Friday 24 January 2014, 13:21
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".
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!
Saturday 21 December 2013, 21:53
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.
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.
Saturday 21 December 2013, 20:38
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 and Artem also went back to Week One to reprise their Cha Cha and were awarded 39 points for their amazing performance. Sophie and Brendan took a trip back to Musicals Week to show us an improved version of their Viennese Waltz which almost scored top marks from our Judges.
Next came the Showdances and we were not disappointed! It was a varied mix that truly did showcase each dancer’s amazing abilities.
Susanna and Kevin danced to Ewan McGregor’s version of ‘Your Song’. They exuded “elegance, style and sophistication” according to Len and scored 36.
Next up, Abbey and Aljaz took...
Saturday 21 December 2013, 18:00
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...
Saturday 21 December 2013, 14:42
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...
Saturday 21 December 2013, 13:28
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!
Friday 20 December 2013, 20:17
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?
Thursday 19 December 2013, 17:48
Our four remaining couples have done brilliantly to reach Saturday’s Strictly Grand Final, but with the glory of reaching the series climax, comes the added pressure of learning and practicing three dances in just one week.
Admittedly two of the dances, the Judges Choice and the Couples’ Favourite, have featured before in earlier shows, but considering some of them were performed way back in September our celebrities and their partners will be testing their memory muscles as well as their leg muscles as they recall their routines.
There is also a new Showdance to learn, a spectacular showpiece that promises to be more intricate, complex and difficult than any dance our finalists have danced before!
Take a look at the video clip below to find out how Sophie, Abbey, Susanna and Natalie are getting on in the rehearsal rooms, and let us know who you think has upped their game for the Final week and who might be feeling the added pressure.
Wednesday 18 December 2013, 14:52
Christmas is nearly here, which can only mean one thing... it’s the Strictly Final this weekend! So make sure that on Saturday you put down those heavy, panic-buy filled shopping bags, and get yourself on the sofa in time for 6.30pm when you can stop worrying about what to get Great Aunt Doris and immerse yourself in the glittery joy of the Strictly Final instead.
And what a Final it will be, because for the first time ever, it’s an all-female line-up. This week Abbey, Natalie, Sophie and Susanna will be upping their game as they each perform a former dance picked by the Judges and...
Sunday 15 December 2013, 19:39
With the Strictly Final tantalizingly close, sadly Patrick Robinson failed to make the cut becoming the last casualty of the dreaded Dance Off in 2013. In a semi-final that saw double the dance floor magic with two routines from each couple, Patrick faced fellow actor Natalie Gumede for a chance to make it to the all-important final. With Natalie scoring the second perfect score of the series, the odds were stacked against Patrick who bowed out of the competition with typical grace.
Reflecting on his time on the show he said “I’ve had an incredible journey, an incredible time, what an experience. Anya Garnis is just an incredible dancer, an incredible choreographer.” My highlight really may be a surprise, but being in the training room was the place I had the most fun and the most hard work, so being here was just the icing on the cake.”
Watch Patrick, Anya and his fellow celebrities say goodbye in this exclusive clip as we look forward to the FIRST all-female final in Strictly history...