Monday 24 December 2012, 14:07
Deck the halls with glitterballs as we do Christmas Strictly-style; our Christmas Day special is a festive extravaganza featuring JLS star JB, actress Shelia Hancock, comedian Bobby Ball, Blue Peter presenter Helen Skelton, footballer Fabrice Muamba and comedienne Katy Brand.
As an extra special treat we are bringing back an all-star cast group performance with Kelly Brook, Rachel Stevens, Tom Chambers, Chris Hollins, Chelsee Healey, Colin Jackson, Russell Grant, Ann Widdecombe, and the first Strictly champion Natasha Kaplinski.
Merry Christmas!JB and Ola Helen and Artem Katy and Anton Aliona and Fabrice Shelia and Ian Bobby and Katya
Saturday 22 December 2012, 22:02
He may have missed out on a gold medal in the Olympics, but gymnast Louis Smith has seized the coverted Glitterball Trophy, becoming the 10th celebrity to win Strictly Come Dancing, alongside partner Flavia Cacace.
After showcasing his considerable gymnastic skills in a thrilling showdance routine Louis triumphed in a Grand Final that was almost too close to call. Find out what the winning couple had to say as online reporter Nikki Dean chats to them in an exclusive interview.
Follow Louis' progress throughout the series here.
Saturday 22 December 2012, 17:45
The stage is set, the Glitterball trophy has been polished and four nervous celebrities await their fate (see how they are coping in our exclusive backstage gallery). In one of the most hotly contested Grand Final's in Strictly history one of our celebrities will be taking the coveted Strictly trophy home. Is it too close to call? Let us know who your winner of the series has been and stay Strictlyside as we bring you exclusive backstage pictures and reactions from our couples...
Dani and Vincent are the first couple voted out of the competition.
"I'm so happy we have got 40. We've had the perfect final." - Louis
Louis and Flavia's Showdance received 40 points from the Judges.
"We definitely shook it, I even screamed during the dance!" - Kimberley
Kimberley and Pasha's Showdance scored the couple 39 points from the Judges.
"That didn't quite go to plan. I can't speak, I don't want it to be our last dance" - Dani
Dani and Vincent's Showdance scored them 35 points from the Judges.
"If this is the last dance we do then I couldn't ask it a better one" - Denise
Denise and James' Showdance scored the couple their first 40 from the Judges....
Saturday 22 December 2012, 14:34
It’s finally the day of the Grand Final! After three months of sweat, blood and sequins, our 14 couples have become four but only one couple will be taking the Glitterball trophy home with them tonight. Who will it be? Has pop princess Kimberley Walsh scored highly with you? Or will Dani Harmer dance her way to victory? Will Denise climb back up the Judges leaderboard? Or will the only man in the group, Louis Smith finally take home the gold? It’s all to play for tonight and we here at Strictly HQ are as excited as ever!
Stay right here as we'll be updating this blog with exclusive, first...
Friday 21 December 2012, 14:03
It's the final training for our final four for our Grand Final. Our couples are fighting for the chance to lift that glitter ball trophy with training for not one, not two but three dances on Saturday.
So this is how it works this Saturday, in our main show at 6.30pm each couple will perform their show dance and the judges favourite routine. At 8.50pm in our Results show, the couple with the least amount of votes will leave. The remaining three will dance once more time, performing their favourite dance before the...
Wednesday 19 December 2012, 14:27
Despite many different theories to the origins of the Foxtrot, many believe it came from Vaudeville Actor Henry Fox in the summer of 1914.
While appearing in New York shows with Yansci Dolly of the famous Dolly Sisters in the act of Hammerstein's, Henry involved trotting steps to ragtime music that members of the audience would then go away and imitate, reffering to the dance as "Fox's Trot."
Here's Karen and Ian to explain a little more about the Foxtrot (and see if you can include the grizzly bear in your Christmas Party dance):
As the Latin dance styles began to hit the scene in the 1930s the...
Tuesday 18 December 2012, 20:03
We caught up with Dave, singer Andrea and 'man-in-the-hat' Trevor and asked YOUR questions. Find out what the trickiest songs are to perform, who they would like to dance with on the show and the secret of Dave's enternal youth...
Monday 17 December 2012, 12:05
The Viennese Waltz as we know it today is actually the original form of the Waltz!
It's the oldest of all ballroom dances emerging in the second half of the 18th Century influenced by German and Austrian dance styles.
Here's Ian and Karen doing what they do best... teaching us about dance (and chack out Karen's wig height!).
As you heard, the Viennese Waltz was quite the scandalous dance style when it first emerged. Not only were ankles visible from the ladies but both men and women were in hold! Gasp!
However it later gained acceptance and even popularity amongst the upper class.
This dance style...
Monday 17 December 2012, 10:37
We've made it! It's the final week at It Takes Two as we get ready for the Strictly Come Dancing 2012 finale. Who will be crowned the king and queen of the ballroom? By Sunday morning we'll all know the answer to that very question.
Until then we still have the small matter of a few It Takes Two shows to be delivered straight to your telebox and oh how we've got quite the week planned for you!
If you have any questions or comments for our fantastic four you can leave them below. Make sure you include your name and where you come from and we might just include it in the show.
Here's the line up...
Sunday 16 December 2012, 19:24
After an intense night that saw our couples perform not one, but two dances in a bid to secure a place in next week’s Final, it was sadly the end of the road for Lisa Riley as she faced her fears and fellow contender Denise Van Outen in the dreaded Dance-Off. Both couples performed their highest scoring dance from Saturday night but sadly, Lisa’s performance wasn’t enough to save her a space in next week’s Final as the Judges unanimously voted to save Denise.
An emotional Lisa broke down in tears alongside Robin as she joined Tess and delivered her departing words, as the Judges and audience...