Strictly Come Dancing's best moments

Strictly Come Dancing's best moments

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Wednesday, 14th October 2020
Credit: BBC
Credit: BBC

Strictly Come Dancing has been entertaining viewers since 2004 and over the years there have been some memorable dances for good and bad reasons.

Here are some of our favourites.

Ann Widdecombe takes flight during the tango


Politician, author and TV personality Ann Widdecombe caused quite a stir when she joined Strictly Come Dancing in 2010, partnering up with loveable veteran Anton du Beke.

Despite suffering from less than favourable scores and comments from the judges, Widdecombe was able to win over support from the audience charming people with her strong but often less than delicate moves.

A moment that is seared into the brains of Strictly fans is Widdecombe’s tango, which saw her attached to a harness and flown through the air above the orchestra before landing on the dance floor, the memorable opening sequence impressed Len enough that he gave her a score of seven.  

Georgia May Foote’s West End winning Charleston


Former Coronation Street actress Georgia May Foote channelled her inner Velma Kelly for a Chicago inspired Charleston set to the song Hot Honey Rag during the famous week at Blackpool tower.

Her fast and on point footwork earned her a score of 39, which was the highest of the season so far and she was praised for adding some razzmatazz to the dance floor.

Her impressive dancing skills got her all the way to the final where she performed the Charleston dance again with her partner Giovanni Pernice and scored a perfect 40.

Pulp Fiction comes to life in Jay McGuiness’ jive


Member of boyband The Wanted, Jay McGuiness proved that he can not only sing but has some enviable dance moves too.

From the beginning it was clear McGuiness was a serious contender and this was made clear in week three when he and partner Aliona Vilani performed a lightning quick jive inspired by Pulp Fiction, set to the song Misirlou.

The slick jive was an audience favourite and was loved by the judges. Gaining a score of 37, with Bruno Tonioli scoring it a 10, it was no surprise then when he eventually lifted the winning trophy.

Ed Balls hops on the Gangnam Style craze with an unforgettable salsa


Politician Ed Balls may not have had very polished dance moves but he made up for it with his can-do spirit and willingness to try.

Balls showed off the flexibility of his hips with a salsa inspired by the song that sparked a worldwide dance craze, Gangnam Style.

With his then first-time professional dancer Katya Jones, Balls swept around the dance floor performing the iconic dance moves, earning him a score of 25, which was one of his highest scores before he was eliminated in week 10.

Debbie McGee’s sultry tango


Debbie McGee surprised everyone during her Strictly Come Dancing stint, showing that age is no barrier to demonstrating some killer dance moves.

The former magician’s assistant partnered with Giovanni Pernice and caused jaws to drop with her sexy Argentine tango, effortlessly mastering complex moves and even dropping down into the splits.

Her impressive moves earned her a score of 38 and saw her sail through to the final.

Although she was beaten to the title by Joe McFadden and Katya Jones, she did lift the glitterball trophy for the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special in 2019.

Alexandra Burke finds her inner Tina Turner in the jive


Alexandra Burke swapped a microphone for some dancing shoes when she partnered up with Gorka Marquez to try and waltz, tango and jive her way to secure the winning title.

By week four, Burke had thrown down the gauntlet with an upbeat and lively jive set to Proud Mary by Tina Turner.

The upbeat routine saw Burke display some fancy footwork and revel in the glitz and glamour Strictly is known for.

The routine scored her an extraordinary 39, with high scores continuing for the rest of the series right up until the final, where she nipped to the winning post by Joe McFadden and Katya Jones.

Mark Ramprakash suffers a wardrobe malfunction during his hot salsa


Back in the early days of Strictly, cricketer Mark Ramprakash found himself in a tangle with his partner Karen Hardy during their passionate salsa.

As the pair started to twist and turn, their microphones got tangled together and the pair were forced to stop dancing, an unprecedented move which left viewers unsure of the couple’s fate.

Luckily the judges were understanding of the blunder and gave them the opportunity to dance again, which saw them gain a score of 36 and weeks later crowned the series champions.  

Danny Mac shakes his hips in sexy samba


Hollyoaks heartthrob Danny Mac got to put himself front and centre instead of playing a character when he entered the Strictly ballroom and partnered with Oti Mabuse.

From week one, Mac proved himself to be a formidable opponent and during week ten his remarkable hip action during a fiery samba earned him a perfect 40.

Despite strong scores all through the series, he finished in second place bested by series winner Ore Oduba.

Ashley Roberts’ heart wrenching contemporary


Pussycat Dolls alum Ashley Roberts was known for her smooth moves when she was part of the former girl group, so it stands to reason that Strictly would be the perfect show for her.

This proved to be true with week after week Roberts and partner Pasha Kovalev scoring highly, including more than one perfect 40.

During week eight the couples were allowed to choose the dance of their choice and Roberts performed a heart wrenching and moving contemporary in memory of her late dad.

The beautiful dance scored a well deserved 39 and she went on to become a runner up in the competition.

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Strictly Come Dancing has been entertaining viewers since 2004 and over the years there have been some memorable dances for good and bad reasons.