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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 Dancing 2021

The next series of Strictly Come Dancing is expected to take place later this year. Rumoured contestants include ex-footballer Rio Ferdinand, Tina Barrett, who would be following in the dance steps of fellow S Club 7 singer Rachel Stevens and Angellica Bell.

Bill Bailey Wins Strictly Come Dancing 2020

There had been doubts over whether there would be a 2020 series of Strictly Come Dancing. The series did go ahead with a few changes. There was a reduced number of shows and no trip to Blackoool. Bruno Tonioli didn't take his place as a regular judge due to his commitments with the American version of the series 'Dancing with the Stars.' He did make video appearances on the Sunday night results show. Shirley Ballass, Craig Revel-Horwood and Motsi Mabuse all returned for the 2020 series. Mabusi missed some shows so Anton Du Beke stood in as a guest judge after his early elimination from the contest.

List of Contestants

The contestants for the new series have been announced. After a quick look at Wikipedia, we now know just who these people are. Selecting them in an identity parade would not be the easiest of tasks. it's the usual set of sports 'personalities,' BBC employees and someone from off the internet. The full list is:

  • Jamie Laing - The 'reality TV legend' was due to appear last year but had to pull out due to injury.
  • Maisie Smith  - The compulsory Eastenders entrant.
  • Nicola Adams - Former boxing champion and will be half of the first competing same-sex couple. Who cares, Dancing on Ice have already done that and it is 2020 you know.
  • Jason Bell  - BBC employee who covers the NFL. Oh and he had a child with Girls Aloud's Nadine Coyle too.
  • Ranvir Singh - Works on Good Morning Britain so expect them to bore us to death about her when not slagging off politicians.
  • Clara Amfo - Radio 1 DJ according to Wikipedi
  • Caroline Quentin - Actress so probably happy to be in work. 
  • Hrvy  - Wikipedia time again, he's a singer and former CBBC presenter. Name resembles a difficult selection on Countdown.
  • Jacqui Smith - A former Home Secretary who should know better. All those years of political service will be wiped out, from now on she's just that Jacqui off Strictly. Bet she gets paired up with Du Beke.
  • Bill Bailey - Comedian who might make us laugh, then again....
  • JJ Chalmers - Was injured in a bomb blast in Afghanistan.
  • Max George  - former member of The Wanted.

Order of Elimination

First to leave  - Jacqui Smith

Second to leave - Jason Bell

Third to leave  - Nicola Adams had to withdraw from the competiton after her partner Katya Jones became ill.

Fourth to leave  - Max George

Fifth to leave  - Caroline Quentin

Sixth to leave  - JJ Chalmers

Seventh to leave - Ranvir Singh

Runners Up  - HRVY, Jamie Laing and Maisie Smith

WINNER - Bill Bailey and his partner Oti Mabuse



When is Strictly it on?

The 2020 season began on October 17 with the launch show and the first live show the week after. There will not be a show in Blackpool this year and this series will run for nine weeks, rather than the usual 13.

History of the Show

The show was initially presented by the late and great 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?

2020: Bill Bailey

2019: Kelvin Fletcher

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


2020 saw Oti Mabuse win with her celebrity partner Bill Bailey. The South African became the first pro dancer to win the series two years in a row.

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

Using your Strictly Come Dancing new sign-up offer can be done in the same way as using any sports or Media Free Bets. First you’ll need to choose the free bet offer that best suits your punting style and budget; this can be done by looking through the offers on our homepage where all the best promotions that the Internet has to offer are outlined. Then take a more detailed look at the terms and conditions by navigating your way to our specific bookmaker page for your chosen offer. Be sure to check the relevant rollover requirements and minimum odds conditions.

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.

Placing your bets on Strictly Come Dancing should be done by making your selection then navigating to your bet slip. In the bet slip will be the option to use your offer token if applicable. Simply select this option, click confirm and wait for the results to come in. 

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Posted on:- 25/07/2012 - 12:25 PM

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