Shirley Ballas, a.k.a. 'The Queen of Latin', will step into the vacant head judge spot on the 'Strictly' panel in September.
After months of speculation, ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ has at least revealed who is to replace Len Goodman as the panel’s head judge – and they’ve picked from the world of dance rather than from the world of celebrity.
Shirley Ballas, a former champion ballroom dancer who is nicknamed ‘The Queen of Latin’, is not exactly a household name, but it is she who is to step in when ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ returns later this year. A respected figure in the dance industry as a coach and as a judge, Ballas retired from dancing competitively in 1996.
Continue reading: 'Strictly Come Dancing' Reveals Len Goodman's Successor As Head Judge
Danny will star alongside his fiancee Carley in 'Sleepless The Musical' in 2017.
The job offers are coming in for the defeated ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ finalist Danny Mac, as it has been revealed that the actor will be starring in a new musical theatre adaptation of Sleepless In Seattle alongside his fiancée Carley Stenson.
28 year old Danny is best known for his role as Mark ‘Dodger’ Savage in Channel 4 soap ‘Hollyoaks’, but he’ll be taking up the role of Sam in ‘Sleepless the Musical’ when it opens at the Theatre Royal Plymouth on April 1st 2017, alongside his partner Carley as she plays Annie.
The production will then move to week-long stints at Salford and Dublin prior to a run in the West End in late May.
Continue reading: 'Strictly' Finalist Danny Mac To Star In 'Sleepless In Seattle' Musical
The singer pulled out of the competition days after clashing with the judge.
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 Goodman says Will Young’s ‘Strictly’ exit was not because of their clash
The ex-Labour politician lost in a dance-off against Judge Rinder on Sunday evening, bringing to an end his gloriously improbable run.
After a memorable three months of awkward dad-dancing that has seen him become something of an improbably cult hero, former Labour politician Ed Balls has been eliminated from ‘Strictly Come Dancing’.
The ex-shadow chancellor had progressed deep into the competition, regularly saved by the public vote in the face of increasingly low marks awarded by the judges. However, Balls’ luck eventually ran out, and he was sent home after losing a dance-off against Judge Rinder on Sunday night (September 27th).
Ed Balls with his 'Strictly' pro partner Katya Jones
Continue reading: Ed Balls Eliminated From 'Strictly Come Dancing' After Unlikely Run
Anita Rani, Helen George, Frankie Bridge , Georgia May Foote - Strictly Come Dancing Live photo call at The Barclay Card Arena, Birmingham at Strictly Come Dancing - Birmingham, United Kingdom - Thursday 21st January 2016
Claudia Winkleman - Celebrities arrive at Flamingo's Nightclub Blackpool for the Strictly Come Dancing After Show Party. at Strictly Come Dancing - Blackpool, United Kingdom - Sunday 22nd November 2015
Darcey Bussell, in a recent interview, discussed her health following her hip surgery in 2014.
Darcey Bussell has opened up about her recent hip surgery and how important it is for her to keep fit. The 46-year-old retired from dancing professionally in 2007 and has been a judge on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing since 2012. Despite having retired seven years ago, Bussell is still coping with the physical strain ballet placed on her body but her recent hip resurfacing has made a huge difference to her life.
Darcey Bussell at the photocall of The Car Man in July 2015.
Continue reading: Darcey Bussell Opens Up About Her Hip Surgery: “My Body Feels Great Now”
James Jordan accused Revel Horwood of "double standards" and of appalling drunken behaviour in an extraordinary rant.
‘Strictly Come Dancing’ star Ola Jordan’s husband James has launched a stinging attack on Craig Revel Horwood, one of the show’s judges, calling him “vile” and accusing him of “double standards” after he criticised his wife.
Previously, Revel Horwood had taken a few jibes at Ola Jordan’s photoshoot for her calendar, saying that the images of her “pouring milk all over herself with her legs spread” weren’t appropriate for a family show such as ‘Strictly’.
But James, a professional dancer and former resident dancer on ‘Strictly’ until 2013, hit back at 50 year old Revel Horwood’s double standards on the basis that he’s releasing a new autobiography in time for Christmas with the title ‘All Balls and Glitter: My Life’.
'Strictly Come Dancing' contestants are being denied appearances on ITV chat shows this year, claim the BBC.
More shots have been fired in the Saturday night ratings war, with the BBC accusing ITV of ‘blacklisting’ ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ from appearing on their chat shows in an attempt to bolster the ratings of ‘The X Factor’ through denial of exposure.
Celebrities taking part in the dance competition have allegedly been turned down and denied appearances on the likes of ‘Good Morning Britain’, ‘Lorraine’ and ‘Loose Women’ in order to stop them from promoting ‘The X Factor’s rival.
Peter Andre and his 'Strictly' dance partner Kristina Rihanoff
Norton claimed he wouldn't give any of the contestants "50p" if he saw them busking on the underground. Ouch!
“I haven’t watched ‘X Factor’ the past few years because it just seems so long now – it’s endless,” he said in conversation with the Radio Times. “Also, the people aren’t very good, so to all the judges’ comments of ‘I’d buy your album tomorrow’ you think, ‘You’re never having an album’. You wouldn’t throw 50p at them if they were busking in the tube. I think it’s lost its credibility.”
Ouch. Well, perhaps he should tune in again after all this time, as he seemed to have glowing praise for Radio 1’s Nick Grimshaw – who has just become one of the judges on the ITV show.
Georgia May Foote - Georgia May Foote arrives at Manchester Piccadilly station after rehearsals for 'Strictly Come Dancing' in London at Manchester Piccadilly Train Station, Strictly Come Dancing - Manchester, United Kingdom - Saturday 12th September 2015
CJ de Mooi, of BBC quiz show 'Eggheads', claims that he was rejected from the show because of his request.
A regular expert on the BBC quiz show ‘Eggheads’ has claimed that he was rejected from consideration for ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ because he asked for a dance partner of the same sex.
CJ de Mooi, who is gay, says that he was overlooked in favour of BBC Radio 2 presenter Jeremy Vine for inclusion on the 2015 edition of ‘Strictly’ because of his request. He has also slammed the corporation for the reason it gave for turning it down, which he says amounted to: “’Strictly’ is a family show and we have chosen the traditional format of mixed-sex couples.”
'Strictly Come Dancing', presented by Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly, returning to screens last night
Carol Kirkwood - Carol Kirkwood who is a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing appears on the BBC TV Show The One show. Dancing with Country Vibe during CarFest. at Strictly Come Dancing - Guilford, United Kingdom - Friday 28th August 2015
Presenter Kirsty Gallacher and former British sprinter Iwan Thomas were the final contestants to be announced.
The line-up for ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ 2015 is complete, with the 14th and 15th celebrities being announced on BBC’s ‘The One Show’ on Thursday evening (August 27th). TV presenter Kirsty Gallacher and former British Olympic sprinter Iwan Thomas round off the list of stars who’ll be competing for the ‘Strictly’ crown when the thirteenth season starts next weekend.
Gallacher is currently a Sky Sports News presenter, and has provided sports coverage for a number of networks at events like the Ryder Cup, Wimbledon and the Olympics. She said: “I’ve always been a huge fan of ‘Strictly’ so am very excited to be taking part in the show this year.”
'Strictly' dancers Aljaz Skorjanec and Janette Manrara turn up for rehearsals in August 2015
Continue reading: Celebrity Line Up For 'Strictly Come Dancing' 2015 Is Now Complete
At a panel at the Edinburgh Festival, ITV's Peter Fincham made a veiled accusation that the BBC deliberately schedules 'Strictly' to clash with 'The X Factor'.
Director of television at ITV Peter Fincham has suggested that the BBC has been playing a “game” for years whereby it deliberately schedules its dancing competition ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ against ‘The X Factor’ on Saturday nights in a battle of the ratings.
‘The X Factor’ returns this weekend on Saturday August 29th with its new judging line-up featuring Nick Grimshaw and Rita Ora, and when ‘Strictly’ kicks off the following weekend (September 6th) the two shows will overlap by 20 minutes.
If trends continue from recent years, where ‘Strictly’ has edged ahead of its ITV rival in the ratings, then ‘The X Factor’ can expect its viewing figures to take a noticeable hit at the end of each weekly programme. “This really matters to us, because we are a commercial business,” Fincham pointed out.
They are the eighth and ninth contestants to be unveiled for 'Strictly' 2015 - six more celeb names are due to be revealed in the next week.
Veteran singer Daniel O’Donnell and professional boxer Anthony Ogogo have been unveiled as the eighth and ninth contestants for ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ 2015.
Irish-born singer O’Donnell announced his participation on Thursday (August 20th), and admitted to feeling nervous despite a lengthy career in showbiz. “It's really happening,” he said, wondering out loud about what kind of standard will be required of him. “I can put a few steps together, but can I dance to the level I need to dance? Well, that's a whole other ball game.”
Daniel O'Donnell is the eighth contestant for 'Strictly Come Dancing' 2015
She'll be joining Jeremy Vine, Ainsley Harriott, Kellie Bright and Georgia May Foote in the 2015 edition, which starts next month.
TV and radio personality Katie Derham has become the latest celebrity name to sign up for ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ later this year. The ex-ITV newsreader and current presenter of the BBC Proms announced that she’ll be participated in the show when it returns in September, which she described as a “national treasure”.
Derham, 45, is the fifth contestant to join the 2015 edition of the ever-popular dance competition, and she gave the following statement after being announced on Saturday (August 15th). “I’m extremely excited to be part of such a wonderful show… …I spend hours admiring professional musicians and performers at the Proms, so I’m thrilled to have the chance to throw myself into an equally demanding and beautiful world. It will be a totally new experience for me and I can’t wait to get going.”
Katie Derham is the fifth 'Strictly' contestant for 2015
The former 'Grange Hill' and 'Corrie' actress is the fourth name to be confirmed for 'Strictly' 2015.
The 24 year old actress, who quit her role as Katy Armstrong in the ITV soap earlier in 2015 to pursue a career in Hollywood, will be focussing on Britain for the foreseeable future as she’s been confirmed as the fourth contestant in the annual BBC dancing competition.
Georgia May Foote outside the BBC studios after confirming she'll be taking part in 'Strictly' 2015
Continue reading: Georgia May Foote Confirmed As Fourth 'Strictly Come Dancing' Contestant
'Strictly' returns to screens in September on BBC One.
The nights are starting to draw in, the football season has started, and now another reminder that autumn is nearly upon has arrived with the news of ‘Strictly Come Dancing’s first contestant.
BBC Radio 2 DJ and presenter Jeremy Vine is the first celebrity name to be confirmed for the ever-popular dance competition. The news was announced on Vine’s Radio 2 colleague Chris Evans’s breakfast show on Monday (August 10th). The 50 year old presenter, who is stand-up comedian Tim Vine’s brother, told Evans: “How could I say no to the biggest show in TV? Yes, yes, yes and yes again to the sequins and the Samba!”
Jeremy Vine is the first contestant to be confirmed for 'Strictly' 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
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
Fiona Fullerton - Strictly Come Dancing contestants arrive at Blackpool's Tower Ballroom for rehearsals ahead of the tonight's live show (16Nov13) - Blackpool, United Kingdom - Saturday 16th November 2013
Tim Henman, Alesha Dixon and Strictly Come Dancing - Tim Henman and Alesha Dixon London, England - entertain the queueing fans at Wimbledon on the Robinson's Mini-Court. Dixon, who has been touted as the new host of 'Strictly Come Dancing' took on challengers from the crowd as they lined up on the opening day of the tournament. Monday 22nd June 2009