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Between 1949 and 1998 the BBC showed 'Come Dancing', an annual ballroom dancing competition.  In 2004 the show was resurrected but with a twist. The show would now feature professional dancers partnering celebrities, many already popular on BBC shows such as 'Eastenders', 'Casualty'  and news prograsmmes. Other celebrities taking part come from the sporting world (the Olympics are really just a Strictly Come Dancing qualifier) and pop stars including many who used to be in boy bands all hoping for success in this top ballroom dancing show.


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Christmas Strictly Come Dancing 2018

There are lots of enjoyable things you can do on a Christmas Day but watching Ann Widdecombe dance perhaps isn't one of them. The former politician turned bad dancer and panto performer returns for the 2018 Strictly Come Dancing Christmas 'Special.'  Also returning to the show are Caroline Flack who won the series in 2012, Anita Rani, Aston Merrygold, Jake Wood and Michael Vaughan.

Strictly Come Dancing 2018

The next series of Strictly Come Dancing is on its way and the contestants for the 2018 series have started to be announced. Look for it to be the usual mix of BBC employees, sports stars and politicians to make their way onto the dance floor.

We have the same judging panel this year with Shirley Ballas again the head judge with Bruno Tonioli, Dame Darcey Bussell and Craig Revel Horwood. Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman are again the hosts of the show. There is a major change in the line-up of dancers with Brendan Cole not being part of the show anymore after appearing in all 15 previous series.

Stacey Dooley Wins Strictly

Imagine a competition where perfection doesn't make you a winner. That's what happened in the final of Strictly Come Dancing on Saturday December 15. Both Ashley Roberts and Faye Tozer were awarded maximum 40s for both their dances but failed to make even the top two after the viewers gave their votes.

Their votes left Stacey Dooley as the winner of the Glitterball with her professional partner Kevin Clifton finally winning after losing in four finals. She finished ahead of Joe Sugg but recorded the lowest scores not just in the final but of the four finalists throughout the competition. It all goes to show that the viewers came to the conclusion that the previous dance experience of Roberts and Tozer gave them an unfair advantage (which is correct) and just wouldn't vote for them in the numbers required to win the title. Perhaps the judges aren't needed anymore if their views are going to be ignored in this fashion?

Average Scores of the Finalists

After the dances on December 15 the top two scorers are not surprisingly, the pair who have had lots of previous dance experience.

  • 591 points (av 36.9) - Ashley Roberts
  • 584 points (av 36.5) - Faye Tozer
  • 544 points (av 34) - Stacey Dooley
  • 524 points (av 32.8) - Joe Sugg

2018 Professional Dancers

New to the Show

  • Grazianao Di Prima - recently appeared with the Burn the Floor dance company
  • Johannes Radebe - Has been on the South African version of Strictly twice and reached the final on both occasions.
  • Luba Mushtuk - Four-time Italian champion and has previously been on the Stricly live tour and another from the Burn the Floor dance company.

Returning Dancers

  • AJ Pritchard - third series on the show and reached the semi-finals with Mollie King in 2017
  • Aljaz Skorjanec - Joined in 2013 and won the show that year with Abbey Clancey, reached final with Gemma Atkinson last year.
  • Amy Dowden - Second year on the show, danced with Brian Conley last year but had an early exit.
  • Anton Du Beke - The only dancer to have appeared in every series but still searching his first win. Best performance was the final with Katie Derham in 2015.
  • Dianne Buswell - Joined the show last year but didn't last long with the Rev. Richard Coles.
  • Giovanni Pernice - Has twice reached the final dancing with Georgia May Foote and last year with Debbie McGee.
  • Gorka Marquez -  Reached the final with Alexandra Burke last year.
  • Janette Manrara - Joined the series in 2013.
  • Karen Clifton - Finalist in 2014 with Mark Wright.
  • Katya Jones - Joined the show in 2016 dancing with Ed Balls. Had better luck last year winning the series with Joe McFadden.
  • Kevin Clifton - The only dancer to reach four successive finals but still waiting for first win.
  • Nadiya Bychkova - Made Strictly debut last year and reached quarter finals with Davood Ghadami
  • Neil Jones - Previously appeared in Christmas and Children in Need specials.
  • Oti Mabuse - Reached the final last year with Danny Mac.
  • Pasha Kovalev - Was first to be eliminated last year

The list of confirmed competitors is below:

  • Katie Piper - 34-year-old television presenter who has previously appeared on the BBC Breakfast programme as have a few other contestants in the past, must be in their contract somewhere.  The former model says she has no "natural rhythm" and it's a "bit daunting" being on the show. Katie is blind in one eye after an acid attack in 2008. She'll be dancing with Gorka Marquez.
  • Faye Tozer - The Steps singer is the second celebrity to be announced. A strange choice considering Tozer has danced in West End productions so obviously knows how to learn a dance routine or two. Even her official CV includes a host of dancing skills including ballroom dancing. Her partner will be Giovanni Pernice.
  • Danny John-Jules - Red Dwarf actor and has danced in West End Musicals. One of the oldest contestants at the age of 58 and will be paired up with Amy Dowden.
  • Joe Sugg - Award winner vlogger whose dance partner will be Dianne Buswell.
  • Vick Hope - Capital FM breakfast presenter, get ready for 'oh it's such a long day doing the breakfast show and Strictly but I love it.' Her dance partner is Graziano Di Prima.
  • Graeme Swann -  From spinning the ball on the cricket pitch to going for a spin on the dancefloor. His partner will be Oti Mabuse 
  • Stacey Dooley - BBC TV presenter not singer from the 1970s pop group which is a shame really. She'll be dancing with Kevin Clifton.
  • Dr Ranj Singh - Doctor on Good Morning Britain and of course also works for the BBC on Watchdog. His partner is Janette Manrara.
  • Ashley Roberts - Former Pussycat Doll and a trained dancer and she's been teamed up with Pasha Kovalev.
  • Kate Silverton - BBC newsreader hoping to follow in the dance steps of former winner Natasha Kaplinsky. Her dance partner with be Aljaz Skorjanec.
  • Seann Walsh - Stand-up comedian. Hopefully there won't be too many laughs when he dances with Katya Jones.
  • Lee Ryan - Former singer in Blue and Eastenders actor and will be dancing with Nadiya Bychkova.
  • Susannah Constantine - 'Trinny and Susannah' presenter who will probably review her dresses as well as dance in them. On the shortlist to end up being paired with Anton du Beke and that's just who she'll be dancing with.
  • Charles Venn - Eastenders and Casualty actor and dancing with Karen Clifton.
  • Lauren Steadman - Paralympic athlete. Should just do the salsa every week considering she's been teaching it for four years! Has been paired with AJ Pritchard.

Order of Elimination

September 30 - Susannah Constantine was the first eliminated losing in the dance-off to Lee Ryan

October 7 - Lee Ryan was second to be voted off by the judges losing to Charles Venn

October 14 - Katie Piper left the show after losing the dance-off to Charles Venn

October 21 - Vick Hope lost the dance-off to Seann Walsh

October 28 - Seann Walsh lost the dance-off to Graeme Swann.

November 4 - Dr Ranj Singh was eliminated after losing the dance-off to Charles Venn

November 11 - Danny John Jules was next to leave after failing to beat Graeme Swann in the dance-off.

November 18 - In Blackpool, Kate Silverton was eliminated losing the dance-off to Graeme Swann.

November 25 - His luck finally ran out and in after his fourth appearance in the dance-off in five weeks, Graeme Swann was finally voted off the show. He lost to Ashley Roberts in the dance-off.

December 2 - Charles Venn ended up in the dance-off for the fourth time but it was to prove his last. He lost the dance-off to Ashley Roberts who was in the bottom two for the second successive week.

December 9 - Lauren Steadman lost the dance-off to Ashley Roberts.

When is it on?

The launch show of the new series is being shown on BBC1 on Saturday September 8. The competition is started on September 22 ending just before Christmas.

There is also a companion show on BBC2 Monday-Friday called 'It Takes Two' which is to be presented by former contestant Anita Rani


McFadden Wins 2017 Glitterball

December 16 saw the Grand Final take place and it was the only male competitor left, Joe McFadden who won the title. It's the third year in a row that the title has been won by a male dancer and he had to beat Debbie McGee, Alexandra Burke and Gemma Atkinson to do so.

McFadden, who is best known for his role in Holby City, scored 118 points from his three dances in the final. His professional partner was Katya Jones who only joined the series last year and had to endure dancing with Ed Balls last year, so a case of from the Balls to the Glitterball for her. Alexandra Burke scored 119 points out of 120 with the judges but failed to win the title despite having the highest average in the series, the most 40s and highest score in eight of the dances. Adverse publicity in the press didn't help so, something to always consider when using your free bet in these kind of events. Debbie McGee scored 117 in the final with Gemma Atkinson 114.

Average Scores After the Final

  • 36.4   Alexandra Burke
  • 35.4   Debbie McGee
  • 33.8   Joe McFadden
  • 31.8   Gemma Atkinson

Order of Elimination

First elimination -  Chizzy Akudulu

Second Elimination - Rev. Richard Coles

Third Elimination - Charlotte Hawkins

Fourth Elimination - Brian Conley

Fifth Elimination - Simon Rimmer

Sixth Elimination - Aston Merrygold

Seventh Elimination - Ruth Langsford

Eighth Elimination - Jonnie Peacock

Ninth Elimination - Susan Calman

Tenth Elimination - Davood Ghadami

Eleventh Elimination - Mollie King

History of the Show

The show was initially presented by the late Sir Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly. Forsyth has said on several occasions that he thought the show was going to be a comedy vehicle rather than a ballroom dancing competition.  The format sees the couples learning a dance (two in the later stages) and then performing it on the Saturday show.  There are four judges who then award points and these count for half of the total votes. Then it's time for the general public to have their say.  On Sunday it's the results show with the two couples with the least votes taking part in a dance-off. The four judges then declare who they want to save with the head judge having the deciding vote if the scores are level.

Sir Bruce Forsyth retired from the weekly show in 2014 and the show is now presented by Tess Daly and Claudia Winkelman. Forsyth did continue to make some appearances for the Children in Need and Christmas specials. The new series began with  a special tribute to the legendary entertainer who sadly passed away on August 18.

What can you bet on?

Popular markets for Strictly mostly center on who will be eliminated next and you can back who you think will be booted off the show next just like you can in other top reality TV shows.

Overall odds on the winner are also available as are markets on the Top Man and Top Woman.

You can back a celeb to make a Top 3 finish and also bet on the gender of the overall winner for 2017

Should you fancy it, you can also bet on who will finish in the bottom two each week.

Who are the previous Strictly Come Dancing winners?

2018: Stacey Dooley

2017: Joe McFadden

2016: Ore Oduba 

2015: Jay McGuinness

2014: Caroline Flack

2013: Abbey Clancey

2012: Louis Smith

2011: Harry Judd

2010: Kara Tointon

2009: Chris Hollins

2008: Tom Chambers

2007: Alesha Dixon

2006: Mark Ramprakash

2005: Darren Gough

2004 (Oct-Dec): Jill Halfpenny

2004 (May-July): Natasha Kaplinsky


In 2015 Aliona Vilani became the first professional dancer to win the Glitterball on two occasions. Not bad after she'd previously had early exits with Tony Jacklin and Greg Wallace. She's now left the series.

Anton Du Beke is the only dancer to have appeared in all series of the show but has never won the series not surprising considering his partners have included Anne Widdecombe, Judy Murray and Kate Garraway. He did reach the final with Katie Derham in 2015.

How to use your Strictly Opening Account Offer

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Once you’ve selected the offer that best suits you the next thing to do is go to the bookmaker (by clicking on relevant banner, or link) and register your details. Once your signed-up it’s time to start betting and, consequently, releasing your funds.

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