Darcey Bussel

Len Goodman

Darcey Bussel

Len Goodman

Craig Revel Horwood

Bruno Tonioli

Craig Revel Horwood

Bruno Tonioli





Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood has said he thinks that Denise Van Outen will not win the dance competition this year: 


I love Denise. I think she is our best all-rounder in the competition but the audience are just not voting for her." Why? Maybe they think she is just too good and they would prefer an underdog to win. She needs to get out there this week and canvass for votes like a politician.

His comments came after Van Outen beat an emotional Lisa Riley in last night's semi-final dance-off. Van Outen, who was a former favourite to win, finished in the bottom two for the second week running.

Riley and her partner Robin Windsor danced the American smooth to All That Jazz from the musical Chicago which Van Outen has starred in. More than 10.7 million viewers watched Sunday's semi-final results. The show, which aired from 6.50pm on BBC One, had one of its highest audiences yet. Kimberley Walsh, Louis Smith, Van Outen and Dani Harmer all made it through to the final weekend.

The show was the most watched of the day, although BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2012, which followed, had a higher audience peak of 14.48 million. The Strictly Come Dancing final is on Saturday 22 December at 6.30pm, with the concluding part at 8.50pm. 








The internationally renowned television competition, Strictly Come Dancing, is a British entertainment 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.



Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly, present Strictly Come Dancing


Presenters: Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly



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.



Alesha Dixon, judge, Strictly Come Dancing


Alesha Dixon

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.






Sir Bruce Forsyth (current) 
Tess Daly (current)
Claudia Winkleman (current)
Zo Ball (It takes two)




As of September 2012 the professional pairs are:





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.


Paul Daniels escorts Ola Jordan's sexy dance outfit, Strictly Dancing




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 dance-floor one by one by the judges until only one couple remains

A Show-dance (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.



Austin Healy's six pack, Strictly Come Dancing



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 the most votes remains in the competition. If there is a tie, head judge Len Goodman has the deciding vote.

The results show is recorded on the Saturday night directly after the live show and incorporates the result of the viewers' votes which are completed by 21:30. This was confirmed by the official BBC website in 2008:
The Sunday show is recorded on Saturday night but no element involving the results of the vote will start recording until after lines are closed and votes counted and verified.

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

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, however due to her pregnancy in 2011 she has had to leave the series and Zo Ball took over from Series 9.

The show features reviews of the performances during the previous Saturday 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.



10th SERIES 


As with last series there will be 14 celebrities taking part, the professionals were revealed on 23 June 2012. The full line-up was revealed on 10 September 2012 on The One Show.

Johnny Ball was originally partnered with Aliona Vilani; however, following an injury sustained in training, Iveta Lukosiute was hired as a replacement partner. This was originally intended as a short-term measure until Vilani was able to return; however, following doctor's advice, it was confirmed that Lukosiute would be Ball's full-time partner.




Celebrity Known for Professional partner Status
Johnny Ball Mathematician & presenter Iveta Lukosiute Eliminated 1st
on 14 October 2012
Jerry Hall Supermodel & actress Anton du Beke Eliminated 2nd
on 21 October 2012
Sid Owen EastEnders actor Ola Jordan Eliminated 3rd
on 28 October 2012
Colin Salmon Actor Kristina Rihanoff Eliminated 4th
on 4 November 2012
Fern Britton Television presenter Artem Chigvintsev Eliminated 5th
on 11 November 2012
Dani Harmer Actress Vincent Simone Eliminated 22nd December 2012
Denise van Outen Actress, singer & presenter James Jordan Joint runners up
Kimberley Walsh Girls Aloud singer Pasha Kovalev Joint runners up
Lisa Riley Actress & presenter Robin Windsor Eliminated 15th December 2012
Louis Smith Olympic artistic gymnast Flavia Cacace


Michael Vaughan England cricketer Natalie Lowe Eliminated 1 December 2012
Nicky Byrne Westlife singer Karen Hauer Eliminated 9th December 2012
Richard Arnold Daybreak presenter Erin Boag Eliminated 17 November 2012
Victoria Pendleton Olympic track cyclist Brendan Cole Eliminated 24  November 2012





Couple Place 1 2 1+2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Dani & Vincent
21 27 48 29 27 33 34 36 36 34 38 34+38=72
Denise & James
25 32 57 32 28 35 36 39 37 32 35 39+38=77
Kimberley & Pasha
28 26 54 29 31 33
34 34 34 40 38+40=78
Lisa & Robin
5 30 25 55 29 26 27 32 32 27 31 30 31+32=63
Louis & Flavia
27 30 57 30 35 29 33 30 27 37 37 31+38=69
Michael & Natalie
7 20 15 35
31 31 26 30 26 24
Nicky & Karen
6 17 18 35 27 26 25 30
36 30 27
Richard & Erin
9 22 19
25 22 17 29 24
Victoria & Brendan
8 16 26 42 22 31 23 30 24 21
Fern & Artem
10 19 24 43 23 21 24
Colin & Kristina
11 23 24 47 26
Sid & Ola
12 26 22 48 17 17
Jerry & Anton
13 18 18 36
Johnny & Iveta
17 20


     the couple eliminated that week.

     the couple that was in the bottom two that week but not eliminated.

     the couple withdrew from the competition that week.

     the winning couple.

     the runner-up couple.

     the third-place couple.

Red text the couple(s) with the lowest score for that week.

Green text the couple(s) with the highest score for that week.

"" indicates the couple(s) did not dance that week.


Average chart - This table only counts for dances scored on a traditional 40-point scale.


Rank by
Place Couple Total Number of
1 Denise & James 188 6 31.3
2 Louis & Flavia 184 6 30.6
3 Kimberley & Pasha 181 6 30.2
4 Dani & Vincent 171 6 28.5
5 Lisa & Robin 169 6 28.2
6 11 Colin & Kristina 124 5 24.8
7 Victoria & Brendan 148 6 24.7
8 Nicky & Karen 143 6 23.8
9 Michael & Natalie 142 6 23.7
10 10 Fern & Artem 138 6 23.0
11 Richard & Erin 134 6 22.3
12 12 Sid & Ola 82 4 20.5
13 14 Johnny & Iveta 37 2 18.5
14 13 Jerry & Anton 54 3 18.0




Victoria Pendleton, Strictly Come Dancing, Olympic gold medalist, cycling


Victoria Pendleton, Olympic gold medalist



Couples' highest and lowest scoring dances



Couple Highest scoring dance Lowest scoring dance
Dani & Vincent Tango (34) Waltz (21)
Denise & James Paso Doble (36) Waltz (25)
Kimberley & Pasha Viennese Waltz (34) Foxtrot (26)
Lisa & Robin Foxtrot (32) Viennese Waltz (25)
Louis & Flavia Tango (35) Cha-Cha-Cha (27)
Michael & Natalie Quickstep
Foxtrot (31)
Jive (15)
Nicky & Karen Foxtrot (30) Waltz (17)
Richard & Erin Charleston (29) Foxtrot (17)
Victoria & Brendan Tango (31) Cha-Cha-Cha (16)
Fern & Artem Salsa (27) Cha-Cha-Cha (19)
Colin & Kristina Foxtrot (27) Cha-Cha-Cha (23)
Sid & Ola Waltz (26) Tango
Cha-Cha-Cha (17)
Jerry & Anton Cha-Cha-Cha
Quickstep (18)
Quickstep (18)
Johnny & Iveta Foxtrot (20) Cha-Cha-Cha (17)



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