Strictly Come Dancing
Strictly Come Dancing is a British television dance contest in which celebrities partner with professional dancers. The title of the show is a continuation of the long-running series Come Dancing, with an allusion to the film Strictly Ballroom. The show is broadcast live on BBC One on Saturday evenings, and is currently presented by Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman. Sir Bruce Forsyth presented the live shows alongside Daly from 2004 to 2013, announcing his departure in 2014.
About Strictly Come Dancing in brief
Strictly Come Dancing is a British television dance contest in which celebrities partner with professional dancers to compete in mainly ballroom and Latin dance. The title of the show is a continuation of the long-running series Come Dancing, with an allusion to the film Strictly Ballroom. The show is broadcast live on BBC One on Saturday evenings, and is currently presented by Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman. Sir Bruce Forsyth presented the live shows alongside Daly from 2004 to 2013, announcing his departure in 2014. Since the fourth series, the show has aired in high definition. The format has been exported to 60 other countries — under the title Dancing with the Stars — licensed by BBC Worldwide. Sixteen stand-alone Christmas specials and nineteen charity specials have also been produced. The Guinness World Records has named StrictLY to be the world’s most successful reality television format. The judging panel initially consisted of Bruno Tonioli, Arlene Phillips, Len Goodman and Craig Revel Horwood. Alesha Dixon took Phillips’ place from series 7 to 9, after which she left the programme to judge Britain’s Got Talent which led to ballcey Bussell replacing her. Dame Darina Bussell remained in place to replace her until series 9, when she retired to become a judge on America’s America’s Next Top Model. During four series, an hour-long highlights show was shown on Sundays at 19:00: 00 on BBC Two, although it was filmed on Saturday and then broadcast on Sunday evenings.
The highlights are filmed on the Saturday and Sunday evenings, although the live show is filmed on Friday and Saturday evenings. Each judge gives an overall performance out of ten, giving an overall total of forty out of forty points. Through telephone voting, viewers vote for who they would like to be in the next round, the results of the poll being combined with the ranking of the judges. For example, with ten contestants left, the judges’ favourite would receive ten points, second favourite nine points, and so on, and similarly with the viewers’ rankings. The bottom ranked couple gets one point. The profits from the telephone lines were donated to Sport Relief in series 1, to Children in Need from series 2, until series 8 when donations to charity stopped. For some of the second series, Natasha Kaplinsky stood in temporarily for Daly while she took maternity leave. For series 8 to 11, Forsyth only presented the main show and was replaced for the results show. At which point Daly assumed Forsyth’s role as main presenter and Winkle man assumed Daly’s role. Forsyth died on 18 August 2017, aged 83, and died on 19 August 2017. He recorded a video message for the 2015 Christmas special as he was unable to appear due to illness. He was to continue to present special editions of the programme until the end of the 2013 series. The BBC dismissed the idea of selling it abroad, as they felt it was too British. He then took the format to America himself.