The pro-celebrity ballroom contest returns, as a fresh selection of stars take to the dance floor in the first round of the BBC's flagship autumn talent contest. The line-up this year features former Holby City star Chizzy Akudolu, Emmerdale and Hollyoaks alumnus Gemma Atkinson, 2008 X Factor winner Alexandra Burke, TV and radio comedy star Susan Calman, Radio 4 broadcaster the Rev Richard Coles, TV presenter Brian Conley, EastEnders' Davood Ghadami, Good Morning Britain's Charlotte Hawkins and The Saturdays' singer Mollie King. Also treading the boards are This Morning's Ruth Langsford, Holby City actor Joe McFadden, JLS's Aston Merrygold, Paralympian Jonnie Peacock, TV chef Simon Rimmer, and Debbie McGee, whose late husband and performing partner Paul Daniels previously took to the dancefloor in 2010. This year, the 'Queen of Latin' Shirley Ballas will be replacing Len Goodman on the judges' panel, with Bruno Tonioli, Craig Revel Horwood and Darcey Bussell all returning to appraise the talents of the amateur dancers and their professional partners.
Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman launch a new series of the celebrity dance contest, pairing up the 15 celebrities with their professional dance partners. 2016 champions Joanne and Ore return to perform their winning jive, and there is music from Shania Twain and Rita Ora.
The celebrities take to the floor for their first group dance, and there is a very special group routine as everyone on Strictly pays tribute to Sir Bruce Forsyth.
The pro-celebrity dance contest makes its grand return to screens, two weeks after a special introductory programme announced the dancer partnerships, and paid tribute to the show's late presenter Bruce Forsyth. Now though, the competition is ready to get under way, as incoming judge 'Queen of Latin' Shirley Ballas and her fellow panellists Bruno Tonioli, Craig Revel Horwood and Darcey Bussell get their first taste of what the dancing duos are capable of achieving. None of the 15 stars taking to the dance floor this weekend will be exiting this week, though. Instead, their scores will carry over to next weekend, when viewers get a chance to vote for their favourite couples.
Last week, the pro-celebrity couples were given their first chance to show off their dancing prowess, and received a taste of what to expect from incoming judge Shirley Ballas and veteran adjudicators Craig Revel Horwood, Bruno Tonioli and Darcey Bussell, as they assess their prepared routines. This weekend, though, the competition really gets under way. The scores awarded to the 15 couples in the previous round are added to those given out following this week's performances to determine which contestants could be facing the boot tomorrow evening. Ultimately, though, the decision will lie with viewers at home, who are given a chance to have their say via a public vote.
Lights, camera, action! It's the Strictly movie special. The glitz and glamour of Hollywood comes to the ballroom as Strictly Come Dancing glides into movie week.Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman host as the fabulous 14 couples get ready for their close-ups and perform routines inspired by some of the greatest films of all time. All want to impress the judges, but they need the support of the viewers too. The show opens with a spectacular group performance from the entire cast as they pay tribute to one of the biggest movies of recent times - La La Land. Who will prove a smash hit at the box office, and who will flop on the dance floor?.
Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly reveal which couples will be facing elimination, as they combine the results of the viewer vote with the previously announced judges' score. The two least successful pairs then go head to head in a dance-off, the outcome of which will determine who leaves the competition. Featuring music from Gregory Porter.
12 couples remain as the annual dancing competition enters its fifth weekend. The pressure to put in a flawless performance remains as high as ever, as the duos once again take to the stage to demonstrate the routines they have been practising throughout the week. Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman are on hand to oversee proceedings, as judges Shirley Ballas, Darcey Bussell, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood share their thoughts on the couples' steps.
Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman present the results of last night's public vote, which is combined with the judges' scores to reveal the two lowest scoring couples. Both pairs will compete in a dance-off to decide which of them will be eliminated from the contest. With music from Irish rock band the Script.
Spiders, witches, broomsticks and ghosts take up residence in the ballroom, as the dancing contest's traditional Halloween special arrives. Entering the sixth weekend of the contest, the pack of couples has been whittled down to 11, and judges Shirley Ballas, Darcey Bussell, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood will be looking for the pro-celebrity duos to deliver suitably spooky performances if they are to earn the highest scores and boost their chances of finding themselves in a dance-off on Sunday. Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman present.
Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman present the results of the viewers' votes from last night's Halloween special. The two couples given the lowest combined score by the judges and the audience compete in a dance-off to decide which of them will be leaving the contest. Featuring a musical performance from Steps.
Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman reveal the results of the viewers' votes from last night's show. The two couples with the lowest combined scores from the audience and the judges must compete in a dance-off to decide which of them will be eliminated from the contest. Featuring a musical performance from Stereophonics.
The pro-celebrity couples face yet another round of high-pressure performances, as the competition enters its eighth weekend. Only nine duos remain, and Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly present as the pairs once more take to the dancefloor to demonstrate whether a week of rigorous training has had any impact on their skills as dancers. This time, though, the pressure is higher than ever, as anyone who drops out of the contest this weekend will miss out on the chance to dance at Blackpool Tower Ballroom next week. As ever, judges Shirley Ballas, Bruno Tonioli, Craig Revel Horwood and Darcey Bussell preside over the contest, awarding each star a score that could give them a crucial lead in avoiding elimination following the public vote.
Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman reveal the results of last night's viewers' votes, and the two couples with the lowest combined scores from the judges and the audience must compete in a dance-off to retain their place in the contest. Plus, music from Seal and a special Remembrance Day performance by the professional dancers, accompanied by the RAF Spitfires Choir.
The star-studded dance contest reaches its most dazzling annual milestone, as the eight remaining pro-celebrity duos depart from London and head north to the Lancashire coast, where they put their skills to the test against the iconic backdrop of Blackpool Tower Ballroom. Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman open proceedings by introducing a grand-scale group performance, in which the couples are joined on the dancefloor by judges Shirley Ballas, Darcey Bussell, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood. Already a glamorous affair, Strictly turns the dial well and truly up to 11 for its yearly trip to the northern resort town, with even more glitzy sets and routines that push the performers to their limits. With the grand final now only a month away, the stars once again face the judges scrutiny ahead of yet another elimination.
Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman present the results of last night's show. The two couples with the lowest combined score from the judges and the audience must compete in a dance off to decide who will remain in the contest. Plus, a tribute to Northern Soul by the professional dancers, a duet by Alfie Boe and Michael Ball and a classic hit from Tears for Fears.
The seven remaining pro-celebrity duos return to the Elstree studio, in the wake of their expedition to the Lancashire coast last weekend for the annual Blackpool Tower special. The competition will be no less intense on coming back to familiar territory, though, as the celebrities and their seasoned dancing partners draw closer to the grand final. Judges Shirley Ballas, Bruno Tonioli, Darcey Bussell and Craig Revel Horwood are on hand to assess each pairing's skills as they perform their individual routines, before they all tackle the Paso Doble at the same time in a 'Pasodoblathon'. As ever, though, the impressing the judges is only half of the battle, as the stars must also gain the approval of the viewing public, who are given a chance to have their say over who should stay in the running.
Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman reveal the results of last night's viewers' vote. Five of the remaining seven couples are guaranteed a place in next week's show, but the two pairs with the lowest combined score from the audience and the judges must compete in a dance-off to decide who will be leaving the contest. Plus, Kelly Clarkson performs her latest single.
Only six couples remain in the running, as Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman invite the pro-celebrity duos back to the studio for another round of performances. This time, it is Musicals Week, which means the stars and their professional dancer partners will be tackling popular routines from West End and Broadway shows. The show begins with a group performance taking the form of a routine from the soundtrack of Oliver!, before their stars are tasked with pulling off their individual dances. Judges Shirley Ballas, Darcey Bussell, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood are on hand to deliver their verdicts and award points to the most successful stars. However, the competitors' true fate will only be decided once the public has voted.
Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman reveal the results of the Musicals Week viewers' vote. The two couples with the lowest combined scores from the judges and audience must compete in a dance-off to decide which of them will be eliminated from the contest before next week's semi-final. Featuring music from Beverley Knight, Amber Riley and Cassidy Janson.
The five remaining celebrities and their seasoned dancing partners reach the semi-final, and take to the stage in the studio to once again demonstrate their dancing skills. All the contestants face a two dances apiece as they try to win the favour of judges Shirley Ballas, Bruno Tonioli, Darcey Bussell and Craig Revel Horwood - and the viewers at home - if they are to be in with a chance of winning. Once the show is over, voting lines are opened, and fans are given a chance to have their say over who should make it to the final.
Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly reveal the results of last night's viewers' vote, which will decide who is going through to next week's final. Three of the five couples have already secured a position in next week's show, and the others must compete in a dance-off to decide who will get the last remaining place. With music from Craig David and a Lindy Hop routine by the professional dancers.
Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman host the live grand final, which sees the final four celebrity contestants and their partners taking to the stage for three dances that will determine whether they claim the glitterball trophy. Shirley Ballas, Bruno Tonioli, Craig Revel Horwood and Darcey Bussell offer their comments and score the performances, but as always, their opinions are merely guidance - the decision as to who waltzes off with this year's title is down to the viewers' vote. As the winner is decided, the rest of the 2017 cast are expected to return for one final, celebratory group performance. Plus, Ed Sheeran steps up to the stage for a special performance.