Strictly Come Dancing

Strictly Come Dancing (Courtesy Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

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. 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. 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 and Andrea Grant. The music director is David Arch. Tommy Blaize has been part of Strictly since its beginning. 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.

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.



{{colorbox}} Current presenter of Strictly Come Dancing
{{colorbox}} Current presenter of It Takes Two
{{colorbox}} Previous presenter of Strictly Come Dancing
{{colorbox}} Previous presenter of It Takes Two
Presenter Series 1 Series 2 Series 3 Series 4 Series 5 Series 6 Series 7 Series 8 Series 9 Series 10
Sir Bruce Forsyth+
Tess Daly*
Claudia Winkleman^
ZoŽ 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


Year(s) Series Presenter Show Notes
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
2010"11 8"9 Tess Daly Children in Need Special

Live Tour

Year(s) Presenter
2008 " 10, 2012 Kate Thornton
2010 Amanda Byram
2011 ZoŽ Ball

Judging panel


{{colorbox}} Current judging panel
{{colorbox}} Previous judge(s)
{{colorbox}} Guest judge(s)
Judge Series 1 Series 2 Series 3 Series 4 Series 5 Series 6 Series 7 Series 8 Series 9 Series 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

Professional Avg. Series 1 Series 2 Series 3 Series 4 Series 5 Series 6 Series 7 Series 8 Series 9 Series 10
Aliona Vilani
Rav Wilding
Matt Baker
Harry Judd
Unable to compete
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
ZoŽ 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
ZŲe Lucker
Pamela Stephenson
Alex Jones
Denise van Outen
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

{{colorbox}} Winner of the season
{{colorbox}} Runner-up of the season
{{colorbox}} Third place of the season
{{colorbox}} First elimination of the season
{{colorbox}} 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.

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.

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

As of September 2012 the professional pairs are:

Male Female
Brendan Cole Natalie Lowe
Pasha Kovalev Aliona Vilani
Artem Chigvintsev Karen Hauer
Robin Windsor Kristina Rihanoff
Anton du Beke Erin Boag
James Jordan Ola Jordan
Vincent Simone Flavia Cacace
Many of the dancers form professional partnerships, dancing competitively or for 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. Ian Waite and Camilla Dallerup also form a professional partnership, while Brendan Cole and Katya Virshilas danced professionally for several years before parting in November 2009.


  • 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.
  • The tenth series introduced a "Dance fusion", in which the couples attempt to perform two dances in one routine.
  • A Showdance (Freestyle) has always been performed in the series final as a last chance for couples to impress the public.


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

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:

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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.

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

Main article: Strictly Come Dancing: 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 ZoŽ 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. BBC Two Scotland airs the programme on four nights only, running their own Gaelic-language programming on Thursdays instead.

Main series results

Series Premiere date Finale date Number
of couples
of weeks
Honour places
Second place
Third place
1 15 May 2004 3 July 2004 8 8 Natasha Kaplinsky & Brendan Cole Christopher Parker & Hanna Karttunen Lesley Garrett & Anton du Beke
2 23 October 2004 11 December 2004 10 8 Jill Halfpenny & Darren Bennett Denise Lewis & Ian Waite Julian Clary & Erin Boag
3 15 October 2005 17 December 2005 12 10 Darren Gough & Lilia Kopylova Colin Jackson & Erin Boag ZoŽ Ball & Ian Waite
4 7 October 2006 23 December 2006 14 12 Mark Ramprakash & Karen Hardy Matt Dawson & Lilia Kopylova Emma Bunton & Darren Bennett
5 6 October 2007 22 December 2007 14 12 Alesha Dixon & Matthew Cutler Matt Di Angelo & Flavia Cacace Gethin Jones & Camilla Dallerup
6 20 September 2008 20 December 2008 16 14 Tom Chambers & Camilla Dallerup Rachel Stevens & Vincent Simone Lisa Snowdon & Brendan Cole
7 18 September 2009 19 December 2009 16 14 Chris Hollins & Ola Jordan Ricky Whittle & Natalie Lowe Ali Bastian & Brian Fortuna
8 1 October 2010 18 December 2010 14 12 Kara Tointon & Artem Chigvintsev Matt Baker & Aliona Vilani Pamela Stephenson & James Jordan
9 30 September 2011 17 December 2011 14 12 Harry Judd & Aliona Vilani Chelsee Healey & Pasha Kovalev Jason Donovan & Kristina Rihanoff
10 5 October 2012 22 December 2012 14 12 Louis Smith & Flavia Cacace Kimberley Walsh & Pasha Kovalev
Denise Van Outen & James Jordan

Series 1 (2004)

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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.

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)

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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.

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)

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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. Over ten and a half million viewers tuned in to the final show, and the whole series raised £1.5 million for Children in Need.

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:

Celebrity Professional Result (week voted out)
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
ZoŽ Ball Ian Waite Third place
Colin Jackson Erin Boag Runners up
Darren Gough Lilia Kopylova Series winners

Series 4 (2006)

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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 in to 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 for health reasons
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 (Semi-final)
Emma Bunton Darren Bennett Third place
Matt Dawson Lilia Kopylova Runners-up
Mark Ramprakash Karen Hardy Series winners

Series 5 (2007)

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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.

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 due to bereavement
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)

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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)

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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". 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.

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

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
ZŲe Lucker James Jordan Week 7
Craig Kelly Flavia Cacace Week 8
Phil Tufnell Katya Virshilas Week 9
Jade Johnson Ian Waite Withdrew due to injury
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)

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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)
Week 7
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 (Semi-final)
Scott Maslen Natalie Lowe Week 11 (Semi-final)
Pamela Stephenson James Jordan Third place
Matt Baker Aliona Vilani Runners-up
Kara Tointon Artem Chigvintsev Series winners

Series 9 (2011)

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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. 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. ZoŽ 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. 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)
Week 9
Robbie Savage Ola Jordan Week 10
Alex Jones James Jordan Week 11 (Semi-final)
Holly Valance Artem Chigvintsev
Brendan Cole (Week 7)
Week 11 (Semi-final)
Jason Donovan Kristina Rihanoff Third place
Chelsee Healey Pasha Kovalev Runners-up
Harry Judd Aliona Vilani Series winners

Series 10 (2012)

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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.

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.

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

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 Finalist
Denise van Outen James Jordan Runners-up
Kimberley Walsh Pasha Kovalev Runners-up
Louis Smith Flavia Cacace Series winners


Christmas Specials

Main article: Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Specials

The Strictly Come Dancing Story

The Strictly Come Dancing Story was shown on 28 December 2007. While looking back at the last five series of Strictly Come Dancing, it also explained how it came about, showed clips of the original Come Dancing show, highlights from the series one to five, and how the show has transferred to other countries around the world.

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:

Celebrity Professional Score
Rowland Rivron Charlotte Clements 10
Marcus Patric Leigh Mack 12
Carol Smillie Oula Jššskelšinen 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:

  • Tunde Baiyewu
  • Louis Emerick
  • Tupele Dorgu
  • Tessa Sanderson
  • Antonia Okonma
  • Robbie Earle

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:

Contestant Celebrity Judges' scores Dance
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."


Celebrity Professional Judges' scores Dance
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.

Celebrity Professional Judges' scores
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.

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

The results were as follows:

Pop star Professional Judges' scores Dance
Harry Judd Ola Jordan 9+9+7+10=35 Paso Doble to "[[

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