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  1. All rise for Simon Webbe

    Thursday 21 August 2014, 07:36

    BBC Strictly Nora BBC Strictly Nora Online team

    Our dance card is filling up with new celebrities as this morning pop star Simon Webb became the fifth contestant of 2014.

    Simon Webb

    Best known as a member of boy band Blue, achieving 40 number ones worldwide and sold 16 million records, including hits such as 'One Love' and 'Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word', featuring Elton John.

    The band separated in 2004 but reformed once again in 2009. They represented the United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest in Germany in 2011, finishing in 11th place and have also recently taken part in ITV's Big Reunion documentary and arena tour. They toured 21 countries, played 173 shows to over 600,000 people.

    "I am so happy to be joining the team and I cannot wait to get started. I'm hopeful that Strictly Come Dancing will help me to improve on my daddy dancing skills. I want to make my daughter proud and no doubt she will be teaching me a pirouette or two along the way" said Simon.

    Simon previously tested his dancing skills on the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special in 2011, when he danced the cha-cha with professional partner Katya Virshilas.

    Stay tuned to our official BBC Strictly TwitterBBC Strictly Facebook and here on our news blog...

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  2. Thom Evans joins Strictly

    Wednesday 20 August 2014, 10:21

     BBC Strictly Dora BBC Strictly Dora Online Team

    Rugby star Thom Evans is confirmed as the fourth celebrity to join our 2014 line-up.

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    Thom made the announcement via our BBC Strictly Vine account, where he officially swapped the rugby ball for the glitter ball.

     

    Ex-professional rugby player Thom represented Scotland at International level winning ten caps and has had club stints at both London Wasps and Glasgow Warriors, where he held the record for most tries scored.


    Thom said: “I'm so happy to be doing the show, I cannot wait to get started. I’m really looking forward to my Strictly makeover – bring on Strictly and bring on the spandex!”

    And bring on more celebrities! Stay tuned to our official BBC Strictly Twitter, BBC Strictly Facebook and here on our news blog for all the latest announcements.

  3. Alison Hammond joins Strictly

    Tuesday 19 August 2014, 11:17

    BBC Strictly Nora BBC Strictly Nora Online team

    Another day, another announcement and today it's the turn of TV presenter Alison Hammond.

    Alison Hammond

    Alison made her name as a contestant on the third series of Big Brother back in 2002. Before that she was a child actress, holiday rep and cinema usherette.

    Alison is now best known as This Morning’s showbiz reporter and has interviewed the world’s biggest stars including Hugh Jackman, Will Smith, George Clooney and Daniel Craig.

    Alison said: “I am absolutely overjoyed to be joining the Strictly team. I am ready to immerse myself in glitter and hard work, with a dash of fun along the way!”

  4. Welcome Judy Murray to Strictly

    Monday 18 August 2014, 10:47

    BBC Strictly Nora BBC Strictly Nora Online team

    Today we are pleased to welcome Judy Murray to Strictly, the second celebrity to join our line-up for 2014. We announced the news via our official @bbcstrictly Twitter account as Judy posed with one of the iconic Strictly score paddles. Serve-en!

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    Judy said: “I'm a huge Strictly Come Dancing fan but a total armchair dancer. It's going to be a big challenge for me and for whoever has to dance with me but I absolutely can't wait to get started!"

    Tennis coach Judy is a self-confessed Strictly fan and is best known for being mother and coach to two very high achieving tennis players; 2013...

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  5. Frankie from The Saturdays joins Strictly!

    Wednesday 13 August 2014, 07:59

    BBC Strictly Nora BBC Strictly Nora Online team

    We are pleased to welcome Frankie Bridge to Strictly, the first celebrity in our 2014 line-up. Frankie broke the news during her appearance this morning on BBC Breakfast with her fellow bandmates from The Saturdays.

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    “I’m such a huge fan of Strictly! I’ve always wanted to be a part of the show – it looks like so much fun and the costumes are just gorgeous” said Frankie.

    “Like so many little girls, I used to take dance lessons when I was in primary school and I really love dancing but this is going to be so different from anything I have done with The Saturdays. I just can’t...

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  6. Robin Windsor injury brings Trent Whiddon to Strictly

    Wednesday 6 August 2014, 05:57

    BBC Strictly Nora BBC Strictly Nora Online team

    We are sad to announce that Robin Windsor has had to withdraw from this year's pro-dancer line-up due to an exisitng injury. In Robin's place we welcome Trent Whiddon, Australian Professional Ten Dance Champion and two-time British Championship Latin finalist.

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    Trent began dancing at the age of seven and won numerous Australian youth and junior titles. Aged 17, he joined the cast of Burn the Floor as lead dancer and has spent twelve years with the company, including six years as the dance captain and company manager of the Broadway production.

    He has also appeared on Dancing with the Stars...

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  7. Strictly Come Dancing 2014 Professional Dancers Confirmed

    Sunday 1 June 2014, 12:35

    BBC Strictly Gemma BBC Strictly Gemma Online team

    We can now confirm the line-up of professional dancers, including two brand new faces - Tristan MacManus and Joanne Clifton.

    Joanne Clifton joins Strictly alongside her brother Kevin, who joined in 2013. They are the first siblings to participate in the show... and we're sure the rivalry won't be evident at all!

    Joanne Clifton. Picture by Chris Mann Joanne Clifton. Picture by Chris Mann

    Joanne is World Ballroom Showdance Champion and has competed in over 20 countries around the world. She has won numerous awards and accolades and is five-time British Champion, European Professional Champion and recently, champion of the World...

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  8. Tess and Claudia confirmed as our presenter line-up

    Friday 9 May 2014, 22:04

    BBC Strictly Nora BBC Strictly Nora Online team

    We are pleased to announce Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman are the co-hosts of Strictly when it returns to BBC One in the autumn.

    Following the news earlier this year that Sir Bruce Forsyth had stepped down, his fabulous co-host, Tess Daly will have the role of introducing the dances and probing the judges for their comments, whilst Claudia will host the post-dance interviews and reaction to judges’ scores.

    Tess and Claudia

    Tess and Claudia are no strangers to hosting together on Strictly, having formed a formidable partnership presenting the Sunday night results show for the last three series.

    Tess...

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  9. Brucie steps down his role on Strictly

    Friday 4 April 2014, 17:52

    BBC Strictly Nora BBC Strictly Nora Online team

    Our much loved host and legend Sir Bruce Forsyth confirmed today that he is stepping down from presenting the Strictly Come Dancing live shows.

    We are pleased to announce he will remain on BBC One to present the Strictly Christmas Special, the Strictly Children in Need Special and other one-off specials yet to be revealed.

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    The man himself said: “After ten wonderful years and eleven series, I believe it is now the right time to step down from the rigours of presenting the Strictly live shows. I am very proud of what the show has achieved and confident it will entertain the nation for many years to come. I am also delighted that by presenting the Christmas and Children In Need shows I will continue to have a strong association with Strictly. In addition, I am looking forward to the specials planned with the BBC as well as some live theatre shows, so before anyone asks.... I am not retiring quite yet!”

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    Over the years he has tapped danced, shimmied and even gangnam-styled into the studio. He always performed his own warm-up routine for the show and kept us entertained with his one liners...

    Share your favourite Brucie moments below...

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  10. Strictly wins an NTA!

    Friday 24 January 2014, 13:21

    BBC Strictly Nora BBC Strictly Nora Online team

    For a second year running Strictly has stormed to victory in the 'Best Talent Show' category at the National Television Awards, collecting the award from model Naomi Campbell, an overjoyed Tess Daly said "we still haven't come down to earth after winning this last year!". Bruno Tonioli gave a nod to our brilliant Strictly fans saying; "if it wasn't for the great British public, none of us would be here".

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    Indeed our award is really all down to those of you who voted, so on behalf of all the Strictly cast and crew we say a huge glittery THANK YOU!

     

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