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  1. 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 Dancesport Games in Taiwan.

    Irish born Tristan MacManus joins Strictly after three years as a professional dancer on Dancing With The Stars in America, where he most notably partnered Gladys Knight and Pamela Anderson.

    http://www.myentertainmentworld.ca/2014/03/tristan-macmanus/ Tristan MacManus

    Tristan began dancing in his home of Bray, Co. Wicklow before competing around Europe, winning numerous juvenile, junior and amateur competitions. He has appeared in many successful stage shows including Dirty Dancing and Burn The Floor.


    Also returning to Strictly is four-time Australian Dance Champion Natalie Lowe, who will be back in the ballroom...

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  2. 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 Daly: “I’m so pleased that I’ll be working with Claudia - she’s long been part of the Strictly family and I’ve loved doing the Sunday show with her. It’s really exciting having two women host the show, and we are great mates so there’ll be lots of fun to be had on and off the dance floor, and of course I'll look forward to being reunited with Brucie for the Children in Need and Christmas shows."

    Claudia Winkleman: “I have loved Strictly since the second it appeared on our screens and I am honoured and thrilled to now be part of the Saturday night team. Working alongside Tess is...

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  3. 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...

  4. 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!

     

  5. Abbey Clancy Wins Strictly 2013

    Saturday 21 December 2013, 21:53

    BBC Strictly Simon BBC Strictly Simon Online Team

    Abbey Clancy, Queen of the Catwalk has won the Strictly Come Dancing 2013 Final to become Queen of the Strictly Ballroom. Abbey with her partner Aljaz Skorjanec lifted the Glitter Ball Trophy, beating the three other finalists Susanna Reid, Natalie Gumede and Sophie Ellis-Bexter in a spectacular final show.

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    The 27 year old began the series with no formal dance training, and became a firm favourite as her confidence on the dance floor grew.

    Abbey and Aljaz wowed the judges and audience on the night with three amazing routines, a Waltz to ‘Kissing You’ by Des’ree, a Showdance to Gun and Roses’ ‘ Sweet Child of Mine’ and their Quickstep to ‘Walking on Sunshine’ by Katrina and the Waves.

    You can send your message of congratulation to Abbey and Aljaz below.

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  6. Grand Final 2013: Results Show

    Saturday 21 December 2013, 20:38

    BBC Strictly Jonnie BBC Strictly Jonnie Online Team

    The girls

    Wow! Well…what a show! The sisters really were doing it for themselves tonight with a mesmerizing mix of dance styles and top notch performances. 

    The Strictly Grand Final 2013 was kicked off with Susanna and Kevin’s Quickstep, which was the Judges' favourite choice from Week 10, and caused Len to comment, “It was light, it was bright, I tell you what, knock out!”

    Abbey and Aljaz were next to take to the floor with their Waltz to ‘Kissing You’ from Week One which received full marks from a panel of very impressed Judges and an audience who were left with goosebumps.

    Natalie...

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  7. Strictly Final 2013: Live Show

    Saturday 21 December 2013, 18:00

    BBC Strictly Simon BBC Strictly Simon Online Team

    The finalists line up

    After 13 weeks of dazzling displays of dance-floor action we have finally arrived at the climax to Strictly Come Dancing 2013. And this year is extra special as we have the first all-female final in the history of Strictly. The level of competition is going to be exceptionally high with Abbey, Sophie, Natalie and Susanna all proving that they have become skilled dancers in their own right.

    The four remaining couples will first dance the Judges’ Choices;  Susanna and Kevin will perform their Quickstep from Week Eight, Abbey and Aljaz will dance their Waltz from Week One, Natalie and Artem will perform the Cha Cha also from Week One and Sophie and Brendan will recreate their Vienesse Waltz from Week Ten.

    All the couples then return to perform their Showdance – a brand new routine where basically anything goes, from lifts to style to props!

    So take a deep breath, settle back on your favourite sofa, poor yourself a nerve-settling drink and get ready for a spectacular show which will blow you away.

    Let us know who you think is ready to be crowned Queen of the Ballroom and who might be eliminated first!

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  8. Grand Final 2013: Dress Rehearsal

    Saturday 21 December 2013, 14:42

    BBC Strictly Jonnie BBC Strictly Jonnie Online Team

    Emotions are running high in the Strictly Ballroom this afternoon! After 13 incredible weeks of divine dancing, gorgeous gowns and truly magical moments, our four Finalists are taking to the dancefloor for their very last dress rehearsal before the big night, but who will be getting their hands on the coveted Glitterball trophy? Will you be rooting for Reid or are you crazy for Miss Clancy, gunning for the Gumede or backing the Bextor?

    Let us know your thoughts below and in the meantime, if you simply can’t contain yourselves any longer, don’t worry. Get a dose of Strictly sparkle by taking...

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  9. Strictly Outtakes

    Saturday 21 December 2013, 13:28

    BBC Strictly Adrian BBC Strictly Adrian Online team

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    It’s nearly the final of Strictly 2013, and the tension backstage has been growing week after week!

    But there haven’t been any stern and serious faces backstage. The celebs and pros have been cheerfully supporting each other with every twist and turn. They really are one big happy family!

    For over twelve weeks we witnessed our class of 2013 relax and unwind with one another, have a giggle and become really good friends in between their studio rehearsals. The Strictly Online Team were lucky enough film these backstage shenanigans that happened every Friday!

    We went through our archive and found some funny moments and new and exclusive unseen backstage bloopers for your viewing pleasure.

     

    Take a look at the outtakes clip below. Oh we had fun! 

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  10. The Final: Strictly In Step

    Friday 20 December 2013, 20:17

    BBC Strictly Simon BBC Strictly Simon Online Team

    With a mere 24 hours until the four remaining couples take to the Strictly Ballroom floor for the very last time, we’ve decided to find out just how well our pro-dancers have got to know their celebrity partners.

    With an all-female celebrity line-up in the final for the first time, the pressure is on our four male pro-dancers to prove that they really have been paying attention to their partners over the months of gruelling rehearsals.

    Find out if Brendan knows what Sophie dreams about, has Kevin got any idea that Susanna had acting career as a child, can Artem recall where Natalie was born and can Aljaz remember anything that Abbey has told him?

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