, where they reprised their routine, for the judges to decide who left. Head Judge Len Goodman had the casting vote in case of a tie. The series raised just over a million pounds for Children in Need.[36]

CelebrityProfessionalResult (week voted out)
Brian CapronKaren HardyWeek 1
Stephanie BeachamVincent SimoneWeek 2
Willie ThorneErin BoagWeek 3
Gabby LoganJames JordanWeek 4
Dominic LittlewoodLilia KopylovaWeek 5
Penny Lancaster StewartIan WaiteWeek 6
Kate GarrawayAnton du BekeWeek 7
John BarnesNicole CutlerWeek 8
Kelly BrookBrendan ColeWithdrew[37]
Kenny LoganOla JordanWeek 9
Letitia DeanDarren BennettWeek 10
Gethin JonesCamilla DallerupThird place
Matt Di AngeloFlavia CacaceRunners up
Alesha DixonMatthew CutlerSeries winners

Series 6 (2008)[edit]

A sixth series of the show was confirmed after the dancers' pay dispute was called off in late June 2008.[38] The series lasted for 14 weeks, which is the longest series so far.[38] The series involved three new professional dancers, Brian Fortuna, Hayley Holt and Kristina Rihanoff.[39] Nicole Cutler did not return to the series.

In July 2008 it was reported that current EastEnders cast members were banned from taking part in the competition due to the length of the series.[40]

The sixth series began on 13 September with a behind-the-scenes look at the new series, followed by the first live show on 20 September.[41]

On 19 November 2008, John Sergeant announced that he would be leaving the show because he believed he may "win it".[42]

CelebrityProfessionalResult (week voted out)
Phil DanielsFlavia CacaceWeek 1
Gillian TaylforthAnton du BekeWeek 2
Gary RhodesKaren HardyWeek 3
Jessie WallaceDarren BennettWeek 4
Don WarringtonLilia KopylovaWeek 5
Mark FosterHayley HoltWeek 6
Andrew CastleOla JordanWeek 7
Heather SmallBrian FortunaWeek 8
Cherie LunghiJames JordanWeek 9
John SergeantKristina RihanoffWithdrew[42]
Jodie KiddIan WaiteWeek 10
Christine BleakleyMatthew CutlerWeek 11
Austin HealeyErin BoagWeek 12
Lisa SnowdonBrendan ColeThird place
Rachel StevensVincent SimoneRunners up
Tom ChambersCamilla DallerupSeries winners

Series 7 (2009)[edit]

The seventh series of Strictly Come Dancing ran from 18 September until 19 December 2009.[43] Tess Daly signed a two-year deal to continue presenting the programme for at least the 2009 and 2010 series'.[44]

On 9 July 2009, former competitor Alesha Dixon was confirmed to be joining the judging panel for this series, and that Darcey Bussell would be a guest judge towards the end of the series run. Dixon replaced Arlene Phillips who moved to The One Show as a Strictly Come Dancing expert.[43] It has been reported in the media that many of the show's professional dancers are furious at Phillips being replaced by Dixon. They apparently feel that they "will be judged by someone who knows less than they do about dancing".[45] The BBC were also accused of sexism, as none of the male judges on the show had been replaced. The BBC received over 5,000 complaints. Dixon's fans were also unhappy as she had to cancel a number of dates on her autumn tour in order to do the programme.[46]

The official line-up was revealed on 25 August 2009 and the winner was BBC Breakfast presenter Chris Hollins:[47]

CelebrityProfessionalResult (week voted out)
Martina HingisMatthew CutlerWeek 1
Richard DunwoodyLilia KopylovaWeek 2
Rav WildingAliona VilaniWeek 3
Lynda BellinghamDarren BennettWeek 4
Joe CalzagheKristina RihanoffWeek 5
Jo WoodBrendan ColeWeek 6
Zöe LuckerJames JordanWeek 7
Craig KellyFlavia CacaceWeek 8
Phil TufnellKatya VirshilasWeek 9
Jade JohnsonIan WaiteWithdrew
Ricky GrovesErin BoagWeek 10
Natalie CassidyVincent SimoneWeek 11
Laila RouassAnton du BekeWeek 12
Ali BastianBrian FortunaThird place
Ricky WhittleNatalie LoweRunners-up
Chris HollinsOla JordanSeries winners

Series 8 (2010)[edit]

The eighth series of Strictly Come Dancing began with a launch show on 11 September 2010, then three weeks later the live shows started on 1 October 2010.[48] Three new professional dancers have been announced,[49] The celebrities were revealed on 8 September 2010[50] and the professional partners were revealed during the launch show.[51][52]

CelebrityProfessionalResult (week voted out)
GoldieKristina RihanoffWeek 2
Paul DanielsOla JordanWeek 3
Peter ShiltonErin BoagWeek 4
Tina O'BrienJared MurilloWeek 5
Jimi MistryFlavia CacaceWeek 6
Michelle WilliamsBrendan Cole
Ian Waite (Week 4)
Week 7
Felicity KendalVincent SimoneWeek 8
Patsy KensitRobin WindsorWeek 9
Ann WiddecombeAnton du BekeWeek 10
Gavin HensonKatya VirshilasWeek 11
Scott MaslenNatalie LoweWeek 11
Pamela StephensonJames JordanThird place
Matt BakerAliona VilaniRunners-up
Kara TointonArtem ChigvintsevSeries winners

Series 9 (2011)[edit]

Strictly returned with a launch show on 10 September 2011, with the final in December at the Tower Ballroom, Blackpool. Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly returned to front the main show, and Claudia Winkleman presented the Sunday night results show along with Daly.[citation needed]

For Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two, a new presenter joined the team. Winkleman had to pull out of the 2011 series as it would be difficult to do a daily programme so soon after giving birth and was replaced by Zoë Ball.

All of series eight's judges returned to the show. Jennifer Grey served as a cover judge for Len Goodman during week six due to his break from the show. This was the last series to feature Alesha Dixon as a judge after she left the show after the final to become a judge on Britain's Got Talent

The professional line-up was announced on 15 June 2011 with most of the Series 8 professionals returning, except for Jared Murillo who was replaced by Siberian dancer Pasha Kovalev.[53] The celebrity line-up was announced on 6 September 2011 on The One Show and the couples were paired up for the first time on the launch show.

CelebrityProfessionalResult (week voted out)
Edwina CurrieVincent SimoneWeek 2
Dan LobbKatya VirshilasWeek 3
Rory BremnerErin BoagWeek 4
Nancy Dell'OlioAnton du BekeWeek 5
LuluBrendan ColeWeek 6
Audley HarrisonNatalie LoweWeek 7
Russell GrantFlavia CacaceWeek 8
Anita DobsonRobin Windsor
Brendan Cole (Week 9)
Week 9
Robbie SavageOla JordanWeek 10
Alex JonesJames JordanWeek 11
Holly ValanceArtem Chigvintsev
Brendan Cole (Week 7)
Week 11
Jason DonovanKristina RihanoffThird place
Chelsee HealeyPasha KovalevRunners-up
Harry JuddAliona VilaniSeries winners

Series 10 (2012)[edit]

The tenth series began on 15 September 2012 with a launch show to reveal the celebrity/professional partnerships, and the live shows began on 5 October.

On 25 April 2012, it was confirmed that Darcey Bussell would be joining the judging panel, replacing Alesha Dixon who left the show to be a judge on Britain's Got Talent.[54]

Katya Virshilas was the only professional dancer not returning to this series, and she was replaced by "Burn the Floor"'s Karen Hauer.[55] The full line-up was revealed on 10 September during The One Show.[56]

Aliona Vilani was originally Johnny Ball's partner, but injury resulted in her being replaced by Iveta Lukosiute.[20][57]

CelebrityProfessionalResult (week voted out)
Johnny BallIveta LukosiuteWeek 2
Jerry HallAnton du BekeWeek 3
Sid OwenOla JordanWeek 4
Colin SalmonKristina RihanoffWeek 5
Fern BrittonArtem ChigvintsevWeek 6
Richard ArnoldErin BoagWeek 7
Victoria PendletonBrendan ColeWeek 8
Michael VaughanNatalie LoweWeek 9
Nicky ByrneKaren HauerWeek 10
Lisa RileyRobin WindsorWeek 11
Dani HarmerVincent SimoneWeek 12
Denise van OutenJames JordanRunners-up
Kimberley WalshPasha KovalevRunners-up
Louis SmithFlavia CacaceSeries winners

Series 11 (2013)[edit]

Strictly Come Dancing returned with the launch show on 7 September 2013 and its live shows on 27 September 2013 for its eleventh series.[58] Rod Stewart and Jessie J performed on the premiere show.[59]

On 1 June 2013, it was announced that Aliona Vilani, Vincent Simone, Flavia Cacace, and Erin Boag would all leave this series. Aljaž Skorjanec, Emma Slater, Janette Manrara and Iveta Lukosiute, who partnered Johnny Ball in the first few weeks of series 10, would all join the cast.[60][61][62] However, it was confirmed on 22 August 2013 that Anya Garnis and Kevin Clifton would join the series, replacing Slater.[63] On 2 September 2013, it was announced that a foot fracture injury meant Natalie Lowe would not be able to participate this series, and she has been replaced by returning professional Vilani.[21]

CelebrityProfessionalResult (week voted out)
Tony JacklinAliona VilaniWeek 2
Vanessa FeltzJames JordanWeek 3
Julien MacdonaldJanette ManraraWeek 4
Deborah MeadenRobin WindsorWeek 5
Rachel RileyPasha KovalevWeek 6
Dave MyersKaren HauerWeek 7
Fiona FullertonAnton du BekeWeek 8
Ben CohenKristina RihanoffWeek 9
Mark BentonIveta LukosiuteWeek 10
Ashley Taylor DawsonOla JordanWeek 11
Patrick RobinsonAnya GarnisWeek 12
Sophie Ellis-BextorBrendan ColeWeek 12
Susanna ReidKevin CliftonRunners-up
Natalie GumedeArtem ChigvintsevRunners-up
Abbey ClancyAljaž SkorjanecSeries winners

Series 12 (2014)[edit]

The series started on 7 September 2014 with a launch show,[64] followed by the live shows starting on 26 and 27 September.[65] This series was the first not to be presented by Sir Bruce Forsyth after announcing his departure from the live shows on 4 April. However, Forsyth will continue to present special editions of the show, such as Children in Need and Christmas specials.[66] It was announced on 9 May that Claudia Winkleman would join the main show as co-presenter and the duties would mirror the existing result show format, with Tess Daly taking over Forsyth's role as main presenter and Winkleman taking Daly's role as co-presenter.[67]

It was announced on 1 June 2014 that professional dancers Artem Chigvintsev, James Jordan and Anya Garnis would not be returning for the new series, although Garnis would remain on the show's choreography team. It was also announced that Tristan MacManus and Joanne Clifton would be joining the show's professional line-up.[68] It was then announced in August that Robin Windsor had pulled out of the competition due to back injury. Windsor will be replaced by new professional Trent Whiddon.[69] In the third week entertainer Donny Osmond joined the four regular judges, making the maximum score that week 50 points.[70] Due to Winkleman's absence in weeks 6, 7, and 8, It Takes Two presenter Zoë Ball co-presented with Daly.

(week voted out)
Gregg WallaceAliona VilaniWeek 2
Jennifer GibneyTristan MacManusWeek 3
Tim WonnacottNatalie LoweWeek 4
Thom EvansIveta LukosiuteWeek 5
Scott MillsJoanne CliftonWeek 6
Alison HammondAljaž SkorjanecWeek 7
Judy MurrayAnton du BekeWeek 8
Steve BackshallOla JordanWeek 9
Sunetra SarkerBrendan ColeWeek 10
Pixie LottTrent WhiddonWeek 11
Jake WoodJanette ManraraWeek 12
Mark WrightKaren HauerWeek 13
Simon WebbeKristina RihanoffRunners-up
Frankie BridgeKevin CliftonRunners-up
Caroline FlackPasha KovalevSeries winners


Christmas specials[edit]

The Christmas specials have been broadcast each year since 2004. The first special was broadcast the week before Christmas 2004, in 2005 it was broadcast on Christmas Eve and from 2006 have been broadcast on Christmas Day. Every Christmas Special has been hosted by Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly and Forsyth will continue to host these editions from 2014 after he left the live shows.

Strictly Ice Dancing[edit]

Strictly Ice Dancing was broadcast as a one-off special on 26 December 2004; with Carol Smillie, Jessica Taylor, Scarlett Alice Johnson, Marcus Patric, David Seaman, and Rowland Rivron paired with professional skaters. This was won by David Seaman (who was a late replacement for Paul Gascoigne) and his partner Zoia Birmingham.

In order of elimination, the competitors were:

Rowland RivronCharlotte Clements10
Marcus PatricLeigh Mack12
Carol SmillieOula Jääskeläinen21
Scarlett Alice JohnsonDaniel Whiston22
Jessica TaylorRobert Burgerman34
David SeamanZoia Birmingham33

Strictly Ice Dancing was identical to the ITV format Dancing on Ice, although details of Dancing on Ice were revealed before Strictly Ice Dancing was commissioned.

Strictly African Dancing[edit]

A further one-off special was broadcast on BBC One on 9 July 2005 as part of the BBC's Africa Lives season. It featured six celebrities of African descent performing traditional African dances with a professional troupe. The contestants were Tunde Baiyewu, Tupele Dorgu, Robbie Earle, Antonia Okonma, Louis Emerick, and Tessa Sanderson. The programme was presented by Natasha Kaplinsky and Martin Offiah, and the winner was Robbie Earle. Professional dancers Darren Bennett and Lilia Kopylova, who have appeared on Strictly Come Dancing since the second series, also appeared on this special to perform a traditional African Samba.

In order of elimination:

Sport Relief Does Strictly Come Dancing[edit]


A Strictly Come Dancing one-off special for Sport Relief was broadcast on 14 March 2008, with Craig Revel Horwood, Arlene Phillips and Len Goodman judging. Five former Strictly contestants related to sport partnered a new celebrity.[71]

The results were as follows:

ContestantCelebrityJudges' scoresDance
Denise LewisDavid Ginola7+7+7=21Waltz
Roger BlackJade Johnson8+6+8=22Cha Cha Cha
Darren GoughGemma Bissix7+7+8=22American Smooth
Matt DawsonElaine Paige8+9+8=25Tango
Mark RamprakashKara Tointon9+9+9=27Samba

The ranking of the bottom three couples was not announced – they were eliminated from the competition in a random order.

A BBC spokesperson commented: "Sport Relief features Strictly Come Dancing with a difference."


CelebrityProfessionalJudges' scoresDance
Peter JonesNatalie Lowe4+7+5=16Tango
Duncan BannatyneLilia Kopylova2+5+3=10Cha Cha Cha


Strictly Come Dancing did an underwater special for Sport Relief 2012. The contestants were Strictly Come Dancing 2011 champion Harry Judd and runner-up Chelsee Healey. The judges were Len Goodman, Craig Revel Horwood, Bruno Tonioli and Mark Foster. It was presented by Claudia Winkleman.

CelebrityProfessionalJudges' scores
Harry JuddAliona Vilani9+8+8+10=35
Chelsee HealeyPasha Kovalev8+8+9+10=35

After the initial scores resulted in a draw, Len (as Head Judge) had the deciding vote. He chose Chelsee and Pasha therefore they won the contest.


Strictly Come Dancing did a Paralympian's special for Sport Relief 2014. The contestants were David Clarke, Hannah Cockroft, Nathan Stephens and Martine Wright. The judges were Goodman, Tonioli, Darcey Bussell and Lee Pearson, however no scores were given. It was presented by Tess Daly.

David ClarkeKaren Hauer
Hannah CockroftPasha Kovalev
Nathan StephensIveta Lukosiute
Martine WrightIan Waite

Children in Need[edit]


A Strictly Come Dancing one-off special for Children in Need was broadcast on 14 November 2008, with Fearne Cotton presenting and Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli, Arlene Phillips and Craig Revel Horwood judging.

The results were as follows:

Children in Need hostProfessionalJudges' scores[72]Dance
Tess DalyAnton du Beke9+9+9+9=36American Smooth
Terry WoganFlavia Cacace7+8+7+7=29Waltz


The dancers performed alongside Alesha Dixon singing The Boy Does Nothing at the start of the show and also Ricky Whittle was seen backstage, supporting the Hollyoaks cast who performed and Alesha told him to go back to rehearsals. The presenters and judges didn't appear in this unlike the previous year when judges rated Terry's performance.


A Strictly Come Dancing one-off special for Children in Need was broadcast on 19 November 2010, with Tess Daly presenting the show and Craig Revel Horwood, Len Goodman, Terry Wogan and Pudsey Bear judging.

The results were as follows:

Pop starProfessionalJudges' scores[72]DanceMusic
Harry JuddOla Jordan35 (9,9,7,10)Paso Doble"Ego"—The Saturdays
Rochelle WisemanIan Waite33 (6,9,8,10)American Smooth"All About You"—McFly


In November 2011, BBC newsreaders Sian Williams, Sophie Raworth, Susanna Reid and Emily Maitlis performed a group dance to Katy Perry's "Firework". Susanna and Robin won with three of the judges' votes. Angela Rippon also made an appearance in the dance, alongside the women. Susanna then went on to compete as a contestant in the eleventh series of the show in 2013.

NewsreaderProfessionalJudges' votesDanceMusicResult
Susanna ReidRobin WindsorSian, Susanna, Susanna, SusannaCha-Cha-Cha"Firework"—Katy PerryWinner (3 votes)
Sian WilliamsVincent SimoneLoser (1 vote)
Sophie RaworthIan WaiteLoser
Emily MaitlisPasha KovalevLoser


A one-off special for Children in Need 2012 was broadcast on 16 November 2012 with Sir Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly hosting, and judges Craig Revel Horwood, Darcey Bussell, Len Goodman, and Bruno Tonioli. Fan favourites Ann Widdecombe and Russell Grant made a special appearance in a parody of The Queen's Olympic opening ceremony scene with Daniel Craig as James Bond, and danced an "Angels and Demons" routine with their partners Anton du Beke and Flavia Cacace.[73] Bruno voted for Ann and Anton, but Craig, Darcey, and Len all chose Russell and Flavia, who took home the Pudsey-on-a-glitter-ball trophy.

Strictly fan favouriteProfessionalJudges' votesDanceMusicResult
Russell GrantFlavia CacaceRussell, Russell, Russell, AnnMedley"Hernando’s Hideaway"/"Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel"/"Better the Devil You Know"/"Boogie Wonderland"Winner (3 votes)
Ann WiddecombeAnton Du BekeLoser (1 vote)


A one-off special was broadcast for Children in Need 2013 on 15 November 2013. Sir Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly hosted the show, and was judged by Len Goodman, Darcey Bussell and Bruno Tonioli. The show featured professional ice skaters Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean, who were partnered with James Jordan and Aliona Vilani. Bussell voted for Chris and Aliona, but Tonioli and Goodman voted for Jayne and James, who won the show and took home the Pudsey-on-a-glitter-ball trophy.[74]


The judges were: Revel Horwood, Bussell, Goodman & Tonioli. There were two teams with one children couple and one of the shows professional as a couple, Team Sparkle's pros were Natalie Lowe & Anton Du Beke and Team Glitter's pros were Aliona Vilani & Tristan MacManus. Team Glitter took home the trophy.

The People's Strictly for Comic Relief[edit]

On 11 September 2014, the BBC announced that a special non-celebrity version of the show will air for Comic Relief.[75] It will feature six inspirational heroes who will undergo four weeks of training before performing live in the studio. The series will begin airing on 25 February 2015 over four episodes, the first two episodes will introduce the contestants, the third episode on 11 March will follow their training and preparation for the show. The fourth episode on 13 March will see the couples take to the dance floor, with the winner decides by public vote alone on Red Nose Day.[76]

Inspirational heroProfessionalJudges' scoresDanceMusic
Philip Barnett
Trishna Bharadia
Anna Kennedy OBE
Cassidy LittleNatalie LowePaso doble
Heather ParsonsIan WaiteViennese Waltz
Michael PattieAliona VilaniTango

The Weakest Link Special 2008[edit]

On 27 December 2008, a special episode of The Weakest Link was broadcast on BBC One featuring participants of Strictly Come Dancing. The game was won by series 6 celebrity Mark Foster, who beat professional dancer Anton du Beke in the final. Participants in order of elimination were:

Strictly Come Dancing Live![edit]

The Live Tour! 2008[edit]

Strictly Come Dancing went on tour at the beginning of 2008 for the first time.[77] The tour was hosted by Kate Thornton, and judged by Craig Revel Horwood, Arlene Phillips, and Len Goodman.[78] Bruno Tonioli was not a judge in this competition[77] due to him being in Los Angeles.[79] The tour began on 18 January 2008 in Glasgow and finished on 19 February 2008 in Birmingham.[80]

Celebrity dancers taking part were:[81]

The results of the tour are as follows:[84]

of wins
of 2nd places
Matt Di Angelo and Flavia Cacace51610
Louisa Lytton and Vincent Simone4103
Darren Gough and Lilia Kopylova3810
Zoë Ball and Ian Waite3514
Letitia Dean and Darren Bennett512

Denise Lewis, Christopher Parker or James Martin were not winners or runners up at any stage of the tour.[84]

The Live Tour! 2009[edit]

The Strictly Come Dancing Tour returned in January and February 2009.[85] Kate Thornton returned to host, and all four judges from the TV series took part.

The couples and results of the tour were as follows:[86]

of wins
of 2nd places
Rachel Stevens and Vincent Simone62614
Gethin Jones and Flavia Cacace566
Kenny Logan and Ola Jordan560
Julian Clary and Lilia Kopylova2313
Jill Halfpenny and Darren Bennett239
Tom Chambers and Camilla Dallerup612
Cherie Lunghi and James Jordan601
Jodie Kidd and Ian Waite600

Gethin Jones and Julian Clary were paired with new professional partners – Jones' partner Camilla Dallerup danced with her series six celebrity Tom Chambers, whilst Clary's partner (Erin Boag) did not take part in the tour, as she and her professional partner Anton du Beke were on their own Cheek To Cheek tour of the UK.

Strictly Come Dancing professionals Matthew Cutler and Kristina Rihanoff also performed a routine together.

The DVD was released on 9 November 2009.

The Live Tour! 2010[edit]

The Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour took place in January and February 2010. Amanda Byram and Kate Thornton hosted on different nights.

The judging panel consisted of four members:

The following celebrities and professional dancers starred in the tour:

Two other pro dancers danced on the tour:

of wins
Austin Healey and Lilia Kopylova623
Mark Ramprakash and Kristina Rihanoff420
Ali Bastian and Brian Fortuna72

Strictly Come Dancing – The Professionals Tour 2010[edit]

Ten professional show dancers took part in the first Strictly Come Dancing – The Professionals Tour between April to July 2010.[87] It featured:

The Live Tour! 2011[edit]

The Strictly Come Dancing 2011 UK tour returned to UK arenas during January and February 2011. Zoë Ball joined as host. Craig Revel Horwood, Bruno Tonioli and Len Goodman returned as judges. The celebrities and professionals who participated were:

Also making a guest appearance in the tour was Fever Dance Company and their amazing formation team.[citation needed]

The Live Tour! 2012[edit]

The Strictly Come Dancing 2012 UK tour began its run on 20 January and finished on 26 February. The venues hosting the tour were:[88]

Kate Thornton returned as host. Craig Revel Horwood, Bruno Tonioli and Len Goodman returned as judges. Horwood directed the tour for the second year.

The celebrities and professionals who participated were:

Ian Waite performed with Natalie on the tour, but did not partner a celebrity.

of wins
Times as
Harry Judd and Aliona Vilani93011
Robbie Savage and Katya Virshilas961
Chelsee Healey and Pasha Kovalev9315
Jason Donovan and Kristina Rihanoff9213
Anita Dobson and Robin Windsor901
Mark Foster and Natalie Lowe600
Nancy Dell'Olio and Artem Chigvintsev900

The Live Tour! 2013[edit]

The Strictly Come Dancing 2013 UK tour began its run on 18 January 2013.[89] The confirmed line-up of celebrities and professionals for the tour is as follows:[90][91]

Kate Thornton returned as host; Craig Revel Horwood, Bruno Tonioli and Len Goodman returned as judges. Iveta Lukosiute also performed on the tour, but did not partner a celebrity. Louis Smith and Ola Jordan were the overall champions of the tour, with the most wins.

The Live Tour! 2014[edit]

The Strictly Come Dancing 2014 UK Tour begun on 17 January 2014 at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham and ended at The O2 Arena on 7 February. The tour was hosted by former contestant Lisa Riley, and Bruno Tonioli, Craig Revel Horwood and Len Goodman returned as judges.[92][93]

The following celebrities and professionals took part:

Natalie Lowe also featured on the tour, but did not partner a celebrity.

This is the first series of The Live Tour! in which all of the celebrities danced with their original partners.

The Live Tour! 2015[edit]

The Strictly Come Dancing 2015 UK Tour began on 16 January 2015 at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham and concluded at The O2 Arena on 8 February 2015. The tour was hosted by former contestant and It Takes Two host Zoë Ball for the second time. Craig Revel Horwood returned as judge, but Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli did not take part due to other commitments including Dancing with the Stars in the United States, so they were replaced by Series 6 champion Tom Chambers and his professional partner Camilla Dallerup.[94] Anton du Beke was also a judge in the Echo Arena, Liverpool and Wembley Arena, London.[95] Len Goodman was a judge just for the O2 show on 8 February and on that same show the presenter was Lisa Riley.

The following celebrities and professionals took part:[96][97]

Trent Whiddon also featured on the tour, but did not partner a celebrity. Simon Webbe and Kristina Rihanoff are the overall champions of the tour, with the most wins.

of wins
Times as
Simon Webbe and Kristina Rihanoff161
Caroline Flack and Tristan MacManus51
Rachel Stevens and Kevin Clifton31
Thom Evans and Iveta Lukosiute10
Alison Hammond and Aljaž Skorjanec10
Scott Mills and Joanne Clifton11
Mark Wright and Karen Hauer10
^A Frankie Bridge was originally supposed to take part, but had to pull out due to illness of pregnancy, so Stevens took her place.[98]


Judges' scores[edit]

On thirty-six occasions, a perfect 40 out of 40 has been awarded inside the main series (including three perfect 50 out of 50s in Series 7). Caroline Flack and Pasha Kovalev hold the record for most perfect scores with four forties. On another six occasions, a couple scored 40/40 on a Christmas Special. The Samba and Rumba are the only two dance styles not to have received the perfect score.

Here is a table showing all of the perfect scores achieved by number of perfect scores

Number of perfect scoresPlaceCelebrityProfessional
41stCaroline FlackPasha Kovalev
Kimberley Walsh
Lisa Snowdon
Natalie Gumede
Pamela Stephenson
Pasha Kovalev
Brendan Cole
Artem Chigvintsev
James Jordan
Abbey Clancy
Denise van Outen
Harry Judd
Jason Donovan
Rachel Stevens
Ali Bastian
Aljaž Skorjanec
James Jordan
Aliona Vilani
Kristina Rihanoff
Vincent Simone
Brian Fortuna
Ricky Whittle
Chris Hollins
Jill Halfpenny
Chelsee Healey
Matt Di Angelo
Louis Smith
Mark Ramprakash
Simon Webbe
Natalie Lowe
Ola Jordan
Darren Bennett
Pasha Kovalev
Flavia Cacace
Flavia Cacace
Karen Hardy
Kristina Rihanoff

The lowest score the judges have ever awarded was 8/40 (1,1,3,3) to Quentin Willson and Hazel Newberry for their Cha Cha Cha. Nine individual ones have been awarded in the entirety of Strictly Come Dancing, with eight of those coming from Craig Revel Horwood and the other coming from Arlene Philips. Ann Widdecombe holds the current record for the most ones, receiving ones from Revel Horwood for her Salsa, Samba, and Rumba. The biggest margin between two singular judges scores is five, awarded to Jason Wood and Kylie Jones for their Rumba (2,5,7,5), Christopher Parker and Hanna Karttunen for their Tango (2,6,7,6), Gary Rhodes and Karen Hardy for their Cha-Cha-Cha (1,5,6,5), Scott Maslen and Natalie Lowe for their Rumba (4,9,7,8), Mark Benton and Iveta Lukosiute for their Cha-Cha-Cha (3,8,8,7), and, most recently, Scott Mills and Joanne Clifton for their Samba with Donny Osmond (2,5,7,5,6).

Ricky Whittle and his partner Natalie Lowe hold the record for the most tens with 28. However, if the four tens given by Darcey Bussell during her tenure as a fifth judge are removed, he is behind Rachel Stevens and her partner Vincent Simone and Harry Judd and his partner Aliona Vilani with 25 each. They are followed by Natalie Gumede and Artem Chigvintsev with 24, Caroline Flack and Pasha Kovalev with 23, Alesha Dixon and Matthew Cutler, and Abbey Clancy and Aljaž Skorjanec with 22, Kara Tointon and Artem Chigvintsev with 21 and Lisa Snowdon and Brendan Cole, Kimberley Walsh and Pasha Kovalev and Denise van Outen and James Jordan with 20.[99] Of these celebrities, Snowdon and Cole and Flack and Kovalev are the only pairings to receive straight tens from the judges in all of their dances in their respective series finals. Flack and Kovalev are the only pair to manage three sets of perfect 40 marks in the final, and also hold the records for the longest consecutive streak of 40 marks with four, that includes their Salsa in the semi-final show, and the longest consecutive streak of tens, that adds to a total of 16.

Gumede and Chigvintsev also have the best average score from the judges out of all contestants on every series being 36.9/40 for their dances. Alesha Dixon and Matthew Cutler, and Ricky Whittle and his partner Natalie Lowe follow, with averages of 36.5 and 35.9 respectively. Quentin Willson, Diarmuid Gavin and Nicholas Owen hold averages of 8.0, 13.8 and 14.0, the lowest of any celebrities so far.

Highest and lowest scoring performances by dance[edit]

The best and worst performances in each dance according to the judges' marks (out of 40) are as follows (not including scores earned on Christmas specials).

For a more accurate comparison Darcey Bussell's scores have been subtracted from the totals of the Series 7 quarter-finalists where relevant; specifically Ali Bastian's American Smooth, Chris Hollins' Charleston and Ricky Whittle's Quickstep. Bussell scored all of them a ten. Whittle's Showdance has not been included as it did not receive the perfect score from Bussell, and therefore cannot be considered the same standard. The Samba and the Rumba are he only dances that haven't had full mark and only both had 39/40. Caroline Flack winner of series 12 holds the record of receiving the most 40's and that's 4.

American Smooth (Series 3–present)Ali Bastian & Brian Fortuna
Natalie Gumede & Artem Chigvintsev
40Ann Widdecombe & Anton du Beke14
Argentine Tango (Series 4–present)Jason Donovan & Kristina Rihanoff
Harry Judd & Aliona Vilani
Simon Webbe & Kristina Rihanoff
40Colin Salmon & Kristina Rihanoff
Michael Vaughan & Natalie Lowe
Cha Cha ChaLisa Snowdon & Brendan Cole
Caroline Flack & Pasha Kovalev
40Quentin Willson & Hazel Newberry8
Charleston (Series 7–present)Chris Hollins & Ola Jordan
Kimberley Walsh & Pasha Kovalev
Denise van Outen & James Jordan
Caroline Flack & Pasha Kovalev
40Tony Jacklin & Aliona Vilani13
FoxtrotRachel Stevens & Vincent Simone
Lisa Snowdon & Brendan Cole
40Richard Arnold & Erin Boag17
JiveJill Halfpenny & Darren Bennett40Michael Vaughan & Natalie Lowe15
Paso DobleChelsee Healey & Pasha Kovalev40Christopher Parker & Hanna Karttunen
Dennis Taylor & Izabela Hannah
QuickstepLisa Snowdon & Brendan Cole
Ricky Whittle & Natalie Lowe
Pamela Stephenson & James Jordan
Harry Judd & Aliona Vilani
40Diarmuid Gavin & Nicole Cutler12
RumbaRachel Stevens & Vincent Simone
Kara Tointon & Artem Chigvintsev
Chelsee Healey & Pasha Kovalev
39Fiona Phillips & Brendan Cole13
Salsa (Series 4–present)Mark Ramprakash & Karen Hardy
Abbey Clancy & Aljaž Skorjanec
Natalie Gumede & Artem Chigvintsev
Caroline Flack & Pasha Kovalev
40Ann Widdecombe & Anton du Beke12
SambaAbbey Clancy & Aljaž Skorjanec
Frankie Bridge & Kevin Clifton
39Ann Widdecombe & Anton du Beke13
Showdance (Series 1, 7–present)Jason Donovan & Kristina Rihanoff
Denise van Outen & James Jordan
Louis Smith & Flavia Cacace
Natalie Gumede & Artem Chigvintsev
Caroline Flack & Pasha Kovalev
40Christopher Parker & Hanna Karttunen22
TangoKimberley Walsh & Pasha Kovalev40Diarmuid Gavin & Nicole Cutler14
Viennese Waltz (Series 3–present)Ali Bastian & Brian Fortuna
Pamela Stephenson & James Jordan
40Will Thorp & Hanna Haarala
Jo Wood & Brendan Cole
WaltzMatt Di Angelo & Flavia Cacace
Abbey Clancy & Aljaž Skorjanec
40Fiona Phillips & Brendan Cole11

Oldest and youngest contestants and series winners[edit]

TV presenter Johnny Ball, who was 74 when he competed in 2012, is the oldest contestant; he was two years older than magician Paul Daniels, who was 72 when he competed in 2010.[100] Actress Louisa Lytton, who was 17 when she competed in 2006, remains the youngest contestant.[101] TV presenter Chris Hollins, who was 38 when he competed in 2009, is the oldest series winner and gymnast Louis Smith, who was 23 when he competed in 2012, is the youngest series winner.


Phone voting[edit]

In December 2008, the show hit the headlines when viewers were able to register telephone votes for a couple that effectively they could not save from the dance off irrespective of how many public votes were cast in their favour. Tom Chambers and Camilla Dallerup had finished bottom of the leaderboard, whilst the two other couples were tied above them; this meant they could not mathematically survive given the scoring system, however viewers were invited to call in to save their favourites at a cost of 15p per vote. This resulted in the elimination for that week being cancelled and all the votes being carried over to the final.[102][103]

Arlene Phillips / Alesha Dixon[edit]

The decision to drop Arlene Phillips from the judging line-up for the 2009 series of Strictly Come Dancing led to much criticism being directed at the BBC by various UK newspapers, notably The Sun, running the axe as a headline story for its handling of older female television personalities. Accusations resurfaced that the BBC routinely discriminates against women in television based on their age. The most notable examples of purported age discrimination in the BBC include the release of newsreader Moira Stuart in 2007 and the retirement of Anna Ford in 2006.[citation needed] Other high-profile BBC personalities such as Selina Scott and Kate Adie accused the BBC of age discrimination towards women.[104]

The axing of Phillips led to an unprecedented intervention from the government's Minister for Women and Equality, Harriet Harman. During a session in the House of Commons, Harman responded to questions stating that she believed the decision to drop Phillips was motivated by age discrimination and called on the BBC to ensure that she would be taking part in the new series. The BBC has not formally responded to this request, but has repeated its comments that the decision was not due to age.[105] The appointment of Alesha Dixon to the judging panel prompted 5,000 complaints to the BBC,[106] and her judging debut was met with hostility among viewers and tabloids alike but she was subsequently believed by some to be a successful judge, giving both praise and constructive criticism.[107][108] Dixon was lured away from the show after series 9 by ITV to join the judging panel of Britain's Got Talent. Phillips was a popular media choice to replace her, but the role instead went to series 7 guest judge Darcey Bussell.

Race row[edit]

In 2009, a scandal embroiled the show involving professional dancer Anton du Beke, who in an off air conversation commented "Oh my God, you look like a Paki." to his dance partner of Moroccan descent Laila Rouass for which he has subsequently unreservedly apologised.[109] Whilst both of the people involved insisted that the comments had been intended as humorous banter, the news nevertheless prompted numerous complaints filed by viewers calling for du Beke to be removed from his position.[citation needed]


An example of Strictly Come Dancing '​s popularity is that after episodes, electricity use in the United Kingdom rises significantly as viewers who have waited for the show to end begin boiling water for tea, a phenomenon known as TV pickup. National Grid personnel watch the show to know when closing credits begin so they can prepare for the surge.[110]

All ratings are from BARB. Series averages exclude Christmas special and launch show.

SeriesSeries premiereSeries finaleSeries Average
Air dateViewers
Viewers (millions)
115 May 20044.613 July 20049.286.45
223 October 20046.5411 December 200411.60TBA
315 October 20057.2317 December 200510.55TBA
47 October 20069.2323 December 200612.11TBA
56 October 20077.6822 December 200712.09TBA
620 September 20088.4820 December 200812.039.63
718 September 20098.4319 December 200911.299.22
81 October 20109.6018 December 201014.2811.07
930 September 20119.1417 December 201113.1610.97
105 October 20129.2222 December 201213.3510.80
1127 September 20139.3321 December 201312.7910.71
1226 September 20148.2120 December 201411.679.88


The show has won a highly prestigious Rose D'Or award for 'Best Variety Show', beating off competition from reality shows from twelve other different countries.[112] It has also won two awards for 'Best Reality Show' at the TRIC Awards and two at the TV Quick Awards for 'Best Talent Show'. It has also received three BAFTA Award nominations.[113]

The show won the award of 'Most Popular Talent Show' at the National Television Awards in 2008, 2013 and 2014.[114]

In 2015 Strictly lost out to rival show X Factor UK. Their record was broken for winning a numerous of times.

In the Guinness Book of World Records 2010 edition, the format of Strictly Come Dancing was named the most successful television show with the format being sold to more than 38 countries worldwide.

2011TRIC AwardsBest TV Reality ProgrammeStrictly Come DancingWon
2012National Reality TV AwardsBest Reality Competition ShowWon
Televisual Bulldog AwardsReaders' Vote AwardWon
TRIC AwardsReaders' Vote AwardWon
2013National Reality TV AwardsBest Talent ShowWon
Televisual Bulldog AwardsBest Entertainment ProgrammeWon
TRIC AwardsBest Reality ProgrammeWon
2014National Reality TV AwardsBest Talent ShowWon
2015National Reality TV AwardsBest Talent ShowNominated

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