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Strictly Come Dancing
Strictly Come Dancing title card.png
FormatCelebrity participation
Created byFenia Vardanis[1]
Richard Hopkins[2]
Developed byBBC
Presented bySir Bruce Forsyth
Tess Daly
Claudia Winkleman (2010–)
JudgesLen Goodman
Craig Revel Horwood
Bruno Tonioli
Darcey Bussell (2012–)
Arlene Phillips (2004–08)
Alesha Dixon (2009–11)
Narrated byAlan Dedicoat
Opening themeDan McGrath[3]
Josh Phillips[4]
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of series10 (Normal)
8 (Christmas)
No. of episodes185 (as of 22 December 2012)
Location(s)Wembley Arena (2011–)
Elstree Studios[5] (2013–)
Blackpool Tower (2004, 2009–11)
BBC Television Centre (2004–12)
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running timeVarious lengths
Original channelBBC One
BBC One HD (2010–)
BBC HD (2006–10)
Picture format1080i (HDTV) (2006–)
576i (SDTV) (2004–06)
Original run15 May 2004 (2004-05-15) – present
Related showsStrictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two
External links
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Strictly Come Dancing
Strictly Come Dancing title card.png
FormatCelebrity participation
Created byFenia Vardanis[1]
Richard Hopkins[2]
Developed byBBC
Presented bySir Bruce Forsyth
Tess Daly
Claudia Winkleman (2010–)
JudgesLen Goodman
Craig Revel Horwood
Bruno Tonioli
Darcey Bussell (2012–)
Arlene Phillips (2004–08)
Alesha Dixon (2009–11)
Narrated byAlan Dedicoat
Opening themeDan McGrath[3]
Josh Phillips[4]
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of series10 (Normal)
8 (Christmas)
No. of episodes185 (as of 22 December 2012)
Location(s)Wembley Arena (2011–)
Elstree Studios[5] (2013–)
Blackpool Tower (2004, 2009–11)
BBC Television Centre (2004–12)
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running timeVarious lengths
Original channelBBC One
BBC One HD (2010–)
BBC HD (2006–10)
Picture format1080i (HDTV) (2006–)
576i (SDTV) (2004–06)
Original run15 May 2004 (2004-05-15) – present
Related showsStrictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two
External links

Strictly Come Dancing 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 has run on BBC One since 15 May 2004, primarily on Saturday evenings. The 9th series ended on 17 December 2011 and the first competitive show of the 10th series was on 5 October 2012. A further seven stand-alone Christmas Specials have also been produced, in consecutive years from 2004 to 2010. Six charity specials have also been produced. Since the fourth series, the show has also been aired in high definition on BBC HD and BBC One HD from series 8.



The show pairs a number of celebrities with professional ballroom dancers who each week compete against each other to impress a panel of judges and the viewing public in order to survive potential elimination. Through telephone voting, viewers vote for whom they would like to stay, the results of the poll being combined with the ranking of the panel of judges. For example, with four contestants left, the judges' favourite would receive four points, second favourite three points, and so on, and similarly with the viewers' rankings.[6] 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 presented by Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly. For some of the second series, Natasha Kaplinsky stood in temporarily for Tess Daly while she took maternity leave. 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.[7] 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 formally 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. In Series 2 Tara McDonald joined the team and left after series 4 to sign her solo album to Mercury/Universal records. In Series 3, Lance Ellington and Andrea Grant joined the singing team. David Arch joined in the fourth series and Hayley Sanderson in the fifth.

The show is broadcast from a specially constructed set at the BBC Television Centre. 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.[8][9]

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.[10][11] In 2005 though the BBC announced that they would not be returning to the venue for the third series due to "logistical problems".[12] 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.[13] Strictly Come Dancing returned to Blackpool for the 2010[14] and 2011 series.[15]



     Current presenter of Strictly Come Dancing
     Current presenter of It Takes Two
     Previous presenter of Strictly Come Dancing
     Previous presenter of It Takes Two
PresenterSeries 1Series 2Series 3Series 4Series 5Series 6Series 7Series 8Series 9Series 10
Sir Bruce Forsyth+
Tess Daly*
Claudia Winkleman^
Zoë Ball

+ From series eight onwards, Sir Bruce Forsyth only hosts the main show
* Tess Daly only appeared from week four onwards during series two due to maternity leave. Natasha Kaplinsky served as a temporary replacement for the first three weeks
^ From series eight onwards, Claudia Winkleman has presented the results show of the main Strictly Come Dancing alongside Daly. She also presented It Takes Two alongside the results show for series eight


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
2010–118–9Tess DalyChildren in Need Special

Live Tour[edit]

2008 – 10, 2012Kate Thornton
2010Amanda Byram
2011Zoë Ball

Judging panel[edit]


     Current judging panel
     Previous judge(s)
     Guest judge(s)
JudgeSeries 1Series 2Series 3Series 4Series 5Series 6Series 7Series 8Series 9Series 10
Len Goodman+
Craig Revel Horwood
Bruno Tonioli
Darcey Bussell*
Arlene Phillips
Alesha Dixon
Jennifer Grey^

+ Goodman is the Head Judge, however in week six of series nine when he was away Revel Horwood served as temporary head judge
* Bussell served as a Guest Judge throughout weeks twelve to fourteen for series seven
^ Grey served as a Guest Judge for week six during series nine

Professional dancers and their partners[edit]

ProfessionalAvg.Series 1Series 2Series 3Series 4Series 5Series 6Series 7Series 8Series 9Series 10Series 11
Aliona Vilani
Rav Wilding
Matt Baker
Harry Judd
Aljaž SkorjanecN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Andrew Cuerden
Jaye Jacobs
Anton du Beke
Lesley Garrett
Esther Rantzen
Patsy Palmer
Jan Ravens
Kate Garraway
Gillian Taylforth
Laila Rouass
Ann Widdecombe
Nancy Dell'Olio
Jerry Hall
Artem Chigvintsev
Kara Tointon
Holly Valance
Fern Britton
Brendan Cole
Natasha Kaplinsky
Sarah Manners
Fiona Phillips
Claire King
Kelly Brook
Lisa Snowdon
Jo Wood
Michelle Williams
Victoria Pendleton
Brian Fortuna
Heather Small
Ali Bastian
Camilla Dallerup
David Dickinson
Roger Black
James Martin
Ray Fearon
Gethin Jones
Tom Chambers
Darren Bennett
Jill Halfpenny
Gloria Hunniford
Emma Bunton
Letitia Dean
Jessie Wallace
Lynda Bellingham
Erin Boag
Martin Offiah
Julian Clary
Colin Jackson
Peter Schmeichel
Willie Thorne
Austin Healey
Ricky Groves
Peter Shilton
Rory Bremner
Richard Arnold
Flavia Cacace
Jimmy Tarbuck
Matt Di Angelo
Phil Daniels
Craig Kelly
Jimi Mistry
Russell Grant
Louis Smith
Hanna Haarala
Will Thorp
Hanna Karttunen
Christopher Parker
Hayley Holt
Mark Foster
Hazel Newberry
Quentin Willson
Ian Waite
Denise Lewis
Zoë Ball
Mica Paris
Penny Lancaster
Jodie Kidd
Jade Johnson
Iveta Lukosiute
Johnny Ball
Izabela Hannah
Dennis Taylor
James Jordan
Georgina Bouzova
Gabby Logan
Cherie Lunghi
Zöe Lucker
Pamela Stephenson
Alex Jones
Denise van Outen
Janette ManraraN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Jared Murillo
Tina O'Brien
John Byrnes
Claire Sweeney
Karen Hardy
Bill Turnbull
Mark Ramprakash
Brian Capron
Gary Rhodes
Karen Hauer
Nicky Byrne
Katya Virshilas
Phil Tufnell
Gavin Henson
Dan Lobb
Kristina Rihanoff
John Sergeant
Joe Calzaghe
Jason Donovan
Colin Salmon
Kylie Jones
Jason Wood
Lilia Kopylova
Aled Jones
Darren Gough
Matt Dawson
Dominic Littlewood
Don Warrington
Richard Dunwoody
Matthew Cutler
Siobhan Hayes
Carol Smillie
Alesha Dixon
Christine Bleakley
Martina Hingis
Natalie Lowe
Ricky Whittle
Scott Maslen
Audley Harrison
Michael Vaughan
Nicole Cutler
Diarmuid Gavin
Nicholas Owen
John Barnes
Ola Jordan
DJ Spoony
Kenny Logan
Andrew Castle
Chris Hollins
Paul Daniels
Robbie Savage
Sid Owen
Pasha Kovalev
Chelsee Healey
Kimberley Walsh
Paul Killick
Verona Joseph
Carol Vorderman
Robin Windsor
Patsy Kensit
Anita Dobson
Lisa Riley
Vincent Simone
Louisa Lytton
Stephanie Beacham
Rachel Stevens
Natalie Cassidy
Felicity Kendal
Edwina Currie
Dani Harmer


     Winner of the season
     Runner-up of the season
     Third place of the season
     First elimination of the season
     Withdrew in the season

Iveta Lukosiute was a replacement partner for Johnny Ball in series 10 after his original partner, Aliona Vilani, was injured in training.[16]

Although Ian Waite and Karen Hardy no longer dance competitively on the show, they do still make regular appearances on companion programme It Takes Two. Waite and Darren Bennett both participated in the professional dance troupe in series 8.

Brendan Cole, Erin Boag and Anton du Beke are the only three professional dancers who have taken part in all ten series of the show. Erin and Anton have never won the competition; Brendan won the first series with Natasha Kaplinsky. Erin's departure from the show was announced on 1 June 2013, this leaves Brendan and Anton as the only two pro dancers to have taken part in the show since it began in 2004.

Only three professionals have managed to win the title in their first series of being a Strictly professional. Those three are Brendan Cole (Series 1), Darren Bennett (Series 2) and Artem Chigvintsev (Series 8).

Professional pairs[edit]

As of September 2012 the professional pairs are:

Brendan ColeNatalie Lowe
Pasha KovalevAliona Vilani
Artem ChigvintsevKaren Hauer
Robin WindsorKristina Rihanoff
Anton du BekeErin Boag
James JordanOla Jordan
Vincent SimoneFlavia Cacace

Many of the dancers form professional partnerships, dancing competitively or for show. Darren Bennet and Lilia Kopylova,[17] and James and Ola Jordan are married,[18] while Matthew and Nicole Cutler are divorced but still professional partners.[19][20] Anton du Beke and Erin Boag,[21] have danced as professional couples since 1997; Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace are a former Argentine Tango world champion couple.[22] Ian Waite and Camilla Dallerup also form a professional partnership,[23] while Brendan Cole and Katya Virshilas danced professionally for several years before parting in November 2009.[24][25][26]



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.

Dance Off[edit]

From 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.

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.[27]

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.[28]

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. The result show is shown on Sunday.

For series 10 the dance off was reintroduced

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.[29]

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. BBC Two Scotland airs 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
Honour places
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

Series 1 (2004)[edit]

15 May to 3 July 2004, in order of elimination. Eight professional dancers – Erin Boag, John Byrnes, Brendan Cole, Camilla Dallerup, Anton du Beke, Kylie Jones, Hanna Karttunen and Paul Killick – were introduced in this series.

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]

23 October to 11 December 2004, in order of elimination. This series introduced five new professional dancers – Darren Bennett, Nicole Cutler, Lilia Kopylova, Hazel Newberry and Ian Waite. John Byrnes, Kylie Jones and Hanna Karttunen did not return to the series.

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]

This series ran from 15 October to 17 December 2005. Over five million votes were cast, approximately three million of which were for the eventual champions, Darren Gough and Lilia Kopylova.[30] Over ten and a half million viewers tuned into the final show, and the whole series raised £1.5 million for Children in Need.[31]

In this series, five new professional dancers were introduced into the series – Andrew Cuerden, Matthew Cutler, Hanna Haarala, Izabela Hannah and Karen Hardy. Nicole Cutler, Paul Killick and Hazel Newberry did not return.

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

CelebrityProfessionalResult (week voted out)
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 for health reasons[32]
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 (Semi-final)
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 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.[33]

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 due to bereavement[34]
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.[35] The series lasted for 14 weeks, which is the longest series so far.[35] The series involved three new professional dancers, Brian Fortuna, Hayley Holt and Kristina Rihanoff.[36] 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.[37]

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.[38]

On 19 November 2008, John Sergeant announced that he would be leaving the show because he believed he may "win it".[39]

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[39]
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.[40] Tess Daly signed a two-year deal to continue presenting the programme for at least the 2009 and 2010 series'.[41]

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.[40] 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".[42] Bosses at the BBC have also been accused of sexism, as none of the male judges on the show had been replaced. 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.[43]

The official line-up was revealed on 25 August 2009 and the winner was BBC Breakfast presenter Chris Hollins:[44]

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 due to injury
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.[45] Three new professional dancers have been announced,[46] The celebrities were revealed on 8 September 2010[47] and the professional partners were revealed during the launch show.[48][49]

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 (Semi-final)
Scott MaslenNatalie LoweWeek 11 (Semi-final)
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. Claudia Winkleman had to pull out of the 2011 series as it would be difficult to do a daily programme so soon after giving birth. Zoë Ball was chosen to replace her.

All of series eight's judges returned to 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.[50] 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 (Semi-final)
Holly ValanceArtem Chigvintsev
Brendan Cole (Week 7)
Week 11 (Semi-final)
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.[51]

Katya Virshilas was the only professional dancer not returning to this series, and she was replaced by "Burn the Floor"'s Karen Hauer.[52] The full line-up was revealed on 10 September during The One Show.[53]

Aliona Vilani was originally Johnny Ball's partner, but injury resulted in her being replaced by Iveta Lukosiute.[16][54]

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 SimoneFinalist
Denise van OutenJames JordanRunners-up
Kimberley WalshPasha KovalevRunners-up
Louis SmithFlavia CacaceSeries winners

Series 11 (2013)[edit]

Strictly Come Dancing will return in the autumn for its eleventh series. On 1 June 2013, it was announced that Aliona Vilani, Vincent Simone, Flavia Cacace, and Erin Boag would all leave this series, and be replaced by Emma Slater, Aljaž Skorjanec and Janette Manrara.[55] Iveta Lukosiute who partnered Johnny Ball in the first few weeks of last series will also join the cast full time.

CelebrityProfessionalResult (week voted out)
Aljaž Skorjanec
Anton du Beke
Artem Chigvintsev
Brendan Cole
Emma Slater
Iveta Lukosuite
James Jordan
Janette Manrara
Karen Hauer
Kristina Rihanoff
Natalie Lowe
Ola Jordan
Pasha Kovalev
Robin Windsor


Christmas Specials[edit]

The Strictly Come Dancing Story[edit]

The Strictly Come Dancing Story was shown on 28 December 2007. Strictly come dancing is a dance competition. Celebrities are joined with professional dancers. They are 12 dancers. Each Saturday the couples have to dance, the judges then give their opinion and score. At the end of the show people can vote for their favorite one. Sunday the results are in. 2 couples who had the least votes will dance again, then the judges decide who will be going through to next week. Strictly come dancing take part in a Christmas special with different partners. There is also a scd live tour every year.

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.[56]

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.

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[57]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 and Craig Revel Horwood, Len Goodman, Terry Wogan and Pudsey Bear judging.

The results were as follows:

Pop starProfessionalJudges' scores[57]Dance
Harry JuddOla Jordan9+9+7+10=35Paso Doble to "Ego" by The Saturdays
Rochelle WisemanIan Waite6+9+8+10=33American Smooth to "All About You" by McFly


In 2011, newsreaders Sian Williams (with Vincent Simone), Sophie Raworth (with Ian Waite), Susanna Reid (with Robin Windsor) and Emily Maitlis (with Pasha Kovalev) took to the floor with a Cha-Cha-Cha to Katy Perry's "Firework". Susanna and Robin won with three of the judges' votes. Angela Rippon also made an appearance.


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.[58] 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.

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:

Let's Dance for Comic Relief[edit]

Let's Dance for Comic Relief was broadcast both in February and March 2009, 2011 and 2013 in aid of Comic Relief.

Let's Dance for Sport Relief[edit]

Broadcast from February and March 2010 and 2012 in aid of Sport Relief.

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.[59] The tour was hosted by Kate Thornton, and judged by Craig Revel Horwood, Arlene Phillips, and Len Goodman.[60] Bruno Tonioli was not a judge in this competition[59] due to him being in Los Angeles.[61] The tour began on 18 January 2008 in Glasgow and finished on 19 February 2008 in Birmingham.[62]

Celebrity dancers taking part were:[63]

The results of the tour are as follows:[66]

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.[66]

The Live Tour! 2009[edit]

The Strictly Come Dancing Tour returned in January and February 2009.[67] 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:[68]

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.[69] 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:

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:[70]

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 begun its run on 18 January 2013.[71] The confirmed line-up of celebrities and professionals for the tour is as follows:[72][73]

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.


Judges' scores[edit]

On twenty-six occasions, a perfect 40 out of 40 has been awarded inside the main series (including three perfect 50 out of 50 for Series 7). Lisa Snowdon and Brendan Cole, Pamela Stephenson and James Jordan, and Kimberley Walsh and Pasha Kovalev hold the record for most perfect scores with three perfect forties. On another five occasions, a couple scored 40/40 on a Christmas Special.

The lowest that the judges have ever awarded was 8/40 (1,1,3,3) to Quentin Willson and Hazel Newberry for their Cha Cha Cha.

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 Alesha Dixon and Matthew Cutler 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.[74]

Dixon and Cutler also currently hold the best average score from the judges out of all contestants on every series being 36.5/40 for their dances.

Highest and lowest scoring performances[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 both Ricky Whittle's Quickstep and Showdance (Bussell scored all of them a 10 with the exception of Ricky's Showdance, which she scored a 9).

American Smooth (Series 3-present)Ali Bastian & Brian Fortuna40Ann Widdecombe & Anton du Beke14
Argentine Tango (Series 4-present)Jason Donovan & Kristina Rihanoff
Harry Judd & Aliona Vilani
40Colin Salmon & Kristina Rihanoff
Michael Vaughan & Natalie Lowe
Cha Cha ChaLisa Snowdon & Brendan Cole40Quentin Willson & Hazel Newberry8
Charleston (Series 7-present)Chris Hollins & Ola Jordan
Kimberley Walsh & Pasha Kovalev
Denise van Outen & James Jordan
40Peter Shilton & Erin Boag
Ann Widdecombe & Anton du Beke
FoxtrotRachel Stevens & Vincent Simone
Lisa Snowdon & Brendan Cole
40Richard Arnold & Erin Boag17
Fusion (Series 10-present)Kimberley Walsh & Pasha Kovalev (Tango/Cha-Cha-Cha)40Nicky Byrne & Karen Hauer (American Smooth/Samba)27
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 Hardy40Ann Widdecombe & Anton du Beke12
SambaZoë Ball & Ian Waite
Matt Baker & Aliona Vilani
38Ann Widdecombe & Anton du Beke13
Showdance (Series 1,7-present)Ricky Whittle & Natalie Lowe
Jason Donovan & Kristina Rihanoff
Denise van Outen & James Jordan
Louis Smith & Flavia Cacace
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 Cacace40Fiona Phillips & Brendan Cole11

Please note that in addition to Bussell's scores being subtracted, the Lindyhop and Rock 'n' Roll have been removed as they were only danced by two contestants each in Series 7. The Swing-a-thon from the series 8 semi-final and week 9 of series 9 is also not included as it was not scored on the usual scale.


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.[75][76]

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.[77]

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.[78] The appointment of Alesha Dixon to the judging panel prompted 5,000 complaints to the BBC,[79] and her judging debut was met with hostility among viewers and tabloids alike but she has since proven to be a popular judge, giving both praise and constructive criticism.[80][81] 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 occasional 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, made a joke with racial imagery to his dance partner of Moroccan descent Laila Rouass for which he has subsequently unreservedly apologised.[82] This followed an earlier incident, when he is alleged to have asked her if she is a 'terrorist'.[citation needed] 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]


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

SeriesSeries premiereSeries finaleSeries Average
Air dateViewers
Viewers (millions)
115 May 20044.61[83]3 July 20049.28[84]TBA
223 October 20046.54[85]11 December 200411.60[86]TBA
315 October 20057.23[87]17 December 200510.55[88]TBA
47 October 20069.23[89]23 December 200612.11[90]TBA
56 October 20077.68[91]22 December 200712.09[92]TBA
620 September 20088.48[93]20 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 201213.35[94]10.80


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. 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.

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

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.

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