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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 2019

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 a new judge this year and one very familliar to one of the dancers. Dame Darcey Bussell has left the show and been replaced by Motsi Mabuse who is the sister of Oti Mabuse. Shirley Ballas is again the head judge with Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood. back again. Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman are again the hosts of the show. 

2019 Professional Dancers

New to the Show

  • Nancy Xu - First Chinese dancer on the show. Specialises in Ballroom Dancing and used to be in the show 'Burn Down the Floor.' Replaces the departing Pasha Kovalev.

Returning Dancers

  • AJ Pritchard - 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 two years ago.
  • Amy Dowden - Third year on the show, Partnered Danny John-Jules last year and was seventh eliminated.
  • 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. First out last year, which duff dancer will they team him up with this year?
  • Dianne Buswell - Joined the show in 2017, made the final last year with Joe Sugg.
  • Giovanni Pernice - Has reached the final three times. It was with Faye Tozer last year. Bet he gets paired up with Emma Barton.
  • Gorka Marquez - Reached the final with Alexandra Burke in 2017. Paired with Katie Piper last year and third couple eliminated.
  • Janette Manrara - Joined the series in 2013. Sixth out last year when dancing with Dr Ranji Raj.
  • Katya Jones - Joined the show in 2016 dancing with Ed Balls. Had better luck in 2017 winning the series with Joe McFadden. Had a controversial time in 2018 dancing with Seann Walsh.
  • Kevin Clifton - Finally won the series last year after losing in four previous ones. Partnered Stacy Dooley to success despite not getting the best judges scores. Basically no one wanted near pro dancers to win the series.
  • Nadiya Bychkova - Made Strictly debut in 2017 and reached quarter finals with Davood Ghadami. Not so impressive last year when second out with Lee Ryan.
  • Oti Mabuse - Reached the 2017 final with Danny Mac. Ninth to be eliminated last year when partnering Graeme Swann in some cheesy cricket-related dances. What will her sister think this year?
  • Neil Jones - Only been a group dancer in the past but will have a celeb partner this year.
  • Johannes Radebe - Second series on the show but first time with a celeb partner.
  • Karen Hauer  - Eighth series and best placing has been fourth with Mark Wright.
  • Luba Mushtuk - Winner of 2018 Children in Need Special

Confirmed Contestants - dance partners in brackets

  • Alex Scott - First of the former footballers, now works on TV. (Neil Jones)
  • David James - Here's the other one, former England goalkeeper. (Nadiya Bychkova)
  • Anneka Rice - On a treasure hunt for the title? (Kevin Clifton)
  • Catherine Tyldesley - Used to be in Corrie, male viewers will be keen to see what she's wearing. (Johannes Radebe)
  • Chris Ramsey - Stand-up comedian, will his dancing make us laugh? (Karen Hauer)
  • Dev Griffin  - BBC Radio 1 presenter, nice perk. (Dianne Buswell)
  • Emma Barton  - 'Honey' in Eastenders and star of West End musicals. Once told a reporter she'd have an unfair advantage if competing in Strictly. Bet she reaches the final even though she's partnered with Anton Du Beke
  • Emma Weymouth  - Actually she's a Viscountess and also been a chef and model. (Aljaz Skorjanec)
  • James Cracknell  - Former Olympic rower. (Luba Mushtuk)
  • Karim Zeroaul  - CBBC presenter but went to a theatre school and has appeared in West End musicals.(Amy Dowden)
  • Michelle Visage  - Been a judge on 'RuPaul's Drag Race' so Craig and Bruno will be fans. (Giovanni Pernice)
  • Mike Bushell  - BBC Breakfast presenter famous for slipping in a hot tub. (Katya Jones)
  • Saffron Barker - Has over 2 million subscribers on YouTube, so unlikely to be knocked out early on. (AJ Pritchard)
  • Will Bayley  - Paralympic table tennis player. (Janette Manrara)
  • Kelvin Fletcher - Former Emmerdale action, look for him to flash the flesh (Oti Mabuse)

AJ Pritchard from 'Made in Chelsea' was due to take part but had to withdraw due to a foot injury. He was replaced by Kelvin Fletcher.

When is Stictly it on?

The launch show of the new series is being shown on BBC1 from early September. There is also a companion show on BBC2 Monday-Friday called 'It Takes Two' which is to be presented by former contestant Anita Rani

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.

Stacey Dooley Wins 2018 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

Order of Elimination

  1. September 30 - Susannah Constantine was the first eliminated losing in the dance-off to Lee Ryan
  2. October 7 - Lee Ryan was second to be voted off by the judges losing to Charles Venn
  3. October 14 - Katie Piper left the show after losing the dance-off to Charles Venn
  4. October 21 - Vick Hope lost the dance-off to Seann Walsh
  5. October 28 - Seann Walsh lost the dance-off to Graeme Swann.
  6. November 4 - Dr Ranj Singh was eliminated after losing the dance-off to Charles Venn
  7. November 11 - Danny John Jules was next to leave after failing to beat Graeme Swann in the dance-off.
  8. November 18 - In Blackpool, Kate Silverton was eliminated losing the dance-off to Graeme Swann.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. December 9 - Lauren Steadman lost the dance-off to Ashley Roberts.

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.

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