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Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
Strictly Come Dancing
|Tess Daly took maternity leave during part of the second series, but which series one contestant took over from her? ||"Strictly Come Dancing"
Natasha Kaplinsky. Natasha Kaplinsky, who won the first series, presented part of the second with Bruce Forsyth while Tess prepared for and gave birth to her daughter Phoebe.
Emma Bunton and Darren Bennett. Emma Bunton and Darren Bennett came third in the competition. Matt Dawson and Lilia Kopylova came second while Mark Ramprakash and Karen Hardy won.
Jason Wood and Kylie Jones. Jason Wood and Kylie Jones were the first couple to be voted out in the second week of the show. They received the lowest judges vote with just 19/40.
Siobhan Hayes and Matthew Cutler. Siobhan Hayes and Matthew Cutler were the first couple to be voted out, however they did not receive the lowest score of the week. That was given to Fiona Phillips and Brendan Cole who lasted until the fourth week.
|As of series four, only four of the professionals have appeared in all of the series - Anton du Beke and Erin Boag are two but who are the others?||"Strictly Come Dancing"
Brendan Cole and Camilla Dallerup. Brendan Cole, Camilla Dallerup, Anton du Beke and Erin Boag have all appeared in every series of the show so far. Out of these only Brendan has won the show.
Darren Bennett, Lilia Kopylova and Ian Waite have appeared in every series since series two.
|In series two, two couples were awarded 10s. One was series winners Jill Halfpenny and Darren Bennett but who was the other? ||"Strictly Come Dancing"
Denise Lewis and Ian Waite. Denise Lewis and Ian Waite were awarded two 10s in the final of the second series for their Quickstep. This pair came second in the series.
Natasha Kaplinsky and Brendan Cole. The only ten of series one was given to eventual winners of the series Natasha Kaplinsky and Brendan Cole for their Samba. The ten was awarded by judge Arlene Phillips.
Quentin Willson and Hazel Newberry. It was Quentin Wilson and Hazel Newberry's Cha Cha Cha which earned them the lowest score, as of the Christmas special 2006, of the series. They were voted out the first week of the second series.
Jill Halfpenny and Darren Bennett. Jill Halfpenny and Darren Bennett received the first perfect 40/40 score in the series for their Jive in final of series 2. They later became the winners of that series.
As of the Christmas special which aired after series 4, only 4 perfect scores have been awarded.
'Keep dancing!'. Bruce and Tess never fail to say this cathphrase. It sometimes makes you sad though as you think the show is over for another week, or even a year! 'Strictly' isn't complete without this last sentence.
American Smooth. The American Smooth was introduced in Series 4. This dance allows lifts, as the question states, and it also allows to come in and out of hold whenever you want. No other ballroom dances are allowed lifts or to come out of hold, so it is entertaining to watch these dances. The lifts are always crowd pleasers! The most commonly used ones are called 'The Fish' and 'The Crucifix'.
Viennese Waltz. It is tradition on the show for the finalists to do a group Viennese Waltz. They move smoothly around in a circle, following each other, before one couple enters the centre of the circle and does a special move or a lift.
Glitter ball. 'Strictly' is famous for its Glitter ball trophy, with the show's emblem of the front. You also get a plaque, with your name on so you will always remember your triumph!
Jill Halfpenny. Jill Halfpenny paired Darren Bennett in Series 2, and took the series title on the famous studio dance floor. Jill was awarded the first ever perfect score of 40/40 in the final for her Jive to the song 'I'm Still Standing' by Elton John.
Ian Waite. Ian slipped over on the dance floor during his showdance with celebrity Zoe Ball. Unfortunately, they had just been voted out, taking the third place title of Series 3.
Darren and Lilia and James and Ola. Darren Bennett and Lilia Kopylova are champions in 'Strictly' and out of it. They have won a world title and many other competitions. Between them, they have five 'Strictly' trophies, as they have both won a series and a Christmas special (Lilia has won two Christmas specials). James and Ola have won titles in Europe, but unfortunatly, no 'Strictly' titles.
Craig Revel Horwood. Craig Revel Horwood is known as the one mean judge on the show. He is harsh, and looks mainly for quality of the contestant's dance, rather than other things such as enthusisam, effort and performance. Craig choreographs West End shows along with Arlene and Bruno, whilst Len is an ex-professional dancer.
Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly. Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly really make the show special, with Bruce's jokes and Tess' beautiful dresses she wears on 'Strictly Come Dancing' (otherwise known as Strictly). Whilst Tess was on maternity leave, Series 1 winner Natasha Kaplinsky presented the show in her place.
Jill Halfpenny. Although all the dancers above scored a perfect 40 points, Jill Halfpenny's Jive was the first to be awarded the marks in series 2 of the programme. She and partner Darren danced to Elton John's 'I'm Still Standing' and it has become a famous dance on the show and a standard which all other Jives are measured by.
|Which couple shocked the judges by performing their show-dance in the final of the competition using dummies instead of dancing together?||Strictly Come Dancing
Colin Jackson and Erin Boag. Although the show dance does give an opportunity to be creative, the judges were appalled at the sight of athlete Colin and Erin both dressed in white tie and tails dancing with female dummies. The performance seemingly didn't impress the audience either, because they lost out on the title to Darren Gough and Lilia Kopylova.
|Kenny Logan and Gabby Logan who appeared in series 5 of the show are what relation to each other?||Strictly Come Dancing
Husband and wife. Rugby player Kenny and sports presenter Gaby married on 19th July 2001 and have twins Reuban and Lois born 28th July 2005. They partnered husband and wife team James and Ola Jordan on the show and Kenny fared the better making it through to week 9. Gabby was voted off in week 4.
|Is the voice-over announcer of 'Strictly Come Dancing' the same person who is known as 'The Voice of the Balls' of the National Lottery?||Strictly Come Dancing
Yes. Alan Dedicoat, born December 1st, 1954 in Hollywood Worcestershire, has become a familiar voice of Saturday night. He has been 'The Voice of the Balls' for the National Lottery for a good many years and then joined 'Strictly' another Saturday night show as well. He also announces the money totals pledged on BBC1's annual charity night 'Children in Need'.
|Series 6 winner Tom Chambers had to divide his time between 'Strictly' and what event in his personal life?||Strictly Come Dancing
His wedding. Tom married his teenage sweetheart Clare Harding in October 2008 in Derbyshire. He had to change the date from a Saturday to Sunday so that he could fulfill his commitments to 'Strictly'. The honeymoon had to be suspended until the end of the competition and Camilla was knocking on the hotel bedroom door the day after the wedding to resume his dance training.
Alesha Dixon. Alesha Dixon and her partner Matthew Cutler won series 5 with a whopping 22 perfect scores of 10. She was favourite to win from week three onwards, because of the scores and comments she was receiving from the judges. In the final she danced the Waltz to 'A Time For Us' based on the music from the movie 'Romeo and Juliet', the Cha Cha Cha to Beyonce's 'Crazy in Love' and the Jive to T Rex's 'We Love to Boogie'.
|Which four dancers, who appeared in the first series of 'Strictly Come Dancing', were still competing in series 6?||Strictly Come Dancing
Camilla Dallerup, Erin Boag, Anton du Beke and Brendan Cole. Camilla, Erin, Anton and Brendan appeared in series 1 partnering antiques expert David Dickinson, rugby player Martin Offiah, singer Lesley Garrett and newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky respectively. Brendan fared the best in series 1 by taking the mirror-ball trophy. In series 6, Camilla partnered actor Tom Chambers, Erin partnered rugby player Austin Healey, Anton partnered actress Gillian Taylforth and Brendan partnered presenter Lisa Snowdon. Camilla fared the best in this series by winning the crown at her 6th attempt.
|Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace joined the professionals in series 4, but which dance did they coach in series 3? ||Strictly Come Dancing
The Argentine Tango. Vincent and Flavia were UK Argentine Tango champions in 2006 and World Argentine Tango finalists 2005/2006. They were also UK Professional Ten Dance Champions 2002-2006 and UK Professional Show Dance Champions 2003-2006. In 'Strictly Come Dancing' they have both reached the final, Flavia in series 5 and Vincent in series 6, but both lost out on the trophy.
|The winners of series 3 and series 4 were both sportsmen. Which sport did they both play?||Strictly Come Dancing
Cricket. Darren Gough won series 3 with his partner Lilia Kopylova and Mark Ramprakash won series 4 with dancer Karen Hardy. Darren played for Yorkshire and England and earned the nicknames 'Rhino' and 'Dazzler'. Mark has played for Surrey since 2001 and he has also played for his country. His nicknames are 'Ramps', 'Bloodaxe' and 'The Hips' which may have stemmed from his appearance on 'Strictly', where they caused judge Arlene to swoon week after week.
|'Strictly Come Dancing' has seen many competitors from 'Eastenders', but which one was a series winner?||Strictly Come Dancing
Jill Halfpenny. Jill, with partner Darren Bennett, won series two of 'Strictly Come Dancing' and they also won both the 2004 and 2008 Christmas specials. Louisa was losing semi-finalist in series 4, Matt was runner up in series 5 and Jessie only lasted until week four of series 6.
|Which of the professional dancers named below joined the programme in series 2 and are a married couple?||Strictly Come Dancing
Darren Bennett and Lilia Kopylova. Darren and Lilia, who have both been series winners of 'Strictly Come Dancing', married in January 1999. In addition to competing on the TV series they run their own dance studio in Sheffield and in 2008 they were winners of the Carl Alan award for Ballroom, Latin and Sequence dancing.
Natasha Kaplinsky and Brendan Cole. Series one had only 8 couples competing and was won by newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky and her partner Brendan Cole. 'Eastenders' actor Christopher Parker came second despite being marked bottom by the judges on three occasions prior to the final.
Len Goodman. Len Goodman is the head judge and has the dubious task of having the casting vote if the judges' votes tie. Both Len and Bruno also judge the American version of the show and spend their week flying back and forth between London and Hollywood. Len was a professional dancer in his teens and twenties and each week he performs his master class on 'It Takes Two' with presenter, Claudia Winkleman.