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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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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.

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

October 7

Second to leave the show was the partnership of Nadiya Bychkova and Lee Ryan. They had been in the dance-off the previous week and again ended up in it after scoring just 19 points, a big drop from previous scores of 26 and 22.  Surviving in the dance-off was Charles Venn and Karen Clifton who for the third dance in a row scored 25. Lauren Steadman, Dr Ranj Singh and Katie Piper all scored less then them so they don't appear to be too popular with the viewers. It'll be interesting to see what happens this weekend after the drunken kiss between Seann Walsh and Katya Jones that has been all over the tabloids this week. They scored 30 last weekend, a big increase from previous scores of 18 and 15 but will the viewers turn on them?

Highest score of the weekend was the 36 by Faye Tozer, a point ahead of Ashley Roberts. Both have had lots of dance experience and that's being reflected by their scores. Overall they top the scoreboard on 96 points each, ten more than any other dancers and people still say they haven't got an advantage over the others. Danny John-Jules, who has also danced in West End shows, is fourth highest scorer.

September 30

First to be voted off the show was the partnership of Anton Du Beke and Susannah Constantine.  They had the lowest scores over the first two dances scoring just 12 for both. The other duo in the dance-off were Lee Ryan and Nadiya Bychkova who had scored 48 points for their two dances. Not a good sign for Ryan as there were eight others who had scored less points.

Ashley Roberts and Faye Tozer top the scoring charts with 61 and 60 marks respectively. Both are trained dancers and the surprise so far is vlogger Joe Sugg who has 58 points. Also performing well are Danny John-Jules (another who's danced in musicals) and Dr Ranj. Those not doing so well are Seann Walsh on 33 and Katie Piper with 30.


When is it on?

The launch show of the new series is being shown on BBC1 on Saturday September 8. The competition is due to begin 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

Strictly Come Dancing 2017


McFadden Wins the 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?

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.

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By:- Steve A
Posted on:- 25/07/2012 - 12:25 PM

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