Previous winners and the judges of Strictly Come Dancing
Get into the mood for the Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour, as we take a look back through the last eight competitions to watch the winners once more. From Olympic athletes, sports and reality television presenters to boy band members, there’s been a wide variety of people that have lifted the Glitterball.
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Before we get into the previous winners of the show, let’s take a look at the judges. Head judge Shirley Ballas has danced all her life, winning numerous titles and being nicknamed the “Queen of Latin”. On joining the tour, Shirley said she “can’t wait to get the show on the road in January!”
Joining Shirley is Dame Darcey Bussell who regularly performed with the Royal Ballet as a young ballet dancer, who was an awarded her damehood for services to dance. Bruno Tonioli choreographed for many recording artists when he was younger, including Freddie Mercury, Elton John and Tina Turner and Craig Revel Horwood rounds up the judging quartet as a choreographer, recently taking to the stage as Miss Hannigan in Annie at the Piccadilly Theatre.
Let’s take a look at the last eight winners of the popular dance television show.
Winners of Strictly Come Dancing
2018 – Stacey Dooley
Known for her BBC documentaries, Stacey Dooley went on to take the Strictly crown after beating off stiff competition from Ashley Roberts, Faye Tozer and Joe Sugg. While she may have ended up at the bottom of the leaderboard in the final, the whole nation was behind her journey from being a novice dancer and she was the first female to win since 2014!
2017 – Joe McFadden
The Holby City actor took off his doctors robe and put on his ballroom shoes, quickstepping all the way to the final and winning the competition in 2017. Throughout the competition, Joe McFadden and Katya Jones performed some stellar routines, however the final move in this electrifying Argentine Tango helped to secure their win. With innovative choreography and a “journey” from start to finish, McFadden beat off stiff competition from Chicago performer Alexandra Burke to win the title.
2016 – Ore Oduba
Ore Oduba’s jive in Week 4 took him from a novice dancer to a strong performer, pulling away from the rest to become a serious contender. Known for his presenting skills on numerous programmes, these skills came in handy on the dancefloor, with Ore scoring two perfect 40’s in the final for his showdance and a repeat performance of his jive.
2015 – Jay McGuinness
Previously, Jay McGuiness was a member of The Wanted, a British boyband who celebrated worldwide success with their hits “All Time Low” and “Glad You Came”. When he took to the floor in 2015 with his dance partner Aliona Vilani, their partnership excited audiences. Performing an iconic jive to “Misirlou” from Pulp Fiction, Jay stole of the hearts of the nation, ultimately going on to take the crown in 2015.
McGuiness will star in Big at the Dominion Theatre later this year.
2014 – Caroline Flack
Caroline Flack went from television presenter to dancing diva in 2014, winning the trophy with her dance partner Pasha Kovalev. In the final, Flack scored three perfect scores for her final trio of routines, as well as stunning audiences with her Charleston set in a bazaar. Beating off stiff competition from her rivals, Caroline Flack is the highest scoring female in the history of the show, with four perfect scores in the series.
2013 – Abbey Clancy
Taking the title in 2013 was Abbey Clancy with Aljaž Skorjanec, who won the competition in his first year. In an all-female final, Clancy beat fellow competitors Susanna Reid and Natalie Gumede to the title, after scoring a 40 in her salsa and her waltz during the series. Over 12 million people tuned in to see Clancy take the crown.
2012 – Louis Smith
Tipped to win the competition from the off, Louis Smith sealed the deal, taking the title with his partner Flavia Cacace. Although he was not the highest scoring competitor, his gymnastics inspired Showdance in the final wowed audiences and secured his win. Throughout the competition, Smith came out of his shell and was a natural performer.
2011 – Harry Judd
McFly’s Harry Judd became the ninth winner of Strictly Come Dancing in 2011. Dancing with Aliona Vilani, Judd took the crown from favourites Chelsee Healey and Jason Donovan to be the winner. Getting the first 10 of the series from Alesha Dixon, Judd never faced the bottom two and was a worthy owner of the trophy.