BBC Worldwide celebrates 50th country sale of Strictly Come Dancing
As a dancer and judge, I’ve always known the magic of ballroom but the fact this hugely uplifting TV show is dazzling audiences the world over, that just takes my breath away. This show does have an enormous place in people’s hearts.Len Goodman, Head judge in the UK and US
Since Strictly Come Dancing aired on BBC One in the UK back in 2004, the show has become a success story all around the world. Australia’s Channel 7 was the first broadcaster to launch its own local format in the same year, and since then, Dancing with the Stars has travelled from South Africa to Kazakhstan, Finland to India across six of the world’s seven continents. Over 250 series have been recorded to date and every week of last year a local version of Dancing with the Stars was in production somewhere across the globe.
Len Goodman, Head judge in the UK and US said: “As a dancer and judge, I’ve always known the magic of ballroom but the fact this hugely uplifting TV show is dazzling audiences the world over, that just takes my breath away. This show does have an enormous place in people’s hearts”.
Elin Thomas, Director, Global Formats at BBC Worldwide added: “Over the past 10 years we have had a global phenomenon on our hands. The format has been an almighty, multi-award winning international success, with electric, show stopping dance routines and buckets of glitter sprinkled on top. Dancing with the Stars has got the lot in terms of formats and we’re thrilled to announce our half century. Next stop – 60!”
Dancing with the Stars Worldwide Facts:
1. In Georgia, Dancing with the Stars is filmed inside a circus tent due to lack of studio space.
2. In 2011, President Obama rescheduled a major speech on Libya to avoid clashing with Dancing with the Stars on television in the US.
3. Over 12 million viewers in the UK watched Abbey Clancy crowned Strictly Come Dancing champion 2013.
4. Abbey Clancy’s professional dance partner Aljaz Skorjanec, the Strictly Come Dancing UK reigning champion, was born in Slovenia which is the 50th country to purchase the Dancing with the Stars TV format internationally, after Serbia at number 49.
5. In Italy, a member of Royalty won series five of Ballando con le Stelle (Dancing with the Stars, 2009) as Prince Emanuele Filiberto of Savoy scooped the glitter ball trophy with Russian professional dancer Natalia Titova.
6. In the UK, professional dancer Flavia Cacace married the British actor Jimi Mistry in December 2013, after they danced together on Strictly Come Dancing in 2010.
7. Boxer Evander Hollifield (2005), reality star Kim Kardashian (2008), siblings Kelly and Jack Osbourne (2009 and 2013), Baywatch stars David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson (2010 and 2012) and Dirty Dancing actress Jennifer Grey, who won season 11 in 2010 with pro-dancer Derek Hough – have all starred in the U.S. version of Dancing with the Stars.
8. Aged 80, American astronaut Buzz Aldrin remains the show’s oldest contestant (Dancing with the Stars U.S, 2010)
9. French footballer David Ginola, who played for Everton and Aston Villa, came third in Danse avec les Stars in 2011.
10. In Finnish the show’s name translates to Tanssii Tähtien Kanssa, in Polish it’s Taniec z Gwiazdami, in Vietnamese it’s Bước nhảy hoàn vũ.
11. In 2013, new versions of the show launched in Thailand, Portugal and Macedonia.
12. In 2014 Costa Rica, Serbia, Cambodia and Slovenia joined the Dancing with the Stars global family.
13. In one series of Strictly Come Dancing in the UK, an average of 504 cans of hairspray are used and with those 252 litres, you could fill six Mini Cooper petrol tanks.
14. After the UK first launched Strictly Come Dancing in May 2004, Australia was the first ever country to adapt the Dancing with the Stars format internationally in the same year.
15. The world-famous Indian Bollywood star Madhuri Dixit has judged two seasons of Dancing with the Stars in India, known as Jhalak Dikhhla Ja.
16. Following American professional dancer Derek Hough’s musical tribute in the 2013 series of Dancing with the Stars in America, the dancer was awarded an Emmy for ‘Outstanding Choreography’ from his routine which honored hit TV shows including Breaking Bad and Mad Men.
17. 1.5 million people applied for audience tickets for Strictly Come Dancing in the UK in 2013.
18. You can sail to the Caribbean or Alaska whilst learning new steps on a Dancing with the Stars: At Sea cruise or you can travel from the UK around the Mediterranean being judged by Craig Revel Horwood on a Strictly Come Dancing themed cruise with P&O Ferries.
19. Strictly Come Dancing will receive a prestigious BAFTA Special Award later this month with the show being honored for its creative and technical teamwork over the last ten years – consistently delivering a high-quality, live entertainment show watched by millions of viewers in the UK.
For more information, please contact:
Brands, Content and Digital Communications, BBC Worldwide
Tel: +44 (0) 020 843 32345
Brands and Communications, BBC Worldwide
Tel: +44 (0) 020 843 32596
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