Strictly Come Dancing
|Strictly Come Dancing|
|Created by||Fenia Vardanis
|Voices of||Alan Dedicoat|
|Theme music composer|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||12|
|No. of episodes||160 (as of 20 December 2014)|
|Running time||30–120 minutes|
|Original channel||BBC One|
|Original run||15 May 2004– present|
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.
- 1 Development
- 2 Format
- 3 Main series results
- 4 Specials
- 4.1 Christmas specials
- 4.2 Strictly Ice Dancing
- 4.3 Strictly African Dancing
- 4.4 Sport Relief Does Strictly Come Dancing
- 4.5 Children in Need
- 4.6 The People's Strictly for Comic Relief
- 4.7 The Weakest Link Special 2008
- 5 Strictly Come Dancing Live!
- 6 Statistics
- 7 Controversies
- 8 Ratings
- 9 Awards
- 10 See also
- 11 References
- 12 External links
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. 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.
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.
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. 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. 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. 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.
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. In 2005 though the BBC announced that they would not be returning to the venue for the third series due to "logistical problems". 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. Strictly Come Dancing returned to Blackpool for the 2010 and 2011 series. Then after series 10 when Strictly Come Dancing didn't go to Blackpool, they announced that they would return for series 11.
- Presenter of Strictly Come Dancing
- It Takes Two Presenter of
|Presenter||Series 1||Series 2||Series 3||Series 4||Series 5||Series 6||Series 7||Series 8||Series 9||Series 10||Series 11||Series 12|
|Sir Bruce Forsyth1|
- ^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.
|2004||1||Justin Lee Collins||Strictly Come Dancing On Three|
|2004||2||Natasha Kaplinsky||Main show||Maternity cover for Tess Daly|
|2008||6||Fearne Cotton||Children in Need special|
|2009||7||Ronnie Corbett||Main show||Guest host, Week 9|
|2014||12||Zoe Ball||Main show||Guest host, covering for Claudia Winkleman|
|2014||12||Sir Bruce Forsyth||Children in Need and Christmas specials|
|2008–10, 2012–13||Kate Thornton|
|2011, 2015–||Zoë Ball|
- Judging panel
- Guest judge(s)
- Contestent of Strictly Come Dancing
|Judge||Series 1||Series 2||Series 3||Series 4||Series 5||Series 6||Series 7||Series 8||Series 9||Series 10||Series 11||Series 12|
|Craig Revel Horwood|
- ^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
- 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)
- Iveta Lukosiute was a replacement partner for Johnny Ball in series 10 after his original partner, Aliona Vilani, was injured in training.
- 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 and Anton du Beke are the only two professional dancers who have taken part in all twelve series of the show. Anton has never won the competition; Brendan won the first series with Natasha Kaplinsky.
- Only four professionals have managed to win the title in their first series of being a Strictly professional. Those four are Brendan Cole (Series 1), Darren Bennett (Series 2), Artem Chigvintsev (Series 8) and Aljaž Skorjanec (Series 11).
- Only two professionals have won the title in their last series of being a Strictly professional. Those two are Camilla Dallerup (Series 6) and Flavia Cacace (Series 10).
- In series 11, Aliona Vilani (who had previously been announced as leaving the show) was a replacement for Natalie Lowe who was injured before the series started. The producers of the show announced this on 2 September 2013.
- Vilani is the first professional in Strictly Come Dancing history to be eliminated first twice in a row with Gregg Wallace in series 12 and Tony Jacklin in series 11.
- No professional has won the competition more than once.
As of September 2014, the professional pairs are:
|Trent Whiddon||Aliona Vilani|
|Pasha Kovalev||Ola Jordan|
|Tristan MacManus||Kristina Rihanoff|
|Anton du Beke||Iveta Lukosiute|
|Brendan Cole||Natalie Lowe|
|Aljaž Skorjanec||Janette Manrara|
|Kevin Clifton||Karen Hauer|
Many of the dancers form professional partnerships, dancing together competitively or on the show. Darren Bennet and Lilia Kopylova, and James and Ola Jordan are married, while Matthew and Nicole Cutler are divorced but still professional partners. Anton du Beke and Erin Boag, have danced as professional couples since 1997; Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace are a former Argentine Tango world champion couple. Brendan Cole and Katya Virshilas danced professionally for several years before parting in November 2009. 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.
- The Waltz, Cha Cha Cha, Quickstep, Rumba, Tango, Jive, Foxtrot, Paso Doble and Samba have all been danced since Series 1.
- The American Smooth and the Viennese Waltz were added in Series 3.
- The Salsa and the Argentine Tango were added in Series 4.
- No more dances were added until Series 7, week 11 when couples performed either a Charleston (which winner Chris Hollins chose to perform again in the final) or a Rock N' Roll routine. The final also featured a head-to-head Lindyhop. Of these dances, only the Charleston was retained for subsequent series.
- Series 8 introduced the Swing-a-thon, where all remaining couples dance Swing simultaneously and are voted off the dancefloor one by one by the judges until only one couple remains. This returned in Series 9 and 11.
- The tenth series featured a "Dance Fusion", in which the couples attempt to perform two dances consecutively in one routine.
- A Showdance (Freestyle) has always been performed in the series final as a last chance for couples to impress the public. However, since Series 8, the Showdance has been danced as the second dance in the final.
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.
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.
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. It was then put back on Sundays in Series 8.
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
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.
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
Series 1 (2004)
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.
|Celebrity||Professional||Result (week voted out)|
|Jason Wood||Kylie Jones||Week 2|
|David Dickinson||Camilla Dallerup||Week 3|
|Verona Joseph||Paul Killick||Week 4|
|Claire Sweeney||John Byrnes||Week 5|
|Martin Offiah||Erin Boag||Week 6|
|Lesley Garrett||Anton du Beke||Third place|
|Christopher Parker||Hanna Karttunen||Runners up|
|Natasha Kaplinsky||Brendan Cole||Series winners|
Series 2 (2004)
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.
|Celebrity||Professional||Result (week voted out)|
|Quentin Willson||Hazel Newberry||Week 1|
|Carol Vorderman||Paul Killick||Week 2|
|Esther Rantzen||Anton du Beke||Week 3|
|Diarmuid Gavin||Nicole Cutler||Week 4|
|Sarah Manners||Brendan Cole||Week 5|
|Roger Black||Camilla Dallerup||Week 6|
|Aled Jones||Lilia Kopylova||Week 7|
|Julian Clary||Erin Boag||Third place|
|Denise Lewis||Ian Waite||Runners up|
|Jill Halfpenny||Darren Bennett||Series winners|
Series 3 (2005)
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:
|Celebrity||Professional||Result (week eliminated)|
|Siobhan Hayes||Matthew Cutler||Week 1|
|Jaye Jacobs||Andrew Cuerden||Week 2|
|Gloria Hunniford||Darren Bennett||Week 3|
|Fiona Phillips||Brendan Cole||Week 4|
|Dennis Taylor||Izabela Hannah||Week 5|
|Will Thorp||Hanna Haarala||Week 6|
|Bill Turnbull||Karen Hardy||Week 7|
|Patsy Palmer||Anton du Beke||Week 8|
|James Martin||Camilla Dallerup||Week 9|
|Zoë Ball||Ian Waite||Third place|
|Colin Jackson||Erin Boag||Runners up|
|Darren Gough||Lilia Kopylova||Series winners|
Series 4 (2006)
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:
|Celebrity||Professional||Result (week voted out)|
|Nicholas Owen||Nicole Cutler||Week 1|
|Jimmy Tarbuck||Flavia Cacace||Withdrew|
|Mica Paris||Ian Waite||Week 2|
|DJ Spoony||Ola Jordan||Week 3|
|Georgina Bouzova||James Jordan||Week 4|
|Jan Ravens||Anton du Beke||Week 5|
|Ray Fearon||Camilla Dallerup||Week 6|
|Peter Schmeichel||Erin Boag||Week 7|
|Claire King||Brendan Cole||Week 8|
|Carol Smillie||Matthew Cutler||Week 9|
|Louisa Lytton||Vincent Simone||Week 10|
|Emma Bunton||Darren Bennett||Third place|
|Matt Dawson||Lilia Kopylova||Runners-up|
|Mark Ramprakash||Karen Hardy||Series winners|
Series 5 (2007)
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.
|Celebrity||Professional||Result (week voted out)|
|Brian Capron||Karen Hardy||Week 1|
|Stephanie Beacham||Vincent Simone||Week 2|
|Willie Thorne||Erin Boag||Week 3|
|Gabby Logan||James Jordan||Week 4|
|Dominic Littlewood||Lilia Kopylova||Week 5|
|Penny Lancaster Stewart||Ian Waite||Week 6|
|Kate Garraway||Anton du Beke||Week 7|
|John Barnes||Nicole Cutler||Week 8|
|Kelly Brook||Brendan Cole||Withdrew|
|Kenny Logan||Ola Jordan||Week 9|
|Letitia Dean||Darren Bennett||Week 10|
|Gethin Jones||Camilla Dallerup||Third place|
|Matt Di Angelo||Flavia Cacace||Runners up|
|Alesha Dixon||Matthew Cutler||Series winners|
Series 6 (2008)
A sixth series of the show was confirmed after the dancers' pay dispute was called off in late June 2008. The series lasted for 14 weeks, which is the longest series so far. The series involved three new professional dancers, Brian Fortuna, Hayley Holt and Kristina Rihanoff. 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.
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.
On 19 November 2008, John Sergeant announced that he would be leaving the show because he believed he may "win it".
|Celebrity||Professional||Result (week voted out)|
|Phil Daniels||Flavia Cacace||Week 1|
|Gillian Taylforth||Anton du Beke||Week 2|
|Gary Rhodes||Karen Hardy||Week 3|
|Jessie Wallace||Darren Bennett||Week 4|
|Don Warrington||Lilia Kopylova||Week 5|
|Mark Foster||Hayley Holt||Week 6|
|Andrew Castle||Ola Jordan||Week 7|
|Heather Small||Brian Fortuna||Week 8|
|Cherie Lunghi||James Jordan||Week 9|
|John Sergeant||Kristina Rihanoff||Withdrew|
|Jodie Kidd||Ian Waite||Week 10|
|Christine Bleakley||Matthew Cutler||Week 11|
|Austin Healey||Erin Boag||Week 12|
|Lisa Snowdon||Brendan Cole||Third place|
|Rachel Stevens||Vincent Simone||Runners up|
|Tom Chambers||Camilla Dallerup||Series winners|
Series 7 (2009)
The seventh series of Strictly Come Dancing ran from 18 September until 19 December 2009. Tess Daly signed a two-year deal to continue presenting the programme for at least the 2009 and 2010 series'.
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. 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". 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.
|Celebrity||Professional||Result (week voted out)|
|Martina Hingis||Matthew Cutler||Week 1|
|Richard Dunwoody||Lilia Kopylova||Week 2|
|Rav Wilding||Aliona Vilani||Week 3|
|Lynda Bellingham||Darren Bennett||Week 4|
|Joe Calzaghe||Kristina Rihanoff||Week 5|
|Jo Wood||Brendan Cole||Week 6|
|Zöe Lucker||James Jordan||Week 7|
|Craig Kelly||Flavia Cacace||Week 8|
|Phil Tufnell||Katya Virshilas||Week 9|
|Jade Johnson||Ian Waite||Withdrew|
|Ricky Groves||Erin Boag||Week 10|
|Natalie Cassidy||Vincent Simone||Week 11|
|Laila Rouass||Anton du Beke||Week 12|
|Ali Bastian||Brian Fortuna||Third place|
|Ricky Whittle||Natalie Lowe||Runners-up|
|Chris Hollins||Ola Jordan||Series winners|
Series 8 (2010)
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. Three new professional dancers have been announced, The celebrities were revealed on 8 September 2010 and the professional partners were revealed during the launch show.
|Celebrity||Professional||Result (week voted out)|
|Goldie||Kristina Rihanoff||Week 2|
|Paul Daniels||Ola Jordan||Week 3|
|Peter Shilton||Erin Boag||Week 4|
|Tina O'Brien||Jared Murillo||Week 5|
|Jimi Mistry||Flavia Cacace||Week 6|
|Michelle Williams||Brendan Cole
Ian Waite (Week 4)
|Felicity Kendal||Vincent Simone||Week 8|
|Patsy Kensit||Robin Windsor||Week 9|
|Ann Widdecombe||Anton du Beke||Week 10|
|Gavin Henson||Katya Virshilas||Week 11|
|Scott Maslen||Natalie Lowe||Week 11|
|Pamela Stephenson||James Jordan||Third place|
|Matt Baker||Aliona Vilani||Runners-up|
|Kara Tointon||Artem Chigvintsev||Series winners|
Series 9 (2011)
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.
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. 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.
|Celebrity||Professional||Result (week voted out)|
|Edwina Currie||Vincent Simone||Week 2|
|Dan Lobb||Katya Virshilas||Week 3|
|Rory Bremner||Erin Boag||Week 4|
|Nancy Dell'Olio||Anton du Beke||Week 5|
|Lulu||Brendan Cole||Week 6|
|Audley Harrison||Natalie Lowe||Week 7|
|Russell Grant||Flavia Cacace||Week 8|
|Anita Dobson||Robin Windsor
Brendan Cole (Week 9)
|Robbie Savage||Ola Jordan||Week 10|
|Alex Jones||James Jordan||Week 11|
|Holly Valance||Artem Chigvintsev
Brendan Cole (Week 7)
|Jason Donovan||Kristina Rihanoff||Third place|
|Chelsee Healey||Pasha Kovalev||Runners-up|
|Harry Judd||Aliona Vilani||Series winners|
Series 10 (2012)
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.
Katya Virshilas was the only professional dancer not returning to this series, and she was replaced by "Burn the Floor"'s Karen Hauer. The full line-up was revealed on 10 September during The One Show.
|Celebrity||Professional||Result (week voted out)|
|Johnny Ball||Iveta Lukosiute||Week 2|
|Jerry Hall||Anton du Beke||Week 3|
|Sid Owen||Ola Jordan||Week 4|
|Colin Salmon||Kristina Rihanoff||Week 5|
|Fern Britton||Artem Chigvintsev||Week 6|
|Richard Arnold||Erin Boag||Week 7|
|Victoria Pendleton||Brendan Cole||Week 8|
|Michael Vaughan||Natalie Lowe||Week 9|
|Nicky Byrne||Karen Hauer||Week 10|
|Lisa Riley||Robin Windsor||Week 11|
|Dani Harmer||Vincent Simone||Week 12|
|Denise van Outen||James Jordan||Runners-up|
|Kimberley Walsh||Pasha Kovalev||Runners-up|
|Louis Smith||Flavia Cacace||Series winners|
Series 11 (2013)
Strictly Come Dancing returned with the launch show on 7 September 2013 and its live shows on 27 September 2013 for its eleventh series. Rod Stewart and Jessie J performed on the premiere show.
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. However, it was confirmed on 22 August 2013 that Anya Garnis and Kevin Clifton would join the series, replacing Slater. 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.
|Celebrity||Professional||Result (week voted out)|
|Tony Jacklin||Aliona Vilani||Week 2|
|Vanessa Feltz||James Jordan||Week 3|
|Julien Macdonald||Janette Manrara||Week 4|
|Deborah Meaden||Robin Windsor||Week 5|
|Rachel Riley||Pasha Kovalev||Week 6|
|Dave Myers||Karen Hauer||Week 7|
|Fiona Fullerton||Anton du Beke||Week 8|
|Ben Cohen||Kristina Rihanoff||Week 9|
|Mark Benton||Iveta Lukosiute||Week 10|
|Ashley Taylor Dawson||Ola Jordan||Week 11|
|Patrick Robinson||Anya Garnis||Week 12|
|Sophie Ellis-Bextor||Brendan Cole||Week 12|
|Susanna Reid||Kevin Clifton||Runners-up|
|Natalie Gumede||Artem Chigvintsev||Runners-up|
|Abbey Clancy||Aljaž Skorjanec||Series winners|
Series 12 (2014)
The series started on 7 September 2014 with a launch show, followed by the live shows starting on 26 and 27 September. 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. 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.
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. 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. In the third week entertainer Donny Osmond joined the four regular judges, making the maximum score that week 50 points. 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 Wallace||Aliona Vilani||Week 2|
|Jennifer Gibney||Tristan MacManus||Week 3|
|Tim Wonnacott||Natalie Lowe||Week 4|
|Thom Evans||Iveta Lukosiute||Week 5|
|Scott Mills||Joanne Clifton||Week 6|
|Alison Hammond||Aljaž Skorjanec||Week 7|
|Judy Murray||Anton du Beke||Week 8|
|Steve Backshall||Ola Jordan||Week 9|
|Sunetra Sarker||Brendan Cole||Week 10|
|Pixie Lott||Trent Whiddon||Week 11|
|Jake Wood||Janette Manrara||Week 12|
|Mark Wright||Karen Hauer||Week 13|
|Simon Webbe||Kristina Rihanoff||Runners-up|
|Frankie Bridge||Kevin Clifton||Runners-up|
|Caroline Flack||Pasha Kovalev||Series winners|
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
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 Rivron||Charlotte Clements||10|
|Marcus Patric||Leigh Mack||12|
|Carol Smillie||Oula Jääskeläinen||21|
|Scarlett Alice Johnson||Daniel Whiston||22|
|Jessica Taylor||Robert Burgerman||34|
|David Seaman||Zoia Birmingham||33|
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
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
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.
The results were as follows:
|Denise Lewis||David Ginola||7+7+7=21||Waltz|
|Roger Black||Jade Johnson||8+6+8=22||Cha Cha Cha|
|Darren Gough||Gemma Bissix||7+7+8=22||American Smooth|
|Matt Dawson||Elaine Paige||8+9+8=25||Tango|
|Mark Ramprakash||Kara Tointon||9+9+9=27||Samba|
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."
|Peter Jones||Natalie Lowe||4+7+5=16||Tango|
|Duncan Bannatyne||Lilia Kopylova||2+5+3=10||Cha 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.
|Harry Judd||Aliona Vilani||9+8+8+10=35|
|Chelsee Healey||Pasha Kovalev||8+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 Clarke||Karen Hauer|
|Hannah Cockroft||Pasha Kovalev|
|Nathan Stephens||Iveta Lukosiute|
|Martine Wright||Ian Waite|
Children in Need
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 host||Professional||Judges' scores||Dance|
|Tess Daly||Anton du Beke||9+9+9+9=36||American Smooth|
|Terry Wogan||Flavia Cacace||7+8+7+7=29||Waltz|
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 star||Professional||Judges' scores||Dance||Music|
|Harry Judd||Ola Jordan||35 (9,9,7,10)||Paso Doble||"Ego"—The Saturdays|
|Rochelle Wiseman||Ian Waite||33 (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.
|Susanna Reid||Robin Windsor||Sian, Susanna, Susanna, Susanna||Cha-Cha-Cha||"Firework"—Katy Perry||Winner (3 votes)|
|Sian Williams||Vincent Simone||Loser (1 vote)|
|Sophie Raworth||Ian Waite||Loser|
|Emily Maitlis||Pasha Kovalev||Loser|
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. 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 favourite||Professional||Judges' votes||Dance||Music||Result|
|Russell Grant||Flavia Cacace||Russell, Russell, Russell, Ann||Medley||"Hernando’s Hideaway"/"Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel"/"Better the Devil You Know"/"Boogie Wonderland"||Winner (3 votes)|
|Ann Widdecombe||Anton Du Beke||Loser (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.
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 Sparkle took home the trophy.
The People's Strictly for Comic Relief
On 11 September 2014, the BBC announced that a special non-celebrity version of the show will air for Comic Relief. 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.
|Inspirational hero||Professional||Judges' scores||Dance||Music|
|Anna Kennedy OBE|
|Cassidy Little||Natalie Lowe||Paso doble|
|Heather Parsons||Ian Waite||Viennese Waltz|
|Michael Pattie||Aliona Vilani||Tango|
The Weakest Link Special 2008
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:
- Craig Revel Horwood
- Arlene Phillips
- Kristina Rihanoff
- Camilla Dallerup
- Mark Ramprakash
- Brendan Cole
- Heather Small
- Anton du Beke
- Mark Foster
Strictly Come Dancing Live!
The Live Tour! 2008
Strictly Come Dancing went on tour at the beginning of 2008 for the first time. The tour was hosted by Kate Thornton, and judged by Craig Revel Horwood, Arlene Phillips, and Len Goodman. Bruno Tonioli was not a judge in this competition due to him being in Los Angeles. The tour began on 18 January 2008 in Glasgow and finished on 19 February 2008 in Birmingham.
Celebrity dancers taking part were:
- Series 1 runner up Christopher Parker and Nicole Cutler
- Series 2 runner up Denise Lewis and Matthew Cutler
- Series 3 winner Darren Gough and Lilia Kopylova
- Series 3 contestant James Martin and Camilla Dallerup
- Series 5 contestant Letitia Dean and Darren Bennett
- Series 4 contestant Louisa Lytton and Vincent Simone
- Series 5 runner up Matt Di Angelo and Flavia Cacace
- Series 3 finalist Zoë Ball and Ian Waite 
The results of the tour are as follows:
of 2nd places
|Matt Di Angelo and Flavia Cacace||5||16||10|
|Louisa Lytton and Vincent Simone||4||10||3|
|Darren Gough and Lilia Kopylova||3||8||10|
|Zoë Ball and Ian Waite||3||5||14|
|Letitia Dean and Darren Bennett||5||1||2|
The Live Tour! 2009
The couples and results of the tour were as follows:
of 2nd places
|Rachel Stevens and Vincent Simone||6||26||14|
|Gethin Jones and Flavia Cacace||5||6||6|
|Kenny Logan and Ola Jordan||5||6||0|
|Julian Clary and Lilia Kopylova||2||3||13|
|Jill Halfpenny and Darren Bennett||2||3||9|
|Tom Chambers and Camilla Dallerup||6||1||2|
|Cherie Lunghi and James Jordan||6||0||1|
|Jodie Kidd and Ian Waite||6||0||0|
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.
The DVD was released on 9 November 2009.
The Live Tour! 2010
The judging panel consisted of four members:
- Craig Revel Horwood
- Len Goodman (did not appear at every performance)
- Arlene Phillips (did not appear at every performance)
- Bruno Tonioli
The following celebrities and professional dancers starred in the tour:
- Series 7 semi-finalist Ali Bastian and Brian Fortuna
- Series 5 contestant Kelly Brook and Matthew Cutler
- Series 7 winner Chris Hollins and Ola Jordan
- Series 4 winner Mark Ramprakash and Kristina Rihanoff
- Series 7 contestant Ricky Groves and Aliona Vilani
- Series 7 contestant Natalie Cassidy and Darren Bennett
- Series 7 contestant Zöe Lucker and James Jordan
- Series 6 contestant Austin Healey and Lilia Kopylova
Two other pro dancers danced on the tour:
|Austin Healey and Lilia Kopylova||6||23|
|Mark Ramprakash and Kristina Rihanoff||4||20|
|Ali Bastian and Brian Fortuna||7||2|
Strictly Come Dancing – The Professionals Tour 2010
Ten professional show dancers took part in the first Strictly Come Dancing – The Professionals Tour between April to July 2010. It featured:
- Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace
- Ian Waite and Natalie Lowe
- Matthew Cutler and Aliona Vilani
- James Jordan and Ola Jordan
- Brian Fortuna and Kristina Rihanoff
The Live Tour! 2011
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:
- Series 7 runner up Ricky Whittle and Natalie Lowe
- Series 8 contestant Tina O'Brien and Jared Murillo
- Series 8 finalist Pamela Stephenson and James Jordan
- Series 8 winner Kara Tointon and Artem Chigvintsev
- Series 3 runner up Colin Jackson and Ola Jordan
- Series 8 contestant Patsy Kensit and Robin Windsor
- Series 8 contestant Jimi Mistry and Kristina Rihanoff
- Series 8 runner up Matt Baker and Aliona Vilani
- Series 8 contestant Ann Widdecombe and judge Craig Revel Horwood
The Live Tour! 2012
The Strictly Come Dancing 2012 UK tour began its run on 20 January and finished on 26 February. The venues hosting the tour were:
- National Indoor Arena, Birmingham
- Capital FM Arena, Nottingham
- Wembley Arena and O2 Arena, London
- Evening News Arena, Manchester
- Sheffield Arena, Sheffield
- Echo Arena, Liverpool
- Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle
- SECC, Glasgow
- Cardiff International Arena, Cardiff
- The O2, Dublin
- Odyssey Arena, Belfast
The celebrities and professionals who participated were:
- Series 9 contestant Anita Dobson and Robin Windsor
- Series 9 runner-up Chelsee Healey and Pasha Kovalev
- Series 9 winner Harry Judd and Aliona Vilani
- Series 9 finalist Jason Donovan and Kristina Rihanoff
- Series 6 contestant Mark Foster and Natalie Lowe
- Series 9 contestant Nancy Dell'Olio and Artem Chigvintsev
- Series 9 contestant Robbie Savage and Katya Virshilas
Ian Waite performed with Natalie on the tour, but did not partner a celebrity.
|Harry Judd and Aliona Vilani||9||30||11|
|Robbie Savage and Katya Virshilas||9||6||1|
|Chelsee Healey and Pasha Kovalev||9||3||15|
|Jason Donovan and Kristina Rihanoff||9||2||13|
|Anita Dobson and Robin Windsor||9||0||1|
|Mark Foster and Natalie Lowe||6||0||0|
|Nancy Dell'Olio and Artem Chigvintsev||9||0||0|
The Live Tour! 2013
- Series 10 finalist Dani Harmer and runner-up Pasha Kovalev
- Series 10 runner-up Denise van Outen and James Jordan
- Series 10 contestant Fern Britton and Artem Chigvintsev
- Series 10 semi-finalist Lisa Riley and Robin Windsor
- Series 10 winner Louis Smith and Ola Jordan
- Series 10 contestant Michael Vaughan and Natalie Lowe
- Series 7 contestant Phil Tufnell and Karen Hauer
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
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.
The following celebrities and professionals took part:
- Series 11 contestant Mark Benton and Iveta Lukosiute
- Series 11 contestant Ben Cohen and Kristina Rihanoff
- Series 11 runner-up Susanna Reid and Kevin Clifton
- Series 11 runner-up Natalie Gumede and Artem Chigvintsev
- Series 11 winner Abbey Clancy and Aljaž Skorjanec
- Series 11 contestant Deborah Meaden and Robin Windsor
- Series 10 contestant Nicky Byrne and Karen Hauer
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
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. Anton du Beke was also a judge in the Echo Arena, Liverpool and Wembley Arena, London. Len Goodman was a judge just for the O2 show on 8 February and on that same show the presenter was Lisa Riley.
- Series 12 contestant Thom Evans and Iveta Lukosiute
- Series 12 winner Caroline Flack and Tristan MacManus
- Series 12 contestant Alison Hammond and Aljaž Skorjanec
- Series 12 contestant Scott Mills and Joanne Clifton
- Series 12 runner-up Simon Webbe and Kristina Rihanoff
- Series 12 finalist Mark Wright and Karen Hauer
- Series 6 runner-up Rachel Stevens and Kevin CliftonA
|Simon Webbe and Kristina Rihanoff||16||1|
|Caroline Flack and Tristan MacManus||5||1|
|Rachel Stevens and Kevin Clifton||3||1|
|Thom Evans and Iveta Lukosiute||1||0|
|Alison Hammond and Aljaž Skorjanec||1||0|
|Scott Mills and Joanne Clifton||1||1|
|Mark Wright and Karen Hauer||1||0|
- ^A Frankie Bridge was originally supposed to take part, but had to pull out due to illness of pregnancy, so Stevens took her place.
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 scores||Place||Celebrity||Professional|
|4||1st||Caroline Flack||Pasha Kovalev|
Denise van Outen
Matt Di Angelo
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. 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
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.
Oldest and youngest contestants and series winners
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. Actress Louisa Lytton, who was 17 when she competed in 2006, remains the youngest contestant. 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.
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.
Arlene Phillips / Alesha Dixon
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. Other high-profile BBC personalities such as Selina Scott and Kate Adie accused the BBC of age discrimination towards women.
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. The appointment of Alesha Dixon to the judging panel prompted 5,000 complaints to the BBC, 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. 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.
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. 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.
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.
All ratings are from BARB. Series averages exclude Christmas special and launch show.
|Series||Series premiere||Series finale||Series Average|
|1||15 May 2004||4.61||3 July 2004||9.28||6.45|
|2||23 October 2004||6.54||11 December 2004||11.60||TBA|
|3||15 October 2005||7.23||17 December 2005||10.55||TBA|
|4||7 October 2006||9.23||23 December 2006||12.11||TBA|
|5||6 October 2007||7.68||22 December 2007||12.09||TBA|
|6||20 September 2008||8.48||20 December 2008||12.03||9.63|
|7||18 September 2009||8.43||19 December 2009||11.29||9.22|
|8||1 October 2010||9.60||18 December 2010||14.28||11.07|
|9||30 September 2011||9.14||17 December 2011||13.16||10.97|
|10||5 October 2012||9.22||22 December 2012||13.35||10.80|
|11||27 September 2013||9.33||21 December 2013||12.79||10.71|
|12||26 September 2014||8.21||20 December 2014||11.67||9.88|
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. 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.
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.
|2011||TRIC Awards||Best TV Reality Programme||Strictly Come Dancing||Won|
|2012||National Reality TV Awards||Best Reality Competition Show||Won|
|Televisual Bulldog Awards||Readers' Vote Award||Won|
|TRIC Awards||Readers' Vote Award||Won|
|2013||National Reality TV Awards||Best Talent Show||Won|
|Televisual Bulldog Awards||Best Entertainment Programme||Won|
|TRIC Awards||Best Reality Programme||Won|
|2014||National Reality TV Awards||Best Talent Show||Won|
|2015||National Reality TV Awards||Best Talent Show||Nominated|
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- Strictly Dance Fever
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- Just the Two of Us – the same format, with singing instead of dancing
- Let's Dance for Comic/Sport Relief
- Dancing with the Stars – versions of the show produced in other countries
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