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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 Craig Revel Horwood: 'People are getting tired of The X Factor' Simon Cowell and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini "can't grab the audience", says Strictly judge.
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 Wright wishes her brother well, admitting she would love to be on the show. TOWIE Jessica Wright on Strictly 'dream' Lacey Turner jokes that her EastEnders co-star has busted some moves on set. Strictly's Jake Wood 'has some hips on him' The England rugby star confirms that he is having "some marital issues". Strictly Ben Cohen splits from wife See Judy Murray, Thom Evans and more Strictly stars at a charity fundraiser. Strictly stars attend charity dinner Keep tweeting! Follow the Strictly stars around the clock Doctor Who will be pushed an hour later in the schedules. Strictly pushes Doctor Who to later slot He claims that Channel 5 wants a fly-on-the-wall series with him. James Jordan in talks for own reality show The Strictly star thanks fans and haters as he returns to the social network. CBB's James Jordan thanks haters He said Strictly Come Dancing's Judy Murray has "ageless beauty". Jack Whitehall: Judy Murray a "cougar" Watch as the duo begin rehearsals with their Strictly Come Dancing partners. Strictly's Wright, Flack rehearsal clips The EastEnders actor says that Janette Manrara is a "great teacher". Jake Wood praises "great" Strictly pro Scott Mills talks dance partners, nerves and go up against The X Factor. Scott Mills wouldn't mind male Strictly partner Who's the greatest Strictly champion in history? Here's our comprehensive ranking. The definitive ranking of Strictly winners The Radio 1 DJ admits he may be "overthinking" the moves. Watch Scott Mills's first Strictly rehearsal Cheryl or Len? Cowell or Craig? The verdict is in. Strictly vs X Factor: Who is winning? The non-celebrity edition of the ballroom dancing show will air in March 2015. The People's Strictly announced by BBC Writer talks to Digital Spy about her and Arlene Phillips's new show. Pamela Stephen talks dance show Brazouka X Factor will air for three nights as Bootcamp and Judges' Houses are stripped. X Factor, Strictly ratings war heats up The Strictly Come Dancing star will perform 48 shows between January and March. Strictly's Brendan Cole announces UK tour ITV's X Factor drops over a million viewers from its Saturday night episode. Strictly beats X Factor by over 1 million The X Factor boss bemoans the scheduling of both reality competitions. Simon Cowell: Round one to Strictly