The Strictly Band - Strictly Statistics - From week 9 of It Takes Two 2012

Wednesday 5 December 2012, 16:39

BBC Strictly Gemma BBC Strictly Gemma Online team

The following statistics are correct up until the end of the day on Wednesday 29th November 2012.

The Strictly band don't blow their own trumpet quite enough so we at It Takes Two HQ thought we'd do it for them. 

The Strictly Come Dancing Band in its current incarnation, was formed by Dave Arch back in 2006 for series 4.

The Band

Since Strictly waltzed onto our screens in 2004 the number of songs that have been performed stands at...

Number of songs performed

This figure includes competitive routines, professional numbers and Strictly Come Dancing Christmas specials.


Based on the average Strictly routine being around 1 minute 30 seconds in length, the amount of hours worth of music that the band has performed is...

Total hours band have played

That's one long CD!


The band has performed tracks by artists ranging from Ray Charles to S Club 7 but the most performed artists during competitve routines are as follows...

Top 5 artists

An interesting note regarding Frank Sinatra's tracks, is that Anton Du Beke has danced a Foxtrot to Frank five times and in series 7 he got his highest score ever of 34 dancing to Frank's "Just in Time" with Laila Rouass.

Let's take a look at Anton's Foxtrots through the 10 series...

Anton's Foxtrots

Now let's have a look to see what other dance styles are favoured for the songs performed on Strictly...

Artists total dance routines top Artists total dance routines bottom

Wow! Who would have thought that Michael Jackson is used most of the time for a Paso Doble!

It's interesting to know that in that super small pit there are about 50 instruments in the orchestra.

The band get through about 8 - 10 guitar strings a week, which over the whole seires of Strictly, amounts to about 4.5 miles!

And finally the band play to a live audience of about 11 million each week. This amount of people could fill the o2 arena 600 times over!

Well, we're all stat-ed out for now! Have you seen our other Strictly stats? Read about the power of 10, the deadly dances and the professions of previous celebrity Strictly stars



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    Comment number 1.

    As a first time viewer of this programme I was hoping that the judges would be judging on skill of dancing and not just personality. Nicky danced brilliantly and was critized and marked down. Lisa was marked high and complimented when she made so many mistakes in her dance. We viewers could see.

    Please judges lets have your judgement made objectively and professionaly.

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    Comment number 3.

    A major mistake yet again. Do you ever check your facts? Anton scored 34 in series 1 with Lesley Garrett for the foxtrot, so he only matched it with Laila in series 7.

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    Comment number 4.

    Why do the judges rate Lisa's dances so highly? The scores seem far too high compared to the better dancers!

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    Comment number 2.

    I asume this is the blog re the music stats etc, to navigate these blogs is a nightmare I am never sure whether or not I am on the correct page ,I have never managed to refind a comment I have left, makes it all a bit pointless.

    Anyway I think the music is really good the singers do an amazing job the song choice can be questionable but I accept it has nothing with Dave Arch and hit trusty crew.

    I do however object when songs used are attributed to singers who have nothig to do with the song other thanthey once recorded it for an album or like, ie how can you say "cry me a river " is a michael buble song, he even had the cheek to appear to take credit for it when he was on It takes two , he should leave it to Ella and Julie London and go back to recording music for hotel lifts. He like Robbie Williams is a member of the More ego than talent club!


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