Strictly Come Dancing (Series 7)

Strictly Come Dancing (series 7)
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Promotional shot of the celebrities dancing in series 7
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of episodes 20
Broadcast
Original channel BBC One
Original run 18 September 2009 (2009-09-18) – 19 December 2009 (2009-12-19)
Additional information
Celebrity winner Chris Hollins
Professional winner Ola Jordan
Series chronology
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The seventh series of Strictly Come Dancing commenced on BBC One on 18 September 2009. Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly returned as presenters together with Craig Revel Horwood, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli as judges. Series 5 winner, Alesha Dixon, joined the judging panel, replacing Arlene Phillips.[1] Darcey Bussell was a guest judge from the quarter final onwards.[1]

Series 6 winner Camilla Dallerup, series 4 winner Karen Hardy and Hayley Holt were replaced as professional female dancers by Aliona Vilani, Katya Virshilas and Natalie Lowe.[2] The show on 7 November was filmed from the Blackpool Tower Ballroom for the first time since the Grand Final of series 2.[3] Due to illness, Bruce Forsyth did not feature in the show on 14 November. As a result, Tess Daly took over as main presenter and Ronnie Corbett was a surprise guest. Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two host Claudia Winkleman took over Daly's normal role.[4]

The series was won by sports presenter Chris Hollins and his professional partner Ola Jordan.

Format

The couples danced each week in a live show. For the first two weeks, the couples danced ballroom on Friday and Latin on Saturday (the couples were split into two groups but not men and women like previous years); from the third week all the couples danced on Saturday only. Each judge scores them out of ten, giving them a total score out of forty (fifty from Quarter Final onwards). The couples are ranked according to the judges' scores and given points according to their rank, with the lowest scored couple receiving one point, and the highest scored couple receiving the most points (the maximum number of points available depends on the number of couples remaining in the competition). The public are able to vote for their favourite couples, and the couples are ranked again according to the number of votes they receive, again receiving points – the couple with the fewest votes receiving one point, and the couple with the most votes receiving the most points.

The points for judges' score and public vote are then added together, and the two couples with the fewest points are placed in the bottom two (if two couples have equal points, the points from the public vote are given precedence). As with the two previous series, the bottom two couples will have to perform a dance-off. Based on that performance alone, each judge then votes on which couple should stay and which couple should leave, with Goodman (as head judge) having the last and casting vote. Unlike the previous series, there was no results show (except for the last three weeks when it was on the same night), instead there was a single extended programme on Saturday evenings.[5]

Series 7 saw the first new dances added to the competition since Series 4. The three new dances were the Charleston and the Rock 'n' Roll in Week 11 and the Lindyhop in The Final. Additionally, the couples' Showdances in the final were scored by the judges for the first time since series 1.

Couples

The celebrity participants for the seventh series were, as in previous years, the subject of extensive rumour-mongering throughout the summer of 2009. British media erroneously claimed appearances by Sharon Osbourne, former X Factor judge;[6][7] talk-show hosts Richard and Judy;[8] and Amy Winehouse.[9] The rumours surrounding Osbourne in particular caused an extensive wild-goose chase, prompting several major newspapers to run conflicting stories ranging from "already signed [the] deal", to "ended discussions after one speculative phone call",[10] before finally walking out in what was alleged to be a dispute over pay.[10][11][12] Osbourne herself refuted this allegation, saying instead that she "just couldn't be arsed to do it... I seriously considered it for a while but basically I'm a lazy old cow. Several newspapers said I wasn't doing it because they weren't paying me enough money. But that's rubbish..."[13] The Daily Mirror was later forced to print a correction withdrawing the story, which it had first broken in July 2009.[14]

The Daily Mail claimed that the final line-up, of which it said "underwhelming would be an understatement",[10] resulted from the BBC's failure to secure bigger celebrities such as Osbourne, Sarah, Duchess of York, Linford Christie, and Cliff Richard, all of whom it claimed were approached by the programme.[10][15][16] The BBC pointed out that "[they] talk to a huge amount of people at the start of the process... It's a very lengthy selection procedure..."[17] Responding specifically to Osbourne's withdrawal, the spokesmen said "We have no idea where this news story has come from. We have never signed Osbourne",[17] also noting that, since Osbourne had never formally signed for the show, she was in no position to "quit" anything.[12]

Retired jockey Richard Dunwoody, and former boxing world-champion Joe Calzaghe, were the first participants to be correctly identified by the British press.[18][19] The sporting pair, who were quickly given odds to win the competition of 25–1 and 5–1 (Calzaghe was the favourite to win the competition in August 2009),[20] were swiftly joined by former England cricketer Phil Tufnell, former tennis world champion Martina Hingis, and Olympic athlete Jade Johnson,[18] bringing the total number of sporting celebrities to five, an increase on previous years.[21][22] They were swiftly joined by actress and former EastEnders cast member Natalie Cassidy,[23] The Bill star Ali Bastian,[15] and Zöe Lucker, best known from Footballers' Wives.[24] A number of sources interpreted the signing of Lynda Bellingham, 61, and Jo Wood, 53, as an attempt by the BBC to defuse the ageism row surrounding the departure of Phillips and Hardy.[25][26] The Daily Mirror quoted a BBC source saying "Lynda is a great signing and hopefully her appearance helps to illustrate that there is no age bias".[25]

The BBC publicised the official line-up on 25 August 2009, adding actors Craig Kelly, Ricky Groves, Laila Rouass and Ricky Whittle to the media's speculations.[27] Current BBC television personalities Rav Wilding and Chris Hollins completed the line-up. The Daily Mail claimed that those with existing BBC contracts were paid less than the other celebrities, who were receiving £25,000 each to appear on the show; claiming further that "at least one [celebrity] was offered significantly more".[10]

Celebrity Known for Professional partner Status
Martina Hingis Grand Slam tennis champion Matthew Cutler Eliminated 1st
on 19 September 2009
Richard Dunwoody Former horse racing jockey Lilia Kopylova Eliminated 2nd
on 26 September 2009
Rav Wilding Television presenter Aliona Vilani Eliminated 3rd
on 3 October 2009
Lynda Bellingham Actress & TV broadcaster Darren Bennett Eliminated 4th
on 10 October 2009
Joe Calzaghe Middleweight boxer Kristina Rihanoff Eliminated 5th
on 17 October 2009
Jo Wood Model & entrepreneur Brendan Cole Eliminated 6th
on 24 October 2009
Zöe Lucker Actress James Jordan Eliminated 7th
on 31 October 2009
Craig Kelly Coronation Street actor Flavia Cacace Eliminated 8th
on 7 November 2009
Phil Tufnell England cricketer Katya Virshilas Eliminated 9th
on 14 November 2009
Jade Johnson Olympic long jump athlete Ian Waite Withdrew
on 21 November 2009
Ricky Groves EastEnders actor Erin Boag Eliminated 10th
on 21 November 2009
Natalie Cassidy EastEnders actress Vincent Simone Eliminated 11th
on 28 November 2009
Laila Rouass Actress Anton du Beke Eliminated 12th
on 5 December 2009
Ali Bastian The Bill actress Brian Fortuna Third place
on 12 December 2009
Ricky Whittle Hollyoaks actor Natalie Lowe Second place
on 19 December 2009
Chris Hollins BBC sports correspondent Ola Jordan Winners
on 19 December 2009

Scoring chart

Couple Place 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
Chris & Ola 1 26+30=56 23 25 22 28 29 34 30 29 34+7=41 41+39=80 38+42=80 46+44+50+46=186
Ricky W. & Natalie 2 33+32=65 35 32 36 32 39 35 35 36 31+9=40 48+47=95 47+49=96 50+43+48+49=190
Ali & Brian 3 30+30=60 32 32 29 37 33 40 35 35 37+10=47 42+44=86 42+50=92  
Laila & Anton 4 30+25=55 30 34 22 28 33 30 22 29 31+8=39 33+26=59  
Natalie & Vincent 5 24+26=50 28 29 27 29 30 31 34 26 26+7=33  
Ricky G. & Erin 6 21+26=47 29 28 25 29 24 25 29 22  
Jade & Ian 7 25+27=52 31 29 35 32 35 33  
Phil & Katya 8 29+22=51 24 24 27 25 30 28 31  
Craig & Flavia 9 22+22=44 21 24 20 18 24 17  
Zöe & James 10 30+31=61 31 33 30 33 32  
Jo & Brendan 11 18+18=36 20 20 23 14  
Joe & Kristina 12 16+16=32 19 20 21  
Lynda & Darren 13 21+23=44 25 24  
Rav & Aliona 14 19+22=41 20  
Richard & Lilia 15 19+19=38  
Martina & Matthew 16 22+24=46  
     indicates the couple eliminated that week
     indicates the couple that was in the bottom two that week but not eliminated
     indicates the couple withdrew from the competition that week
     indicates the winning couple
     indicates the runner-up couple
     indicates the third-place couple
Red text the lowest-scoring dance of the series
Green text the highest-scoring dance of the series
"—" indicates the couple(s) did not dance that week

Average chart

This table only counts for dances scored on a traditional 40-points scale (Darcey Bussell's scores from Weeks 12–14, and the group Viennese Waltz from Week 11 are not included)

Rank by
average
Place Couple Total Number of
dances
Average
1 2 Ricky & Natalie 682 19 35.9
2 3 Ali & Brian 512 15 34.1
3 10 Zöe & James 220 7 31.4
4 1 Chris & Ola 589 19 31.0
5 7 Jade & Ian 247 8 30.9
6 5 Natalie & Vincent 310 11 28.2
7 4 Laila & Anton 362 13 27.8
8 8 Phil & Katya 240 9 26.7
9 6 Ricky & Erin 258 10 25.8
10 13 Lynda & Darren 93 4 23.3
11 16 Martina & Matthew 46 2 23.0
12 9 Craig & Flavia 168 8 21.0
13 14 Rav & Aliona 61 3 20.3
14 15 Richard & Lilia 38 2 19.0
15 11 Jo & Brendan 113 6 18.8
16 12 Joe & Kristina 92 5 18.4

Highest and lowest scoring performances of the series

The best and worst performances in each dance according to the judges' scores (out of 40) are as follows:

Dance Best dancer Best score Worst dancer Worst score
American Smooth Ali Bastian 40 Laila Rouass 27
Argentine Tango Ricky Whittle 39 Ali Bastian
Chris Hollins
34
Cha Cha Cha Ricky Whittle 38 Joe Calzaghe 16
Charleston Chris Hollins 40 Laila Rouass 31
Foxtrot Ricky Whittle 39 Joe Calzaghe
Jo Wood
20
Jive Ricky Whittle 35 Craig Kelly 20
Lindy Hop Chris Hollins
Ricky Whittle
35 Chris Hollins
Ricky Whittle
35
Paso Doble Ricky Whittle 35 Joe Calzaghe 19
Quickstep Ricky Whittle 40 Rav Wilding 20
Rock 'n' Roll Ricky Whittle 31 Natalie Cassidy 26
Rumba Ricky Whittle 32 Jo Wood 18
Salsa Ali Bastian
Ricky Whittle
32 Laila Rouass 21
Samba Ali Bastian 35 Jo Wood 14
Showdance Ricky Whittle 40 Chris Hollins 37
Tango Ricky Whittle 35 Joe Calzaghe 16
Viennese Waltz Ali Bastian 40 Jo Wood 23
Waltz Ricky Whittle 38 Richard Dunwoody 19

Couples' highest and lowest scoring dances

Couples Highest Scoring Dances Lowest Scoring Dances
Chris & Ola Charleston (40) Jive (22)
Ricky W & Natalie Quickstep
Showdance (40)
Rock 'n' Roll (31)
Ali & Brian Viennese Waltz
American Smooth (40)
Jive (29)
Laila & Anton Foxtrot (34) Salsa (21)
Natalie & Vincent Foxtrot (34) Tango (24)
Ricky G & Erin Paso Doble
American Smooth
Viennese Waltz (29)
Waltz (21)
Jade & Ian Viennese Waltz
Foxtrot (35)
Waltz (25)
Phil & Katya American Smooth (31) Cha-Cha-Cha (22)
Craig & Flavia Foxtrot
Waltz (24)
Cha-Cha-Cha (17)
Zöe & James Foxtrot
American Smooth (33)
Waltz
Jive (30)
Jo & Brendan Viennese Waltz (23) Samba (14)
Joe & Kristina Jive (21) Tango
Cha-Cha-Cha (16)
Lynda & Darren Paso Doble (25) Tango (21)
Rav & Aliona Rumba (22) Tango (19)
Richard & Lilia Waltz
Cha-Cha-Cha (19)
Waltz
Cha-Cha-Cha (19)
Martina & Matthew Rumba (24) Waltz (22)

Weekly scores and songs

Unless indicated othwise, individual judges scores in the charts below (given in parentheses) are listed in this order from left to right: Craig Revel Horwood, Len Goodman, Alesha Dixon, Bruno Tonioli.

Week 1

Running order – Night 1 (Ballroom)
Couple Score Dance Music
Rav & Aliona 19 (3,6,5,5) Tango "Baby Did a Bad, Bad Thing"—Chris Isaak
Ricky & Erin 21 (4,6,6,5) Waltz "What'll I Do"—Irving Berlin
Chris & Ola 26 (6,7,7,6) Tango "Sharp Dressed Man"—ZZ Top
Jade & Ian 25 (6,7,6,6) Waltz "Weekend in New England"—Barry Manilow
Martina & Matthew 22 (4,6,6,6) Waltz "Jesse"—Roberta Flack
Lynda & Darren 21 (3,6,7,5) Tango "Under Pressure"—Queen
Ali & Brian 30 (7,8,8,7) Waltz "Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)"—Diana Ross
Joe & Kristina 16 (2,5,5,4) Tango "Cite Tango"—Ástor Piazzolla
Running order (Night 2 – Latin)
Couple Score Dance Music Result
Jade & Ian 27 (6,7,7,7) Cha-Cha-Cha "Ain't No Other Man"—Christina Aguilera Safe
Ali & Brian 30 (7,7,8,8) Rumba "That's What Friends Are For"—Dionne Warwick Safe
Lynda & Darren 23 (5,6,6,6) Cha-Cha-Cha "Don't Go Breaking My Heart"—Elton John and Kiki Dee Safe
Rav & Aliona 22 (4,6,5,7) Rumba "Temptation"—Tom Waits Bottom two
Chris & Ola 30 (7,8,7,8) Rumba "Don't Know Much"—Linda Ronstadt Safe
Joe & Kristina 16 (2,5,5,4) Cha-Cha-Cha "Chain of Fools"—Aretha Franklin Safe
Martina & Matthew 24 (5,6,7,6) Rumba "Alone"—Heart Eliminated
Ricky & Erin 26 (6,7,7,6) Cha-Cha-Cha "Jump (for My Love)"—The Pointer Sisters Safe
Judges' votes to save
  • Revel Horwood: Martina & Matthew
  • Dixon: Martina & Matthew
  • Tonioli: Rav & Aliona
  • Goodman: Rav & Aliona

Week 2

Running order (Night 1 – Ballroom)
Couple Score Dance Music
Natalie & Vincent 24 (6,6,6,6) Tango "Spider of the Night"—Pedro Manilla
Zoe & James 30 (7,8,7,8) Waltz "Some Day My Prince Will Come"—Adriana Caselotti
Craig & Flavia 22 (5,6,5,6) Tango "Jai Ho"—Pussycat Dolls
Richard & Lilia 19 (4,5,5,5) Waltz "Truly"—Lionel Richie
Laila & Anton 30 (7,8,7,8) Tango "El Choclo"—Ángel Villoldo
Phil & Katya 29 (7,8,7,7) Waltz "Sam"—Olivia Newton-John
Jo & Brendan 18 (3,5,5,5) Tango "Let's Dance"—David Bowie
Ricky & Natalie 33 (8,9,8,8) Waltz "It Is You (I Have Loved)"—Dana Glover
Running order (Night 2 – Latin)
Couple Score Dance Music Result
Phil & Katya 22 (4,6,6,6) Cha-Cha-Cha "Daddy"—Della Reese Safe
Craig & Flavia 22 (5,6,5,6) Rumba "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?"—Amy Winehouse Bottom two
Laila & Anton 25 (6,7,6,6) Cha-Cha-Cha "Sway"—Rosemary Clooney Safe
Zoe & James 31 (8,7,8,8) Rumba "Out of Reach"—Gabrielle Safe
Jo & Brendan 18 (3,5,5,5) Rumba "Fallen"—Lauren Wood Safe
Richard & Lilia 19 (4,5,5,5) Cha-Cha-Cha "I'm Your Man"—Wham! Eliminated
Ricky & Natalie 32 (8,8,8,8) Rumba "Stepping Stone"—Duffy Safe
Natalie & Vincent 26 (6,7,7,6) Cha-Cha-Cha "Bang Bang"—David Sanborn Safe
Judges' votes to save
  • Revel Horwood: Craig & Flavia
  • Dixon: Craig & Flavia
  • Tonioli: Craig & Flavia
  • Goodman: Did not vote, but would have voted to save Richard & Lilia.

Week 3

Running order
Couple Score Dance Music Result
Ali & Brian 32 (8,8,8,8) Quickstep "I Get A Kick Out Of You"—Frank Sinatra Safe
Lynda & Darren 25 (5,7,7,6) Paso Doble "Devil Woman"—Cliff Richard Bottom two
Chris & Ola 23 (5,6,6,6) Quickstep "Dancin' Fool"—Barry Manilow Safe
Zoe & James 31 (7,8,8,8) Paso Doble "You've Got the Love"—Florence and the Machine Safe
Rav & Aliona 20 (3,6,5,6) Quickstep "We Go Together"—John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John Eliminated
Natalie & Vincent 28 (6,7,8,7) Paso Doble "Malaguena"—Connie Francis Safe
Craig & Flavia 21 (4,6,6,5) Quickstep "Peroxide Swing"—Michael Bublé Safe
Ricky W & Natalie 35 (8,9,9,9) Paso Doble "Spanish Gypsy Dance"—Pascual Marquina Safe
Jade & Ian 31 (7,8,8,8) Quickstep "Fascination"—Alphabeat Safe
Joe & Kristina 19 (3,5,6,5) Paso Doble "Livin' on a Prayer"—Bon Jovi Safe
Laila & Anton 30 (8,8,7,7) Quickstep "Strike Up the Band"—Tony Bennett Safe
Jo & Brendan 20 (3,6,6,5) Paso Doble "Because the Night"—Patti Smith Safe
Phil & Katya 24 (5,6,6,7) Quickstep "Put on a Happy Face"—Tony Bennett Safe
Ricky G & Erin 29 (7,7,8,7) Paso Doble "One Vision"—Queen Safe
Judges' votes to save
  • Revel Horwood: Lynda & Darren
  • Dixon: Lynda & Darren
  • Tonioli: Lynda & Darren
  • Goodman: Did not vote, but would have voted to save Lynda & Darren.

Week 4

Running order
Couple Score Dance Music Result
Zoe & James 33 (8,9,8,8) Foxtrot "This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)"—Natalie Cole Safe
Chris & Ola 25 (5,6,7,7) Salsa "Micaela"—King Bongo Safe
Lynda & Darren 24 (5,7,6,6) Foxtrot "Calendar Girl"—Neil Sedaka Eliminated
Ali & Brian 32 (8,8,8,8) Salsa "Quimbara"—Celia Cruz Safe
Jo & Brendan 20 (4,6,5,5) Foxtrot "Crazy"—Patsy Cline Safe
Natalie & Vincent 29 (7,8,7,7) Salsa "You'll Be Mine (Party Time)"—Gloria Estefan Safe
Joe & Kristina 20 (3,6,6,5) Foxtrot "Feeling Good"—Michael Bublé Safe
Laila & Anton 34 (8,9,9,8) Foxtrot "Just in Time"—Frank Sinatra Safe
Ricky W & Natalie 32 (8,8,8,8) Salsa "Dancing Machine"—The Jackson Five Safe
Craig & Flavia 24 (5,7,6,6) Foxtrot "Sometimes When We Touch"—Dan Hill Bottom two
Jade & Ian 29 (7,7,8,7) Salsa "La Isla Bonita"—Anna Book Safe
Ricky G & Erin 28 (6,8,7,7) Foxtrot "All of Me"—Frank Sinatra Safe
Phil & Katya 24 (4,7,6,7) Salsa "Long Train Runnin'"—Doobie Brothers Safe
Judges' votes to save
  • Revel Horwood: Lynda & Darren
  • Dixon: Lynda & Darren
  • Tonioli: Craig & Flavia
  • Goodman: Craig & Flavia

Week 5

Running order
Couple Score Dance Music Result
Ricky & Erin 25 (6,7,7,5) Jive "The Boy from New York City"—The Manhattan Transfer Safe
Jade & Ian 35 (8,9,9,9) Viennese Waltz "It's a Man's Man's Man's World"—James Brown Safe
Ali & Brian 29 (6,7,8,8) Jive "Tutti Frutti"—Little Richard Safe
Jo & Brendan 23 (5,7,6,5) Viennese Waltz "Trouble"—Ray LaMontagne Safe
Zoe & James 30 (7,8,8,7) Jive "Tainted Love"—Gloria Jones Bottom two
Ricky W & Natalie 36 (8,9,10,9) Viennese Waltz "How Can I Be Sure"—David Cassidy Safe
Craig & Flavia 20 (4,6,5,5) Jive "It Takes Two"—Marvin Gaye Safe
Joe & Kristina 21 (4,6,6,5) Jive "Rock This Town"—Stray Cats Eliminated
Natalie & Vincent 27 (7,7,7,6) Viennese Waltz "At Last"—Etta James Safe
Laila & Anton 22 (5,7,5,5) Jive "Modern Love"—David Bowie Safe
Phil & Katya 27 (6,7,7,7) Viennese Waltz "Mad About the Boy"—Dinah Washington Safe
Chris & Ola 22 (5,6,6,5) Jive "Roll Over Beethoven"—Chuck Berry Safe
Judges' votes to save
  • Revel Horwood: Zöe & James
  • Dixon: Zöe & James
  • Tonioli: Zöe & James
  • Goodman: Did not vote, but would have voted to save Zöe & James.

Week 6

Running order
Couple Score Dance Music Result
Jade & Ian 32 (8,8,8,8) Samba "Independent Women"—Destiny's Child Bottom two
Chris & Ola 28 (7,7,7,7) American Smooth "Jimmy Mack"—Martha Reeves and the Vandellas Safe
Phil & Katya 25 (6,7,6,6) Samba "Daddy Cool"—Boney M. Safe
Zoe & James 33 (8,8,9,8) American Smooth "My Girl"—The Temptations Safe
Craig & Flavia 18 (3,6,4,5) Samba "Give It Up"—KC & The Sunshine Band Safe
Ricky G & Erin 29 (7,8,7,7) American Smooth "Chim Chim Cher-ee"—Cliff Richard Safe
Ricky W & Natalie 32 (8,8,8,8) Samba "Good Lovin'"—The Young Rascals Safe
Natalie & Vincent 29 (7,8,7,7) American Smooth "Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone"—Dean Martin Safe
Jo & Brendan 14 (2,5,3,4) Samba "Superstition"—Stevie Wonder Eliminated
Ali & Brian 37 (9,9,9,10) American Smooth "A Foggy Day in London Town"—Michael Bublé Safe
Laila & Anton 28 (7,7,7,7) Samba "He's the Greatest Dancer"—Sister Sledge Safe
Judges' votes to save
  • Revel Horwood: Jade & Ian
  • Dixon: Jade & Ian
  • Tonioli: Jade & Ian
  • Goodman: Did not vote, but would have voted to save Jade & Ian.

Week 7

Running order
Couple Score Dance Music Result
Natalie & Vincent 30 (7,8,7,8) Jive "Good Golly Miss Molly"—Little Richard Safe
Ali & Brian 33 (8,9,8,8) Paso Doble "El Gato Montes"—Ramon Cortez Pasodoble Orchestra Bottom two
Craig & Flavia 24 (5,7,7,5) Waltz "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me"—Elton John Safe
Chris & Ola 29 (7,8,7,7) Cha-Cha-Cha "Shake Your Groove Thing"—Peaches & Herb Safe
Jade & Ian 35 (8,9,9,9) Foxtrot "A Recipe for Making Love"—Harry Connick, Jr. Safe
Zoe & James 32 (7,8,9,8) Samba "Boogie Nights"—Heatwave Eliminated
Ricky G & Erin 24 (4,8,7,5) Rumba "License To Kill"—Gladys Knight Safe
Laila & Anton 33 (8,9,8,8) Viennese Waltz "Once Around the Block"—Badly Drawn Boy Safe
Phil & Katya 30 (7,7,8,8) Tango "Back to Black"—Amy Winehouse Safe
Ricky W & Natalie 39 (9,10,10,10) Quickstep "Down With Love"—Holly Palmer and Michael Bublé Safe
Judges' votes to save
  • Revel Horwood: Ali & Brian
  • Dixon: Zöe & James
  • Tonioli: Ali & Brian
  • Goodman: Ali & Brian

Week 8

Broadcast live from the Tower Ballroom, Blackpool.

Running order
Couple Score Dance Music Result
Ricky W & Natalie 35 (8,9,9,9) Tango "You Really Got Me"—The Kinks Safe
Natalie & Vincent 31 (7,8,8,8) Quickstep "Tu Vuò Fà L'Americano"—Fiorello Safe
Jade & Ian 33 (8,8,9,8) Jive "Flip, Flop, Fly"—The Blues Brothers Safe
Ali & Brian 40 (10,10,10,10) Viennese Waltz "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man"—Etta James Safe
Ricky G & Erin 25 (6,7,6,6) Salsa "Acuyuye"—D.L.G Bottom two
Laila & Anton 30 (7,7,8,8) Paso Doble "Layla"—Derek and the Dominos Safe
Phil & Katya 28 (6,8,7,7) Rumba "Maybe I'm Amazed"—Paul McCartney Safe
Chris & Ola 34 (8,9,9,8) Foxtrot "I Could Have Danced All Night"—Frank Sinatra Safe
Craig & Flavia 17 (3,5,4,5) Cha-Cha-Cha "Easy Lover"—Phil Collins Eliminated
Judges' votes to save
  • Revel Horwood: Ricky & Erin
  • Dixon: Ricky & Erin
  • Tonioli: Ricky & Erin
  • Goodman: Did not vote, but would have voted to save Ricky & Erin.

Week 9

Running order
Couple Score Dance Music Result
Phil & Katya 31 (7,8,8,8) American Smooth "Come Fly With Me"—Frank Sinatra Eliminated
Ricky W & Natalie 35 (8,9,9,9) Jive "Rip It Up"—Little Richard Safe
Ricky G & Erin 29 (7,8,7,7) Viennese Waltz "Nights in White Satin"—The Moody Blues Bottom two
Chris & Ola 30 (6,8,9,7) Paso Doble "I Believe in a Thing Called Love"—The Darkness Safe
Laila & Anton 22 (3,7,6,6) Rumba "Rule the World"—Take That Safe
Natalie & Vincent 34 (8,9,9,8) Foxtrot "Magic Moments"—Perry Como Safe
Ali & Brian 35 (9,8,9,9) Cha-Cha-Cha "I Gotta Feeling"—The Black Eyed Peas Safe

*Jade picked up an injury during dress rehearsal and was unable to perform on the live show.

Judges' votes to save
  • Revel Horwood: Ricky & Erin
  • Dixon: Phil & Katya
  • Tonioli: Phil & Katya
  • Goodman: Ricky & Erin

Week 10

Running order
Couple Score Dance Music Result
Ali & Brian 35 (8,9,9,9) Foxtrot "Haven't Met You Yet"—Michael Bublé Safe
Natalie & Vincent 26 (6,7,8,5) Samba "Holiday"—Madonna Safe
Chris & Ola 29 (7,8,7,7) Viennese Waltz "A New Day Has Come"—Celine Dion Safe
Ricky W & Natalie 36 (9,8,10,9) American Smooth "Over the Rainbow"—Eva Cassidy Safe
Laila & Anton 29 (6,8,7,8) Waltz "Fascination"—Nat King Cole Bottom two
Ricky G & Erin 22 (5,6,6,5) Tango "U Got the Look"—Prince Eliminated

Following her knee injury, Jade Johnson and her partner Ian Waite had to retire from the competition.

Judges' votes to save
  • Revel Horwood: Laila & Anton
  • Dixon: Laila & Anton
  • Tonioli: Laila & Anton
  • Goodman: Did not vote, but would have voted to save Laila & Anton.

Week 11

Running order
Couple Score Dance Music Result
Chris & Ola 34 (8,8,9,9) Charleston "Fat Sam's Grand Slam"—Bugsy Malone Safe
Ricky W & Natalie 31 (7,8,8,8) Rock 'n' Roll "Hound Dog"—Elvis Presley Bottom two
Ali & Brian 37 (9,9,10,9) Charleston "Pencil Full of Lead"—Paolo Nutini Safe
Natalie & Vincent 26 (5,7,7,7) Rock 'n' Roll "Long Tall Sally"—Little Richard Eliminated
Laila & Anton 31 (6,9,8,8) Charleston "Yes Sir, That's My Baby"—Firehouse Five Plus Two Safe
Ali & Brian
Chris & Ola
Laila & Anton
Natalie & Vincent
Ricky & Natalie
10
7
8
7
9
Viennese Waltz "Piano Man"—Billy Joel
Judges' votes to save
  • Revel Horwood: Ricky & Natalie
  • Dixon: Ricky & Natalie
  • Tonioli: Ricky & Natalie
  • Goodman: Did not vote, but would have voted to save Ricky & Natalie.

Week 12

Individual judges scores in the charts below (given in parentheses) are listed in this order from left to right: Craig Revel Horwood, Darcey Bussell, Len Goodman, Alesha Dixon, Bruno Tonioli.

Running order
Couple Score Dance Music Result
Ali & Brian 42 (8,9,8,9,8) Tango "Born to Be Wild"—Steppenwolf Safe
44 (9,9,8,9,9) Samba "Change"—Daniel Merriweather
Laila & Anton 33 (6,6,7,7,7) American Smooth "My Kind of Girl"—Matt Monro Eliminated
26 (5,5,6,5,5) Salsa "Cogele el Gusto"—Wayne Gorbea
Chris & Ola 41 (8,8,8,9,8) Waltz "At this Moment"—Billy Vera and the Beaters Safe
39 (8,8,8,8,7) Samba "Cuba"—Gibson Brothers
Ricky W & Natalie 48 (9,9,10,10,10) Foxtrot "You're Just Too Marvellous"—Frank Sinatra Bottom two
47 (9,10,9,10,9) Cha-Cha-Cha "Sunshine of Your Love"—Spanky Wilson
Judges' votes to save
  • Revel Horwood: Ricky & Natalie
  • Bussell: Ricky & Natalie
  • Dixon: Ricky & Natalie
  • Tonioli: Did not vote, but would have voted to save Ricky & Natalie.
  • Goodman: Did not vote, but would have voted to save Ricky & Natalie.

Week 13

Running order
Couple Score Dance Music Result
Chris & Ola 38 (7,7,8,8,8) Rumba "Total Eclipse of the Heart"—Bonnie Tyler Safe
42 (8,8,9,9,8) Argentine Tango "Bust Your Windows"—Jazmine Sullivan
Ali & Brian 42 (8,8,9,8,9) Argentine Tango "Pa Bailar"—Bajofondo Tango Club Eliminated
50 (10,10,10,10,10) American Smooth "Come Dance with Me"—Frank Sinatra
Ricky & Natalie 47 (9,9,10,9,10) Waltz "Kissing You"—Des'ree Safe
49 (9,10,10,10,10) Argentine Tango "Verano Porteno"—Ástor Piazzolla

Week 14: Final

Running order (Show 1)
Couple Score Dance Music
Ricky W & Natalie 50 (10,10,10,10,10) Quickstep "Down with Love"—Holly Palmer and Michael Bublé
Chris & Ola 46 (9,9,9,10,9) Foxtrot "I Could Have Danced All Night"—Frank Sinatra
Chris & Ola 44 (8,9,9,9,9) Lindy Hop "Sing, Sing, Sing"—Louis Prima
Ricky W & Natalie 43 (8,8,9,9,9)
Running order (Show 2)
Couple Score Dance Music Result
Chris & Ola 50 (10,10,10,10,10) Charleston "Fat Sam's Grand Slam"—Bugsy Malone Winner
46 (9,9,9,10,9) Showdance "Do You Love Me"—The Contours
Ricky W & Natalie 48 (9,10,9,10,10) Cha-Cha-Cha "Sunshine of Your Love"—Spanky Wilson Runner-up
49 (10,9,10,10,10) Showdance "Last Dance"—Donna Summer

Dance chart

Couple 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
Chris & Ola Tango Rumba Group Merengue Quickstep Salsa Jive American Smooth Cha Cha Cha Foxtrot Paso Doble Viennese Waltz Charleston Group Viennese Waltz Waltz Samba Rumba Argentine Tango Foxtrot Lindy Hop Charleston Showdance
Ricky & Natalie Group Merengue Waltz Rumba Paso Doble Salsa Viennese Waltz Samba Quickstep Tango Jive American Smooth Rock 'n' Roll Group Viennese Waltz Foxtrot Cha Cha Cha Waltz Argentine Tango Quickstep Lindy Hop Cha Cha Cha Showdance
Ali & Brian Waltz Rumba Group Merengue Quickstep Salsa Jive American Smooth Paso Doble Viennese Waltz Cha Cha Cha Foxtrot Charleston Group Viennese Waltz Tango Samba Argentine Tango American Smooth
Laila & Anton Group Merengue Tango Cha-Cha-Cha Quickstep Foxtrot Jive Samba Viennese Waltz Paso Doble Rumba Waltz Charleston Group Viennese Waltz American Smooth Salsa
Natalie & Vincent Group Merengue Tango Cha-Cha-Cha Paso Doble Salsa Viennese Waltz American Smooth Jive Quickstep Foxtrot Samba Rock 'n' Roll Group Viennese Waltz
Ricky & Erin Waltz Cha-Cha-Cha Group Merengue Paso Doble Foxtrot Jive American Smooth Rumba Salsa Viennese Waltz Tango
Jade & Ian Waltz Cha-Cha-Cha Group Merengue Quickstep Salsa Viennese Waltz Samba Foxtrot Jive Tango[note 1] Rumba[note 2]
Phil & Katya Group Merengue Waltz Cha-Cha-Cha Quickstep Salsa Viennese Waltz Samba Tango Rumba American Smooth
Craig & Flavia Group Merengue Tango Rumba Quickstep Foxtrot Jive Samba Waltz Cha-Cha-Cha
Zöe & James Group Merengue Waltz Rumba Paso Doble Foxtrot Jive American Smooth Samba
Jo & Brendan Group Merengue Tango Rumba Paso Doble Foxtrot Viennese Waltz Samba
Joe & Kristina Tango Cha-Cha-Cha Group Merengue Paso Doble Foxtrot Jive
Lynda & Darren Tango Cha-Cha-Cha Group Merengue Paso Doble Foxtrot
Rav & Aliona Tango Rumba Group Merengue Quickstep
Richard & Lilia Group Merengue Waltz Cha-Cha-Cha
Martina & Matthew Waltz Rumba
     Highest scoring dance
     Lowest scoring dance
     Not performed due to injury
  • Week 1 – Cha-Cha-Cha or Rumba, and Tango or Waltz (first group), Group Merengue (second group)
  • Week 2 – Cha-Cha-Cha or Rumba, and Tango or Waltz (second group), Group Merengue (first group)
  • Week 3 – Paso Doble or Quickstep
  • Week 4 – Salsa or Foxtrot
  • Week 5 – Jive or Viennese Waltz
  • Week 6 – Samba or American Smooth
  • Weeks 7–10 – One unlearned dance
  • Weeks 11 – Charleston or Rock ‘n’ Roll, and Group Viennese Waltz
  • Week 12 – Two unlearned dances
  • Week 13 – One previously performed ballroom, and Argentine Tango
  • Week 14 – Highest-scoring ballroom, Group Lindyhop, highest-scoring Latin, Freestyle Showdance

Celebrity performances

Each week the professional dancers or other showcase dancers provided audience entertainment, frequently set to music performed by well known international recording artists.

TV ratings

Weekly ratings for each show on BBC1. Figures exclude the BBC HD Channel. All numbers are in millions and provided by BARB[28]

Week Show Rating (in millions) Rank for BBC1 Rank for all UK TV
1 18 September 8.92 2 6
1 19 September 8.43 5 9
2 25 September 8.10 6 12
2 26 September 8.68 2 6
3 3 October 9.06 2 6
4 10 October 8.82 4 11
5 17 October 8.44 4 11
6 24 October 8.88 5 12
7 31 October 9.14 2 8
8 7 November 9.46 2 8
9 14 November 10.10 1 5
10 21 November 9.59 3 11
11 28 November 9.73 1 6
12 5 December 9.43 1 7
13 12 December Dance Show 8.94 2 8
13 12 December Results Show 8.47 4 12
14 19 December Dance Show 10.50 2 2
14 19 December Results Show 11.29 1 1
15 25 December Christmas Special 7.57 11 15

In September 2009 Strictly Come Dancing earned a place in Guinness World Records as "most successful reality television format",[29] with licensing rights sold to broadcasters in 38 countries.[30] Nonetheless the sixth series' audiences had suffered as a result of direct clashes with ITV rival The X Factor.[31] The BBC's decision in August 2009 to screen the seventh series on Saturday nights only was partly an attempt to reduce conflict with the rival talent show, as ITV had hinted that The X Factor's results show would be broadcast on Sunday evening.[32] Sources at the BBC described the move as "better for the viewers... people at home lose out if things are competing against one another... We wanted to make Strictly Come Dancing an unmissable TV event".[32]

However, the BBC still came under intense criticism when the extended Saturday show, initially running from 7–9pm, clashed almost entirely with The X Factor's main show.[33] ITV sources accused the BBC of "effectively splitting the audience".[33] Writing in The Guardian George Dixon, head of scheduling for BBC One, argued that "the ability of viewers to see programmes again, whether via personal video recorders like Sky+, online catch-up services including iPlayer or on channels such as E4 or ITV2, [makes] the notion of 'forcing' viewers to watch... outdated", adding that "There are around seven repeats of The X Factor on ITV1 and ITV2 each week".[34]

The scheduling conflict ended with The X Factor securing a higher audience throughout the series. On 22 October 2009, the BBC rescheduled the Saturday show, now down to eight contestants, so that the overlap between the two programs was only 45 minutes.[35] The BBC denied that the move was in direct response to the success of its ITV rival, saying instead that the move was to accommodate a new series with impressionist Jon Culshaw.[35] Strictly Come Dancing's runtime, previously fixed at two hours, was also expected to decrease as contestants were progressively eliminated, leading to a further reduction in overlap.

Notes

References

External links

  • BBC Online
  • Strictly Come Dancing series seven BBC Press Release
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