Strictly Come Dancing 2022: 8 Facts You Didn’t Know

Since Be sure to come dance First airing in 2004, it brings glitter, rhinestones and daddy dancing to Saturday night television.

Over the years, Strict has grown into one of the biggest shows on British television, with 10 million viewers tuning in each week to see the celebrity contestants go from stomping to light-footed.

Here are 8 things you didn’t know Be sure to come dance

It is the world’s most successful reality TV format

When it started in a small studio at the BBC, Strict seemed like a celebrity reality competition series like any other. But since then the show has grown and grown not only in the UK but also abroad.

shipment under the name Dancing with the starsis the world’s most successful reality TV format and is licensed in more than 75 countries, including the USA, China and India.

Getting a perfect 40 is hard, but not impossible

Achieve top marks on Strict – the perfect 40 points – is the dream of every couple on the show. Over the show’s 19 seasons, 75 different dances were given full marks, with former pro Pasha Kovelev taking home 13 of them. He had five top scores with Pussycat Dolls star Ashley Roberts and three with the late TV host Caroline Flack.

The results show will be pre-recorded

The couples face the dance-off during the (pre-recorded) results show


Sorry to break the illusion, but the Strict The results show is not live and has not been since 2009. Yes, the judges and presenters may wear different attire and talk about “last night’s show,” but Sunday’s episode will actually be taped after Saturday’s voting closes.

The name has an interesting origin

In case you ever wondered where Strict‘s name comes from, that’s your answer. come to dance was a ballroom dancing competition series that was broadcast on the BBC from 1949 to 1998 and featured non-celebrity contestants. When they revamped the show as a reality series, they merged the name with Baz Luhrmann’s 1992 film Ballroom only to add a bit of pizzazz and voila!

There is not just one type of tango Strict

It wouldn’t be Strict without artificial tan, something that all participants must get before the start of the season. In fact, the show’s fake tan team uses a whopping 12 gallons of the stuff from a show. So if you’re feeling an orange glow from your TV screens… that’s why!

The show’s top scorers often don’t win

Individually, Ashley Roberts and Pasha Kovalev share the most 10s a pair has scored with Alexandra Burke and Gorka Márquez, after each scoring an impressive 32 in their seasons. Interestingly, neither couple won the years they competed.

The paddle with a mark appears (occasionally).

Quentin Wilson scored two A’s for his Cha Cha Cha in 2004


At the other end of the spectrum, the one-point paddle has only been released 11 times Strict‘s 18 seasons, 10 of them – surprise, surprise! – given by Craig Revel Horwood. The lowest-scoring dance was Quentin Wilson and Hazel Newberry’s Cha Cha Cha in Season 2, scoring eight points total. Ouch.

The costume team has a lot to do

Putting together the costumes for Strict is not an easy task as the team (led by Vicky Gill) has to craft around 300 outfits throughout the season. Outfits are normally made throughout the week, with eight to ten yards of fabric required for each ballroom dress, with final fittings taking place on Fridays.

Be sure to come danceThe live shows are broadcast on BBC One on Saturday nights. Strictly Come Dancing 2022: 8 Facts You Didn’t Know


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