List of Strictly Come Dancing specials
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Since the inception of Strictly Come Dancing in 2004, several special editions of the show have been transmitted by the BBC each year. These have included seasonal specials, charity specials, and variations of the Strictly Come Dancing format.
- 1 Christmas Specials
- 2 Strictly Ice Dancing
- 3 Strictly African Dancing
- 4 Sport Relief Does Strictly Come Dancing
- 5 Children in Need
- 6 The People's Strictly for Comic Relief
- 7 The Weakest Link Special 2008
- 8 References
The Christmas Specials of Strictly Come Dancing have been transmitted each year since 2004. Early editions contained a selection of contestants from the most recent and occasionally previous seasons of the show, however from the 2010 special to the 2013 special, the competition has been contested by celebrities who are unable to compete in the main series due to time constrictions, from 2014 onwards, the competition has been contested by previous contestants, known as "All Stars". With their professional dance partners the celebrities perform their chosen Ballroom or Latin dance which is then marked by the judges. The winning couple is chosen by a studio audience vote.
|2004||Jill Halfpenny & Darren Bennett||Natasha Kaplinsky & Brendan Cole|
|2005||Darren Gough & Lilia Kopylova||Zoë Ball & Ian Waite|
|2006||Colin Jackson & Erin Boag||Zoë Ball & Ian Waite|
|2007||Darren Gough & Lilia Kopylova||Gethin Jones & Camilla Dallerup|
|2008||Jill Halfpenny & Darren Bennett||Kelly Brook & Brian Fortuna|
|2009||Ali Bastian & Brian Fortuna||Rachel Stevens & Vincent Simone|
|2010||John Barrowman & Kristina Rihanoff||N/A|
|2011||Charlie Brooks & Vincent Simone|
|2012||J.B. Gill & Ola Jordan|
|2013||Rufus Hound & Flavia Cacace|
|2014||Louis Smith & Aliona Vilani|
|2015||Harry Judd & Joanne Clifton|
|2016||Melvin Odoom & Janette Manrara|
|2017||Katie Derham & Brendan Cole|
|2018||Aston Merrygold & Janette Manrara|
This Christmas special was broadcast live on 22 December 2004, featuring top couples from both of the first two series (with the exception of Christopher Parker and Julian Clary, who were not able to appear). The show was won by Jill Halfpenny and Darren Bennett.
|Celebrity||Position on Strictly||Professional||Judges' scores||Dance|
|Martin Offiah||Spring 2004 celebrity competitor||Erin Boag||26 (6,6,7,7)||Jive|
|Aled Jones||Autumn 2004 celebrity competitor||Lilia Kopylova||30 (7,7,8,8)||Samba|
|Lesley Garrett||Spring 2004 celebrity third place||Anton du Beke||31 (7,8,8,8)||Waltz|
|Natasha Kaplinsky||Spring 2004 celebrity winner||Brendan Cole||33 (7,8,9,9)||Foxtrot|
|Denise Lewis||Autumn 2004 celebrity runner-up||Ian Waite||37 (9,9,9,10)||Quickstep|
|Jill Halfpenny||Autumn 2004 celebrity winner||Darren Bennett||36 (9,9,9,9)||Jive|
The Christmas special in 2005, broadcast on 24 December, featured the top four couples (Darren Gough and Lilia Kopylova, Colin Jackson and Erin Boag, Zoë Ball and Ian Waite, James Martin and Camilla Dallerup) from the 2005 series competing against two competitors from the US version, Dancing with the Stars, who danced with two professionals from the British series. The two competitors from the US series were Rachel Hunter, who was teamed with Brendan Cole, and Evander Holyfield, who danced with Karen Hardy. Season 2 winner Jill Halfpenny was scheduled to appear with her partner Darren Bennett, but pulled out due to a breakdown in fee negotiations.
|Celebrity||Position on Strictly||Professional||Judges' scores||Dance|
|Evander Holyfield||Dancing with the Stars 2005 competitor||Karen Hardy||22 (3,5,7,7)||Jive|
|Rachel Hunter||Dancing with the Stars 2005 competitor||Brendan Cole||36 (9,9,9,9)||Rumba|
|Zoë Ball||Strictly 2005 third place||Ian Waite||38 (9,9,10,10)||Foxtrot|
|James Martin||Strictly 2005 fourth place||Camilla Dallerup||37 (8,10,10,9)||Foxtrot|
|Colin Jackson||Strictly 2005 second place||Erin Boag||35 (9,8,9,9)||Cha-Cha-Cha|
|Darren Gough||Strictly 2005 winner||Lilia Kopylova||40 (10,10,10,10)||Quickstep|
The Christmas special in 2006 featured stars from the third and fourth series going head to head to perform their highest-scoring dances. The theme of the programme was black and white, so whether it was wintry white gowns, the little black dress or top hat and tails, the dancers and the dance floor were decked in black and white, setting the stage for some show-stopping performances.
It was a pre-recorded show shown on Christmas Day on BBC One.
|Celebrity||Position on Strictly||Professional||Judges' Scores||Dance|
|Louisa Lytton||2006 celebrity competitor||Vincent Simone||36 (9,9,9,9)||Jive|
|Mark Ramprakash||2006 celebrity winner||Karen Hardy||36 (9,9,9,9)||Salsa|
|Emma Bunton||2006 celebrity third place||Darren Bennett||36 (9,9,9,9)||Samba|
|Matt Dawson||2006 celebrity runner-up||Lilia Kopylova||37 (9,9,10,9)||Waltz|
|Zoë Ball||2005 celebrity third place||Ian Waite||38 (9,10,9,10)||Rumba|
|Colin Jackson||2005 celebrity runner-up||Erin Boag||40 (10,10,10,10)||Quickstep|
After the combined scores of the judges' marks and the votes of the studio audience, Colin Jackson and Erin Boag won the competition, after getting the full 40 marks from the judges, with Zoë Ball and Ian Waite being runners up. The final places of the bottom four couples was not announced - they were eliminated from the competition in a random order.
The 2007 Christmas Special featured the top four couples from Series Five (Alesha Dixon, Matt Di Angelo, Gethin Jones and Letitia Dean), as well as Darren Gough and Mark Ramprakash (champions of Series Three and Four respectively). The winner was Series Three champion Darren Gough, who received a perfect 40 for his American Smooth, and had the highest score overall when the judges' points were combined with the studio audience vote. Series Five semi-finalist Gethin Jones, who also received a perfect 40 for his Waltz, was runner up. The final place of the bottom four couples was not announced.
|Celebrity||Position on Strictly||Professional||Judges' score||Dance|
|Alesha Dixon||2007 celebrity winner||Matthew Cutler||36 (9,9,9,9)||Cha-Cha-Cha|
|Letitia Dean||2007 celebrity competitor||Darren Bennett||36 (9,9,9,9)||Foxtrot|
|Mark Ramprakash||2006 celebrity winner||Karen Hardy||38 (9,9,10,10)||Jive|
|Matt Di Angelo||2007 celebrity runner-up||Flavia Cacace||39 (9,10,10,10)||Rumba|
|Gethin Jones||2007 celebrity third place||Camilla Dallerup||40 (10,10,10,10)||Waltz|
|Darren Gough||2005 celebrity winner||Lilia Kopylova||40 (10,10,10,10)||American Smooth|
The 2008 Christmas Special aired on 25 December 2008. Tom Chambers, Rachel Stevens and Lisa Snowdon took on former contestants Jill Halfpenny, Alesha Dixon and Kelly Brook. Brian Fortuna partnered Brook due to her original partner Brendan Cole dancing with his more recent partner Lisa Snowdon. Russell Watson made a special guest appearance. The celebrities, their professional partners and dance were announced on 17 December 2008.
Due to 4 couples coming top of the leader's board with 39 points, head judge Len was given casting vote on how to break the tie. Therefore points from the judge were awarded as follows before the audience vote: Alesha 6, Jill 5, Rachel 4, Kelly 3, Tom 2, Lisa 1. After the audience vote Jill Halfpenny was named the 2008 Christmas Champion with Kelly Brook in second place, meaning that Jill joined Darren Gough in having won two Christmas specials, and her partner Darren Bennett equalled his professional partner and wife Lilia Kopylova's two Christmas special victories.
|Celebrity||Position on Strictly||Professional||Judges' score||Dance||Song|
|Lisa Snowdon||2008 celebrity third place||Brendan Cole||36 (8,9,9,10)||Quickstep||"Sleigh Ride"|
|Tom Chambers||2008 celebrity winner||Camilla Dallerup||37 (9,10,9,9)||Foxtrot||"Rudolf the Red-nosed Reindeer"|
|Rachel Stevens||2008 celebrity runner-up||Vincent Simone||39 (9,10,10,10)||Rumba||"2 Becomes 1"|
|Alesha Dixon||2007 celebrity winner||Matthew Cutler||39 (9,10,10,10)||Viennese Waltz||"White Christmas"|
|Kelly Brook||2007 celebrity competitor||Brian Fortuna||39 (10,9,10,10)||Jive||"Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree"|
|Jill Halfpenny||Autumn 2004 celebrity winner||Darren Bennett||39 (9,10,10,10)||American Smooth||"My Favourite Things"|
The 2009 Christmas Special aired on 25 December 2009. It featured the top three from Series 7 along with former contestants Gethin Jones, Rachel Stevens and Austin Healey. Craig Revel Horwood, Len Goodman, Alesha Dixon and Bruno Tonioli provided the judging. Darcey Bussell didn't judge. After the audience vote Ali Bastian & Brian Fortuna were declared champions. Rachel Stevens & Vincent Simone were second.
|Celebrity||Position on Strictly||Professional||Judge's score||Dance||Song|
|Chris Hollins||Series 7 winner||Ola Jordan||33 (8,8,9,8)||Foxtrot||"Santa Baby"|
|Austin Healey||Series 6 fourth place||Erin Boag||36 (9,9,9,9)||Paso Doble||"Bohemian Rhapsody"|
|Ricky Whittle||Series 7 second place||Natalie Lowe||36 (8,9,10,9)||Quickstep||"Jingle Bells"|
|Gethin Jones||Series 5 third place||Flavia Cacace||38 (9,10,9,10)||American Smooth||"Baby, It's Cold Outside"|
|Rachel Stevens||Series 6 second place||Vincent Simone||39 (10,10,9,10)||Rumba||"Miss You Most (At Christmas)"|
|Ali Bastian||Series 7 third place||Brian Fortuna||40 (10,10,10,10)||Viennese Waltz||"Please Come Home For Christmas"|
The 2010 Christmas Special aired on 25 December 2010. That special, instead of having celebrities from previous years, had five new celebrities who didn't have time to do the full show.
|Fern Britton||Television presenter||Matthew Cutler||30 (7,8,7,8)||Jive||"Step into Christmas" – Elton John|
|John Barrowman||Actor & singer||Kristina Rihanoff||37 (9,9,9,10)||Quickstep||"Sleigh Ride" – The Ronettes|
|June Brown||EastEnders actress||Vincent Simone||28 (6,7,8,7)||Tango||"Never Do a Tango With an Eskimo" – Alma Cogan|
|Ronni Ancona||Actress & impressionist||Anton du Beke||28 (6,8,7,7)||Viennese Waltz||"It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" – Andy Williams|
|Vince Cable||Politician & economist||Erin Boag||36 (9,10,8,9)||Foxtrot||"Winter Wonderland" – Bing Crosby|
The full lineup of the 2011 Christmas special, once again featuring five new celebrities who could not commit to the full series, was announced on 23 November 2011.
|Barry McGuigan||Former professional boxer||Erin Boag||36 (8,9,10,9)||Quickstep||"Jingle Bells"|
|Su Pollard||Comedy actress||Anton du Beke||30 (6,9,7,8)||Foxtrot||"White Christmas"|
|Simon Webbe||Blue band member||Katya Virshilas||36 (9,9,9,9)||Cha Cha Cha||"Merry Xmas Everybody"|
|Debra Stephenson||Actress & impressionist||Ian Waite||37 (8,9,10,10)||American Smooth||"Baby, It's Cold Outside"|
|Charlie Brooks||EastEnders actress||Vincent Simone||37 (9,9,9,10)||Jive||"Santa Claus Is Coming to Town"|
The full lineup of the 2012 Christmas special, featuring six new celebrities who could not commit to the full series, was announced on 28 November 2012.
|J.B. Gill||JLS singer||Ola Jordan||39 (9, 10, 10, 10)||Jive||"Rockin' Robin"|
|Bobby Ball||Comedian||Katya Virshilas||29 (6, 7, 8, 8)||American Smooth||"White Christmas"|
|Sheila Hancock||Actress||Ian Waite||36 (8, 8, 10, 10)||Foxtrot||"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"|
|Fabrice Muamba||Former footballer||Aliona Vilani||35 (8, 9, 9, 9)||Salsa||"Christmas Wrapping"|
|Katy Brand||Comedian||Anton du Beke||33 (7, 8, 9, 9)||Viennese Waltz||"It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year"|
|Helen Skelton||Blue Peter presenter||Artem Chigvintsev||37 (8, 9, 10, 10)||Jive||"All I Want for Christmas Is You"|
As a new addition to the Christmas specials, a "Strictly Allstar" group of seven previous contestants from the show returned for a group dance, and appearances from Ann Widdecombe and Russell Grant were also in the programme.
|Celebrity||Position on Strictly||Professional|
|Kelly Brook||Series 5 contestant||Brendan Cole|
|Tom Chambers||Series 6 winner||Kristina Rihanoff|
|Chelsee Healey||Series 9 runner-up||Pasha Kovalev|
|Chris Hollins||Series 7 winner||Ola Jordan|
|Colin Jackson||Series 3 runner-up||Erin Boag|
|Natasha Kaplinsky||Series 1 winner||Ian Waite|
|Rachel Stevens||Series 6 runner-up||Vincent Simone|
The full lineup of the 2013 Christmas special, featuring six new celebrities who could not commit to the full series, was announced on 25 November 2013.
|Ricky Norwood||EastEnders actor||Janette Manrara||33 (8, 8, 8, 9)||Quickstep||"Merry Christmas Everyone"|
|Elaine Paige||Musical theatre singer & actress||Pasha Kovalev||39 (10, 10, 9, 10)||Cha-Cha-Cha||"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer"|
|Sara Cox||BBC Radio 1 presenter||Robin Windsor||33 (8, 8, 9, 8)||Waltz||"Silent Night"|
|Rochelle Humes||The Saturdays singer||Ian Waite||31 (7, 8, 8, 8)||Salsa||"Santa Claus Is Coming to Town"|
|Matt Goss||Bros member and solo artist||Aliona Vilani||35 (8, 9, 9, 9)||American Smooth||"Winter Wonderland"|
|Rufus Hound||Comedian & TV presenter||Flavia Cacace||38 (9, 10, 9, 10)||Tango||"Never Do a Tango With an Eskimo"|
The full lineup of the 2014 Christmas special, which in a change to recent tradition, features six returning contestants, was announced on 13 November 2014.
|Celebrity||Position on Strictly||Known for||Professional||Judges' scores||Dance||Pantomime||Song|
|Chris Hollins||Series 7 champion||TV presenter||Iveta Lukosiute||31 (7,8,8,8)||Charleston||Dick Whittington||"Sleigh Ride"|
|Rachel Stevens||Series 6 runner-up||Singer||Tristan MacManus||38 (9,9,10,10)||Viennese Waltz||Peter Pan||"Please Come Home for Christmas"|
|Russell Grant||Series 9 contestant||Astrologer||Joanne Clifton||29 (7,8,7,7)||Cha-Cha-Cha||Aladdin||"Could It Be Magic"|
|Sophie Ellis-Bextor||Series 11 finalist||Singer||Aljaž Skorjanec||39 (9,10,10,10)||American Smooth||Sleeping Beauty||"White Christmas"|
|Lisa Riley||Series 10 semi-finalist||Actress||Robin Windsor||32 (8,8,8,8)||Jive||The Wizard Of Oz||"Step into Christmas"|
|Louis Smith||Series 10 champion||Olympic gymnast||Aliona Vilani||40 (10,10,10,10)||Quickstep||Jack and the Beanstalk||"Jingle Bells"|
The full lineup of the 2015 Christmas special, which in a change to recent tradition, features six returning contestants, was announced on 19 November 2015.
|Celebrity||Position on Strictly||Known for||Professional||Judges' scores||Dance||Panto||Song|
|Lisa Snowdon||Series 6 finalist||TV & radio presenter||Pasha Kovalev||37 (9,9,9,10)||Quickstep||Alice in Wonderland||"Let It Snow"|
|Alison Hammond||Series 12 contestant||TV presenter||Robin Windsor||31 (7,8,8,8)||Cha-Cha-Cha||Hansel and Gretel||"Celebration"|
|Cassidy Little||The People's Strictly champion||Soldier||Natalie Lowe||35 (8,9,9,9)||Jive||Puss In Boots||"Cool Yule"|
|Abbey Clancy||Series 11 champion||Model & TV presenter||Brendan Cole||39 (9,10,10,10)||Waltz||Rapunzel||"When I Fall in Love"|
|Harry Judd||Series 9 champion||Musician||Joanne Clifton||40 (10,10,10,10)||American Smooth||Jack Frost||"Baby, It's Cold Outside"|
|Tom Chambers||Series 6 champion||Actor||Oti Mabuse||40 (10,10,10,10)||Charleston||Scrooge||"Santa Claus Is Coming to Town"|
The celebrity lineup of the 2016 Christmas special, which like the previous year, features six returning contestants, was announced on 7 November 2016. The professional partners were revealed on 11 November 2016. This marks the first time a contestant who wasn't part of the final three won the Christmas special.
|Celebrity||Position on Strictly||Known for||Professional||Judges' scores||Dance||Christmas Movie||Song|
|Ainsley Harriott||Series 13 contestant||Chef & TV presenter||Karen Clifton||35 (7,9,10,9)||Jive||Home Alone||"Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree"|
|Gethin Jones||Series 5 third place||TV presenter||Chloe Hewitt||38 (9,9,10,10)||Quickstep||The Polar Express||"The Polar Express"|
|Pamela Stephenson||Series 8 third place||Comedian & writer||Pasha Kovalev||39 (9,10,10,10)||Cha-Cha-Cha||Love Actually||"Jump (for My Love)"|
|Denise Lewis||Series 2 runner-up||Olympic heptathlete||Anton du Beke||38 (9,9,10,10)||Viennese Waltz||Meet Me in St. Louis||"Meet Me in St. Louis, Louis"|
|Melvin Odoom||Series 14 contestant||TV & radio presenter||Janette Manrara||40 (10,10,10,10)||Charleston||Elf||"Sparklejollytwinklejingley"|
|Frankie Bridge||Series 12 runner-up||Singer||Gorka Márquez||40 (10,10,10,10)||American Smooth||Frozen||"Let It Go"|
The full line-up of the 2017 Christmas special, which features six returning contestants and their professional partners, was announced on 6 November 2017.
|Celebrity||Position on Strictly||Known for||Professional||Dance||Judges Score||Song|
|Robbie Savage||Series 9 quarter-finalist||Footballer||Dianne Buswell||American Smooth||31 (7,8,8,8)||"Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)"|
|Judy Murray||Series 12 contestant||Tennis coach||Neil Jones||Charleston||31 (7,8,8,8)||"Let's Misbehave"|
|Colin Jackson||Series 3 runner-up||Olympic hurdler & sports commentator||Amy Dowden||Rumba||36 (9,9,9,9)||"Run"|
|Jeremy Vine||Series 13 contestant||TV & radio presenter||Karen Clifton||Quickstep||31 (7,8,8,8)||"All I Want for Christmas Is You"|
|Katie Derham||Series 13 finalist||TV & radio presenter||Brendan Cole||Viennese Waltz||37 (9,9,10,9)||"White Christmas"|
|Kimberley Walsh||Series 10 runner-up||Singer & actress||Pasha Kovalev||Jive||39 (9,10,10,10)||"Run Rudolph Run"|
The full line-up for the 2018 Christmas special was announced on 5 November 2018. The routines are inspired by fairy tales and Christmas stories.
|Celebrity||Position on Strictly||Known for||Professional||Dance||Judges Score||Fairytale||Song|
|Anita Rani||Series 13 semi-finalist||Television presenter||Neil Jones||Foxtrot||35 (8,9,9,9)||The Snowman||"Winter Wonderland"|
|Aston Merrygold||Series 15 contestant||Former JLS singer||Janette Manrara||Jive||40 (10,10,10,10)||The Nutcracker||"What Christmas Means to Me"|
|Ann Widdecombe||Series 8 quarter-finalist||Former Conservative Party politician||Anton du Beke||American Smooth||22 (2,6,7,7)||Cinderella||"Sisters"|
|Michael Vaughan||Series 10 contestant||Former England cricketer||Nadiya Bychkova||Viennese Waltz||30 (6,8,8,8)||Peter Pan||"Please Come Home for Christmas"|
|Jake Wood||Series 12 semi-finalist||EastEnders actor||Luba Mushtuk||Cha-Cha-Cha||39 (9,10,10,10)||The Frog Prince||"Could It Be Magic"|
|Caroline Flack||Series 12 champion||Television presenter||Gorka Márquez||Charleston||40 (10,10,10,10)||Pinocchio||"Santa Claus Is Coming to Town"|
The celebrities taking part in the 2019 Christmas special was announced on 5 November.
|Chizzy Akudolu||Series 15 contestant||Actress|
|Debbie McGee||Series 15 finalist||Radio presenter and former magician's assistant|
|Gemma Atkinson||Series 15 finalist||Actress & model|
|Joe Sugg||Series 16 finalist||YouTuber & actor|
|Mark Wright||Series 12 finalist||Reality television star|
|Richard Arnold||Series 10 contestant||Televsion presenter|
Strictly Ice DancingEdit
Strictly Ice Dancing was broadcast as a one-off special on 26 December 2004; with Carol Smillie, Jessica Taylor, Scarlett Alice Johnson, Marcus Patric, David Seaman, and Rowland Rivron paired with professional skaters. This was won by David Seaman (who was a late replacement for Paul Gascoigne) and his partner Zoia Birmingham.
In order of elimination, the competitors were:
|Rowland Rivron||Charlotte Clements||10|
|Marcus Patric||Leigh Mack||12|
|Carol Smillie||Oula Jääskeläinen||21|
|Scarlett Alice Johnson||Daniel Whiston||22|
|Jessica Taylor||Robert Burgerman||34|
|David Seaman||Zoia Birmingham||33|
Strictly Ice Dancing was identical to the ITV format Dancing on Ice, although details of Dancing on Ice were revealed before Strictly Ice Dancing was commissioned.
Strictly African DancingEdit
A further one-off special was broadcast on BBC One on 9 July 2005 as part of the BBC's Africa Lives season. It featured six celebrities of African descent performing traditional African dances with a professional troupe. The contestants were Tunde Baiyewu, Tupele Dorgu, Robbie Earle, Antonia Okonma, Louis Emerick, and Tessa Sanderson. The programme was presented by Natasha Kaplinsky and Martin Offiah, and the winner was Robbie Earle. Professional dancers Darren Bennett and Lilia Kopylova, who have appeared on Strictly Come Dancing since the second series, also appeared on this special to perform a traditional African Samba.
In order of elimination:
Sport Relief Does Strictly Come DancingEdit
A Strictly Come Dancing one-off special for Sport Relief was broadcast on 14 March 2008, with Craig Revel Horwood, Arlene Phillips and Len Goodman judging. Five former Strictly contestants related to sport partnered a new celebrity.
The results were as follows:
|Denise Lewis||David Ginola||7+7+7=21||Waltz|
|Roger Black||Jade Johnson||8+6+8=22||Cha Cha Cha|
|Darren Gough||Gemma Bissix||7+7+8=22||American Smooth|
|Matt Dawson||Elaine Paige||8+9+8=25||Tango|
|Mark Ramprakash||Kara Tointon||9+9+9=27||Samba|
The ranking of the bottom three couples was not announced – they were eliminated from the competition in a random order.
A BBC spokesperson commented: "Sport Relief features Strictly Come Dancing with a difference."
|Peter Jones||Natalie Lowe||4+7+5=16||Tango|
|Duncan Bannatyne||Lilia Kopylova||2+5+3=10||Cha Cha Cha|
Strictly Come Dancing did an underwater special for Sport Relief 2012. The contestants were 2011 champion Harry Judd and runner-up Chelsee Healey. The judges were Len Goodman, Craig Revel Horwood, Bruno Tonioli and Mark Foster. It was presented by Claudia Winkleman.
|Harry Judd||Aliona Vilani||9+8+8+10=35|
|Chelsee Healey||Pasha Kovalev||8+8+9+10=35|
After the initial scores resulted in a draw, Len (as Head Judge) had the deciding vote. He chose Chelsee and Pasha therefore they won the contest.
Strictly Come Dancing did a Paralympians special for Sport Relief 2014. The contestants were David Clarke, Hannah Cockroft, Nathan Stephens and Martine Wright. The judges were Goodman, Tonioli, Darcey Bussell and Lee Pearson; however, no scores were given. The series was presented by Tess Daly.
|David Clarke||Karen Hauer|
|Hannah Cockroft||Pasha Kovalev|
|Nathan Stephens||Iveta Lukosiute|
|Martine Wright||Ian Waite|
Strictly Come Dancing did a footballers special for Sport Relief, which aired on 23 March 2018. The special was presented by Ore Oduba, and the judges were Revel Horwood, Bussell, and Tonioli; however, no scores were given. The contestants were Alex Scott, Chris Kamara and David Ginola.
|David Ginola||Karen Clifton|
|Chris Kamara||Anya Garnis|
|Alex Scott||Pasha Kovalev|
Children in NeedEdit
A Strictly Come Dancing one-off special for Children in Need was broadcast on 14 November 2008, with Fearne Cotton presenting and Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli, Arlene Phillips and Craig Revel Horwood judging.
The results were as follows:
|Children in Need host||Professional||Judges' scores||Dance|
|Tess Daly||Anton du Beke||36 (9,9,9,9)||American Smooth|
|Terry Wogan||Flavia Cacace||29 (7,8,7,7)||Waltz|
The dancers performed alongside Alesha Dixon singing The Boy Does Nothing at the start of the show and also Ricky Whittle was seen backstage, supporting the Hollyoaks cast who performed and Alesha told him to go back to rehearsals. The presenters and judges did not appear in this unlike the previous year when judges rated Terry's performance.
A Strictly Come Dancing one-off special for Children in Need was broadcast on 19 November 2010, with Tess Daly presenting the show and Craig Revel Horwood, Len Goodman, Terry Wogan and Pudsey Bear judging.
The results were as follows:
|Pop star||Professional||Judges' scores||Dance||Music|
|Harry Judd||Ola Jordan||35 (9,9,7,10)||Paso Doble||"Ego"—The Saturdays|
|Rochelle Wiseman||Ian Waite||33 (6,9,8,10)||American Smooth||"All About You"—McFly|
In November 2011, BBC newsreaders Sian Williams, Sophie Raworth, Susanna Reid and Emily Maitlis performed a group dance to Katy Perry's "Firework". Susanna and Robin won with three of the judges' votes. Angela Rippon also made an appearance in the dance, alongside the women. Susanna then went on to compete as a contestant in the eleventh series of the show in 2013.
|Susanna Reid||Robin Windsor||Sian, Susanna, Susanna, Susanna||Cha-Cha-Cha||"Firework"—Katy Perry||Winner (3 votes)|
|Sian Williams||Vincent Simone||Loser (1 vote)|
|Sophie Raworth||Ian Waite||Loser|
|Emily Maitlis||Pasha Kovalev||Loser|
A one-off special for Children in Need 2012 was broadcast on 16 November 2012 with Sir Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly hosting, and judges Craig Revel Horwood, Darcey Bussell, Len Goodman, and Bruno Tonioli. Fan favourites Ann Widdecombe and Russell Grant made a special appearance in a parody of The Queen's Olympic opening ceremony scene with Daniel Craig as James Bond, and danced an "Angels and Demons" routine with their partners Anton du Beke and Flavia Cacace. Bruno voted for Ann and Anton, but Craig, Darcey, and Len all chose Russell and Flavia, who took home the Pudsey-on-a-glitter-ball trophy.
|Strictly fan favourite||Professional||Judges' votes||Dance||Music||Result|
|Russell Grant||Flavia Cacace||Russell, Russell, Russell, Ann||Medley||"Hernando's Hideaway"/"Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel"/"Better the Devil You Know"/"Boogie Wonderland"||Winner (3 votes)|
|Ann Widdecombe||Anton Du Beke||Loser (1 vote)|
A one-off special was broadcast for Children in Need 2013 on 15 November 2013. Sir Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly hosted the show, and was judged by Len Goodman, Darcey Bussell and Bruno Tonioli. The show featured professional ice skaters Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean, who were partnered with James Jordan and Aliona Vilani. Bussell voted for Chris and Aliona, but Tonioli and Goodman voted for Jayne and James, who won the show and took home the Pudsey-on-a-glitter-ball trophy.
The judges were: Revel Horwood, Bussell, Goodman & Tonioli. There were two teams with one children couple and one of the shows professional as a couple, Team Glitter's pros were Natalie Lowe & Anton Du Beke and Team Sparkle's pros were Aliona Vilani & Tristan MacManus. Team Glitter took home the trophy.
On 13 August 2015, it was announced that Call the Midwife actors Jenny Agutter, Laura Main, Stephen McGann and Jack Ashton would appear on the 2015 Children in Need special. Tess Daly hosted the show, along with former presenter Sir Bruce Forsyth in what was Forsyth's final formal television appearance prior to his death in 2017.
|Jenny Agutter||Ian Waite||Laura & Brendan||Medley||Loser|
|Laura Main||Brendan Cole||Winner|
|Stephen McGann||Joanne Clifton||Loser|
|Jack Ashton||Oti Mabuse||Loser|
On 18 November 2016, British olympians Canoeist Joe Clarke, Hockey player Hollie Webb, Taekwando athlete, Lutalo Muhammad and Rower Helen Glover competed in the 2016 Children in Need Special. Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman presented the show, making it the first Children in Need not co-presented by Sir Bruce Forsyth.
|Joe Clarke||Janette Manrara||Lutalo & Karen||Medley||Loser|
|Hollie Webb||Neil Jones||Loser|
|Lutalo Muhammad||Karen Clifton||Winner|
|Helen Glover||Pasha Kovalev||Loser|
|Anthea Turner||Brendan Cole||Mark & Amy||Group Jive||Loser|
|Diane-Louise Jordan||Pasha Kovalev||Loser|
|Konnie Huq||Neil Jones||Loser|
|Mark Curry||Amy Dowden||Winner|
|Radzi Chinyanganya||Chloe Hewitt||Loser|
|Tim Vincent||Dianne Buswell||Loser|
|Boyzone singer||Professional||Judges Vote||Dance||Result|
|Keith Duffy||Nadiya Bychkova||Shane & Luba||Medley||Loser|
|Mikey Graham||Katya Jones||Loser|
|Ronan Keating||Gordana Grandosek||Loser|
|Shane Lynch||Luba Mushtuk||Winner|
It was announced on 28 October that four current EastEnders actors would take part in the 2019 special.
|EastEnders actor/actress||Professional||Judge's vote||Dance||Result|
|Louisa Lytton||Gorka Márquez|
|Maisie Smith||Kevin Clifton|
|Ricky Champ||Luba Mushtuk|
|Rudolph Walker||Nancy Xu|
Rudolph walker to win
The People's Strictly for Comic ReliefEdit
On 11 September 2014, the BBC announced that a special non-celebrity version of the show would air for Comic Relief 2015. It featured six inspirational heroes who underwent four weeks of training before performing live in the studio.
The series began airing on 25 February 2015 over four pre-recorded episodes, the first two episodes introduced the contestants, the third episode on 5 March followed their training and preparation for the show. The fourth episode on 11 March saw the couples take to the dance floor, with the winner decided via an online public vote and announced live on Red Nose Day 2015 on 13 March.
The series was hosted by Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman, and judged by Bussell, Tonioli and Goodman alongside guest judge Anton du Beke. Craig Revel Horwood did not take part as a judge due to prior commitments. The judges' scores were for guidance only.
|Inspirational hero||Professional||Judges' scores||Dance||Music|
|Philip Barnett||Janette Manrara||40 (10,10,10,10)||American Smooth||"Big Spender"|
|Trishna Bharadia||Aljaž Skorjanec||35 (9,9,9,8)||Jive||"Runaround Sue"|
|Anna Kennedy||Robin Windsor||40 (10,10,10,10)||Charleston||"Charleston"|
|Cassidy Little||Natalie Lowe||40 (10,10,10,10)||Paso doble||"O Fortuna"|
|Heather Parsons||Ian Waite||36 (9,9,9,9)||Viennese Waltz||"She's Always a Woman"|
|Michael Pattie||Aliona Vilani||33 (8,8,9,8)||Tango||"Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps"|
The Weakest Link Special 2008Edit
On 27 December 2008, a special episode of The Weakest Link was broadcast on BBC One featuring participants of Strictly Come Dancing. The game was won by series 6 celebrity Mark Foster, who beat professional dancer Anton du Beke in the final. Participants in order of elimination were:
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