Viewers also said a fond farewell to head judge Len Goodman.
BBC sports presenter Ore Oduba and his partner Joanne Cliffton have been crowned the winners of this year’s ‘Strictly Come Dancing’.
The couple beat fellow finalists Louise Redknapp and her partner Kevin Clifton and actor Danny Mac and his partner Oti Mabuse to lift the coveted glitterball trophy during Saturday night's grand finale.
Continue reading: Ore Oduba Wins 'Strictly Come Dancing'
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
Former dancer Karen Hardy will be a guest judge on the touring version of 'Strictly Come Dancing' early next year.
46 year old Karen Hardy, a former professional dancer on ‘Strictly’ until 2009, has been selected to be a judge on the panel for the show’s live tour early in 2017. This will reportedly act as a kind of trial for the permanent role for the 15th series this time next year.
Karen Hardy pictured in 2012
Continue reading: BBC Drops Hint At Len Goodman's Replacement On 'Strictly Come Dancing'
Goodman is stepping down from his role as head judge on 'Strictly Come Dancing' after the 2016 series is finished.
Craig Revel Horwood has revealed the real reason why Len Goodman has announced he’ll be stepping down from the ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ judging panel at the end of the year – because he no longer has the energy for all the travelling he does.
72 year old Goodman combines his head judge role on BBC One’s Saturday night favourite, which returns next weekend (September 3rd), with a judging position on America’s ‘Dancing With the Stars’ – and the international travel it involves is getting too much for him.
Len Goodman is stepping down from his 'Strictly' role after this series
Arlene was sacked from the show in 2009 in favour of Alesha Dixon.
Former ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ judge Arlene Phillips could be set to make a long-awaited return to the show, to replace departing judge Len Goodman. Arlene was fired from the show in 2009 and replaced by the much younger Alesha Dixon, which at the time sparked an ageism row at the BBC.
Could Arlene Phillips make a return to ‘Strictly’
But now bosses are said to be eager for Arlene to return, as the replacement for Len Goodman who will leave after the upcoming series. A source told The Sun: “Producers have a limited pool to pick from for Len’s replacement and they know that Arlene would be a shock to the audience but they would love it."
Continue reading: Is Arlene Phillips Set To Return To 'Strictly Come Dancing'?
The TV presenter says she’s always wanted to take part in the BBC show.
TV presenter Laura Whitmore is the first female celebrity confirmed for the line-up of this year’s ‘Strictly Come Dancing’, which returns next month. Whitmore will join singer Will Young and former shadow chancellor Ed Balls, who were announced earlier this week, to compete for the Glitterball Trophy.
Laura Whitmore will compete in this year’s ‘Strictly Come Dancing’
Confirming the news on Nick Grimshaw’s Radio One Breakfast Show this morning, Whitmore said: "I've always known I've wanted to do it. Even as a kid, my mum was like, 'One day, you'll do Strictly'. It's what she always wanted me to do it!
50 year old du Beke, a professional dancer on the show since 2004, is being mooted as Goodman's replacement from next year.
A former professional dancer on ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ has strongly hinted that the BBC already knows that Len Goodman’s replacement on the judging panel will be Anton Du Beke, claiming that, although it won’t be announced yet, it is a “done deal”.
Trent Whiddon, who has only taken part in one series of ‘Strictly’ back in 2014 when he was partnered with Pixie Lott and made it as far as the 11th week of the show, spoke to The Mirror on Thursday evening (July 28th) at the premiere of his former dance partner’s new show ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ in the West End.
Anton du Beke with 'Strictly' celeb partner Katie Derham in December 2015
Len Goodman announced his departure from the show after 12 years earlier this month.
Former ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ judge Alesha Dixon has ruled out retuning to the show, after head judge Len Goodman leaves next year. Dixon, a former Mirrorball trophy winner, joined the ‘Strictly’ judging panel in 2009 before leaving the show for 'Britain's Got Talent’.
Alesha Dixon has ruled out a return to ‘Strictly’.
Speaking at the AOL Build UK event on Friday, Dixon said: “No I'm certainly not going back. For me it's about moving forward and actually I'm really sad that Len is leaving but I totally understand. I had a great catch up with Bruno Tonioli recently and it's a massive deal because he's been there from the start.”
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
Len Goodman and Guest - Celebrities and Stars attending the British Par 3 Pro Am Celebrity Golf at Nailcote Hall Cromwell Course - Solihull, Nailcote Hall Cromwell Course, United Kingdom - Monday 5th August 2013