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Strictly Come Dancing

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Strictly Come Dancing
Strictly Come Dancing title card.jpg
GenreDance Talent show
Created by
Developed byKaren Smith
Presented by
Voices ofAlan Dedicoat
Theme music composer
  • Dan McGrath[5]
  • Josh Phillips[6]
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series19
No. of episodes366
Executive producers
  • Karen Smith (2004–2006)
  • Moira Ross (2010–2011)
  • Glenn Coomber (2012)
  • Louise Rainbow (2013–2018)
  • Sarah James (2019–present)
Production locations
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time30–120 minutes
Production companyBBC Studios Entertainment Productions
DistributorBBC Studios
Original networkBBC One
Picture formatSDTV 576i (2004-2006)
HDTV 1080i (2007-)
Audio format
Original release15 May 2004 (2004-05-15) –
Related shows
External links

Strictly Come Dancing (informally known as Strictly) is a British television dance contest in which celebrities partner with professional dancers to compete in mainly ballroom and Latin dance. Each couple is scored by a panel of judges. The title of the show is a continuation of the long-running series Come Dancing, with an allusion to the film Strictly Ballroom. The format has been exported to 60 other countries—under the title Dancing with the Stars—licensed by BBC Worldwide, and led to a modern dance-themed spin-off Strictly Dance Fever. The Guinness World Records has named Strictly to be the world's most successful reality television format.[8] The series is currently presented by Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman.

The series has been broadcast on BBC One since 15 May 2004, typically on Saturday evenings with a following Sunday night results show. From series 2 onwards, the show has been broadcast in the run up to Christmas. With its high viewing figures, Strictly Come Dancing has become a significant programme on British television.[9] Eighteen stand-alone Christmas specials and nineteen charity specials have also been produced. Since the fourth series, the show has aired in high definition.

In April 2014, Sir Bruce Forsyth announced his retirement from presenting the main series. While intending to return as host for each Children in Need and Christmas special, he only did so for the Christmas special in 2014 and the Children in Need specials in 2014 and 2015. He recorded a video message for the 2015 Christmas special[10] as he was unable to appear due to illness.[11] Forsyth died on 18 August 2017, aged 89.[12]


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.[13] 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.[13]

Hopkins then called in Karen Smith, who had just produced Comic Relief Does Fame Academy for BBC One and The Games for Channel 4, to help lead the development of the show and launch the series. Smith was the show-running Executive Producer of the first three series, and of sister show It Takes Two.[14] She then took the role of Creative Director of BBC Entertainment whilst still overseeing series 4 and 5.[15][16]

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.[17]


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.[18] The profits from the telephone lines were donated to Sport Relief in series 1, to Children in Need from series 2, until series 8 when donations to charity stopped.

The show is broadcast live on BBC One on Saturday evenings, and is currently presented by Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman (with Zoe Ball covering 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 was to continue to present special editions of the show.[19] For some of the second series, Natasha Kaplinsky stood in temporarily for Daly while she took maternity leave; Claudia Winkleman hosted the results show and editions that Forsyth had missed between 2010 and 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 Dame Darcey Bussell to replace her. Bussell remained a judge alongside Goodman, Tonioli and Horwood until 2018.[20] Tonioli commutes 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 highlights 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 British 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. In the seventeenth series, the singers were joined by Mitchell.[21]

The show was broadcast from a specially constructed set at BBC Television Centre (primarily in the largest studio, TC1[22]) until its closure in 2013, with the show moving to Elstree Studios' George Lucas Stage 2 from 2013 onwards. 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.[23][24]

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.[25][26] In 2005 though the BBC announced that they would not be returning to the venue for the third series due to "logistical problems".[27] 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, for series 7, the show did return to the Tower Ballroom, where Blackpool-born Craig Kelly was eliminated. The episode was aired live on 7 November 2009.[28] Strictly Come Dancing returned to Blackpool for the 2010[29] and 2011 series.[30] After series 10, when Strictly Come Dancing did not go to Blackpool, they announced that they would return for series 11.[31]

Presenters and judges

Presenter timeline

Colour key
  It Takes Two Host
Cast member Seasons
1 2[a] 3 4 5 6 7[b] 8 9 10 11 12[c] 13 14 15 16 17 18 19
Tess Daly
Sir Bruce Forsyth[d]
Claudia Winkleman[e]
Zoe Ball
Rylan Clark-Neal
Janette Manrara
  1. ^ Natasha Kaplinsky served as maternity cover for Daly in the first five weeks of the second series. Kaplinsky was also a contestant in the first series, coming in first place.
  2. ^ Ronnie Corbett was a guest host in the ninth week of the seventh series, along with Winkleman, in Forsyth's absence.
  3. ^ In the twelfth series, Ball co-presented weeks six, seven, and eight of the main show with Daly, covering for Winkleman. Ball also was also a contestant in the third series, coming in third place.
  4. ^ From the eighth to the eleventh series, Forsyth only hosted the main show with Winkleman taking his place for the results show.
  5. ^ From the eighth series onwards, Winkleman presented the results show alongside Daly, as well as three main shows in the eleventh series in place of Forsyth. She became a permanent co-presenter in the twelfth series after Forsyth's departure after series 11.

Judges timeline

Colour key
  Main Judge
  Guest Judge
Cast member Series
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19
Craig Revel Horwood
Bruno Tonioli [a]
Len Goodman
Arlene Phillips
Alesha Dixon [b]
Darcey Bussell [c]
Jennifer Grey [d]
Donny Osmond [e]
Shirley Ballas
Alfonso Ribeiro [f]
Motsi Mabuse
Anton Du Beke[g]
Cynthia Erivo [h]

Judges seating order

Series 1 2 3 4
1 Craig Revel Horwood Arlene Phillips Len Goodman Bruno Tonioli
7 Len Goodman Alesha Dixon
10 Darcey Bussell Len Goodman
15 Shirley Ballas
17 Motsi Mabuse
18 Shirley Ballas Motsi Mabuse N/A
19 Motsi Mabuse Shirley Ballas Anton Du Beke
  1. ^ Tonioli was absent during Week 5 of the fifteenth, sixteenth, and seventeenth series, and throughout the eighteenth series, he was only present via video call during the results show due to travel restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  2. ^ Dixon was a contestant in the fifth series in 2007, coming in first place.
  3. ^ Bussell served as a guest judge during Weeks 12-14 of the seventh series.
  4. ^ Grey served as a guest judge for Goodman during Week 6 of the ninth series.
  5. ^ Osmond served as a guest judge during Week 3 of the twelfth series.
  6. ^ Ribeiro served as a guest judge for Tonioli during Week 5 of the sixteenth, and seventeenth series.
  7. ^ Du Beke also served as a guest judge for Mabuse during Weeks 4 and 5 of the eighteenth series.
  8. ^ Erivo served as a guest judge for Horwood during Week 9, and for Mabuse during Week 10 of the nineteenth series.

Professional dancers


  Winner of the series
  Runner-up of the series
  Third place of the series
  Fourth place finalist of the series
  First elimination of the series
  Withdrew or quit in the series
  Participating in current series


Professional Avg. 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19
Karen Hauer 26.35 Nicky Byrne Dave Myers Mark Wright Jeremy Vine Will Young Simon Rimmer Charles Venn Chris Ramsey Jamie Laing Greg Wise
Aljaž Škorjanec 30.22 Abbey Clancy Alison Hammond Helen George Daisy Lowe Gemma Atkinson Kate Silverton Emma Weymouth Clara Amfo Sara Davies
Giovanni Pernice 34.29 Georgia May Foote Laura Whitmore Debbie McGee Faye Tozer Michelle Visage Ranvir Singh Rose Ayling-Ellis
Oti Mabuse 31.66 Anthony Ogogo Danny Mac Jonnie Peacock Graeme Swann Kelvin Fletcher Bill Bailey Ugo Monye
Gorka Márquez 32.66 Tameka Empson Alexandra Burke Katie Piper Maisie Smith Katie McGlynn
Katya Jones 27.20 Ed Balls Joe McFadden Seann Walsh Mike Bushell Nicola Adams Adam Peaty
Amy Dowden 30.33 Brian Conley Danny John-Jules Karim Zeroual JJ Chalmers Tom Fletcher
Dianne Buswell 29.10 Rev. Richard Coles Joe Sugg Dev Griffin Max George Robert Webb
Nadiya Bychkova 25.70 Davood Ghadami Lee Ryan David James Dan Walker
Graziano Di Prima 24.30 Vick Hope Judi Love
Neil Jones 26.69 Alex Scott Nina Wadia
Johannes Radebe 27.09 Catherine Tyldesley Caroline Quentin John Whaite
Nancy Xu 34.20 Rhys Stephenson
Kai Widdrington 34.60 AJ Odudu
Nikita Kuzmin 31.50 Tilly Ramsay


Professional Avg. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19
Anton Du Beke 24.37 Lesley Garrett Esther Rantzen Patsy Palmer Jan Ravens Kate Garraway Gillian Taylforth Laila Rouass Ann Widdecombe Nancy Dell'Olio Jerry Hall Fiona Fullerton Judy Murray Katie Derham Lesley Joseph Ruth Langsford Susannah Constantine Emma Barton Jacqui Smith
Brendan Cole 28.00 Natasha Kaplinsky Sarah Manners Fiona Phillips Claire King Kelly Brook Lisa Snowdon Jo Wood Michelle Williams Lulu Victoria Pendleton Sophie Ellis-Bextor Sunetra Sarker Kirsty Gallacher Anastacia Charlotte Hawkins
Camilla Dallerup 29.84 David Dickinson Roger Black James Martin Ray Fearon Gethin Jones Tom Chambers
Erin Boag 27.34 Martin Offiah Julian Clary Colin Jackson Peter Schmeichel Willie Thorne Austin Healey Ricky Groves Peter Shilton Rory Bremner Richard Arnold
Hanna Karttunen 20.08 Christopher Parker
John Byrnes 30.00 Claire Sweeney
Kylie Jones 20.00 Jason Wood
Paul Killick 22.88 Verona Joseph Carol Vorderman
Darren Bennett 30.14 Jill Halfpenny Gloria Hunniford Emma Bunton Letitia Dean Jessie Wallace Lynda Bellingham
Hazel Newberry 8.00 Quentin Willson
Ian Waite 31.52 Denise Lewis Zoe Ball Mica Paris Penny Lancaster-Stewart Jodie Kidd Jade Johnson
Lilia Kopylova 29.11 Aled Jones Darren Gough Matt Dawson Dominic Littlewood Don Warrington Richard Dunwoody
Nicole Cutler 21.58 Diarmuid Gavin Nicholas Owen John Barnes
Andrew Cuerden 23.00 Jaye Jacobs
Hanna Haarala 26.17 Will Thorp
Izabela Hannah 19.60 Dennis Taylor
Karen Hardy 29.04 Bill Turnbull Mark Ramprakash Brian Capron Gary Rhodes
Matthew Cutler 31.42 Siobhan Hayes Carol Smillie Alesha Dixon Christine Bleakley Martina Hingis
Flavia Cacace 28.73 Jimmy Tarbuck Matt Di Angelo Phil Daniels Craig Kelly Jimi Mistry Russell Grant Louis Smith
James Jordan 31.86 Georgina Bouzova Gabby Logan Cherie Lunghi Zöe Lucker Pamela Stephenson Alex Jones Denise van Outen Vanessa Feltz
Ola Jordan 27.04 DJ Spoony Kenny Logan Andrew Castle Chris Hollins Paul Daniels Robbie Savage Sid Owen Ashley Taylor Dawson Steve Backshall Iwan Thomas
Vincent Simone 31.21 Louisa Lytton Stephanie Beacham Rachel Stevens Natalie Cassidy Felicity Kendal Edwina Currie Dani Harmer
Brian Fortuna 31.48 Heather Small Ali Bastian
Hayley Holt 19.75 Mark Foster
Kristina Rihanoff 28.31 John Sergeant Joe Calzaghe Goldie Jason Donovan Colin Salmon Ben Cohen Simon Webbe Daniel O'Donnell
Aliona Vilani 32.53 Rav Wilding Matt Baker Harry Judd Tony Jacklin Gregg Wallace Jay McGuiness
Katya Virshilas 26.21 Phil Tufnell Gavin Henson Dan Lobb
Natalie Lowe 29.51 Ricky Whittle Scott Maslen Audley Harrison Michael Vaughan Tim Wonnacott Ainsley Harriott Greg Rutherford
Artem Chigvintsev 33.80 Kara Tointon Holly Valance Fern Britton Natalie Gumede
Jared Murillo 26.75 Tina O'Brien
Robin Windsor 28.49 Patsy Kensit Anita Dobson Lisa Riley Deborah Meaden
Pasha Kovalev 32.27 Chelsee Healey Kimberley Walsh Rachel Riley Caroline Flack Carol Kirkwood Naga Munchetty Chizzy Akudolu Ashley Roberts
Iveta Lukosiute 25.47 Johnny Ball Mark Benton Thom Evans
Anya Garnis 32.61 Patrick Robinson
Janette Manrara 29.47 Julien Macdonald Jake Wood Peter Andre Melvin Odoom Aston Merrygold Dr. Ranj Singh Will Bayley HRVY
Kevin Clifton 32.70 Susanna Reid Frankie Bridge Kellie Bright Louise Redknapp Susan Calman Stacey Dooley Anneka Rice
Joanne Clifton 30.91 Scott Mills Ore Oduba
Trent Whiddon 34.55 Pixie Lott
Tristan MacManus 24.25 Jennifer Gibney Jamelia
Gleb Savchenko 30.77 Anita Rani
AJ Pritchard 29.73 Claudia Fragapane Mollie King Lauren Steadman Saffron Barker
Oksana Platero 29.64 Judge Rinder
Luba Mushtuk 17.00 James Cracknell Jason Bell

Notes and statistics

  • Anton Du Beke remains the longest-serving professional dancer, taking part from series 1 to series 18. In the fourth and fifth weeks of series 18, he was a guest judge while regular judge Motsi Mabuse was self-isolating, before taking on the role officially in series 19 due to the absence of Bruno Tonioli.
  • Only four professionals have won in their first series of being a Strictly professional: Brendan Cole (Series 1), Darren Bennett (Series 2), Artem Chigvintsev (Series 8) and Aljaž Škorjanec (series 11)
  • Only four professionals have won in their last series of being a Strictly professional: Camilla Dallerup (Series 6), Flavia Cacace (Series 10), Aliona Vilani (series 13) and Joanne Clifton (series 14).
  • Following his departure from the professional cast, Ian Waite made regular appearances on the companion programme It Takes Two until 2020. Waite and Darren Bennett both participated in the professional dance troupe in series 8, and Waite stood in as a temporary dance partner in series 8 due to the unavailability of Brendan Cole.
  • Iveta Lukosiute initially joined the show to partner Johnny Ball in series 10 after his original partner, Aliona Vilani, was injured in training. She then became part of the main cast for series 11.
  • In series 11, having previously been announced to be leaving the show, Vilani subsequently replaced Natalie Lowe, who was injured before the start of the series. The producers of the show announced this on 2 September 2013.
  • Vilani is the only professional to have been eliminated first twice in a row, with Tony Jacklin in series 11 and Gregg Wallace in series 12.
  • Vilani & Oti Mabuse are the only professionals to have won more than one series. Mabuse is the only professional to have won twice in a row.
  • Kevin Clifton has had the most appearances in the final of any professional, with five (2013–16, 2018). He is also the only pro to have reached more than two finals in a row, appearing in four consecutive finals in total.
  • Since series 13, the show has had more professional dancers than celebrities to partner them with. In this and in subsequent series, the following professionals have been without celebrity partners:
  • As of series 19, Chloe Hewitt is the only professional to have left the cast without ever having a celebrity partner.
  • After suffering an injury, Neil Jones was unable to dance with his celebrity partner Alex Scott in weeks 6 and 7 of series 17. He continued to choreograph Scott's dances, while Kevin Clifton temporarily partnered her until Jones recovered.

Professional partners

Over the years, many dancers from the show have formed both professional and personal partnerships, dancing together competitively, on the show, or both. Darren Bennett and Lilia Kopylova are married,[35] as are James and Ola Jordan[36] and Aljaž Škorjanec and Janette Manrara, who became engaged after joining the show in 2013 and were married in 2017.[37] Matthew and Nicole Cutler are divorced but remain professional partners;[38][39] Karen Hauer and Kevin Clifton were engaged when Clifton entered the show in 2013 and were married prior to the 2015 series, before divorcing in 2018, while Neil and Katya Jones entered the show as a married couple before separating in 2019. Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag have danced as a professional couple since 1997,[40] while Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace are former Argentine Tango world champions as a duo and have done multiple tours together.[41] Brendan Cole and Camilla Dallerup danced together for many years, including a stint in the original series of Come Dancing;[42][43] following their split in 2004, Cole and Katya Virshilas formed a professional partnership, before parting in November 2009.[44][45][46] Other current and former professional partnerships featured on the show include Dallerup and Ian Waite, Paul Killick and Hanna Karttunen,[47] Andrew Cuerden and Hanna Haarala, Brian Fortuna and Kristina Rihanoff, Rihanoff and Robin Windsor,[48] Pasha Kovalev and Anya Garnis,[49][50] siblings Kevin and Joanne Clifton,[51] AJ Pritchard and Chloe Hewitt, and Gorka Márquez and Karen Hauer.[52][53]



On average, dances last for approximately 90 seconds.[54] Musical accompaniment is provided by The Strictly Come Dancing Band.

  • 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 Viennese Waltz were added in series 3.
  • The Salsa and Argentine Tango were added in series 4.
  • No more dances were added until series 7, in 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, although elements of the Lindyhop have often featured in Showdances.
  • Series 8 introduced the Swing-a-thon, where all remaining couples danced Swing simultaneously and were voted off the dancefloor one by one by the judges until only one couple remained. This returned in series 9 and 11.
  • The tenth series featured a "Dance Fusion", in which the couples attempted to perform two dances consecutively in one routine.
  • The twelfth series introduced the Waltz-a-thon, which used the same manner as the Swing-a-thon: all remaining couples danced the Waltz on the dance floor at the same time. Afterwards, the results were revealed by the judges.
  • The thirteenth series introduced a Quickstep-a-thon, in which all seven remaining couples simultaneously danced the Quickstep. The judges then ranked them from one to seven and gave points accordingly.
  • The fourteenth series saw the Cha-Cha-Challenge introduced, in which all six remaining couples simultaneously danced the Cha-Cha-Cha. The judges then ranked them from one to six and gave points accordingly.
  • The fifteenth series saw the Paso Doble-thon introduced, in which all seven remaining couples simultaneously performed a Paso Doble. The judges then ranked them one to seven and gave points accordingly.
  • The sixteenth series saw the Lindy-Hop-athon introduced, in which all seven remaining couples simultaneously performed the Lindy Hop. The judges then ranked them from one to seven and gave points accordingly.
  • The sixteenth series introduced Contemporary, Jazz, and Street/Commercial dances as part of a "couples' choice" category.
  • A Showdance (Freestyle) has always been performed in the series final as a last chance for couples to impress the public. From series 2 to 7, the Showdance was not scored by the judges. From series 8 to series 18, the Showdance was performed as each couple's second dance in the final.

Prior to series 10, the dances performed in the early weeks were switched between one Ballroom and one Latin, and were divided as evenly as possible depending on the number of contestants left. As the competition progressed further, this system was abandoned and many styles, not just two, could be performed in one week by each of the remaining contestants. From series 4 to 7, the remaining contestants who made it to the semi-final were granted to perform the semi-final-exclusive Argentine Tango. As of series 10, the contestants are now allowed to perform any of the chosen dances in any week, though the Argentine Tango remains generally reserved for the latter stages of the competition. The Showdance, however, continues to only be performed 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.

Results show

From series 1 to 4, the results show was shown live on Saturday night one hour after the performances.

As of series 5, 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.[55]

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 the outfits of Tess Daly, Claudia Winkleman and the judges are 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.[56] It then reverted to Sundays from series 8.


A new system called the dance-off, which takes place in the results show, was introduced in series 5. It continued until series 7 but was not used for series 8 and 9; it was then reinstated in series 10 and has remained a feature of the show ever since. There are two couples in each dance-off: the two who received the lowest totals that week from the combined judges' scores and public vote. The aim of the dance-off is for the couples to convince the judges that they deserve to go through to the following week's competition. Before they attempt their dance a second time, the couple sometimes gets advice from the judges. The judges decide who continues in the competition and who is eliminated based on the dance-off performances. If three of the judges agree that one of the couples should be saved, that couple is through to the following week's competition and the Head Judge's vote is not counted. If one couple has two votes and the other couple has one vote, then the deciding vote is cast by the Head Judge, originally Len Goodman and currently Shirley Ballas. Afterwards, the eliminated couple perform one final dance — sometimes known as "waltzing out of the ballroom". The Monday after their elimination, they appear on It Takes Two to discuss their time on the programme. The dance-off has been cancelled only once, in series 14, due to an injury sustained earlier by one of the celebrity contestants, Anastacia. She was unable to perform the dance-off and the couple with the lowest combined total was eliminated.

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 had to leave the series, and was replaced by Zoe Ball, who hosted the show from Series 8 to 17.[57] Rylan Clark-Neal joined as co-host in series 16. In May 2021, it was announced that Ball was to leave the show after 10 years, and on 10 June 2021, her replacement was confirmed to be former professional Janette Manrara.[58]

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 progressing. 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 its own Gaelic-language programming on Thursdays instead.

Main series results

No. Weeks Premiere date Finale date Couples Winners Runners-up Third place
1 8 15 May 2004 3 July 2004 8 Natasha Kaplinsky & Brendan Cole Christopher Parker & Hanna Karttunen Lesley Garrett & Anton Du Beke
2 8 23 October 2004 11 December 2004 10 Jill Halfpenny & Darren Bennett Denise Lewis & Ian Waite Julian Clary & Erin Boag
3 10 15 October 2005 17 December 2005 12 Darren Gough & Lilia Kopylova Colin Jackson & Erin Boag Zoe Ball & Ian Waite
4 12 7 October 2006 23 December 2006 14 Mark Ramprakash & Karen Hardy Matt Dawson & Lilia Kopylova Emma Bunton & Darren Bennett
5 12 6 October 2007 22 December 2007 14 Alesha Dixon & Matthew Cutler Matt Di Angelo & Flavia Cacace Gethin Jones & Camilla Dallerup
6 14 20 September 2008 20 December 2008 16 Tom Chambers & Camilla Dallerup Rachel Stevens & Vincent Simone Lisa Snowdon & Brendan Cole
7 14 18 September 2009 19 December 2009 16 Chris Hollins & Ola Jordan Ricky Whittle & Natalie Lowe Ali Bastian & Brian Fortuna
8 12 1 October 2010 18 December 2010 14 Kara Tointon & Artem Chigvintsev Matt Baker & Aliona Vilani Pamela Stephenson & James Jordan
9 12 30 September 2011 17 December 2011 14 Harry Judd & Aliona Vilani Chelsee Healey & Pasha Kovalev Jason Donovan & Kristina Rihanoff
No. Weeks Premiere date Finale date Couples
Fourth place finalists
10 12 5 October 2012 22 December 2012 14 Louis Smith & Flavia Cacace Denise van Outen & James Jordan, Kimberley Walsh & Pasha Kovalev Dani Harmer & Vincent Simone
11 13 27 September 2013 21 December 2013 15 Abbey Clancy & Aljaž Škorjanec Natalie Gumede & Artem Chigvintsev, Susanna Reid & Kevin Clifton Sophie Ellis-Bextor & Brendan Cole
12 13 26 September 2014 20 December 2014 15 Caroline Flack & Pasha Kovalev Frankie Bridge & Kevin Clifton, Simon Webbe & Kristina Rihanoff Mark Wright & Karen Hauer
13 13 25 September 2015 19 December 2015 15 Jay McGuiness & Aliona Vilani Georgia May Foote & Giovanni Pernice, Kellie Bright & Kevin Clifton Katie Derham & Anton Du Beke
No. Weeks Premiere date Finale date Couples
14 13 23 September 2016 17 December 2016 15 Ore Oduba & Joanne Clifton Danny Mac & Oti Mabuse, Louise Redknapp & Kevin Clifton
15 13 23 September 2017 16 December 2017 15 Joe McFadden & Katya Jones Alexandra Burke & Gorka Márquez, Debbie McGee & Giovanni Pernice, Gemma Atkinson & Aljaž Škorjanec
16 13 22 September 2018 15 December 2018 15 Stacey Dooley & Kevin Clifton Ashley Roberts & Pasha Kovalev, Faye Tozer & Giovanni Pernice, Joe Sugg & Dianne Buswell
17 13 21 September 2019 14 December 2019 15 Kelvin Fletcher & Oti Mabuse Emma Barton & Anton Du Beke, Karim Zeroual & Amy Dowden
18 9 24 October 2020 19 December 2020 12 Bill Bailey & Oti Mabuse HRVY & Janette Manrara, Maisie Smith & Gorka Márquez, Jamie Laing & Karen Hauer
No. Weeks Premiere date Finale date Couples Winners Runners-up Third place
19 13 25 September 2021 18 December 2021 15 Rose Ayling-Ellis & Giovanni Pernice John Whaite & Johannes Radebe AJ Odudu & Kai Widdrington[a]
  1. ^ Odudu and Widdrington were forced to withdraw from the series the day before the final due to Odudu suffering an ankle injury. They therefore automatically finished in third place.

Series 1 (2004)

In Spring 2004, Strictly Come Dancing commenced its first series. The professional dancers were Brendan Cole, Hanna Karttunen, Anton Du Beke, Erin Boag, John Byrnes, Paul Killick, Camilla Dallerup and Kylie Jones. This was the only series to air in the Spring/Summer (as of series 2, the programme airs from September/October to December each year). Natasha Kaplinsky and Brendan Cole were crowned the first winners. At 8 weeks, this was the shortest 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)

In Autumn 2004, the second series commenced. Five of the eight original professionals returned: these were Brendan Cole, Anton Du Beke, Erin Boag, Paul Killick and Camilla Dallerup. There were also five new professionals: Darren Bennett, Ian Waite, Lilia Kopylova, Nicole Cutler and Hazel Newberry. This was the only series Newberry participated in, while the other professionals competed in the 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 Rylan Clark-Neal and former professional dancer, Janette Manrara 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 Cole, Anton Du Beke, Erin Boag, Camilla Dallerup, Darren Bennett, Ian Waite and Lilia Kopylova returned from the second series. Nicole Cutler, Paul Killick and Hazel Newberry did not return. They were replaced by Karen Hardy, Hanna Haarala, Izabela Hannah, Andrew Cuerden and Matthew Cutler.

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
Zoe Ball Ian Waite Third place
Colin Jackson Erin Boag Runners-up
Darren Gough Lilia Kopylova Series winners

Series 4 (2006)

The fourth series ran from 7 October to 23 December 2006. More than 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 Ramprakash and Karen Hardy 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 programme. This series also saw the return of Nicole Cutler, who had taken part in series 2 but not in series 3.

Celebrity Professional Result (week voted out)
Nicholas Owen Nicole Cutler Week 1
Mica Paris Ian Waite Week 2
Jimmy Tarbuck Flavia Cacace Withdrew
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 lineup of professionals was unchanged from the previous series. The first programme was a catch-up show and preview of 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 public vote were subject to a dance-off, where they reprised their routine for the judges to decide who should leave the competition. Head Judge Len Goodman had the casting vote in the event of a tie. The series raised just over one million pounds for Children in Need.[59]

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[60]
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 programme was confirmed after the dancers' pay dispute was called off in late June 2008.[61] This series was the longest to date, lasting for 14 weeks.[61] The series introduced three new professional dancers, Brian Fortuna, Hayley Holt and Kristina Rihanoff.[62] Nicole Cutler did not return to the show.

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.[63]

On 19 November 2008, John Sergeant announced that he would be leaving the show because he believed he may "win it".[64]

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[64]
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.[65] Tess Daly signed a two-year deal to continue presenting the programme for at least the 2009 and 2010 series.[66]

On 9 July 2009, it was confirmed that former competitor Alesha Dixon would be joining the judging panel 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.[65] The BBC was accused of sexism, as none of the male judges on the show had been replaced, and 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 to appear on the programme.[67]

The official lineup was revealed on 25 August 2009 and the winner was BBC Breakfast presenter Chris Hollins:[68]

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; three weeks later, the live shows started on 1 October 2010.[69] Three new professional dancers were announced: Artem Chigvintsev, Jared Murillo and Robin Windsor.[70] Darren Bennett, Lilia Kopylova, Brian Fortuna and Matthew Cutler did not return. The celebrities were revealed on 8 September 2010[71] and their professional partners were revealed during the launch show.[72][73]

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
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 lineup 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.[74] The celebrity lineup 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
Holly Valance Artem Chigvintsev
Brendan Cole (Week 7)
Week 11
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.

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.[75]

Katya Virshilas was the only professional dancer not returning this series, and she was replaced by Burn the Floor's Karen Hauer.[76] The full lineup was revealed on 10 September during The One Show.[77]

Aliona Vilani was originally Johnny Ball's partner, but injury resulted in her being replaced by Iveta Lukosiute.[78]

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

Series 11 (2013)

Strictly Come Dancing returned for its eleventh series with a launch show on 7 September 2013 and the live shows on 27 September 2013.[79] Rod Stewart and Jessie J performed on the premiere show.[80]

On 1 June 2013, it was announced that Aliona Vilani, Vincent Simone, Flavia Cacace and Erin Boag would all leave the programme. Aljaž Škorjanec, Emma Slater, Janette Manrara and Iveta Lukosiute, who partnered Johnny Ball in the first few weeks of series 10, would all join the cast.[81][82][83] However, it was confirmed on 22 August 2013 that Anya Garnis and Kevin Clifton had joined the series, replacing Slater.[84] On 2 September 2013, it was announced that a foot fracture injury meant that Natalie Lowe would not be able to participate that series, and she was replaced by returning professional Vilani.[85]

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 Fourth place finalists
Natalie Gumede Artem Chigvintsev Runners-up
Susanna Reid Kevin Clifton
Abbey Clancy Aljaž Škorjanec Series winners

Series 12 (2014)

The series started on 7 September 2014 with a launch show,[86] followed by the live shows starting on 26 and 27 September.[87] This series was the first not to be presented by Sir Bruce Forsyth after announcing his departure from the live shows on 4 April (he made his final regular appearance in this series' launch show). However, Forsyth would continue to present special editions of the show, such as Children in Need and Christmas specials.[88] It was announced on 9 May that Claudia Winkleman would join the main show as co-presenter and that her 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.[89]

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.[90] It was then announced in August that Robin Windsor had pulled out of the competition due to a back injury. Windsor was replaced by new professional Trent Whiddon.[91] In week three, entertainer Donny Osmond joined the four regular judges, making the maximum score that week 50 points.[92] Due to Winkleman's absence in weeks 6, 7 and 8, It Takes Two presenter Zoë Ball co-presented with Daly.

Celebrity Professional Result (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 Škorjanec 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 Fourth place finalists
Frankie Bridge Kevin Clifton Runners-up
Simon Webbe Kristina Rihanoff
Caroline Flack Pasha Kovalev Series winners

Series 13 (2015)

Strictly Come Dancing returned for its thirteenth series with a launch show on 5 September 2015, followed by the live shows starting on 25 and 26 September.

On 23 April 2015, the list of professionals participating in the thirteenth series was revealed. Professionals from the last series who did not return included Trent Whiddon, Iveta Lukosiute and Joanne Clifton. Clifton would remain involved in group dances and would feature on Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two as a dance expert. Robin Windsor, absent from the previous series because of injury, also did not return for this series. Three new professional dancers were introduced: Russian dancer Gleb Savchenko (from the American, Australian and Russian versions of Dancing with the Stars), South African dancer Oti Mabuse (from Germany's Let's Dance) and Italian dancer Giovanni Pernice.[93]

On 3 October 2015, the judges performed The Strictly, a signature dance made up of some iconic moves from the show's history for fans to do at home when they hear the theme tune; subsequently, a tutorial for the dance was made available on the show's website and iPlayer hosted by Natalie Lowe and Tristan MacManus.[94]

Series 13 was the last to feature Tristan MacManus, Kristina Rihanoff, Ola Jordan, Gleb Savchenko and Aliona Vilani as professional dancers. Jordan later announced that she had quit the show, claiming that the results were "fixed". Vilani announced three days after winning that she was leaving the show; however, she participated in the 2016 live tour. Savchenko announced that he was leaving the show on 28 June 2016.[95]

Celebrity Professional Result (week voted out)
Iwan Thomas Ola Jordan Week 2
Anthony Ogogo Oti Mabuse Week 3
Daniel O'Donnell Kristina Rihanoff Week 4
Ainsley Harriott Natalie Lowe Week 5
Kirsty Gallacher Brendan Cole Week 6
Carol Kirkwood Pasha Kovalev Week 7
Jeremy Vine Karen Clifton Week 8
Jamelia Tristan MacManus Week 9
Peter Andre Janette Manrara Week 10
Helen George Aljaž Škorjanec Week 11
Anita Rani Gleb Savchenko Week 12
Katie Derham Anton Du Beke Fourth place finalists
Georgia May Foote Giovanni Pernice Runners-up
Kellie Bright Kevin Clifton
Jay McGuiness Aliona Vilani Series winners

Series 14 (2016)

Strictly Come Dancing returned for its fourteenth series with a launch show on 3 September 2016 on BBC One. This was Len Goodman's final series as head judge.

On 28 June 2016, the list of professionals who were returning for the fourteenth series was revealed. Professionals from the last series who would not return included the previous series' champion and two-time professional winner of the show Aliona Vilani, former professional winner Ola Jordan and two-time professional finalist Kristina Rihanoff, as well as Gleb Savchenko and Tristan MacManus. Joanne Clifton returned after a one-series hiatus. The leaving professionals were replaced by Katya Jones, Burn the Floor dancer Gorka Márquez and former Dancing with the Stars US troupe member Oksana Platero.[96] On 26 July 2016, three more new professional dancers — AJ Pritchard, Chloe Hewitt and Neil Jones, husband of new dancer Katya — were announced.[97] Hewitt and Jones did not partner a celebrity as the professionals outnumbered the celebrities, although they were still in group dances and appeared on It Takes Two.

Celebrity Professional Result (week voted out)
Melvin Odoom Janette Manrara Week 2
Tameka Empson Gorka Márquez Week 3
Will Young Karen Clifton Withdrew
Naga Munchetty Pasha Kovalev Week 4
Lesley Joseph Anton Du Beke Week 5
Anastacia Brendan Cole
Gorka Márquez (week 5)
Week 6
Laura Whitmore Giovanni Pernice Week 7
Daisy Lowe Aljaž Škorjanec Week 8
Greg Rutherford Natalie Lowe Week 9
Ed Balls Katya Jones Week 10
Judge Rinder Oksana Platero Week 11
Claudia Fragapane AJ Pritchard Week 12
Danny Mac Oti Mabuse Runners-up
Louise Redknapp Kevin Clifton
Ore Oduba Joanne Clifton Series winners

Series 15 (2017)

On 4 May 2017, it was announced that series 7 finalist Natalie Lowe would be departing the show. Five days later, on 9 May, Shirley Ballas announced that she would be replacing Len Goodman as head judge.[98] On 21 June 2017, Oksana Platero and the previous series' professional champion, Joanne Clifton, announced that they would also be leaving. The new professionals replacing them were Australian Open champion Dianne Buswell, Welsh dancer Amy Dowden, and Ukrainian two-time world champion Nadiya Bychkova. On 7 August, Nick Grimshaw announced that Mollie King was the first celebrity known to be taking part in the series. This was the first series to be broadcast since Sir Bruce Forsyth's death in August that year.

In a change to the format of the previous five years, there was no elimination in the final, meaning there were three runner-up couples this series.

Celebrity Professional Result (week voted out)
Chizzy Akudolu Pasha Kovalev Week 2
Rev. Richard Coles Dianne Buswell Week 3
Charlotte Hawkins Brendan Cole Week 4
Brian Conley Amy Dowden Week 5
Simon Rimmer Karen Clifton Week 6
Aston Merrygold Janette Manrara Week 7
Ruth Langsford Anton Du Beke Week 8
Jonnie Peacock Oti Mabuse Week 9
Susan Calman Kevin Clifton Week 10
Davood Ghadami Nadiya Bychkova Week 11
Mollie King AJ Pritchard Week 12
Alexandra Burke Gorka Márquez Runners-up
Debbie McGee Giovanni Pernice
Gemma Atkinson Aljaž Škorjanec
Joe McFadden Katya Jones Series winners

Series 16 (2018)

On 30 January 2018, it was announced that Brendan Cole would no longer appear on the show.[99] On 30 May 2018, the full lineup of professional dancers was announced. Chloe Hewitt left the series and three new professional dancers — Graziano Di Prima, Johannes Radebe and Luba Mushtuk — were announced to be joining the show. This meant that there were 18 professional dancers, the most in the show's history.[100]

Celebrity Professional Result (week voted out)
Susannah Constantine Anton Du Beke Week 2
Lee Ryan Nadiya Bychkova Week 3
Katie Piper Gorka Márquez Week 4
Vick Hope Graziano Di Prima Week 5
Seann Walsh Katya Jones Week 6
Dr. Ranj Singh Janette Manrara Week 7
Danny John-Jules Amy Dowden Week 8
Kate Silverton Aljaž Škorjanec Week 9
Graeme Swann Oti Mabuse Week 10
Charles Venn Karen Clifton Week 11
Lauren Steadman AJ Pritchard Week 12
Ashley Roberts Pasha Kovalev Runners-up
Faye Tozer Giovanni Pernice
Joe Sugg Dianne Buswell
Stacey Dooley Kevin Clifton Series winners

Series 17 (2019)

On 13 February 2019, professional dancer Pasha Kovalev announced that he was leaving the show after competing on it for eight years.[101] On 10 April 2019, it was announced that judge Darcey Bussell had left the show after seven years.[102] On 22 July 2019, Motsi Mabuse was announced as the replacement for Bussell. On 30 July 2019, it was announced that Nancy Xu would be joining the cast of professional dancers.[103] On 5 September 2019, it was announced that Jamie Laing had withdrawn from the show due to a foot injury. He was later replaced by Kelvin Fletcher. In late October, Will Bayley left the competition due to a sustained leg injury.[104]

Celebrity Professional Result (week voted out)
James Cracknell Luba Mushtuk Week 2
Anneka Rice Kevin Clifton Week 3
Dev Griffin Dianne Buswell Week 4
David James Nadiya Bychkova Week 5
Catherine Tyldesley Johannes Radebe Week 6
Will Bayley Janette Manrara Withdrew
Emma Weymouth Aljaž Škorjanec Week 7
Mike Bushell Katya Jones Week 8
Michelle Visage Giovanni Pernice Week 9
Saffron Barker AJ Pritchard Week 10
Alex Scott Neil Jones
Kevin Clifton (weeks 6–7)
Week 11
Chris Ramsey Karen Hauer Week 12
Emma Barton Anton Du Beke Runners-up
Karim Zeroual Amy Dowden
Kelvin Fletcher Oti Mabuse Series winners

Series 18 (2020)

On 6 March 2020, Kevin Clifton announced that he was leaving the show after seven years.[105] On 26 March 2020, AJ Pritchard also announced that he was leaving the show after four years.[106] Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was confirmed that the series would be slightly shorter than planned.[107][108][109] Before the series began, the professional dancers and some of the crew isolated and tested for COVID-19 to then become a household. Strictly took over a hotel near the studios and the pro dancers learnt and filmed all the group routines for the series at once.[110] This allowed for the show to still include the professional group dances each week. On 21 August 2020, it was announced that Bruno Tonioli would not be on the judging panel but would appear virtually while he filmed Dancing with the Stars in the US. It was the first series since 2012 to begin in October.[111] On 12 November 2020, Nicola Adams and Katya Jones were forced to withdraw from the competition after Jones tested positive for COVID-19.[112] On 19 December 2020, Bill Bailey and Oti Mabuse were crowned the winners of the series, making Mabuse the second professional dancer to win the show twice and the first to win it consecutively, following her 2019 victory. This series featured the first all-female and same-sex partnership of Nicola Adams and Katya Jones.

Celebrity Professional Result (week voted out)
Jacqui Smith Anton Du Beke Week 2
Jason Bell Luba Mushtuk Week 3
Nicola Adams Katya Jones Withdrew
Max George Dianne Buswell Week 4
Caroline Quentin Johannes Radebe Week 5
Clara Amfo Aljaž Škorjanec Week 6
JJ Chalmers Amy Dowden Week 7
Ranvir Singh Giovanni Pernice Week 8
HRVY Janette Manrara Runners-up
Jamie Laing Karen Hauer
Maisie Smith Gorka Márquez
Bill Bailey Oti Mabuse Series winners

Series 19 (2021)

On 10 June 2021, it was announced that Janette Manrara would leave the show as a professional dancer and replace Zoe Ball as a new It Takes Two presenter. On 24 June, Anton Du Beke was announced as having joined the judging panel for this series instead of returning as a professional dancer, replacing Bruno Tonioli, who will miss a second year due to continuing travel restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to the remaining fourteen professional dancers from Series 18, all would return in this series, with four new professional dancers joining the show: Cameron Lombard, Jowita Przystał, Kai Widdrington and Nikita Kuzmin.[113]

This series marks the first time where two contestants withdrew from the competition. On 13 October 2021, Robert Webb withdrew from the competition due to health reasons.[114] On 17 December 2021, AJ Odudu was forced to pull out of the final after tearing a ligament in her right ankle.[115]

The series saw the first couple with a deaf contestant, actress Rose Ayling-Ellis and the first all-male partnership of John Whaite and Johannes Radebe, both of which reached the final and finished as the winner and runner-up respectively.

Celebrity Professional Result (week voted out)
Nina Wadia Neil Jones Week 2
Katie McGlynn Gorka Márquez Week 3
Robert Webb Dianne Buswell Withdrew
Greg Wise Karen Hauer Week 4
Ugo Monye Oti Mabuse Week 5
Judi Love Graziano Di Prima Week 6
Adam Peaty Katya Jones Week 7
Sara Davies Aljaž Škorjanec Week 8
Tom Fletcher Amy Dowden Week 9
Tilly Ramsay Nikita Kuzmin Week 10
Dan Walker Nadiya Bychkova Week 11
Rhys Stephenson Nancy Xu Week 12
AJ Odudu Kai Widdrington Withdrew
John Whaite Johannes Radebe Runners-up
Rose Ayling-Ellis Giovanni Pernice Series winners


Since the inception of Strictly Come Dancing in 2004, several special editions of the show have been transmitted by the BBC each year. These have included seasonal specials, charity specials, and variations of the Strictly Come Dancing format.

Strictly Come Dancing Live!

Strictly Come Dancing Live! is a nationwide arena tour staged every year since 2008.[116]


Highest-scoring celebrities

The scores presented below represent the best overall accumulative average scores the celebrities gained each series.

Note: Series 18 was scored out of 30 so scores have been altered to be out of the usual 40.



Lowest-scoring celebrities

The scores presented below represent the worst overall accumulative average score the celebrities gained each series.

Note: Series 18 was scored out of 30 so scores have been altered to be out of the usual 40.



Judges' scores

On 81 occasions, a perfect 40 out of 40 has been awarded inside the main series (including three perfect 50 out of 50s and six perfect 30 out of 30s in Series 7 and Series 18 respectively). Ashley Roberts and Pasha Kovalev hold the record for most perfect scores achieved by an individual couple, with five 40s; Kovalev also holds the record for most perfect scores by a professional dancer, with thirteen. Additionally, another sixteen perfect 40s have been awarded during the Christmas Special episodes. The only dance styles to have never received a perfect score are  Rock 'n' Roll, Rumba and Contemporary. Ali Bastian, Tilly Ramsay and Rhys Stephenson are the only contestants to have scored 40 and not made it to the final; AJ Odudu did make it through to the final, but had to withdraw due to an injury. Series 19 champion Rose Ayling-Ellis and Series 12 champion Caroline Flack hold the joint record for the most 40s received by a winner, with 4 each.

Below is a table showing all perfect scores achieved by numerical amount.

By Celebrity:

Number of perfect scores Series Place Celebrity Professional
5 16 Runner-up Ashley Roberts Pasha Kovalev
4 12
Caroline Flack
Danny Mac
Faye Tozer
Rose Ayling-Ellis
Pasha Kovalev
Oti Mabuse
Giovanni Pernice
Giovanni Pernice
3 6
3rd Place
3rd Place
Lisa Snowdon
Pamela Stephenson
Kimberley Walsh
Natalie Gumede
Alexandra Burke
Karim Zeroual
Brendan Cole
James Jordan
Pasha Kovalev
Artem Chigvintsev
Gorka Márquez
Amy Dowden
Janette Manrara
2 6
3rd place
3rd place
Rachel Stevens
Ali Bastian
Harry Judd
Jason Donovan
Denise Van Outen
Abbey Clancy
Kellie Bright
Ore Oduba
Debbie McGee
Kelvin Fletcher
Maisie Smith
John Whaite
Vincent Simone
Brian Fortuna
Aliona Vilani
Kristina Rihanoff
James Jordan
Aljaž Škorjanec
Kevin Clifton
Joanne Clifton
Giovanni Pernice
Oti Mabuse
Gorka Márquez
Johannes Radebe
1 2
3rd place
4th place
6th place
Jill Halfpenny
Mark Ramprakash
Matt Di Angelo
Chris Hollins
Ricky Whittle
Chelsee Healey
Louis Smith
Simon Webbe
Georgia May Foote
Louise Redknapp
Joe McFadden
Bill Bailey
AJ Odudu
Rhys Stephenson
Tilly Ramsay
Darren Bennett
Karen Hardy
Flavia Cacace
Ola Jordan
Natalie Lowe
Pasha Kovalev
Flavia Cacace
Kristina Rihanoff
Giovanni Pernice
Kevin Clifton
Katya Jones
Oti Mabuse
Kai Widdrington
Nancy Xu
Nikita Kuzmin

By Professional:

Number of perfect scores Professional
13 Pasha Kovalev
11 Giovanni Pernice
7 Oti Mabuse
5 Gorka Márquez
James Jordan
3 Brendan Cole
Artem Chigvintsev
Kristina Rihanoff
Kevin Clifton
Amy Dowden
Janette Manrara
2 Vincent Simone
Brian Fortuna
Aliona Vilani
Flavia Cacace
Aljaž Škorjanec
Joanne Clifton
Johannes Radebe
1 Darren Bennett
Karen Hardy
Ola Jordan
Natalie Lowe
Katya Jones
Nancy Xu
Nikita Kuzmin
Kai Widdrington

The lowest score ever given by the judges is 8/40 (1,1,3,3), awarded to Quentin Willson and Hazel Newberry for their Cha-Cha-Cha. Eleven individual scores of 1 have been awarded over the entirety of Strictly Come Dancing, with ten of those coming from Craig Revel Horwood and the other coming from Arlene Phillips. Ann Widdecombe holds the current record for the most 1s, receiving them from Horwood for her Salsa, Samba, and Rumba.

The biggest margin of points awarded between two individual judges' scores is 5, 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), Fiona Phillips and Brendan Cole for their Rumba (1,2,6,4), 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), Scott Mills and Joanne Clifton for their Samba (2,5,7,5,6 - with the higher vote given by Donny Osmond), Ann Widdecombe and Anton Du Beke for their American Smooth in the 2018 Christmas Special (2,6,7,7) and Dan Walker and Nadiya Bychkova for their American Smooth (4,8,8,9). The biggest margin between two total scores in one week is 27, occurring in the third week of the seventeenth series when Kelvin Fletcher and Oti Mabuse scored 38 and Anneka Rice and Kevin Clifton scored 11.

Alexandra Burke and her partner Gorka Márquez and Ashley Roberts and her partner Pasha Kovalev share the record of most 10s awarded to a couple, with 32. This is followed by Faye Tozer and Giovanni Pernice with 31, then Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice with 30, then Karim Zeroual and Amy Dowden with 29, then Ricky Whittle and Natalie Lowe and John Whaite and Johannes Radebe each with 28. However, if the four tens given by Darcey Bussell during her tenure as a fifth judge are removed, Whittle is behind Oti Mabuse and her respective celebrity partners Danny Mac and Kelvin Fletcher, both with 26 tens, and Rachel Stevens with Vincent Simone and Harry Judd with Aliona Vilani with 25 each. They are followed by Natalie Gumede and Artem Chigvintsev and Ore Oduba and Joanne Clifton with 24 each, Caroline Flack and Pasha Kovalev with 23, Abbey Clancy and Aljaž Škorjanec and Debbie McGee and Giovanni Pernice 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.[117] Of the above pairings, Snowdon and Cole, Flack and Kovalev, Tozer and Pernice and Roberts and Kovalev are the only pairings to receive straight tens for all of their dances in their respective series finals. Flack and Kovalev, Tozer and Pernice and Roberts and Kovalev are the only pairs to receive three sets of perfect 40s in the final. Of these couples, Roberts and Kovalev and Flack and Kovalev also hold the records for the judges longest consecutive streak of 40s, with four, both stretching from the second performance of the semi-final to the end of the final. Meanwhile, Pernice holds the record for the most 10s received by a professional, with 98, whilst Ayling-Ellis holds the record for the most 10s received by a series champion, with 30.

Roberts and Kovalev also hold the record for the best overall average score from the judges, receiving an average of 36.94/40 for their dances. Natalie Gumede and Artem Chigvintsev, and Danny Mac and Oti Mabuse follow, with averages of 36.88 and 36.62 respectively. Quentin Willson and Hazel Newberry hold the record for the lowest average score, with 8.0/40; they are followed by Susannah Constantine and Anton Du Beke and James Cracknell and Luba Mushtuk, both with an overall average of 12.0/40.

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 at Christmas or on any other 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. Seasons having a maximum of 30 points (18) have been converted to a 40-point base.

The Showdance has received the most perfect scores of any dance, with fifteen; however, if it is disregarded based on being a routine specific to the final, the Charleston has received the most perfect scores of the regularly performed dances, with eleven. The Samba has received a perfect 40 only once, while Contemporary, Rock 'n' Roll and Rumba are the only dances to have not received the full mark of 40, with the highest score for Contemporary and Rumba being 39 and the highest score for Rock 'n' Roll being 31. However, as Contemporary and Rock ‘n’ Roll are no longer danced on the show, the Rumba is the only dance style which is currently performed to have never received a 40.

Dance Couple Highest
Couple Lowest
American Smooth (Series 3–present) Ali Bastian & Brian Fortuna
Natalie Gumede & Artem Chigvintsev
Alexandra Burke & Gorka Márquez
Ashley Roberts & Pasha Kovalev
HRVY & Janette Manrara
40 Ann Widdecombe & Anton Du Beke
Mike Bushell & Katya Jones
Argentine Tango (Series 4–present) Jason Donovan & Kristina Rihanoff
Harry Judd & Aliona Vilani
Simon Webbe & Kristina Rihanoff
Louise Redknapp & Kevin Clifton
Debbie McGee & Giovanni Pernice
Rose Ayling-Ellis & Giovanni Pernice
Kate Silverton & Aljaž Škorjanec 23
Cha-Cha-Cha Lisa Snowdon & Brendan Cole
Caroline Flack & Pasha Kovalev
Quentin Willson & Hazel Newberry 8
Charleston (Series 7–present) Chris Hollins & Ola Jordan
Kimberley Walsh & Pasha Kovalev
Denise van Outen & James Jordan
Caroline Flack & Pasha Kovalev
Georgia May Foote & Giovanni Pernice
Danny Mac & Oti Mabuse
Joe McFadden & Katya Jones
Faye Tozer & Giovanni Pernice
Ashley Roberts & Pasha Kovalev
HRVY & Janette Manrara
Rhys Stephenson & Nancy Xu
Anneka Rice & Kevin Clifton 11
Contemporary (Series 16–17) Ashley Roberts & Pasha Kovalev 39 Lauren Steadman & AJ Pritchard 24
Couple's Choice (Series 19–present) Tilly Ramsay & Nikita Kuzmin
Rose Ayling-Ellis & Giovanni Pernice
40 Greg Wise & Karen Hauer
Sara Davies & Aljaž Škorjanec
Foxtrot Rachel Stevens & Vincent Simone
Lisa Snowdon & Brendan Cole
Susannah Constantine & Anton Du Beke 12
Jive Jill Halfpenny & Darren Bennett
Ore Oduba & Joanne Clifton
Alexandra Burke & Gorka Márquez
Ashley Roberts & Pasha Kovalev
Karim Zeroual & Amy Dowden
James Cracknell & Luba Mushtuk 13
Paso Doble Chelsee Healey & Pasha Kovalev
John Whaite & Johannes Radebe
David James & Nadiya Bychkova 10
Quickstep Lisa Snowdon & Brendan Cole
Ricky Whittle & Natalie Lowe
Pamela Stephenson & James Jordan
Harry Judd & Aliona Vilani
Kelvin Fletcher & Oti Mabuse
Karim Zeroual & Amy Dowden
AJ Odudu & Kai Widdrington
Diarmuid Gavin & Nicole Cutler 12
Rock 'n' Roll (Series 7) Ricky Whittle & Natalie Lowe 31 Natalie Cassidy & Vincent Simone 26
Rumba Rachel Stevens & Vincent Simone
Kara Tointon & Artem Chigvintsev
Chelsee Healey & Pasha Kovalev
Jay McGuiness & Aliona Vilani
Kelvin Fletcher & Oti Mabuse
AJ Odudu & Kai Widdrington
John Whaite & Johannes Radebe
39 Fiona Phillips & Brendan Cole
Carol Kirkwood & Pasha Kovalev
Salsa (Series 4–present) Mark Ramprakash & Karen Hardy
Abbey Clancy & Aljaž Škorjanec
Natalie Gumede & Artem Chigvintsev
Caroline Flack & Pasha Kovalev
Alexandra Burke & Gorka Márquez
Ashley Roberts & Pasha Kovalev
40 Ann Widdecombe & Anton Du Beke 12
Samba Danny Mac & Oti Mabuse Susannah Constantine & Anton Du Beke 12
Showdance (Series 1, 7–present) Jason Donovan & Kristina Rihanoff
Denise van Outen & James Jordan
Louis Smith & Flavia Cacace
Natalie Gumede & Artem Chigvintsev
Caroline Flack & Pasha Kovalev
Kellie Bright & Kevin Clifton
Ore Oduba & Joanne Clifton
Danny Mac & Oti Mabuse
Ashley Roberts & Pasha Kovalev
Faye Tozer & Giovanni Pernice
Kelvin Fletcher & Oti Mabuse
Bill Bailey & Oti Mabuse
Maisie Smith & Gorka Márquez
Rose Ayling-Ellis & Giovanni Pernice
John Whaite & Johannes Radebe
Christopher Parker & Hanna Karttunen 22
Street/Commercial (Series 16–18) HRVY & Janette Manrara
Maisie Smith & Gorka Márquez
Michelle Visage & Giovanni Pernice
Nicola Adams & Katya Jones
Max George & Dianne Buswell
Tango Kimberley Walsh & Pasha Kovalev
Kellie Bright & Kevin Clifton
Debbie McGee & Giovanni Pernice
Rose Ayling-Ellis & Giovanni Pernice
James Cracknell & Luba Mushtuk 11
Theatre/Jazz (Series 16–18) Faye Tozer & Giovanni Pernice Caroline Quentin & Johannes Radebe 28
Viennese Waltz (Series 3–present) Ali Bastian & Brian Fortuna
Pamela Stephenson & James Jordan
Faye Tozer & Giovanni Pernice
Susan Calman & Kevin Clifton
Seann Walsh & Katya Jones
Catherine Tyldesley & Johannes Radebe
Waltz Matt Di Angelo & Flavia Cacace
Abbey Clancy & Aljaž Škorjanec
Fiona Phillips & Brendan Cole 11

Oldest and youngest contestants and series winners

Television presenter Johnny Ball, who was 74 when he competed in 2012, remains the oldest contestant to take part in Strictly Come Dancing; he was older than magician Paul Daniels and actress Lesley Joseph, who were aged 72 and 71 when they competed in 2010 & 2016 respectively. Actress Louisa Lytton, who was 17 when she competed in 2006, remains the youngest ever contestant.[118]

Comedian Bill Bailey, who was 55 when he competed in 2020, is the oldest series winner, while gymnast Louis Smith, who was 23 when he competed in 2012, is the youngest series winner. At 19, Maisie Smith is the youngest contestant to make it to the final, while at the age of 61, Dr. Pamela Stephenson remains the oldest.

Other series statistics

Series 8 quarter-finalist Ann Widdecombe holds the record for the most lowest-scoring dances, with her highest score given being 21/40 and her lowest being 12/40.

Series 13 contestant Jamelia holds the record for being in the most dance-offs, which is 5, and shares the record for surviving the most dance-offs with series 18 runner-up Jamie Laing, which is 4. Series 1 semi-finalist Lesley Garrett, Series 11 contestant Mark Benton and Series 17 contestant Mike Bushell share the record for being in the most consecutive bottom twos, which is 4.

Series 18 runner-up HRVY and Series 19 champion Rose Ayling-Ellis share the record for the earliest ever perfect score in the competition, both earned in Week 6 for their Street/Commercial and Tango respectively.


Phone voting

On 13 December 2008, Strictly Come Dancing became the subject of press attention and viewer complaints about an error in the voting system during the semi-final of series six. In the show, three couples remained in the competition. After all three had performed and the judges had given their scores, two of the couples were in joint-first position on the leaderboard, while the third — Tom Chambers and Camilla Dallerup — were in last place. This meant that, no matter how many public votes were cast in their favour, it was mathematically impossible for the third-placed couple to remain in the competition. This oversight was initially unnoticed by producers until after the public vote became live and viewers were invited to call in and save their favourites at a cost of 15p per vote. Once the mistake was finally realised and the public vote was closed, it was announced that all three couples would be put through to the final, all the votes already cast would count towards the final result of the competition, and viewers could apply for a refund if they wished.[119]

The BBC received 1800 complaints about the incident,[120] while media regulator Ofcom received 297.[119] Jon Beazley, the BBC's Head of Entertainment Production, was interviewed on Strictly's spin-off show Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two on 15 December. He apologised for the oversight, referring to it as an "unprecedented situation". On the same day, the BBC posted a statement on its website, which clarified that an independent adjudicator had been consulted to reach a solution that would offer "fairness to the viewers who voted and the contestants themselves".[121] The BBC also stated that, following the mistake, "the voting and judging mechanisms used in all BBC voting programmes [had] been thoroughly examined".[119]

After conducting an investigation, Ofcom concluded that "the mistake had resulted from an oversight, rather than any shortcomings in the technical arrangements for voting or in the handling of votes received", and that they were "satisfied that appropriate steps were taken by the BBC and the disadvantage to viewers minimised". Ofcom also opined that "the BBC had been open and transparent with viewers about the mistake it made and the solution adopted".[119]

Arlene Phillips / Alesha Dixon

In June 2009, tabloid newspaper The Sun reported that the then 66-year-old judge Arlene Phillips, who had judged the show since its inception in 2004, was to be replaced by series five winner Alesha Dixon, then aged 30.[122] This was later confirmed by the BBC in July of that year.[123] Subsequently, the BBC was accused of ageism and sexism by several sources,[123][124] an accusation the corporation has faced before over the removal of several older female presenters, including Moira Stuart,[125] Juliet Morris,[126] Miriam O'Reilly,[126][125] Michaela Strachan,[126] Charlotte Smith[126] and Anna Ford.[127] The BBC denied the allegations that the decision to remove Phillips was due to her age.[123]

Furthermore, Dixon herself was criticised after the debut episode of the seventh series, the first to feature her as a judge. A total of 272 complaints were received by the BBC – bringing the total number about Dixon joining the programme to over 4000 – along with over 5000 comments on Strictly Come Dancing's internet message board.[128] Dixon was compared unfavourably to Phillips, with claims that the former was "unsuitable", "unqualified" and lacked "knowledge, experience and talent".[128] However, Dixon was praised and defended from her critics by the BBC,[128] by fellow judge Craig Revel Horwood[128] and by Phillips herself.[129]

Race row

In 2009, during the seventh series, professional dancer Anton Du Beke issued a public apology[130] for his use of a racial slur during a conversation with his dance partner Laila Rouass.[131] Du Beke claimed that the comment, which was never broadcast, was a joke referring to Rouass' spray-tan, in which he said that she "looked like a Paki".[131] Over 600 complaints were received by the BBC, including those about comments Bruce Forsyth, then host of Strictly Come Dancing, made about the controversy on a Talksport radio programme, in which he suggested that Britain "used to have a sense of humour" about such incidents, and that Du Beke's apology should be accepted.[132]

Following the incident, and Forsyth's response, the BBC stated:

Racially offensive language in the workplace is entirely unacceptable. Anton was right to apologise quickly and without reservation and Laila has wholly accepted his apology. Everyone is very clear that there can be no repetition of this behaviour.[132]

Forsyth also clarified his position:

What Anton said to Laila was wrong and he has apologised unreservedly for this. Nor do I in any way excuse or condone the use of such language. To be absolutely clear, the use of racially offensive language is never either funny or acceptable. However, there is a major difference between this and racist comments which are malicious in intent and whilst I accept that we live in a world of extraordinary political correctness, we should keep things in perspective.[132]

Same-sex couples

In 2015, in an interview with the Daily Mirror, CJ de Mooi said that he was turned down for the show because he had wanted to dance with a same-sex partner.[133] The BBC denied that de Mooi had ever been under consideration for the show,[134] and also declared that "Strictly is a family show and we have chosen the traditional format of mixed-sex couples".[133] The press has reported on the issue on numerous occasions when gay celebrities have appeared on the show, including Will Young,[135] Susan Calman,[136] Robert Rinder,[137] Richard Coles[138] and Ranj Singh.[139] Strictly Come Dancing judges Shirley Ballas[139] and Craig Revel Horwood[140] have both expressed their support for introducing same-sex couples.

Same-sex partnerships have been featured on several international versions of the show, including Austria (2011), Italy (2015), Australia (2019) and Germany (2019). [141][142][143] On 3 November 2019, Johannes Radebe and fellow professional Graziano Di Prima performed together to Emeli Sande's "Shine" on the Sunday results episode, the show's first individual same-sex dance.[144] On 2 September 2020, it was announced that boxer Nicola Adams would feature in the show's first same-sex couple for its eighteenth series.[145] She was partnered with professional dancer Katya Jones. In 2021, it was announced that John Whaite would feature in the first all-male same-sex couple with Johannes Radebe for the nineteenth series.[146]

Strictly curse

The so-called "Strictly curse" has been blamed for the number of affairs and relationship break-ups that have occurred during or soon after taking part in the show.[147][148] The first such incident was the suggested affair between dancer Brendan Cole and newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky during the initial series: they both denied the affair, but the surrounding controversy resulted in the ending of both their long-term relationships.[148]

COVID vaccinations

In September 2021, The Sun reported that at least three unnamed professional dancers had allegedly refused to get a COVID vaccine. A report in The Times claimed The Mail on Sunday had attempted to name some of the unvaccinated dancers but was met with "strong pushback" from their lawyers. Amy Dowden, Oti Mabuse, and Giovanni Pernice have all publicly confirmed that they are vaccinated.[149]

Judges Shirley Ballas, Motsi Mabuse, and Craig Revel Horwood are all vaccinated.[150][151][152]


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 pick-up. National Grid personnel watch the show to know when closing credits begin so they can prepare for the surge.[153]

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

Series Series premiere Series finale Average
UK viewers
(in millions)[154]
1 15 May 2004 3 July 2004 6.45
2 23 October 2004 11 December 2004 9.02
3 15 October 2005 17 December 2005 8.44
4 7 October 2006 23 December 2006 8.57
5 6 October 2007 22 December 2007 8.57
6 20 September 2008 20 December 2008 9.63
7 18 September 2009 19 December 2009 9.22
8 1 October 2010 18 December 2010 11.23
9 30 September 2011 17 December 2011 10.97
10 5 October 2012 22 December 2012 10.80
11 27 September 2013 21 December 2013 10.71
12 26 September 2014 20 December 2014 10.25
13 25 September 2015 19 December 2015 10.62
14 23 September 2016 17 December 2016 11.09
15 23 September 2017 16 December 2017 11.14
16 22 September 2018 15 December 2018 10.59
17 21 September 2019 14 December 2019 10.36
18 24 October 2020 19 December 2020 10.77
19 25 September 2021 18 December 2021 9.63


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.[155] 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 four BAFTA Award nominations.[156]

The show won the award of 'Most Popular Talent Show' at the National Television Awards in 2008, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020.[157]

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.

Year Award Category Result
2004 National Television Awards Most Popular Entertainment Programme Nominated
2005 Nominated
2006 Nominated
2007 Most Popular Talent Show Nominated
2008 Won
2010 Nominated
2011 National Television Awards Nominated
TRIC Awards Best TV Reality Programme Won
2012 National Television Awards Most Popular Talent Show Nominated
National Reality TV Awards Best Reality Competition Show Won
Televisual Bulldog Awards Readers' Vote Award Won
TRIC Awards Won
2013 National Television Awards Most Popular Talent Show Won
National Reality TV Awards Best Talent Show Won
Televisual Bulldog Awards Best Entertainment Programme Won
TRIC Awards Best Reality Programme Won
2014 National Television Awards Best Talent Show Won
National Reality TV Awards Won
2015 Nominated
National Television Awards Nominated
2016 BAFTA TV Awards Best Entertainment Programme Won
National Television Awards Best Talent Show Won
2017 National Television Awards Won
2018 Won
2019 Won
2020 Won
2021 Won

Strictly Come Dancing: The Game

In 2016, BBC Worldwide commissioned a match-3 mobile app game published by Donut Publishing and developed by Exient Entertainment. The game uses a mix of hand animation and motion-captured data for all the dances in the game, using pro dancers from the show (Chloe Hewitt and Neil Jones). The mo-cap process was featured on It Takes Two in the build-up to the release of the app. The game features over 150 dresses and 9 dances: Quickstep, Jive, Tango, Salsa, Charleston, Viennese Waltz, Rumba, Cha Cha Cha, and Paso Doble. It was released on the App Store and Google Play in early 2016 and is regularly updated with new dance features alongside new seasons of the show.[158]

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Further reading

  • Smith, Rupert (2005) Strictly Come Dancing; dance consultant: Len Goodman. London: BBC Books ISBN 0-563-52293-3

External links

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