For fans of high-energy energy dance competitions filled with glitz and glamour (and not without its drama) in a reality television show format, viewers who haven’t yet seen Strictly Come Dancing must certainly make a point of doing so.
Strictly Come Dancing (or more commonly, Strictly) is a BBC television reality show that features celebrities dancing with professional dancers in a dance competition featuring Ballroom, Latin, and other featured dances.
The show’s basic premise is this: couples dance to a given musical number, and are judged by four judges (Craig Revel Horwood, Bruno Tonioli, Darcey Bussell, and Len Goodman), who score performances on a 1-10 point scale. Based on the judges’ scores, along with live viewer votes, the lowest scoring couple each week is eliminated from the competition. The season culminates in a magnificent two-hour season finale, where three couples square off to ultimately determine who is crowned that season’s champion. The show’s current presenters (hosts) are Tess Daly and Claudia Winkelman.
American viewers who liken this show to the U.S. show Dancing With The Stars have good reason for doing so, as Dancing With The Stars is what is termed an international version of Strictly. Those who may see Strictly for the first time may be under the misconception that Strictly is some sort of Dancing “knock-off”, when indeed Strictly started it all.
Since 15 May 2004, Strictly has run on BBC One. It has primarily aired on Saturday nights, with a Sunday night results show following it up that week.
Viewers of the show can be thoroughly entertained by the very wide and diverse dance varieties featured on the programme since its first season. These dances (which last for approximately 90 seconds on the show) have included: The Waltz, Cha-Cha, Quickstep, Rumba, Jive, Foxtrot, Paso Doble, Samba, American Smooth, Argentine Tango, Charleston, Rock N’ Roll, Lindyhop, Swing-a-thon, Dance Fusion, Waltz-a-thon, Quickstep-a-thon, and Showdance, which has been the second dance performed in the final since Series 8.
Outside of the normal weekly broadcasts, the show has broadcast Christmas specials each year since 2004. They broadcast a one-off Strictly Ice Dancing episode in 2004; one Strictly African Dancing episode in 2005; a one-off special for Sport Relief in 2008; an underwater special for Sport Relief 2012; a Paralympians special for Sport Relief 2014; and one-off specials for Children in Need in 2008, 2010, and 2012-2016.