Strictly Come Dancing
We're dusting off our dancing shoes to reveal our professional dancer line up for 2016 which includes three brand new dancers alongside the return of viewers’ favourites.
New to the fold are world-class Latin and Ballroom dance experts - World Champion Katya Jones, Ukrainian Champion Oksana Platero and top Spanish dance professional Gorka Marquez.
Returning to the Strictly dance floor are our male dancers, Anton du Beke, Brendan Cole, Kevin Clifton, Pasha Kovalev, Aljaž Škorjanec, Giovanni Pernice; and fabulous female dancers are Karen Clifton, Natalie Lowe, Joanne Clifton, Janette Manrara and Oti Mabuse.
Strictly extends its thanks to Tristan MacManus and also to Aliona Vilani, Kristina Rihanoff, Ola Jordan who announced at the end of last series that they wouldn’t be returning to the show, and finally to Gleb Savchenko who has decided that due to family commitments he will not be appearing in the next series.
Gleb said: “I thoroughly enjoyed taking part on the last series of Strictly Come Dancing and especially the way that the UK gave me such a warm welcome but due to family commitments I won't be returning to the show for the next series - I'll definitely be tuning in...
Fifteen celebrities began this year’s dancing extravaganza but just four remain. This week our lucky finalists have been working harder than ever to learn three routines that they hope will lead them to Strictly Glitterball glory!
See what shape our couples are in as we go behind the scenes of the final rehearsals and let us know who you think is bound for glory on Saturday night!
The Wanted singer wowed the Judges with three amazing dances: Their Quickstep (for their Judge’s pick) to ‘My Generation’, which scored them 36; their Showdance to ‘Can’t Feel my Face’ which scored them 35 points; and their Paso Doble to ‘It’s My Life’ as their Favourite Pick, for which they scored 39 points, and a comment from Darcey that: “You are number 1 in my book!”
And it appears Jay was number 1 in your book too as you Wanted him to be your Strictly 2015 champion – and that he became!
Upon finding out he’d won, Jay said to Tess: “I feel spaced out – it’s really weird!” before telling Aliona: “You deserve it so much, you really do.” He went on to tell Tess: “It’s been one of the most special things I’ve done and with the most special person. And I think if anyone that watched that helped us to get here and enjoyed what we were...
Months of tough competition have come down to this. Blood, sweat, tears and many sequins have been shredded and finally just four couples are within reach of the Strictly Glitterball!
Each couple will begin the show by dancing a routine chosen by the Judges, before performing a unique show-stopping Showdance that is bound to wow the audience in the Ballroom and at home.
Voting will begin after...
Our four celebrity finalists and their pro partners have fought their way through months of intense training and high-pressure competition for this, a chance to dance their way to Strictly glory and lift the coveted glitterball trophy!
The dancing demands have never been higher as this week will see each of our couples dance not one, not two, but *THREE* routines in the Strictly ballroom. So, who has what it takes to seize the moment and step their way into Strictly history? And, who has overstepped their limits and simply run out of steam?
Check out our pairs in training this week and let...
Can you believe it’s the Final already?! 13 weeks, 15 celebrities, 130 dances later… 15 has become four and they’ve been busy practicing three dances for the Strictly 2015 Final on Saturday night.
Two of these dances they have already performed during the series: one is the couple’s favourite they have chosen to dance again, while the other is the Judges’ pick. On top of...
On Friday’s It Takes Two, we will be showing our favourite good luck messages to this year’s Strictly finalists live on the show. Send in your messages for our Strictly 2015 Finalists to get them ready for Saturday night!
If you would like to submit a video message to support your favourite Finalist, here are some extra tips:
You can film your good luck message using your mobile...
They made it to the Semi-Finals, but alas, their time has come to an end. Our happy-go-lucky Countryfile presenter, Anita Rani (who always gave her dances plenty of welly!) and partner Gleb Savchenko (whose incredible and unusual choreography will surely go down in Strictly history!) are sadly having to wave goodbye to their Strictly friends, and the chance of lifting the coveted Strictly Glitterball Trophy.
In this exclusive video, Anita and Gleb explain how they’re feeling about just missing out on the chance of making it to the Final. “You are my finalist,” says Gleb: “You did so, so...
This series might just be the highest standard of dancing we’ve ever seen on Strictly. And after our Strictly stars danced not one but two incredible routines each last night, we’re more in a pickle than ever about who our Strictly 2015 Finalists might be!
Our five Strictly Semi-Finalists smashed it tonight, giving their all in two fabulous routines each, in their bid to make it to the Strictly 2015 Finals! We’ve seen Jay and Aliona emerge from a TARDIS in a Doctor Who inspired dance (which you can go back in time and watch again without the need of a TARDIS by clicking here), as well as some particularly interesting party-starting choreography from Anita and Gleb! But which four couples will make it through to the Finals and be in with the chance of taking home the coveted Strictly Glitterball Trophy next Saturday night?! To help you...