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Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special – live!

Merry Christmas, glitter gang. It’s time to add a little extra sparkle to your celebrations, with the festive film-themed Strictly special

Evening all, and I hope you’re having a wonderful Christmas Day. It’s time to add a little extra sparkle to your celebrations, with a Christmas movie-themed Strictly special. Frankie Bridge, Denise Lewis, Ainsley Harriott, Pamela Stephenson Connolly, Gethin Jones and Melvin Odoom will be taking a turn around the dancefloor this evening, paying tribute to all our festive family film favourites.

My money’s on Frankie for the win – she’s dressing up as Elsa from Frozen, so definitely time to gather the children around the TV like they used to in days of yore. Talking of which, Matt Goss is singing White Christmas, because Strictly is the 80s gift that keeps on giving.

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Strictly Come Dancing: Who will impress in Week Four? Live blog

Last week on Strictly was pretty special - with everything from our first 10 of the series to some "disappointing" dances from celebs we thought had been doing well. It just goes to show that anything can happen... so what will week four bring?

We're about to find out, so join us right here from 6.30pm when the show begins on BBC One and we'll bring you all the ballroom action as it happens...

20:21But that's your lot for this evening! Tomorrow: Will Young (yay!) and someone going home (boo). Let us know who you think it will be by leaving your comments, and be sure to stick with DS for all the Strictly coverage you need...

20:19Incidentally, Joan Collins has some thoughts about this week's Strictly.

#strictlycomedancing so sad about Jay stumbling - he's my favourite!

Joan Collins (@Joancollinsdbe) October 17, 2015

Katie is good unfortunate dress #strictlycomedancing

Joan Collins
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Frankie Bridge defends Strictly's Jay McGuiness: 'Every year someone's picked on for having dance experience'

Frankie Bridge has defended Strictly Come Dancing's Jay McGuiness from criticism over his prior dance experience.

The Saturdays singer - who took part on the BBC One show last year and will perform in the upcoming Strictly tour - told Digital Spy at last night's Attitude Awards that someone's attacked over the issue every year.

"They criticise everyone for having dancing experience every year," she noted. "They always try and pick on people at some point - whether they've done dancing or not.

"People like Jay, or me because I was in a band, people go, 'Oh you've done this before'. I hadn't had any ballet training or ballroom training, getting up and dancing around on stage is a bit different. But that criticism comes out every year."

McGuiness and dance partner Aliona Vilani scored the first 10 of the series last weekend with their Pulp Fiction-inspired routine.

But
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The Saturdays' Frankie Bridge confirmed for 2016 Strictly Come Dancing tour

Frankie Bridge is the first celebrity confirmed for the 2016 Strictly Come Dancing UK tour.

The Saturdays singer originally hoped to compete in this year's event, but stepped down after learning she was pregnant.

"I was so disappointed not to be able to perform in this year's Strictly tour, as I'd been so looking forward to continuing my Strictly journey," she said. "But following the birth of my son in August, I'm thrilled to have been asked to join the 2016 tour.

"It will be great to get my dancing shoes back on and be part of the Strictly family again. Roll on January!"

Bridge took part in last year's Strictly Come Dancing series, making the final with her partner Kevin Clifton. Caroline Flack lifted the glitterball trophy that year.

The Strictly tour kicks off in Birmingham on January 22, before visiting Sheffield, Leeds, Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle, Glasgow and Nottingham. It will end
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Strictly Come Dancing 2015: week two – as it happened

Don’t cha-cha wish your judges were hot like Gleb? Join us as the voting opened for the first time, and we found out which couple was the first to leave the dancefloor.

7.58pm BST

So that’s it for Strictly Week 2! I’m quite excited about his series, it’s lining up to be a corker. Thank you all for joining in and being brilliant, I’m back in the liveblog chair for the Great British Bake Off grand final on Wednesday at 8pm, otherwise I’ll see you back here next Saturday. In the meantime keeeep dancing, etc. Cheers! Hx

7.57pm BST

Craig saves Jamelia and Tristan, as does Darcey. Bruno does likewise, so they’re back again next week. Len would have done likewise, which means Iwan and Ola are heading home. Iwan is gracious in defeat, then spins Ola wildly on the dancefloor. She looks terrified,
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Strictly Come Dancing Week 1 live blog: Six couples hit the floor for the first time

It doesn't seem long ago that Caroline Flack was lifting last year's Glitterball, but here we are at the first Strictly Come Dancing live show of 2015.

Six couples will be hitting the dancefloor tonight to shake and shimmy and hope that they don't trip up on their first appearance.

Join Digital Spy back here at 9pm as we talk sequins, fake tan and fancy footwork.

22:00So that's it for tonight. We'll be back on Saturday (September 26) at 6.15pm to see what the other couples have got!

21:59So, there was the first glimpse of all the other couples who will be dancing tomorrow night...Jeremy Vine's facial expressions look like they're going to be incredible to watch!

21:57So currently Helen & Aljaz are top of the leaderboard, with Pasha and Carol at the bottom, but there's still another nine couples to come.

21:55Scores are in for Anita:
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Rachel Stevens replaces Frankie Bridge on Strictly Come Dancing UK tour

Rachel Stevens has joined the Strictly Come Dancing 2015 UK tour as a replacement for Frankie Bridge.

Bridge pulled out of the dates on the advice of her doctor after announcing that she is pregnant.

"I'm really happy for Frankie and Wayne - it's great news to start the New Year with," Stevens said.

"I know she's disappointed not to be doing the tour- I was supporting Team Frankie during the show and she was fantastic - but I'm happy to be able to step in for her."

She continued: "It's no secret that I loved my time in Strictly and that I'm a big fan of the dances, so I'm excited to be back and to get my dancing shoes on again.

"Today, I'm straight into rehearsals learning the routines and meeting the guys and next week we'll be on tour seeing fans across the country - I can't wait!
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Frankie Bridge is pregnant

Frankie Bridge is pregnant with her second child. The Saturdays star - who already has 14-month-old Parker with her husband, retired footballer Wayne Bridge - confirmed the news on her official Twitter account. She wrote: ''So excited to tell you that Wayne & I are expecting another baby later this year. We cant wait for Parker to have a little brother or sister (sic)'' The 25-year-old also revealed she hasn't been feeling too well and will have to miss the 'Strictly Come Dancing' tour, which is due to take place later this month. She added: ''Sadly I'm really unwell with my pregnancy and won't
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Frankie Bridge pregnant with second child, pulls out of Strictly tour

Frankie Bridge has announced that she is pregnant again.

She and husband Wayne Bridge previously welcomed son Parker in October 2013.

The recent Strictly Come Dancing runner-up also confirmed that she will not be able to appear on the upcoming 2015 Strictly tour as she is "really unwell".

She is suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum, the same debilitating condition that the Duchess of Cambridge has experienced with both of her pregnancies.

"So excited to tell you that Wayne & I are expecting another baby later this year. We cant wait for Parker to have a little brother or sister," the Saturdays star tweeted today (January 8).

"Sadly I'm really unwell with my pregnancy and won't be able to take part in the Strictly tour. I'm So sorry. I was so looking forward to it," she continued.

Mark Wright may miss Strictly Come Dancing tour with back injury

In a separate statement, the singer added: "I'm devastated that I'm missing out,
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Vicky Pattison: Geordie Shore boys won't grow up

Frankie Bridge is pregnant with her second child. The Saturdays star - who already has 14-month-old Parker with her husband, retired footballer Wayne Bridge - confirmed the news on her official Twitter account. She wrote: ''So excited to tell you that Wayne & I are expecting another baby later this year. We cant wait for Parker to have a little brother or sister (sic)'' The 25-year-old also revealed she hasn't been feeling too well and will have to miss the 'Strictly Come Dancing' tour, which is due to take place later this month. She added: ''Sadly I'm really unwell with my pregnancy and won't
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X Factor vs Strictly Come Dancing 2014: TV ratings roundup

Over the last decade, BBC One and ITV have fought it out on Saturday nights over the autumn and winter period with the two biggest shows on UK television.

BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing and ITV's X Factor were in their 12th and 11th series respectively this year, and the rivalry continues to be fierce. But how did they fare in the ratings each week?

Digital Spy has collected the shows' ratings for each episode as a guide to how they performed in 2014.

Note: The ratings provided are the overnight scores as originally reported by Digital Spy, rather than the consolidated figures. The shows were also not always up against each other in the same timeslot.

Saturday, August 30

The X Factor (Auditions 1): 9.03 million (40.9%) and 465,000 (2.2%) on +1

Sunday, August 31

The X Factor (Auditions 2): 7.55m (32.2%) and 643k (2.9%)

Saturday, September 6

The X Factor (Auditions 3): 8.43m (39.4%) and 481k (2.4%)

Sunday, September 7

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Strictly Come Dancing: Readers agree with Caroline Flack victory

The majority of Digital Spy readers have agreed with Caroline Flack and Pasha Kovalev winning Strictly Come Dancing.

The couple were crowned 2014 champions last night (Saturday, December 20), beating their rivals to lift the glitterball trophy.

78.42% of DS voters believed Flack and Kovalev were deserved winners.

The other 21.58% ruled that one of the three couples competing in the final should have been victorious.

More than 13,000 readers voted in the poll.

Flack, who beat Frankie Bridge, Simon Webbe and Mark Wright, said: "This is the best feeling in the whole world! I've been so lucky to get to know [the other contestants] - it has been so lovely!"

She joins past Strictly winners, including Abbey Clancy, Harry Judd and Louis Smith.
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Caroline Flack to quit presenting?

Caroline Flack has suggested she may be set to quit presenting. The former 'Xtra Factor' host has been competing on 'Strictly Come Dancing' for the past four months and admits her time on the BBC One celebrity dance contest has made her realise she'd like to try something new. Speaking at a press conference with fellow finalists Simon Webbe, Mark Wright and Frankie Bridge at the BBC's New Broadcasting House in London, she revealed: ''I just know that there are other things I want to do now. I didn't know that I was going to come in and do well on
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Strictly Come Dancing review: Caroline Flack takes the crown with perfect 40s

The season final was another showstopper of sidesteps, smiles and spray-tans – with a visit from the ever-shrinking Take That

This year’s final of Strictly Come Dancing came at the end of what we aficionados like to term an “interesting” season. As Sir Bruce Forsyth had hung up his tap shoes, the show was hosted by two female presenters, Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman (yes, two women all on their own), and the world of Saturday night light entertainment seemed to cope extremely well with this unprecedented state of affairs.

Then, of course, there were the dancers, or in Judy Murray’s case “A wildly grinning jerky person who wore a sparkly dress and staggered blindly about the stage as if recently stunned by falling bricks.” You couldn’t call what Murray did “dancing” exactly, though it was very nice of her to turn up and amuse us all. Considering
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Strictly Come Dancing: All the best pictures and scores from final

Frankie Bridge and Kevin Clifton's samba: 9-10-10-10 (39)

Len: "You had the quantity of steps in there, and most importantly the quality."

Craig: "You have redeemed yourself, darling! You've shown so much improvement in that."

Mark Wright and Karen Hauer's Cha Cha Cha: 8-9-9-9 (35)

Darcey: "You have made such an improvement. It was a great job, well done."

Bruno: "I love the fact that you've applied yourself to this competition. You did a fantastic job"

Caroline Flack and Pasha Kovalev's Cha Cha Cha: 10-10-10-10 (40)

Len: "I could see the clean, crisp movements throughout the dance. 24-caret, well done."

Bruno: "My golden sex goddess!"

Simon Webbe and Kristina Rihanoff's Charleston: 9-10-10-10 (39)

Darcey: "Still shining! You are still finding so many more details and accents in that music."

Craig: "It was tight, it was clean... brilliant."

Frankie Bridge
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Strictly Come Dancing: The best reactions to grand finale

Strictly Come Dancing crowned its newest winner on Saturday (December 20) as Caroline Flack and celebrity partner Pasha Kovalev were named ballroom champions.

The action was hot and heavy – with a bit of grace thrown in for good measure – and the final result led to a lot of chatter on social media.

Digital Spy rounds up the best reactions to Saturday's final below:

1. Mark Wright was the first finalist to be eliminated in the Grand Finale, putting him in fourth place:

4th place to Mark Wright right result phew, I was worried public votes may distort things. Done well overall though #Strictly #Scd #SCDfinal

— AnnieGE2 (@AnnieGE2) December 20, 2014

Mark Wright leaves strictly , but he did so well from knowing nothing about dancing

Lord Sugar (@Lord_Sugar) December 20, 2014

I was hoping for a Mark Wright double whammy. One for Strictly and one for The Apprentice.

Laura Hughes (@LauraJordHughes) December 20, 2014

The look of murder
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Strictly Come Dancing: Did Caroline Flack deserve to win?

Strictly Come Dancing crowned its latest winner on Saturday (December 20), as Caroline Flack and professional partner Pasha Kovalev emerged victorious.

The couple triumphed over Frankie Bridge and Kevin Clifton, Simon Webbe and Kristina Rihanoff, and the duo of Mark Wright and Karen Hauer.

Wright was eliminated early in the proceedings, with the final result being announced by Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman at the climax of the night.

So, Strictly Come Dancing has crowned its latest champion, but was it the right decision? Vote in our poll below and leave your thoughts in the comment section:

Strictly Come Dancing aired on Saturday night on BBC One.
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Caroline Flack and Pasha Kovalev win Strictly Come Dancing 2014

Caroline Flack has won Strictly Come Dancing 2014.

Flack and professional partner Pasha Kovalev beat fellow contestants Simon Webbe and Frankie Bridge to the Glitterball trophy.

After hearing the news, Flack said: "This is the best feeling in the whole world!

"I've been so lucky to get to know [the other contestants], it has been so lovely!"

Tonight's final saw the remaining four contestants dance twice, before Mark Wright was eliminated from the competition.

The last three celebrities then performed their favourite dances from throughout the series.

Musical guests Take That sang a medley of hits, before all the Strictly finalists reunited to dance together one last time.

Flack joins past Strictly winners, including Abbey Clancy, Harry Judd and Louis Smith.
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Strictly: Mark Wright and Karen Hauer leave the competition

Mark Wright has been eliminated from Strictly Come Dancing.

Wright and professional partner Karen Hauer earned fourth place in the dancing competition.

This leaves Frankie Bridge, Caroline Flack and Simon Webbe to dance it out to win the Glitterball trophy.

On hearing the news, Wright said: "I can't tell you, Strictly is the best thing anyone can do.

"[Karen's] got me to the final! What?!"

The winner of Strictly Come Dancing will be announced later tonight.
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Strictly Come Dancing final live blog: As it happened

It started at the end of the summer, and now we're just days (you could even count in hours if you're really keen) away from Christmas Day. And like the arrival of Santa down the chimney, we couldn't be much more excited about the Strictly Come Dancing 2014 finale.

Caroline Flack, Simon Webbe, Frankie Bridge and Mark Wright are this year's Final 4 preparing to duke it out on the dancefloor and shake their tailfeathers until they won't shake no more for our votes.

Why Mark Wright should win Strictly

Why Frankie Bridge should win Strictly

Why Simon Webbe should win Strictly

Why Caroline Flack should win Strictly

Only one person can win and although Caroline and Frankie are the clear bookies' favourites, they are by no means home and dry. It will probably come down to those dreaded showdances, which can make or break a celebrities whole Strictly journey.

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