Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Singer, song-writer and Strictly Come Dancing starlet Sophie Ellis-Bextor has been announced as the face of 'Copper Blush' - the 2015 Colour of the Year as predicted by the trends team at leading paint brand, Dulux. Taking inspiration from the coppery hues of Pre-Raphaelite muses, the model and mother of three bathes in sunlight and recreates the pose of 'Flaming June' - the painting produced by Sir Frederic Leighton in 1895. Sophie dazzles in the release of a stylised film and stunning series of photography that depicts her waking in the morning in a contemporary boudoir setting then discovering Copper Blush surrounding her and breathing warmth into the room. To view the film, please visit: http://youtu.be/F7L-UhsgoqE The film begins with Sophie in a dark teal coloured room, inspired by last year's Colour of the Year, before she wakes and begins exploring her bedroom. As the story evolves, we see a new dawn break and copper sunlight seep through the curtains which bring her surroundings to life and evokes deep and bold colours associated to the Pre-Raphaelite period. The film also includes a voiceover from Sophie as she recites a poem from the same era by Emily Dickinson, 'To See Her is a Picture'. The poem, one of 1,800 produced by Dickinson in her lifetime, evokes the warmth of the Copper Blush colour and the personality of Bextor - a stylish, captivating and compassionate individual. 'Copper Blush', was predicted as the Colour of the Year following extensive research by a 20-strong panel of global colour and trend experts who specialise in different areas of colour use, brought together by Dulux parent company, AkzoNobel. Collectively the team scours the globe, exploring a broad range of different cultures and industries including interiors, fashion, beauty, design and even social and economic influences. The result is an annual trend forecast known as 'Colour Futures', which depicts five key trends for the year ahead and one true Colour of the Year. 2015 at Strictly Come Dancing - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 15th February 2015
Rachel Stevens and Kevin Clifton - Strictly Come Dancing Tour 2015 at the Barclaycard Arena Birmingham - Opening Night at Barclaycard Arena, Strictly Come Dancing - Birmingham, United Kingdom - Friday 16th January 2015
Caroline Flack and Tristan MacManus - Strictly Come Dancing Tour 2015 held Barclaycard Arena Birmingham - Opening Night at Barclaycard Arena Birmingham, Strictly Come Dancing - Birmingham, United Kingdom - Friday 16th January 2015
Thom Evans, Iveta Lukosiute, Scott Mills, Joanne Clifton, Mark Wright, Karen Hauer, Alison Hammond, Aljaz Skorjanec, Simon Webb, Kristina Rihanoff, Rachel Stevens and Kevin Clifton - 'Strictly Come Dancing' Live Tour - Photocall at The Barclaycard Arena at Barclaycard Arena, Strictly Come Dancing - Birmingham, United Kingdom - Tuesday 13th January 2015
The popular sitcom got the most viewers on Christmas Day for a second consecutive year.
Seasoned BBC favourite ‘Mrs. Brown’s Boys’ won the Christmas Day ratings war for a second year in a row.
The popular sitcom was the most-watched show on December 25th with 7.61 million viewers tuning in, beating competition from long-running soap ‘EastEnders’ (close behind with 7.55 million). The ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ Christmas special completed a clean sweep of the top three for the BBC, getting 6.98 million viewers for Bruce Forsyth’s much-anticipated return.
Brendan O'Carroll, creator of 'Mrs. Brown's Boys', sings carols at the annual Christmas Ward Walk 2014
Continue reading: 'Mrs. Brown's Boys' Tops The Christmas TV Ratings
The television presenter received three perfect scores of 40 from the judges on the way to securing her victory in the popular vote.
After nearly three months of intense competition, ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ has a winner! Former ‘Xtra Factor’ host Caroline Flack was voted the best of the three remaining contestants along with her professional dance partner Pasha Kovalev.
Former pop stars Frankie Bridge (of The Saturdays) and Simon Webbe (of Blue) were the runners-up in the final vote, while former ‘The Only Way Is Essex’ star Mark Wright was voted off in fourth place in an earlier stage of the final.
Winner! Caroline Flack was crowned 'Strictly...' 2014 champion on Saturday night
Continue reading: Caroline Flack Crowned 2014 'Strictly Come Dancing' Winner
Despite the return of Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole, 'The X-Factor' was unable to beat 'Strictly Come Dancing' in the ratings.
It is a battle that could have perhaps been avoided had either the BBC or ITV backed down and rescheduled, but Strictly Come Dancing and The X-Factor went head-to-head for the first time this year on Sunday, with the dancing reality show winning out. ITV will have hoped the return of Cheryl Cole and Simon Cowell would have been enough to pip its rival - airing its first season without Bruce Forsyth - though it wasn't to be.
The return of Simon Cowell was not enough for The X-Factor to beat Strictly
Strictly returned with 8.4 million viewers on Sunday - a 33.7% share of the audience between 8pm and 9.15pm. The X-Factor had to settle for second place, with 7.6 million viewers and a 27.9% share between 8pm and 9.05pm.
Continue reading: Despite Cowell's Return, 'Strictly' Topples X-Factor in Sunday Ratings
Andy's mum is to join Frankie Bridge on the 12th edition of BBC's 'Strictly Come Dancing' this autumn
She’s more used to watching her son coping with the pressures of the spotlight than performing herself, but this autumn Judy Murray will be the subject of public scrutiny as she confirmed that she is to take part in this year’s ‘Strictly Come Dancing’.
Judy Murray is the second contestant to be confirmed on the upcoming series of 'Strictly...'
Judy, 54, is the second celebrity to be unveiled for the 2014 edition of the ever-popular BBC Saturday night show, after Frankie Bridge of the pop group The Saturdays was announced last week. The news was broken by the BBC through the official ‘Strictly…’ Twitter account, accompanied by a picture of Murray holding up one of the judge’s marking panels like a tennis racket.
Continue reading: Judy Murray Confirmed As Second Contestant On 'Strictly Come Dancing'
The show's 11th season saw Clancy emerge victorious in an all-girl final
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.
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."
Continue reading: Abbey Clancy Crowned 'Strictly Come Dancing' 2013 Winner
After a dazzling episode for Musical Week at the weekend, we reveal our female and male favourites to win.
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.
Mark Benton and Iveta Lukosiute perform 'The Lion King' inspired dance
Louis Smith was last night crowned this years Strictly Come Dancing champion, wowing both the audiences and the judges with his light feet to take home this years glitter ball trophy.
The 23-year-old Olympic silver medalist beat off competition from actress Dani Harmer, TV presenter Denise Van Outen and Girls Aloud star Kimberley Walsh in the much vied for final, making him the show's 10th victor. An overwhelmed, but still slightly jovial, Louis said after he was awarded this years title, "I can finally say I won something in the year 2012!"
With his fleet-footed rendition of the Charleston, Louis swept off the injury problems that have plagued him throughout the competition as though they weren't there, to perform a near faultless dance routine with his partner Flavia Cacace. The Olympian sustained a number of injuries throughout the show's 14-week run, including problems with his back - which limited the number of lifts he could perform - as well as a knee problem that he said would require surgery now the show is over.
Continue reading: Louis Smith Crowned King of Strictly Come Dancing
The first live show of the current series of The X Factor suffered a ratings drop compared to last year's figures, with the viewing numbers down by 1.7 million from a 10.9 million average last series to 9.2 million this series.
If that wasn't bad enough for the show's bosses, the BBC's rival reality show, Strictly Come Dancing, improved on last year's ratings by going from 7.5 million to 8.7 million this year. However given that even with a ratings boost in tow the BBC show still hasn't managed to knock ITV's centrepiece show from atop it's perch must give the show's bosses some solace. Still, whilst the show was still the most watched show on British TV last night, its share of viewers considerably lower than last year, drawing in an average 40% of the available audience on Saturday night, while last year it dragged in a more impressive 49%.
Last night, the dwindling X Factor viewers got to watch 'wildcard' Christopher Maloney be given a second chance as he returned to the show having been spared by the viewer's vote. Meanwhile, over on the Beeb, Lisa Riley proved herself to be the dark horse of the contest as she finished the night atop the leader board with an impressive rendition of the cha cha cha.