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 Iwan Thomas vowed never to dance live on TV again after voguing to Madonna "I am mega competitive, although I'm playing it down because I truly can't dance!"
Chris Evans will do the honours, announcing on Radio 2 who will be foxtrotting for glory. When is the first Strictly celeb named? They don't even have their celebrity partners but they're already hitting the dance studio. Strictly: The pros are already in training The TV star adds that she'd love to be a judge on Strictly. Holden 'totes fine' with a BGT panel change The Birds of a Feather actress says her "kids would be traumatised" if she joined the show. Linda Robson turns down Strictly offer "I'm the only black guy you'll meet with two left feet." Linford Christie turned down Strictly The Strictly dancer reveals: "I was worried I wouldn't keep it together." Strictly's Vincent Simone on his wedding The Strictly co-host also enthuses about working with Claudia Winkleman. Tess Daly on Winkleman daughter's 'hellish time' The ex-boxer also talks about the possibility of doing Celebrity Big Brother. Carl Froch would do I'm A Celebrity The government's green paper accepts that the BBC can be entertaining. Voice gets battered but Strictly gets a bye Former Liberty X singer says it's "every girl's dream" to feel glamorous on a show like Strictly. Michelle Heaton would be up for Strictly The Victoria Sugden actress says her recent storyline has been "amazing". Emmerdale's Isabel Hodgins wants to do Strictly The actor insists that he is too busy to take part in the BBC show. Antony Cotton denies Strictly rumours The presenter dismisses rumours that he is to be a contestant on Strictly. Dermot O'Leary isn't ruling out Top Gear "It's doesn't make me homophobic at all but it's just something I feel very strongly about." Jordan doesn't want same-sex Strictly couples Ola Jordan reveals she's in physiotherapy before her return to Strictly this year. Strictly's Ola feared she'd never walk again Yvette Cooper quips that it would clash with her husband's "filming in the jungle". Ed Balls isn't going to be on Strictly Craig Revel Horwood previously said that a same-sex couple is "on the cards". Strictly judge doubts same-sex pairing in 2015 The dancer says she didn't want her private life "splashed across the papers". Kristina Rihanoff almost quit Strictly Britton accused the dancer of 'kicking and shoving' her during training. Strictly's Artem 'shocked' by Fern claims The TV presenter revealed he'd joke: 'Go home before I kill you'. Ex-Strictly's Britton: 'Artem would kick me' Producer Mark Sidaway wants to put the ITV show back on top. X Factor plans "big changes" to take on Strictly "We should encourage that sort of thing, absolutely," says judge Craig Revel Horwood. Strictly to "certainly" have same-sex couple Once a contestant on Dancing with the Stars, Vanderpump wants another chance at the glitterball. Real Housewives star wants to do Strictly It'll be The Last Tango for Simone and Cacace when they perform their final show in 2016. Strictly stars for Last Tango on final tour Three new professional dancers will join cast for Strictly's next series. Strictly axes Iveta and Trent from 2015 lineup Revel Horwood said that the changes to the X Factor are exciting. Craig Revel Horwood wants Dermot for Strictly Craig Revel Horwood admits he's relieved he doesn't have to coach the celebrities. Strictly Craig has had 'violent threats' Craig Revel Horwood underlines that Strictly is entertainment featuring celebrities. Is Strictly a real dance competition? The 87-year-old says Strictly Come Dancing wasn't what he expected it to be. Forsyth thought Strictly would be a comedy Paul O'Grady admits that he has seen people become "complete wrecks" on the show. Paul O'Grady would punch Craig on Strictly Cassidy Little has won The People's Strictly for Comic Relief. Cassidy Little wins The People's Strictly The former glamour model reveals that she would love to take part on the show. Katie Price on Strictly: "Give us a call" The EastEnders actress won't be following in the footsteps of her co-star Jake Wood. Jo Joyner rules out Strictly Come Dancing Keith Lemon star says that he will "never" do BBC's Strictly Come Dancing. Leigh Francis rules out Strictly The 53-year-old charity worker is partnered with Ian Waite on the show. Which Strictly dancer got a black eye? The professional dancer is taking part in The People's Strictly for Comic Relief. Waite: 'I'd probably return to Strictly' Fiancé Mark Wright made it to the final of the BBC One show last year. Would Michelle Keegan do Strictly? The celebrity blogger revealed his interest during a Twitter Q&A. Perez Hilton: 'I'd love to go on Strictly' The musician says he also turned down Piers Morgan's Life Stories. Noel Gallagher: 'I've rejected X Factor' The husband of host Tess Daly says he already feels part of the Strictly family. Would Vernon Kay say yes to Strictly?