With the final line-up for this year’s competition confirmed, Strictly Come Dancing 2019 is bound to be just as entertaining as the last 15 years. Olympic medallist James Cracknell, Radio 1 DJ Dev Griffin, comedian Chris Ramsey, Viscountess Emma Weymouth, television presenter Anneka Rice, YouTuber Saffron Barker, Match of the Day's Alex Scott, Coronation Street actress Catherine Tyldesley, BBC Breakfast presenter Mike Bushell, EastEnders actress Emma Barton, former England goalkeeper David James, RuPaul's Drag Race judge Michelle Visage, CBBC presenter Karim Zeroual, Paralympic champion Will Bayley and Made in Chelsea's Jamie Laing are set to take the dancefloor this year in aim to scoop the glitterball trophy. Celebrities over the years have waltzed, jived, quickstepped and tapped their way through the competition, wowing audiences with their quick moves and, sometimes, hilarious fails. But the show – which drew in nearly 13 million viewers last year – has also been … [Read more...] about The most memorable moments in Strictly Come Dancing history
Which judge is leaving strictly come dancing
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?
Darcey Bussell has stepped down as a judge on Strictly Come Dancing, prompting speculation about who will replace the ballet star on the BBC show’s panel. The 49-year-old described her seven years on the hit series as “a complete privilege” and confirmed that she was “not leaving because of any upset or disagreement.” “It has been a complete privilege for me to be part of Strictly, working with such a talented team,” she said in a statement released earlier today. “I have enjoyed every minute of my time and will miss everyone from my fellow judges, the presenters, the dancers, the musicians, the entire back stage team, and especially the viewers of the show, who have been so supportive.” “I am not leaving because of any upset or disagreement at all, I am just stepping away to give more focus to my many other commitments in dance, after seven truly wonderful years that I can’t imagine having gone any better.” Her … [Read more...] about Who will replace Darcey Bussell on Strictly Come Dancing?
Darcey Bussell has stepped down as a judge on Strictly Come Dancing after seven years. The former ballet dancer, 49, was quick to shut down any talk of upset, citing the reason for her departure as a desire “to give more focus to my many other commitments in dance”. She described working on the show as a “complete privilege” and said she hopes to be invited back in the future. A statement announcing the news read: “It has been a complete privilege for me to be part of Strictly, working with such a talented team. I have enjoyed every minute of my time and will miss everyone from my fellow judges, the presenters, the dancers, the musicians, the entire back stage team, and especially the viewers of the show, who have been so supportive. “I am not leaving because of any upset or disagreement at all, I am just stepping away to give more focus to my many other commitments in dance, after seven truly wonderful years that I can’t imagine having … [Read more...] about Darcey Bussell QUITS Strictly Come Dancing
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?