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Ore Oduba Wins 'Strictly Come Dancing'


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BBC sports presenter Ore Oduba and his partner Joanne Cliffton have been crowned the winners of this year’s ‘Strictly Come Dancing’.

The couple beat fellow finalists Louise Redknapp and her partner Kevin Clifton and actor Danny Mac and his partner Oti Mabuse to lift the coveted glitterball trophy during Saturday night's grand finale.

Len Goodman Says Will Young Didn't Quit 'Strictly' Over "Turn Up Shut Up" Remark


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Len Goodman has said he doesn't believe his ‘turn up, shut up’ comment to Will Young was the reason the singer quit ‘Strictly Come Dancing’.

Young pulled out of the BBC competition in the week following Goodman’s comment, which came after the singer had answered back to the judge when he criticised his Bollywood routine for not including enough salsa.

Len GoodmanLen Goodman says Will Young’s ‘Strictly’ exit was not because of their clash

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BBC Drops Hint At Len Goodman's Replacement On 'Strictly Come Dancing'


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The BBC has dropped a significant hint as to who might be the eventual replacement on ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ for Len Goodman, who is quitting the show at the end of the current series.

46 year old Karen Hardy, a former professional dancer on ‘Strictly’ until 2009, has been selected to be a judge on the panel for the show’s live tour early in 2017. This will reportedly act as a kind of trial for the permanent role for the 15th series this time next year.

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Craig Revel Horwood Knows The Real Reason Len Goodman Is Quitting 'Strictly'


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Craig Revel Horwood has revealed the real reason why Len Goodman has announced he’ll be stepping down from the ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ judging panel at the end of the year – because he no longer has the energy for all the travelling he does.

72 year old Goodman combines his head judge role on BBC One’s Saturday night favourite, which returns next weekend (September 3rd), with a judging position on America’s ‘Dancing With the Stars’ – and the international travel it involves is getting too much for him.

Len GoodmanLen Goodman is stepping down from his 'Strictly' role after this series

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Is Arlene Phillips Set To Return To 'Strictly Come Dancing'?


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Former ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ judge Arlene Phillips could be set to make a long-awaited return to the show, to replace departing judge Len Goodman. Arlene was fired from the show in 2009 and replaced by the much younger Alesha Dixon, which at the time sparked an ageism row at the BBC.

Arlene PhillipsCould Arlene Phillips make a return to ‘Strictly’

But now bosses are said to be eager for Arlene to return, as the replacement for Len Goodman who will leave after the upcoming series. A source told The Sun: “Producers have a limited pool to pick from for Len’s replacement and they know that Arlene would be a shock to the audience but they would love it."

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Laura Whitmore Will Join Ed Balls And Will Young On 'Strictly Come Dancing'


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TV presenter Laura Whitmore is the first female celebrity confirmed for the line-up of this year’s ‘Strictly Come Dancing’, which returns next month. Whitmore will join singer Will Young and former shadow chancellor Ed Balls, who were announced earlier this week, to compete for the Glitterball Trophy.

Laura WhitmoreLaura Whitmore will compete in this year’s ‘Strictly Come Dancing’

Confirming the news on Nick Grimshaw’s Radio One Breakfast Show this morning, Whitmore said: "I've always known I've wanted to do it. Even as a kid, my mum was like, 'One day, you'll do Strictly'. It's what she always wanted me to do it!

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Is Len Goodman Facing The Axe From 'Strictly Come Dancing'?


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Strictly Come Dancing’ judge Len Goodman is reportedly facing the axe from the BBC series, in a bit to shake up the show and keep ratings high. Recently fans have been questioning the relevance of the 71-year-old judge, who also appears on the panel of US spin-off ‘Dancing With The Stars’.

Len GoodmanCould Len Goodman soon be leaving the ’Strictly’ judging panel?

The Daily Star reports that producers may drop Goodman from the judging panel as part of plans to keep the show ahead of 'The X-Factor'. BBC bosses are responding to calls from fans who have been criticising the judge during the show’s most recent series.

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Len Goodman Dismisses Ola Jordan And Jamelia 'Fix' Rumours On 'Strictly'


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Strictly Come Dancing’ judge Len Goodman has hit back at Ola Jordan’s recent claims that the show’s marking scores are fixed, dismissing them comprehensively in a new TV interview.

Professional dancer Ola confirmed her permanent departure from the BBC show last weekend, and has since implied that the judging panel systematically gives higher marks to more popular contestants in order to keep them in the show for longer.

At around the same time, eliminated star Jamelia also reckoned that the judges were keeping bookies’ favourite Peter Andre in the show after she lost the dance-off against the former pop star in week nine of the show this weekend.

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Len Goodman - Len Goodman outside ITV Studios - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 20th November 2014

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Abbey Clancy Crowned 'Strictly Come Dancing' 2013 Winner


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Abbey Clancy was named the winner of the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing on Saturday (21 Dec.) night, earning her and professional dancer Aljaz Skorjanec the glitter ball trophy. Clancy emerged victorious from an all-female final, beting actress Natalie Gumede, newsreader Susanna Reid and singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor to the grand prize.

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Clancy and ex-Corrie star Natalie Gumede were the best performers on the night

BBC Breakfast presenter Reid had been the bookie's favourite to take home the award, but after a valiant display from Clancy in the final episode of the season, the viewers at home voted Mrs Peter Crouch to be the Dancing Queen, also preventing Reid from being the third BBC presenter to win the contest. Clancy later called Strictly "the most perfect experience I've had" and her professional partner Skorjanec, who made his debut on the series this season, said: "I can't believe this; it's just mad."

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Who's Boogying Their Way Into The Final On 'Strictly Come Dancing'? [Pictures]


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With the semi-finals set to hit our screens in a couple of weeks, we look at our favourites among the 'Strictly Come Dancing' six remaining contestants.

Yesterday (December 1st 2013) saw 'Waterloo Road''s  get voted out of the competition in their tenth week after landing in the bottom two with Ashley Taylor Dawson and Ola Jordan following their lively 'Lion King' routine. They performed a samba to the popular Disney hit 'I Just Can't Wait To Be King' complete with lion inspired costumes and, alas, face paint.

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Mark Benton and Iveta Lukosiute perform 'The Lion King' inspired dance

Continue reading: Who's Boogying Their Way Into The Final On 'Strictly Come Dancing'? [Pictures]

Darcey Bussell and Len Goodman - Darcey Bussell and Len Goodman Tuesday 11th September 2012 Strictly Come Dancing 2012 launch - Arrivals

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Len Goodman Thursday 6th September 2012 The Range Rover global launch party held at The Royal Ballet School - Arrivals

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Len Goodman - Thursday 11th December 2008 at London Palladium London, England

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Len Goodman Tuesday 9th December 2008 attends a party for the launch of the new Karen Hardy dance Studio London, England

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