Strictly Come Dancing Champions Crowned!

Posted: April 27, 2015

After another massive season of Strictly Come Dancing, Ore Odobu and Joanne Clifton reigned supreme after a faultless finale. After three incredible dances from all three couples, Ore and Joanne topped the leaderboard and topped the audience vote. Another fantastic year, another fantastic Final, The retirement of Len Goodman and of course the amazing Ed Balls, all of which will be missed on Saturday nights. But it won't be long until SCD is back on our screens. So untill then, Strictly goes on in many forms throughout 2017. See you pon the road!

History of strictly come dancing

Strictly come dancing also commonly referred to as Strictly, first hit the screens on BBC one back on 15th May 2004.  The show features well known celebrities and professional dancers competing in a range of dances.  Celebrities are choreographed, taught to dance  and mentored by their professional partners, each week having to perform a live dance in a ballroom, the public then vote who goes through.  The show was originally broadcast from a specially constructed set at the BBC television centre, however, in 2013 the show was moved to Elstree Studios.  Strictly come dancing was originally presented by Sir Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly, now with Sir Bruce Forsyth (still continuing to present special shows), taking a backseat and Claudia Winkleman stepping in. 

There have been many well know professional dancers taking part in Strictly come dancing, however, only Brendan Cole and Anton Du Beke have appeared in all twelve series to date. Strictly come dancing 2015 is scheduled to run for fourteen weeks with sixteen couples taking part. In addition to the series, Christmas Specials have been broadcast since 2004, which sees a return of Bruce Forsyth with Tess Daly.

Strictly come dancing started off with a viewing audience of 4.61 million back in May 2004, this has steadily grown to a regular audience over 8 to 9 million, with Christmas specials attracting up to 14 million viewers.  Strictly come dancing 2015 full details have yet to be published, however, the rumours have already started who will be on the show.

Strictly has attracted a wide variety of famous celebrities varying greatly in age, the eldest Being Jonny Ball at 74, and the youngest Louisa Lytton at just 17.  The oldest contestant to win Strictly come dancing was Chris Hollins, aged 38 back in 2009.

According to the BBC web site, the show is now licensed on over 50 countries, being aired in six continents throughout the world.  The first country outside of the UK to air the show was Australia, by Channel 7 back in 2004.

The following dance types have been performed on Strictly come dancing:

  • American smooth
  • Argentine Tango
  • Cha Cha Cha
  • Charleston
  • Foxtrot
  • Jive
  • Lindyhop
  • Paso Doble
  • Quickstep
  • Rock N' Roll
  • Rumba
  • Salsa
  • Samba
  • Showdance
  • Swing-a-thon
  • Tango
  • Viennese Waltz
  • Waltz

The show has won numerous awards, including:

  • Best TV reality programme 2011
  • Best reality competition show 2011
  • Readers’ vote award 2012
  • Best talent show 2012
  • Best entertainment programme 2013
  • Best reality programme 2013
  • Best talent show 2014 and 2015 (nominated)

Interesting facts about Strictly come dancing

  1. The oldest contestant for all 50 countries was Buzz Aldrin, aged 80.
  2. 1.5 million people applied for audience tickets in 2013
  3. In 2011 President Obama delayed a speech on Libya so it would not clash with Dancing with the stars
  4. During one series 504 cans of hairspray were used
  5. Dancer Flavia Cacace married actor Jimi Mistry after they danced together on Strictly Come Dancing in 2010