for years, Be sure to come dance provided entertainment and some truly memorable performances for Saturday night TV audiences.
First aired in 2004 with Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly as presenters, Strict seemed like any other celebrity reality TV show.
But the show soon became a huge national and international hit, with everyone from politicians to YouTubers taking on the challenge of learning ballroom dancing.
Along the way there were some performances that you just can’t forget, whether they’re worth a perfect 40 or burned themselves into your brain for all the wrong reasons.
From the very best to the very, very worst, here are 12 of them Strictthe most memorable moments.
Ed Balls makes “Gangnam Style”
When Ed Balls from “Twitter His Own Name” was announced as a candidate, it was assumed that he would be eliminated as a joke in one of the first weeks. But under the masterful choreography of Katya Jones, the Labor politician actually turned into quite a good dancer and treated the audience to this memorable performance of Psy’s Gangnam Style, in which he flies through the air like a grasshopper.
Strict judges give their first 40
Get a perfect 40 on Strict is every contestant’s dream, but although 75 dances have earned full marks across the show’s 18 series, they used to be quite unusual. The first 40 got in Strict‘s Series 2 Finale, featuring EastEnders Star Jill Halfpenny and partner Darren Bennet perform one of the slickest jives the show has ever seen.
Danny Mac’s performs a stunning samba
Strict is many things, but it was rarely called cool. Occasionally, however, such a dance sneaks through, with Danny Mac and Oti Mabuse’s samba to Sergio Mendes’ “Magalenha” somehow impeccably danced and effortlessly hip rolled into one. Just look at it; You’ll see what we mean.
Ann Widdecombe being dragged across the floor
At the other end of the dance talent spectrum we have Ann Widdecombe. Politicians go in Strict with the idea that they’re going to be bad, and when you see Widdecombe and John Sergeant dancing you’ll understand why. Seeing the former Conservative MP stomped across the ground – and then got dragged – is certainly memorable, with chief adjudicator Len Goodman likening that feat to a freeway accident that “you don’t really want to watch, but you can’t help it.”
Rose Ayling-Ellis dances in silence
As the first deaf contestant to compete on Strictly last year, EastEnders star Rose Ayling-Ellis was a huge hit with audiences and judges alike. The actress used muscle memory to learn the routines from partner Giovanni Pernice, proved a natural born dancer, and eventually won the series — thanks in no small part to her unforgettable Couple’s Choice routine. While dancing to Clean Bandit’s “Symphony,” there came a moment when the music stopped and the couple danced in complete silence, giving viewers a glimpse of Rose’s own experience on the show. If you can watch this without breaking into tears, you’re braver than me.
Mark Ramprakash and Karen Hardy are all caught
Strict has had its fair share of wardrobe glitches over the years, but the worst happened in series four when Mark Ramprakash’s mic caught on the hem of his partner’s dress, bringing their salsa to a halt. Luckily, the pair got a rematch, with Bruce Forsyth declaring, “I love it, this is live TV, that’s what it’s all about.” They scored 36 points and later performed it again (without issue) in the finals, where they achieved the show’s second perfect 40.
Bill Bailey’s Finds Surprising Quickstep Success
After scoring 15 points for his first week cha cha cha, Bill Bailey appeared destined to be a short-lived contestant in the 2020 competitive series Strict. So it’s fair to say that his week two dance, a Doctor Doolittle-themed Quickstep, came completely out of the blue and wowed audiences, home viewers and the judges alike. Along with his professional partner Oti Mabuse, he became the BBC show’s oldest winner. What an improvement!
Quentin Wilson has been branded ‘Britain’s worst dancer’
The one mark paddle was just released Strict 11 times over the show’s 18 series, but Quentin Wilson’s Cha Cha Cha managed to earn two of those. Wilson wore a glittery L sign on his back and was branded ‘Britain’s Worst Dancer’ by Craig Revel Horwood for the performance StrictWorst dance ever. Ouch.
John Sergeant drags his partner across the floor
We really need to stop letting these politicians do pasos, don’t we? John Sergeant followed a similar one Strict Path to Widdecombe’s but this time it was him when towing in the Paso Doble. He somehow managed to make his petite dance mistress look like a sack of potatoes to partner Kristina Rihanoff as he dragged her across the floor.
Kelvin Fletcher shocks the audience with his week one samba
We can’t imagine the pressure on Kelvin Fletcher as he stepped in at the last minute to replace the injured Jamie Laing Strict 2019. But despite not being in the original line-up and having half the rehearsal time of its competitors, the Emmerdale The actor gave a week-long performance like no other with a mind-blowing combination of the widest smile you’ve ever seen, a shockingly tight shirt and impressive dance moves. Talk about a gig.
The Simpsons horror show… is happening
Some dances on this list are memorable because they’re excellent, others because they’re “so funny it’s bad.” In 18 series of Strictthere’s only one dance we’d call “really traumatic” and that’s Max George and Dianne Buswell’s street/commercial routine ThatSimpsons theme melody. What makes it so confusing is that the dancing is technically very strong, but it’s masked by a nightmarish concept that brings together creepy costumes and eerie, lyric-free music that feels like a fever dream. It’s certainly memorable that when we close our eyes we see Homer’s donuts. We are in hell – please help.
Caroline Flack performs the Charleston
Caroline Flack is one of the best female celebrities to have ever competed Strict, and this post-Instanbul routine perfectly sums up the joy her dancing brought. She danced brilliantly solo and in sync with partner Pasha Kovalev, and this effortlessly entertaining routine managed to handle the stress of both Kovalev’s hat falling off mid-routine and the always-unnecessary extra dancers. It is a joy to watch a brilliant dancer who is truly missed.
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