Vincent Simone

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Vincent Simone
Born (1979-03-15) 15 March 1979 (age 35)
Foggia, Italy
Nationality Italian
Occupation Professional dancer
Known for Strictly Come Dancing (2006–2012)
Partner(s) Susan Duddy
Children Luca Simone, Mateo Simone

Vincent Simone (born 15 March 1979) is a professional dancer born in Italy. He moved to Guildford, Surrey, United Kingdom when he was 17. His professional dancing partner is Flavia Cacace, and they perform under the brand name Vincent and Flavia.

Early life[edit]

Simone was born into a family of professional dancers and his parents are Latin and ballroom dancers. His sister is a dance teacher. His partner, Susan Duddy, a former flight attendant, gave birth to their son Luca in 2009 and Matteo in September 2013.[1]

Strictly Come Dancing[edit]

He has appeared on the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing since the fourth series, when he danced with Louisa Lytton as his celebrity partner. They were knocked out in week 10, scoring 31 out of 40 for their first dance and 28 for the second. This gave them a total of 59 points, which left them in last place. Simone returned for the fifth series in 2007, partnering with actress Stephanie Beacham, but the pair were eliminated in the second week, losing to Letitia Dean and Darren Bennett in the dance off. One judge, Arlene Phillips, voted to save Beacham and Simone, but was outvoted by the other three judges.

After their success in the Strictly Live Tour! 2008, Simone and Lytton were chosen to take part in the Eurovision Dance Contest 2008 in September 2008.[2] Dancing to '"Paint it Black" by Lee Mead, they were ranked ninth out of fourteen couples by a professional jury, and finished ninth overall when the results of the public vote had been added.

In the sixth series of Strictly Come Dancing he partnered singer Rachel Stevens. They reached second place in the final, losing out to Tom Chambers and Camilla Dallerup.

Simone was partnered with actress Natalie Cassidy in the seventh series of the show. The couple were voted off on 28 November 2009, coming in fifth place.

In the eighth series, 2010, he partnered Felicity Kendal; they were voted off on 14 November, finishing in 8th place.

In September 2011, Simone returned as one of the male professional dancers in the ninth season. On the launch night of SCD, which was broadcast on 10 September, Simone was revealed to be the professional dance partner to former MP, author and broadcaster, Edwina Currie. However, the couple were eliminated first on 9 October 2011, and came in last place.

In 2012, Simone partnered Tracy Beaker actress, Dani Harmer. They reached the final and came fourth. Vincent's professional partner Flavia Cacace won the series in partnership with Louis Smith.

On 1 June 2013, Cacace announced that she and Simone would not be competing in Strictly Come Dancing that year so they could work on other shows.[3]

Louisa Lytton[edit]

Week No. Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Horwood Phillips Goodman Tonioli Total
2 Quickstep / Don't Get Me Wrong 7 8 6 7 28 Safe
3 Jive / Smiley Faces 8 9 9 10 36 Safe
4 Foxtrot / Piece of My Heart 7 5 6 8 26 Safe
5 Salsa / Bailamos 6 8 7 8 29 Safe
6 Samba / Rhythm of the Night 8 8 8 8 32 Safe
7 Tango / Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) 8 9 9 9 35 Safe
8 Paso Doble / Left Outside Alone 8 8 9 9 34 Safe
9 Viennese Waltz / That's Amore
Cha-Cha-Cha / Rescue Me
8
9
8
9
8
9
9
9
33
36
Safe
10 American Smooth / Do Nothing Until You Hear From Me
Rumba / (Everything I Do) I Do It for You
7
7
8
7
8
7
8
7
31
28
Eliminated
Live Tour in Birmingham Argentine Tango / Por Una Cabeza

Jive/Smiley Faces

9

10

10

10

10

10

- 29

30

2nd in overall tour

Stephanie Beacham[edit]

Week No. Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Craig Revel Horwood Arlene Phillips Len Goodman Bruno Tonioli Total
1 Group Swing Dance, Group Blues/Swing Dance/"It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)"/"I Just Want To Make Love To You"/"Grace Kelly" Group Performance - Not Judged
2 Quickstep/"Suddenly I See" 6 6 6 6 24 Eliminated, chosen to be saved by Arlene Phillips

Rachel Stevens[edit]

Week No. Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Craig Revel Horwood Arlene Phillips Len Goodman Bruno Tonioli Total
1 Cha Cha/"Lady Marmalade" Group Performance - Not Judged
2 Salsa/"No Puedes Comprar Mi Amor" 7 8 8 8 31 Safe
3 Swing/"Choo Choo Cha Boogie" Group Performance - Not Judged
4 Quickstep/"Little Green Bag" 8 8 9 8 33 Safe
5 Samba/"Hips Don't Lie" 7 7 8 8 30 Safe
6 Viennese Waltz/"Everybody Hurts" 8 8 8 8 32 Safe
7 Jive/"Sweet Soul Music" 7 8 8 9 32 Safe
8 American Smooth/"I Got A Woman" 8 9 9 9 35 Bottom two
9 Rumba/"You Do Something to Me" 9 10 10 10 39 Safe
10 Foxtrot/"Close to You" 10 10 10 10 40 Safe
11 Waltz / "Angel" 9 10 10 10 39 Bottom two
Paso Doble / "The Final Countdown" 7 8 8 9 32
12 Tango / "Here Comes The Rain Again" 9 10 10 10 39 (First place) Safe - 76
Cha-Cha-Cha / "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours" 9 9 9 10 37
13 Argentine Tango / "When Doves Cry" 9 10 10 10 39 Safe
American Smooth / "Mandy" 9 9 8 10 36
14 Foxtrot / "Close to You 10 10 10 10 40 2nd place overall
Rumba / "You Do Something to Me" 9 10 10 10 39
Showdance / "Flashdance... What a Feeling" - - - -
Christmas Special 2009 Rumba/"Miss You Most (at Christmas Time)" 9 10 10 10 39 2nd

Natalie Cassidy[edit]

Week No. Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Craig Revel Horwood Len Goodman Alesha Dixon Bruno Tonioli Total
1 Group Mambo Group Performance - Not Judged
2 Tango / Spider Of The Night 6 6 6 6 24 Safe
Cha Cha Cha / "Bang Bang" 6 7 7 6 26
3 Paso Doble / "Malaguena" 6 7 8 7 28 Safe
4 Salsa / "You'll Be Mine (Party Time)" 7 8 7 7 29 Safe
5 Viennese Waltz / "At Last" 7 7 7 6 27 Safe
6 American Smooth / "Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone" 7 8 7 7 29 Safe
7 Jive / "Good Golly Miss Molly" 7 8 7 8 30 Safe
8 Quickstep / "Tu Vuo' Fa L'Americano" 7 8 8 8 31 Safe
9 Foxtrot / "Magic Moments" 8 9 9 8 34 Safe
10 Samba / "Holiday" 6 7 8 5 26 26
11 Rock and Roll / "Long Tall Sally" 5 7 7 7 26 Eliminated

Felicity Kendal[edit]

Week No. Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Craig Revel Horwood Len Goodman Alesha Dixon Bruno Tonioli Total
1 Cha-Cha-Cha – “Sunny 4 5 7 7 23 None
2 Foxtrot – “Somethin' Stupid 6 6 6 7 25 Safe
3 Rumba – “True Colors 7 7 8 7 29 Safe
4 Tango – “Czardas 7 7 7 8 29 Safe
5 Viennese Waltz – “Waltz No. 2” 6 7 6 7 26 Bottom Two
6 Paso Doble – “Habanera 6 8 7 8 29 Safe
7 Salsa – “All Night Long 5 7 7 7 26 Bottom Two
8 American Smooth – “Me and My Shadow 7 7 8 8 30 Eliminated

Edwina Currie[edit]

Week No. Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Craig Revel Horwood Len Goodman Alesha Dixon Bruno Tonioli Total
1 Cha-Cha-Cha – “Build Me Up Buttercup" 2 5 5 5 17 None
2 Foxtrot – “Buona Sera” 4 5 5 5 19 Eliminated

Dani Harmer[edit]

Week No. Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Craig Revel Horwood Darcey Bussell Len Goodman Bruno Tonioli Total
1 Waltz – “Open Arms" 5 5 6 5 21 None
2 Salsa - "Mama Do the Hump" 7 6 7 7 27 Safe
3 Foxtrot - "Over the Rainbow" 7 6 8 8 29 Safe
4 Cha Cha Cha - "Scooby Doo" 6 6 8 7 27 Safe
5 Jive - "Dance with Me Tonight 8 8 9 8 33 Safe
6 Tango - "Rumour Has It" 8 8 9 9 34 Safe
7 Quickstep - "You Can't Hurry Love" 9 9 9 9 36 Safe
8 Samba - "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" 9 9 9 9 36 Safe
9 Viennese Waltz - "That's Amore" 8 8 9 9 34 Safe
10 Quickstep/Charleston Fusion 9 10 9 10 38 Safe
11 American Smooth / "Haven't Met You Yet" 8 8 9 9 34 Safe
Argentine Tango / "Libertango" 9 9 10 10 38

I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here![edit]

Simone competed in the thirteenth series of ITV's thirteenth series in 2013. He joined 'camp' on Day 5 with Annabel Giles and finished in 10th place, being the third celebrity to leave in a double elimination on Day 17 on 3 December).\[4][5]

Titles[edit]

Career titles he and his partner Flavia Cacace have earned from competitions:

  • UK Professional Ten Dance Champions 2002-2006
  • UK Professional Showdance Champions 2003-2006
  • Negracha club UK Argentine Tango Champions, 2006
  • IDO World Argentine Tango Finalists, 2005/2006 (3rd place overall - winners, Show Tango section)
  • UK Ballroom Champions
  • World and European Ten Dance and Showdance finalists 2002 - 2006

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Matt Di Angelo and Flavia Cacace
Strictly Come Dancing runner up
(with partner Rachel Stevens)

Series 6 (2008)
Succeeded by
Ricky Whittle and Natalie Lowe