The launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2019 is almost upon us. Now in its 15th year, the dance competition will return on Saturday and celebrities taking part include broadcaster Anneka Rice, Paralympian Will Bayley and former England pro Alex Scott. But the famous faces getting their dancing shoes on aren't the only newbies this time around. This year, the BBC is bringing in a number of changes, including everything from a new head judge to podcast host. Here are all the brand new additions to look forward to... Motsi Mabuse is on the judging panel In April, Dame Darcey Bussell announced she was leaving the series after being on the judging panel since 2012. Dame Darcey, 50, said she was "not leaving because of any upset or disagreement", but to focus on "other commitments". In July, it was announced that Motsi Mabuse, the elder sister of Strictly pro Oti, would be replacing her. Mabuse, 38, has won plenty of her own … [Read more...] about Strictly Come Dancing: All the new changes for 2019
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It's that time of the year again - Strictly Come Dancing is back with a host of new faces set to fight it out for the Glitterball trophy. Mike Bushell, Catherine Tyldesley, David James, Chris Ramsey, Saffron Barker and Emma Barton are among the famous faces who will cha-cha-cha their way across the dance floor when the 17th series of the hit show returns in the autumn. In the years since Strictly Come Dancing's launch, 15 celebrities have been crowned winners with Natasha Kaplinsky taking home the inaugural crown in 2004. Here, we take a look at all of the show's winners since its inception in 2004. 2004 Natasha Kaplinsky and Brendan Cole BBC newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky was the first ever winner of Strictly Come Dancing, way back in the summer of 2004. She took home the inaugural Glitterball trophy along with dance partner Brendan Cole after only eight weeks of dancing. 2004 Jill Halfpenny and Darren Bennett The second series of Strictly took place just months after the first in … [Read more...] about Which stars have won Strictly Come Dancing over the years?
STRICTLY Come Dancing is much-loved by viewers, the dancers and celebrity contestants, but with it comes the dreaded "curse". Whether it's break-ups or make-ups, divorce or engagements, the show has seen it all over the years. What is the Strictly curse? The "curse" is a phenomenon that hits celebrities and their dance partners during their time on Strictly Come Dancing. Due to the harsh schedules, sexy dance moves and close quarters with their partners, their off-screen romances sometimes suffer as a result. Strictly became known as cursed after a series of very public break-ups from participants, and ever since more and more fan favourites have succumbed to the "curse". Over the course of fifteen series of the BBC favourite, nearly a dozen couples have split up thanks to their time on the show. Who has fallen victim to the Strictly curse so far? Here is a list of celebrities and dancers who have appeared on the show and split with a loved one shortly after... Stacey Dooley and … [Read more...] about What is the Strictly curse? From Seann Walsh and Katya Jones to Joe Sugg and his dance partner Dianne Buswell
THE BBC has revealed the professional dancing line-up for Strictly 2019. Here is the full list of confirmed dancers returning to the show. Who are the Strictly Come Dancing 2019 professional dancers? Kevin Clifton Kevin Clifton has been a mainstay of the Strictly line-up in recent years and will be back for his seventh series. The 36-year-old split from his wife and fellow Strictly professional, Karen Clifton. In 2018 he won the show with Stacey Dooley. Karen Clifton Karen will also be returning for her eighth series which makes her the longest surviving female professional on the show. She reached the finals in 2014 when partnered with Mark Wright, but the duo came runners-up. Anton Du Beke One of the few stars of the original 2004 line-up, Anton Du Beke is returning for his sixteenth series. The Sun exclusively reported in January 2018, that Anton had escaped the axe after bosses had chosen to sack co-star Brendan Cole. An insider explained at the time: “Brendan is the … [Read more...] about Strictly Come Dancing 2019 professionals line-up – who is returning for Strictly 2019?
KAREN Clifton has been pictured holding hands with new boyfriend David Webb after the opening night of the Strictly Come Dancing 2019 live tour. It comes after her ex-husband and Strictly co-star Kevin decided not to join dance partner Stacey Dooley on the nationwide string of shows. Opeara singer David appeared to have surprised Karen with a stunning flower arrangement which she carried by her side. Karen, 36, donned a zebra print dress with a leather jacket as she left the Birmingham Arena. David battled the winter chill with a navy overcoat and a grey scarf. This morning Karen was pictured leaving a local hotel alone as she headed to the venue ahead of today's performance. Kevin has said of his replacement Aljaz Skorjanec: "I think Aljaz is probably quite similar to me in terms of what I'm like to work with, neither of us are strict, we both prefer to have fun. "I would really hate it if Stacey was going to someone who was going to scream and shout at her." The 2019 Strictly Come … [Read more...] about Karen Clifton leaves Strictly tour hand in hand with new boyfriend David Webb after ex-husband Kevin refused to go on the road