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Subject: Strictly Come Dancing

Written By: Philip Eno on 08/30/14 at 3:09 am

The complete line-up for this year's Strictly Come Dancing series has been revealed ahead of the BBC One talent show's launch night on 6 September.

Masterchef judge Gregg Wallace, Bargain Hunt's Tim Wonnacott and Mrs Brown's Boys actress Jennifer Gibney join 12 other celebrities previously announced.

They include pop stars Pixie Lott and Frankie Bridge, DJ Scott Mills and Judy Murray, mother of tennis player Andy.

Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman will co-host the ballroom competition.

The pair were confirmed as the show's new full-time hosts following Sir Bruce Forsyth's decision to step down as presenter.

Naturalist Steve Backshall, EastEnders actor Jake Wood, reality TV star Mark Wright, ex-rugby player Thom Evans and Blue's Simon Webbe round out this year's male contingent.

They will be joined in the green room by Casualty actress Sunetra Sarker, Big Brother contestant turned broadcaster Alison Hammond and TV presenter Caroline Flack.

Gibney, who plays Mrs Brown's daughter in the popular sitcom and is the wife of Mrs Brown herself - comedian Brendan O'Carroll - said "excited" was an inadequate word to describe how she felt to be taking part in the show.

Former greengrocer Wallace said he could not wait to "live in a Strictly bubble", while former auctioneer Wonnacott said he had signed on so he could take his wife dancing on their 30th wedding anniversary.

Bookmaker William Hill has made Pixie Lott 5-1 favourite to win, closely followed by Bridge and Webbe, who are both 6-1. Wonnacott is the 33-1 outsider.

Subject: Re: Strictly Come Dancing

Written By: Philip Eno on 08/10/15 at 3:06 pm

BBC Radio 2 presenter and journalist Jeremy Vine is the first celebrity to be announced for the next series of Strictly Come Dancing 2015.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-33846023

Subject: Re: Strictly Come Dancing

Written By: Philip Eno on 08/12/15 at 6:33 am

Celebrity chef Ainsley Harriott and EastEnders actress Kellie Bright have joined the line-up for the next series of Strictly Come Dancing.

Subject: Re: Strictly Come Dancing

Written By: Philip Eno on 08/14/15 at 11:36 am

Former Coronation Street actress Georgia May Foote is the latest celebrity to join this year's Strictly Come Dancing line-up.

Foote started her career in Grange Hill before going on to play Katy Armstrong in the ITV soap.

She left the show earlier this year, when she was reported to be going to "pursue work in the US".

Subject: Re: Strictly Come Dancing

Written By: Philip Eno on 08/18/15 at 5:53 am

BBC Breakfast's weather presenter Carol Kirkwood has just been unveiled as the next contestant to be on this year's Strictly Come Dancing.

Subject: Re: Strictly Come Dancing

Written By: Philip Eno on 08/19/15 at 5:48 am

Singer Peter Andre has just been announced as the latest star to sign up for this year's Strictly Come Dancing

Subject: Re: Strictly Come Dancing

Written By: Philip Eno on 08/21/15 at 1:49 pm

Professional boxer Anthony Ogogo has been announced as the next celebrity take part in this year's Strictly Come Dancing.

Subject: Re: Strictly Come Dancing

Written By: Philip Eno on 08/24/15 at 11:49 am

...news that The Wanted's Jay McGuiness has joined the Strictly Come Dancing contestant line-up.

Subject: Re: Strictly Come Dancing

Written By: Philip Eno on 08/26/15 at 12:57 pm

Television and radio presenter Anita Rani has become the next contestant to join Strictly Come Dancing.

Subject: Re: Strictly Come Dancing

Written By: Paul on 08/26/15 at 1:33 pm

Add to that motley crew, Daniel O'Donnell - a man who could make Pat Boone look like a hell-raiser...:P

I don't think I'll be wasting my time with this somehow...

Subject: Re: Strictly Come Dancing

Written By: Philip Eno on 08/26/15 at 1:36 pm


Add to that motley crew, Daniel O'Donnell - a man who could make Pat Boone look like a hell-raiser...:P

I don't think I'll be wasting my time with this somehow...
...you can always leave the country to avoid it?

Subject: Re: Strictly Come Dancing

Written By: Philip Eno on 08/27/15 at 5:14 am

Next up! The Midwife star Helen George. The actress - who plays Nurse Trixie Franklin in the BBC One drama - is "really excited" to be featuring in the show, which returns next month.

Subject: Re: Strictly Come Dancing

Written By: Philip Eno on 09/06/15 at 6:32 am

The opening episode of Strictly Come Dancing was watched by 8.7 million people on Saturday night, up from 8.4 million last year.

Subject: Re: Strictly Come Dancing

Written By: Philip Eno on 12/18/15 at 11:46 am

The final for the 2015 series will be boardcast tomorrow.

Subject: Re: Strictly Come Dancing

Written By: Philip Eno on 01/19/16 at 12:08 pm

The Great British Bake-Off judge Mary Berry has turned down the chance to don glitzy ballroom dresses on Strictly Come Dancing.

Explaining to the Radio Times why she said no to the BBC One show, she said: "My husband and children would kill me.

"I have two left feet and would make a terrible fool of myself."

We're sure that wouldn't have been the case Mary.

You'd have whipped the ballroom into a frenzy, beaten off the competition and seen a steady rise in your dancing abilities - no wooden spoon for you.

Subject: Re: Strictly Come Dancing

Written By: Philip Eno on 08/22/16 at 8:54 am

Criminal barrister Robert Rinder, star of reality court show Judge Rinder, has joined Strictly Come Dancing.

Rinder is the 12th contestant to be announced for this year's series, which begins on 3 September.

Singer Anastacia, BBC Breakfast's Naga Munchetty, former shadow chancellor Ed Balls, model Daisy Lowe, former Hollyoaks actor Danny Mac, Kiss FM DJ Melvin Odoom, singers Louise Redknapp and Will Young; and presenters Ore Oduba and Laura Whitmore are the other confirmed celebrity contestants on the show.

Gymnast Claudia Fragapane, who has just competed for Team GB at the Rio Olympics, was also added to the line-up over the weekend.

The remaining three celebrity contestants to be taking part in this year's competition will be revealed on The One Show on Monday evening.

Subject: Re: Strictly Come Dancing

Written By: Philip Eno on 08/15/17 at 12:40 am

Strictly Come Dancing 2017: Aston Merrygold joins line-up

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-40910799

Aston Merrygold is the latest contestant announced for this year's Strictly Come Dancing. The former JLS singer said: "I'm so happy to be joining Strictly 2017, it is such a brilliant show and I've followed it for years." So far, one celebrity has been revealed per day for the new series of Strictly, which begins on BBC One in September. Tess and Claudia will return to host, but it will be the first series without Len Goodman on the judging panel.

Subject: Re: Strictly Come Dancing

Written By: Philip Eno on 08/16/17 at 2:10 am

Susan Calman is the latest contestant announced for this year's Strictly Come Dancing. The Scottish comic told the Jeremy Vine show: "I am the last person on the dancefloor!" "I haven't worn heels or a dress since the 1970s... my mother will die happy to see me in a dress and glitter."

Subject: Re: Strictly Come Dancing

Written By: Philip Eno on 08/22/17 at 6:11 am

Strictly Come Dancing 2017: Full line-up confirmed

https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/660/cpsprodpb/57AF/production/_97474422_strictly_newindex2.jpg

Two pop stars, two comedians, a vicar and a Paralympian athlete help to make up the star-studded line-up for the latest series of Strictly Come Dancing. They will be joined by broadcasters, actors and a magician's widow when the show launches on BBC One next month. Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman will return to host the first series not to have Len Goodman as a judge. Bruno Tonioli, Darcey Bussell and Craig Revel Horwood will instead be joined by ballroom champion Shirley Ballas. The new series will begin with a launch show on BBC One on 9 September. Here is a complete rundown of the 15 contestants who will strut their stuff on the show's 15th series.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-40910799

Subject: Re: Strictly Come Dancing

Written By: Philip Eno on 09/05/17 at 1:25 am

New Strictly Come Dancing judge Shirley Ballas has said she will be "fun, firm, feisty and fair" when she takes over from Len Goodman. Ballas, 56, said she fell to her knees when she was told she was the new judge - because she "couldn't believe it". The 'Queen of Latin' said that while she "may look and come across as quite strict", she wants to give the celebrities "comments to inspire them". But she promised she would be "honest and as forthright" on the BBC One show.

Subject: Re: Strictly Come Dancing

Written By: Philip Eno on 09/05/17 at 9:02 am

There will also be a tribute for the late Bruce Forsyth on Strictly Come Dancing when it returns to BBC One on Saturday.

Subject: Re: Strictly Come Dancing

Written By: Philip Eno on 09/11/17 at 8:51 am

The launch episode of Strictly Come Dancing was the ratings victor on Saturday, with an average of 8.8 million people tuning in to watch. Over on ITV, 5.5 million saw The X Factor as it reached its second week. Strictly's ratings were down on last year's launch show, which drew a record audience of 9.3 million. The opening show, which had a tribute to former host Sir Bruce Forsyth, had a 44.7% share of the audience, while The X Factor had 27.3%.
The two shows clashed at 20:00 BST, when The X Factor ran against Strictly's last 40 minutes.

Subject: Re: Strictly Come Dancing

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/02/17 at 7:36 am

Strictly Come Dancing continues to outpace ITV rival The X Factor in the competition for Saturday night views. An average of 9.3 million people saw Saturday's episode, making it the day's most watched show with a 45% viewing share. The X Factor attracted 4.9 million viewers, slightly up on last week but its peak fell from 6m to 5.8m. The BBC and ITV shows, which overlap for 50 minutes, have long competed for viewers during one of TV's prime slots. Strictly's episode did better than its 2016 equivalent, which had an average of 8.6m views. It had a peak viewing of 10.2m, compared to 9.5m in 2016. This was despite some concern that the celebrity contestants in the dancing competition are less popular than in previous years.

Subject: Re: Strictly Come Dancing

Written By: Philip Eno on 08/13/18 at 6:25 am

The first contestant to be announced for this year's series of Strictly Come Dancing is Katie Piper. The television presenter appeared on BBC Breakfast, where it was confirmed she would be taking part in the show. The 34-year old former model claimed she lacked "natural rhythm" and said it was "a bit daunting" to be taking part in the programme. She also admitted that when she told her husband about it, "he just thought I was joking".

Subject: Re: Strictly Come Dancing

Written By: Philip Eno on 12/16/18 at 12:25 am

Documentary maker Stacey Dooley and dance partner Kevin Clifton

...have been crowned the winners of the 16th series of BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing.

Subject: Re: Strictly Come Dancing

Written By: Philip Eno on 12/20/18 at 12:57 pm

Radio host Chris Evans has revealed he has agreed to take part in next year's Strictly Come Dancing - nine months before the series starts.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-46631501

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