We'd like to wave a glittery goodbye to all our users of the BBC Strictly Come Dancing blog as it closes for the current series.
Thank you for all of your contributions, from your live show analysis to your support of our Strictly teams. Join us again in 2012 as we celebrate an incredible tenth year of Strictly Come Dancing. In the meantime enjoy more Strictly gold with a lookback at 2011...
EastEnders actress Charlie Brooks has been crowned Queen of the Christmas Ballroom just a week after the grand finale that saw Harry Judd crowned champion of 2011.
The five-star Christmas line-up brought a sprinkling of festive sparkle to Christmas day.
Former world featherweight boxing champion Barry McGuigan Quickstepped with Erin Boag, comedienne Debra Stephenson and professional dancer Ian Waite performed an American Smooth, Blue's Simon Webbe and his professional partner Katya Virshilas danced a Cha Cha Cha, Hi-De-Hi legend Su Pollard Foxtrotted around the dancefloor with Anton Du Beke, and completing the famous five was EastEnders' prime villainess Janine Butcher, actress Charlie Brooks, who danced a festive jive with Vincent Simone.
After watching all dances, the studio audience cast their vote for their favourite and the champion of the Strictly Come Dancing 2011 Christmas special was Charlie Brooks.
Reflecting back on the results of tonight's show, Charlie stated "I've absolutely loved it, I've had such a brilliant time, Vincent has been amazing. I've made such a good friend here".
Of course, we were behind the scenes getting you all the best, exclusive pictures which you can see below.
Well, what a corker of a series it's been! Zoe played host to a dazzling array of Strictly celebs this year as the cast of 2011 popped into the glitter-filled studio every weekday to give the lowdown on their Strictly experience.
Zoe couldn't let you go without a special thank you message for all your support this year and a few more familiar faces chipped in too from the bustling It Takes Two green room... Enjoy - and see you in 2012!
We at SCD-HQ have been constantly searching out exclusive content for you throughout the series and this time we have quite the treat for you!
Jason and Kristina were sadly voted off before being able to perform their grand final dance routine in the results show on Saturday night and I bet you thought it had been lost forever? Well not at all! We have an exclusive recording of the Salsa from dress rehearsals...
Harry Judd has been crowned Strictly Come Dancing champion 2011! The McFly drummer and his partner Aliona triumphed in an evening that saw them perform a dazzling display of four different routines including a sizzling showdance which finished with Harry back banging out a beat on his drum kit.
Len Goodman told him fittingly for the Blackpool final "If you were a stick of rock you'd have talent written right through you".
Harry also danced his way into the hearts of the other judges and the whole country with Alesha remarking ""The nation has fallen in love with you" whilst Craig Revel Horwood added "Harry I've fallen in love with you too..."
We were first on the dancefloor to film an exclusive interview with Harry and Aliona after the result was announced.
Who will be crowned Strictly Come Dancing Champion 2011? In tonight's show Chelsee, Harry and Jason were tantalisingly close to glitterball glory as they each gave two spectacular routines. In a show where only the viewer vote counts, the judges were full of praise for their performances, after a storming start Bruno said to Harry "You came and you danced and you conquered Blackpool." Alesha said to Jason "If it was a marathon Jason you would have already won." And Len told Chelsee "I've judged in this room many times, judging a girl like you with no experience is as good for me as judging the world championship."
Is it too close to call? It seems like it, stay right here as we crown the winner and runners up of Strictly Come Dancing 2011!
Harry and Aliona are off to get changed
Chelsee and Pasha fresh from the dancefloor
Tonight plays host to two of the most tense and exciting shows in this year's series; one has just passed, the other will start at 9pm.
In the meantime, if you still have Strictly fever and you need a remedy, just watch this look-back at Strictly Come Dancing 2011. Side effects include: tapping feet, singing outbursts, severe smiling and goosebumps.
All Strictly fever symptoms should subside when the Results show starts at 9pm.
It's finally arrived, after surviving eleven gruelling ballroom battles, Chelsee, Harry and Jason have come to the spiritual home of ballroom, Blackpool, to fight for the chance to lift the Strictly 2011 glitterball trophy. It's the one night where the judges' scores won't count as our couples will ONLY be performing for the public vote. So it's your chance to make your favourite team the ultimate champions.
Expect spectacular routines, thrilling new showdances and for the last two remaining couples, a completely new dance, never performed. We'll be right by stage door at the Tower Ballroom reporting with exclusive backstage pictures and quotes from each dancing duo. Join us at 7pm for the first show and then again at 9.05pm for the all-important results...
Harry: "I've wanted to cry all day. Now I can't stop smiling"
Jason: "I wanted a good start and I really really enjoyed doing that dance!"
Chelsee: "I'm so nervous about the showdance. I'm just going to go all out"
Harry: "Wow that was awesome!"
Kristina: "Even I'm tired now!"
Chelsee: "I've just done my showdance and I loved it"
Strictly Come Dancing 2011 is now at the apex. 14 couples entered the ballroom back in September, but tonight, only one pair will leave as Strictly 2011 champions.
The atmosphere and energy have reached new heights as our final three couples - Chelsee & Pasha, Harry & Aliona and Jason & Kristina - will be dancing up to FIVE different routines. All three celebs will be making their Strictly debut in one of Britain's most prestigious dance arenas - The Blackpool Tower Ballroom - which can only add to the excitement.
The dress rehearsals will start momentarily and we'll have EXCLUSIVE backstage pictures for you...
Best seats in the house?!
The SCD stage is set - are you ready for the Grand Final?
The judges' desk made it to Blackpool! Wonder who'll get the first 10?
What a view! Can you spot Tess' area in the corner?
Just waiting for the dress run to begin -sound check!
Chelsee and Pasha run through their jive
Jason and Kristina try out their Tango
Harry and Aliona Quickstep it round the Blackpool Tower Ballroom
Can you believe we're just one day away from the Grand Final?! To guide you through with a very special hour-long episode is Strictly super-presenter Zoe Ball with a live edition of It Takes Two straight from Blackpool at 6pm on BBC2.
Keep checking back here for up-to-the-minute backstage pictures of tonight's guests, which include all 14 of our fabulous couples, choreography queen Karen Hardy, ballroom king Ian Waite AND the delectable Alesha Dixon!
Rory and Erin try to warm up backstage in the Blackpool green room
Audley is wrapped up warm for Blackpool! See him on the show later
Ahhh... It's Ola and James backstage before It Takes Two
More Cole for the fire?
Robbie and Dan make a lovely couple
Vincent and Flavia watching the ballroom action
Russell's back in the ballroom
Alesha Dixon awaits!
Nancy, Edwina, Lulu and Audley
The very lovely Karen and Ian try out the judges' desk in Blackpool
The gorgeous Harry and Aliona wait to join Zoe on the sofa
How fab do Anita and Holly look?
Jason and Kristina after their chat with Zoe
Zoe and the Strictly gang sing out the last episode
It Takes Two may have finished, but here is our very own Zoe Ball in an unusual location!
Our Blackpool ballroom battle is almost upon us, and our three plucky finalists are tantalisingly close to basking in the glow of the Strictly glitter ball. We caught up with Chelsee, Jason and Harry backstage in the Tower Ballroom to test their pre-performance anxiety with a special Blackpool Illumination-themed 'nerve-o-meter' ahead of the Strictly grand final...
After fourteen weeks of hard graft, spray tans and sequins, our finalists will be performing four routines under the glitter ball at Blackpool Tower this Saturday.
Each duo will be making their debut in the grand ballroom by showcasing a variety of performances, including a specially choreographed show dance, in the hope of being crowned the winners of Strictly Come Dancing 2011.
With three amazing contenders for the trophy this year we are definitely in for a fantastic finale - we caught up with Chelsee & Pasha, Harry & Aliona and Jason to enjoy a sneak peek at their showdance training.
Here is a full list of dance styles and music that our teams will be performing in the final:
- Chelsee and Pasha
Judges' choice: Jive to 'I'm a Believer' by Smash Mouth
Show dance to 'One Night Only' by Beyonce
New dance: Rumba to 'Because Of You' by Kelly Clarkson
Favourite dance: Quickstep to 'Sing Sing Sing' by Benny Goodman
- Harry and Aliona
Judges' choice: Quickstep to 'Don't Get Me Wrong' by The Pretenders
Show dance to 'Great Balls of Fire' by Jerry Lee Lewis
New dance: American Smooth to 'Can't Help Falling In Love' by Michael Buble
Favourite dance: Argentine Tango to 'Asi Se Baila El Tango' by Bailongo
- Jason and Kristina
Judges' choice: Tango to 'I Will Survive' by Gloria Gaynor
Show dance to 'Dancin' Fool' by Gary Wilmot
New dance: Salsa to 'Hard to Handle' by Tom Jones
Favourite dance: Quickstep to 'Bewitched' by Steve Lawrence
Saturday 17th December will see the ballroom showdown of the year as the Strictly Grand Final heads to Blackpool. Are you planning the perfect party to celebrate? Let us know your plans below!
But first, if you need some inspiration, here's some advice from glamour queen and Strictly star Nancy Dell'Olio...
The Strictly final is only a few days away! We caught up with some celebrity Strictly fans to see who they thought would be victorious.
Who do YOU think will be crowned Strictly champion on Saturday? Let us know...
In an emotional end to the semi-final Alex and James and Holly and Artem were voted out of Strictly Come Dancing 2011.
Alex thanked James Jordan "We laughed eighty per cent of the time, apart from when I got left and right wrong!"
Holly also her praised professional partner Artem saying "Besides working with the most brilliant choreographer I've ever witnessed in my entire life, I've made brilliant new friends."
We were first on the floor to get the reactions to the news, from their fellow celebrities, dancers and judges...
Our Strictly semi-final was a ballroom battle of epic proportions as our five remaining couples danced twice to prove to the judges they were worthy of three coveted places in the final.
With the Strictly glitterball so tantalisingly close, nobody wants to leave, but sadly two couples will be leaving tonight. Who will be saved? Comment along as the all-important results are announced...
It was a night of double the dances, double the drama and double the figures as two of tonight's celebrities scored four tens for the first time.
And although Chelsee and Jason had perfect scores for their performances, it was Harry who climbed to the top of the leaderboard with a consistant total of 39 for each dance. Leaving Alex languishing at the bottom after achieving 31 and 34 for her Waltz and Salsa.
Who will be on the bus to Blackpool? Tune in tomorrow at 6.55pm to find out.
Leaderboard - Semi-final
Tonight our five remaining couples are dancing for the last time in Television Centre. The chosen three who make it through this evenings semi-final will be Waltzing up to Blackpool with a chance of getting their hands on the Strictly glitter ball.
How will our duos fare performing two dances? And will the judges and the public agree on who should make it through to next week? Well, sit tight and tune your TV into BBC One at 6.30pm to see the action unfold - we will be at stage door to get our teams reactions straight after their dances, so make sure you check back to get EXCLUSIVE backstage gossip.
Time for some scd ironing
Robin looking so cute in his hat
The studio gallery aka the 'brain' of Strictly!
These boys had better go get ready!
Here's a pic of Harry from before - enjoying his SCD pasta
Final touches for Alex
It's all go here backstage
It's call time for the our semi finalists. Are YOU ready?
Harry: "1 dance down. 1 to go!"
James: "Alex was shaking so much. She's still shaking now!"
Pasha: "It's so tense out there. No one wants to go now!"
Holly: "I got the worst leg cramp at the start!"
Jason: "It's all go to get ready for the next dance!"
Harry: "6 10's in one night! Wow"
James: "It took a lot of guts to perform that dance. Alex should be proud"
Pasha: "This is Chelsee's 4 10s dance!"
Holly: "Everything went wrong. I was just trying not to have a cardiac arrest"
Kristina: "Wow 4 10s! I thought I'd never see that!"
Television Centre is buzzing this afternoon as our five remaining couples prepare for the semi-final tonight. Each of our duos will be performing two dances in the hope of making it through to Blackpool.
As always, we will be backstage during the dress rehearsal to bring you an exclusive look at each dance. Stay right here to keep up with all the action...
Just look at the anticipation on Harry's face!
Jason strips his cardie off to reveal super Strictly sequins!
Two costume changes tonight, just look at the sparkle
Hello sailor Harry and Aliona
An elegant Waltz from Alex and James
Here's Holly and Artem...
Chelsee and Pasha channeling Hollywood glamour
Jason and Kristina dance to Michael Jackson, if he's out don't blame it on the boogie!
Alex and James getting the semi final party started with a Samba
Maracas at the ready for Chelsee and Pasha's Paso Doble
Harry and Aliona
Holly and Artem do a modern take on the Charleston don't miss it!
Lots of Aussie agro and passion
It's a case of double jeopardy this week as TWO couples will be leaving this year's competition. If that wasn't hard enough, our dancing duos must perform TWICE for a chance to be in next week's final in Blackpool.
As ever, we managed to catch up with some of our 'Famous Five' and filmed an exclusive video, just for you, ahead of tomorrow's big show to find out if their stress levels have gone through the roof...
Tune in tomorrow from 6.30pm on BBC One to see twice the dancing, twice the suspense and twice the drama...
Our Famous Five have been setting the training room on fire, learning not one, but TWO routines for the semi-final this Saturday. With the glitter ball in sight and Blackpool Tower calling, none of our couples want their Strictly journey to end this weekend. However, two of our duos will be gliding out of the competition as only three can remain for the final.
How will all this double trouble turn out? Here is a sneak preview of our stars in training this week:
Below is a full run down of the dance styles and music selection that our stars will be performing:
- Alex and James - Waltz to 'You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman' by Aretha Franklin / Salsa to '1-2-3-4' by Gloria Estefan
- Chelsee and Pasha - American Smooth to 'Time After Time' by Cyndi Lauper / Paso Doble to 'Malaguena' by 101 Strings Orchestra
- Harry and Aliona - Viennese Waltz to 'This Year's Love' to David Gray / Charleston to 'I'm Just Wild About Harry' by Peggy Lee
- Holly and Artem - Argentine Tango to 'Por Una Cabeza' by Itzhak Perlman, John Williams & Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra / Charleston to 'We No Speak Americano' by Yolanda Be Cool
- Jason and Kristina - Argentine Tango to 'Assassin's Tango' performed in a traditional arrangement / Samba to 'Blame It On The Boogie' by Michael Jackson
Let us know how you think our semi-finalists are shaping up - you can watch the finished performances live this Saturday at 6.30pm on BBC One.
Get to know some of the team that keep Strictly sparkling every weekend. Production crew members Saj and Ross take us backstage to get an exclusive peek at the world behind the camera. Make sure you keep your eyes peeled, you might see some familiar faces in the background...
On Saturday 17th December the BBC will be broadcasting Strictly Come Dancing, The Final, live in 3D for the first time ever!
This experimental trial can be viewed at home if you watch Strictly on the BBC HD Channel with a 3D enabled television. However, excitingly we are also making this available live in selected cinemas across the UK.
If you'd like to share the 3D experience with your friends, please come and watch the broadcast at one of the participating cinemas listed below.
Strictly in 3D!
The live show will start at 7pm on December 17th and we'd like you to join us from 6.45pm.
Tickets are limited and will be available to purchase on a first come first served basis, please go to any of the links below for the cinema venue of your choice.
If you buy a ticket you will be agreeing to the relevant terms and conditions of the cinema. The BBC is not responsible for these terms.
INFORMATION UPDATE : There have been THREE additional screens added in Liverpool, Kingston and Wimbledon.
Robbie Savage has become the ninth celebrity to leave Strictly Come Dancing. The ex Premier League footballer and his partner, Ola Jordan, found themselves in the bottom two with Jason and Kristina; it was then announced that Robbie and Ola would be leaving the ballroom.
The standard of dancing was high this week, and even though Robbie and Ola received one of their highest scores from the judges, they were still four points adrift at the bottom of the leaderboard.
Bruno on Robbie and Ola's Quickstep: "I love the combination of sharp looks and clear attitude. The way you were strutting your stuff, somewhere in between Kate Moss and Russell Brand."
As ever, we were first on the floor to find out the reactions from the celebs and pros.
Last night's Strictly had as much action as a Hollywood blockbuster; some of the most iconic films were recreated on the dancefloor.
Holly had to settle for the Best Supporting role as Chelsee took the Leading Lady award with 39 points. The rest of our ensemble cast scored very well, but it was Robbie who found himself at the bottom of the leaderboard with 30 points.
Watch the Results show to find out who failed to get a part in next week's show; the professional dancers will also be in action as they revisit the days of the silent movie. All that, tonight, 7.25pm on BBC One.
Wow - the curtains may have come down but what a night... It was raining 10's! Our special movie-themed soiree was full of twists and turns as our dramatic cinematic showdown shook up the leaderboard once more.
Robbie played it cool tonight but found himself at the bottom of the pack as his Quickstep netted a round 30.
Harry became one of the Middle Men after his Rumba racked up 36 points, whilst Chelsee got her fairytale ending when her Shrek-inspired Jive jostled her to the top of the board with 39 points.
Here are the final scores for Week 10 - find out who didn't make the director's cut on Sunday at 7.25pm on BBC One.
Week 10 leaderboard
Make sure you find the best seat in the house and get your popcorn at the ready as Strictly's special Movie Week feature kicks off LIVE at 7pm on BBC One.
Will Harry be Top Gun again tonight or will Jason find that he's The Contender this week? Stay tuned right here to keep up with all the exclusive backstage pics straight from stage door.
We've got popcorn - have you?
A donkey backstage - standard
Harry's ready for his close-up
Everyone needs to look their best
Holly has her hair retouched
...and so does Kristina
There's always one that leaves it to the last minute
Ola: "I agree. It was a cool Quickstep"
Harry: "I had a dream I got four 9's and it came true!"
James: "There were mistakes but that's the nature of live TV"
Holly: "That was awesome. We got two 10's!"
Kristina: "I'm so proud of Jason's solo number at the start"
Chelsee: "Three 10's! And even a 10 from Len. I'm made up"
Everyone is on location for this week's Movie Special. The lights are in place, the crew are ready, and the leading ladies and men have learnt their lines (well, dance routines).
The couples will be hoping to land a part in next week's semi-final, but first they must impress the judges, who will have a big say in the casting of next week's Strictly.
The remaining duos are now putting the finishing touches on their movie-themed dances, and, as ever, we were on set to see them all in action.
Remember, tonight's feature presentaion starts at 7.00pm on BBC One
Anton gives Vincent a helping hand
Check our the Strictly movie stage
Our couples are in place
Harry and Aliona on the floor
Cool cats Robbie and Ola
Holly and Artem during rehearsals
Jason and Kristina - 'Dancing in the Rain'
Chelsee and Donkey...can you see Pasha?
Team Jalex finish off the dress rehearsal
Lights! Camera! Action! It's movie week guys and gals and that means we are in for a feature-length ballroom battle between our all-star Strictly cast.
We've already seen our screen sirens and leading men in rehearsal, but do they have Happy Feet this week or is Misery a better description? Find out what some familiar faces had to say about their routines ahead of tomorrow's live show.
How will it end? No one knows! Just make sure you have found your seat in front of BBC One at 7pm on Saturday 3rd December. The results will be revealed at 7.25pm on Sunday.
It's movie week! Our six remaining couples have been training hard to channel their Strictly stardust into a big screen performance that will push them through to the next stage of the competition.
Here is the full list of dance styles that our couples will be performing, along with their music selection:
With the glitter ball in sight, the gloves are off and our dancing duos are perfecting their leading roles to impress the judges. Are they ready for their close-ups? We have pulled together a sneaky peek at our couples in training - let us know how you think they are getting on: