Dancing Performances

A Look at the Best Strictly Come Dancing Performances in the Series’ History

Over the years there have been many contestants on Strictly Come Dancing, the British equivalent to Dancing with the Stars. Debuting in 2004, the show has featured some brilliant dance routines, with celebrity and dancer couples impressing more than just the judges with their glitz and glamor.

The current series of Strictly is still ongoing, with Rose Ayling-Ellis and professional partner Giovanni Pernice the current favorites in the 2021 Strictly Come Dancing odds. The duo have remained continually popular and are a fan favorite. Based on the Strictly Come Dancing betting tips, they weren’t tipped as early favorites but have established themselves after a number of excellent performances.

With that being said, below are a list of some of the best dance routines performed by couples over the years.

Chris Hollins & Ola Jordan’s Charleston

In 2009, journalist and presenter Chris Hollins shocked the ballroom when he came out and danced an impressive Charleston with partner Ola Jordan. The lively performance made Hollins the dark horse of the competition, and this humble everyman eventually ended up winning the competition, after performing this dance again in the final.

Vincent Simone & Rachel Stevens’ Argentine Tango

The Argentine tango is notoriously one of the most difficult dances to pull off, but actress Rachel Stevens danced it effortlessly in 2008, making the routine look typically easy. She and Simone managed to score 39 out of 40 in the semi-final, solidifying her place in the final where she finished as runner-up.

Louis Smith & Flavia Cacace’s Showdance

Olympian gymnast Louis Smith absolutely floored the judges and audience when he and partner Flavia performed a routine inspired by Louis’ gymnast background in 2012, with Smith using artistic moves to carry the dance. The routine scored them a fabulous 40 and propelled the couple into the final, with Smith becoming the series winner.

Louis Smith & Flavia Cacace's Showdance

Harry Judd & Aliona Vilani’s Quickstep

McFly’s Harry Judd tried his hand at dancing in 2011, and he and partner Aliona Vilani went on the win the series. His standout dance was the quickstep, and even with Vilani’s difficult choreography, the drummer performed the routine perfectly.

Kevin Clifton & Frankie Bridge’s Tango

Kevin Clifton and Frankie Bridge performed one of the most iconic dances Strictly’s ever had during the Halloween special in 2014. Dancing to Wicked’s Defying Gravity, Frankie, dressed as Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the East, performed one of the most spectacular routines with Clifton, earning them both a 37 and the top spot of the leaderboard that week.

Danny Mac & Oti Mabuse’s Samba

In 2016, actor Danny Mac surprised the judges when he and partner Oti Mabuse came out and performed an energetic and fiery samba. The dance was wild enough to earn him a 40, the first time a samba had ever received a perfect score in Strictly history. The dance helped him earn a spot in the final, where he finished as runner-up.

With the 2021 series still running until December, there will probably be some showstopping performances which may end up on a list like this in the future!

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