The 21st series of Strictly Come Dancing sashayed on to the BBC dancefloor on Saturday 23rd September and the next 13 weeks will provide plenty of thrills, spills and outrageous costumes as the 15 celebrities battle it out to get their hands on the famous Glitterball Trophy.
The popular show is a part of the Saturday night TV furniture in the run up to Christmas and over 6.5m viewers tuned in to watch the opening show of 2023 presented, as always, by Tess Daly and Claudia Winkelman.
Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse, Shirley Ballas, and Anton Du Beke return as the four judges who will run the rule over the dancers each week, handing out a score for each performance on a scale of one to 10.
Actor Nigel Harman threw down the gauntlet with a score of 32 in Week One, and he was the only competitor to break the 30-point mark, although it was an impressive opening outing for most of the celebrities.
Harman is 7/2 second favourite to win this year's competition and looks to have a decent shot of taking the Glitterball Trophy off last year's winner, Hamza Yassin.
|What||Strictly Come Dancing series 21|
|Where||BBC Ballroom, Elstree Studios, London|
|When||Saturday 23rd September to December 16th 2023|
|How to watch||BBC One, BBC Two & BBC iPlayer|
|Odds||Bobby Brazier 9/4, Nigel Harman 7/2, Angela Scanlon 6/1, Ellie Leach 13/2, Annabel Croft 8/1, Layton Williams 10/1|
The Animal Park, Let's Go For A Walk and Countryfile host had never had any dance lessons before taking part, but soon became the bookmakers' favourite.
"Words can't describe how I feel" said Hamza, who thanked his dance partner Jowita Przystal and the viewers who voted for them.
He beat Molly Rainford, Fleur East and Helen Skelton to the coveted prize.
The 32-year-old was known for his daring lifts during series 20 and ended it by lifting the glitterball trophy in Saturday's live final on BBC One.
After the three advisory scores were given by the judges, Hamza and Jowita were actually bottom on 113 points. But it was the public vote that decided who took the title for 2022.
EastEnders star Rose Ayling-Ellis became the first deaf contestant to win BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing after a series of inspirational performances.
She and her professional partner Giovanni Pernice were presented with the glitterball trophy after performing her Couple's Choice routine again, which saw her dance with Pernice without music for 20 seconds as a tribute to the deaf community, and which has widely been acknowledged as Strictly's greatest ever performance.
Shirley Ballas described her as "an inspirational young lady", and she received a perfect score of 40 from the judges for her winning routine, to see off the challenges of John Waite and AJ Odudo in the final.
Comedian Bill Bailey walked away with the Glitterball Trophy in 2020 but it was no laughing matter for the performer who became the oldest winner of the BBC show.
The 55-year-old shared his triumph with partner Oti Mabuse, the first Strictly dancer to win for two years in a row, beating off EastEnders' Maisie Smith and singer HRVY in the grand final.
Actor Joe McFadden had been Strictly's previous oldest winner, having won in 2017 at the age of 42, and Bailey became the 11th male winner of the competition.
Fletcher was a last-minute arrival to this 2019 competition but the actor made the most of it as he danced his way to victory with professional partner Oti Mabuse.
The Emmerdale star was brought in to replace Made In Chelsea's Jamie Laing, and he quickly got into his stride with some eye-catching performances.
Their Grand Final included a samba from the beginning of the series, a rumba from week four and a spectacular showdance, and the routines were enough to hold off strong competition from fellow finalists Karim Zeroual and Emma Barton.
Documentary maker Stacey Dooley and dance partner Kevin Clifton were crowned the winners of the 16th series in a final which also featured Joe Sugg, Faye Tozer and Ashley Roberts.
The victory came as a huge relief for professional dancer Clifton, who had previously come up short in four finals.
The pair were popular winners, but there was also huge support for Sugg who commands a hefty number of subscribers to his YouTube channel.
|2004||Natasha Kaplinsky||Christopher Parker|
|2004||Jill Halfpenny||Denise Lewis|
|2005||Darren Gough||Colin Jackson|
|2006||Mark Ramprakash||Matt Dawson|
|2007||Alesha Dixon||Matt D'Angelo|
|2008||Tom Chambers||Rachel Stevens|
|2009||Chris Hollins||Ricky Whittle|
|2010||Kara Tointon||Matt Baker|
|2011||Harry Judd||Chelsee Healey|
|2012||Louis Smith||Denise van Outen, Kimberley Walsh|
|2013||Abbey Clancy||Natalie Gumede, |
|2014||Caroline Flack||Frankie Bridge, |
|2015||Jay McGuinness||Georgia May Foote,|
|2016||Ore Oduba||Danny Mac, |
|2017||Joe McFadden||Alexandra Burke, |
|2018||Stacey Dooley||Ashley Roberts, Faye Tozer, Joe Sugg|
|2019||Kelvin Fletcher||Emma Barton, |
|2020||Bill Bailey||HRVY, Maise Smith, |
|2021||Rose Ayling-Ellis||John Waite, AJ Odudo|
|2022||Hamza Yassin||Fleur East, Helen Skelton, Molly Rainford|