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Strictly Come Dancing

Strictly Come Dancing

Following in the (quick)steps of Come Dancing, the BBC's long-running ballroom dancing show, Strictly Come Dancing has now been a Saturday night light entertainment staple for over a decade, maintaining a healthy ratings rivalry with The X Factor on ITV.

Celebrity contestants team up with professional partners and perform a ballroom or Latin routine each week, hoping to win over viewers and the judging panel - Craig Revel Horwood, Darcey Bussell, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli. Previous celebrity champions include Natasha Kaplinsky, Alesha Dixon (who went on to become a Strictly judge for three series), Darren Gough, McFly star Harry Judd and model Abbey Clancy.

Series 12 will be hosted by Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman, following the announcement that Bruce Forsyth will step down from the main show. This year's 15-strong celebrity lineup includes former TOWIE star Mark Wright, singers Pixie Lott, Simon Webbe and Frankie Bridge, broadcasters Caroline Flack and Scott Mills, MasterChef's Gregg Wallace and tennis coach Judy Murray, mother of Jamie and Andy Murray.
Strictly Come Dancing Top Story Greg James: 'Scott Mills is unfairly mauled on Strictly Come Dancing' The Radio 1 DJ says the Strictly mauling is working in Mills's favour.
Jake Wood denies previous dance lessons after taking the show's lead. Strictly star denies dance lessons The first celebrity to leave was announced on tonight's (October 5) results show. Gregg and Aliona first to leave Strictly Our live blog of the first results show of this year's Strictly Come Dancing. Strictly: Week 2 results as it happened Scott Mills admits that dancing on Strictly is the scariest thing he's ever done. Scott Mills: 'Strictly helping my confidence' Scott Mills rules out going topless on Strictly Come Dancing. Scott Mills likes dressing up on Strictly The radio DJ was awarded 16 points last week for his cha cha. Scott Mills "upset" with Strictly scores The soap star wins the first standing ovation of the series. Jake Wood blows away Strictly rivals All the pictures from Week 2, Saturday, October 4. Strictly 2014: Saturday's pictures After a second round of routines, who was dazzling on the dancefloor? Strictly Come Dancing week 2: Who danced best? 15 celebs. 15 dances. One person is going home. Strictly Come Dancing week 2: As it happened Soap star says celebrity contestants are now wary of being eliminated. Strictly's Jake Wood: Competition starts now The reality star tells Alan Carr that he's embracing the outfits he wears on the show. Strictly's Mark Wright: I'm getting camper Frankie Bridge says that being in a girl group has not given her an advantage. Strictly duo hit back at critics Pixie Lott and Caroline Flack also talk about the so-called 'curse of Strictly. Caroline Flack on Strictly vs X Factor Find out which dances the celebrities will be trying - and which songs they have. Strictly: The Week Two song and dance list The former rugby star says the salsa will allow him to show off his "sexiness". Strictly Thom Evans promises sexy salsa The popstar says that she doesn't want to let down the Strictly Come Dancing judge. Pixie Lott hopes to impress with waltz The Strictly star insists that he is just friends with Kristina Rihanoff. Ben Cohen hits out at 'bullying' media The TV presenter is struggling to concentrate around partner Aljaz Skorjanec. Strictly Alison 'distracted by Aljaz's body' Blue star's partner Kristina Rihanoff insists that what he did was "amazing". Simon Webbe "disappointed" with Jive The presenter thanks Twitter users for their response to her fringe-free style. Winkleman responds to Strictly hair criticism The Bargain Hunt host says that he wants to win the trophy for his partner. Tim Wonnacott's Strictly win ambitions The Bargain Hunt presenter says viewers shouldn't dismiss his chances. Strictly's Tim Wonnacott defends 'oldies' Frankie Bridge leads the scoreboard after her waltz scored her 30. Strictly: Night 2's pictures and scores Who had the moves and who made you snooze? Strictly poll: Who danced best? Who dazzled? Who flopped All the action from our live blog. Strictly Week 1: As it happened Strictly Come Dancing is watched by an average audience of 6.53 million. Strictly beats X Factor in Friday's ratings Jake Wood tops the scoreboard as first six celebrities take to the dancefloor. Strictly: All the pictures and scores The competition kicks off properly on Strictly Come Dancing's first live show. Strictly returns - live blog as it happened The celebrity chef discusses his wardrobe mishap and his Strictly experience. Gregg Wallace on Strictly trouser split "I'll do what the producers want me to do," says the BBC Radio 1 DJ. Scott Mills on Strictly male dance partner The celebrities are about to compete - but who's dancing what to which song? Strictly Come Dancing: The first song list Elliott Wright admits that his cousin Mark Wright is a "horrific" dancer. TOWIE Elliott on Strictly Mark Wright Judge also reveals who he thinks will do well in this year's Strictly Come Dancing. Strictly Craig on show 'curse', Judy Murray The live spinoff returns in 2015 for its eighth year. Tickets go on sale next week. Strictly Come Dancing tour dates confirmed Mrs Brown's Boys creator Brendan O'Carroll says he turned down the BBC's offer to dance. Mrs Brown approached for Strictly special Wardrobe malfunctions don't get more embarrassing than this. Gregg Wallace flashed his buttery base Austin Healey suggests that Frankie Bridge "has a really good shout" of winning. Strictly Come Dancing: Austin Healey's tips The singer will appear alongside the regular panel to pass judgement on contestants. Donny Osmond to guest judge on Strictly This Morning presenter says Strictly rehearsals are going well. Watch Alison Hammond Strictly rehearsal