Strictly Come Dancing 2019 is in full swing with all the contestants now in the heat of battle of dancefloor and the first celebrity eliminated.
Who will take the Glitterball crown from 2018 winners Stacey Dooley and Kevin Clifton? How far can Mike Bushell really get with his dad dancing? And how hot can Kelvin Fletcher's Latin routines get before someone
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Strictly Come Dancing Scoreboard - Week 4
Don't worry, if you miss one the performances on Saturday's Hollywood Week live show. We'll keep our Strictly leaderboard updated with everyone's scores from the judges and have all the highlights and talking points from the evening.
Dev Griffin - OUT
James Cracknell - OUT
Anneka Rice - OUT
Who was voted out in week four
Outrage amongst the Strictly faithful this week as we saw the first shock exit of the series, with Dev Griffin sent home - and it was right up there with Aston Merrygold's early elimination for most unexpected moments in Strictly history.
The BBC Radio 1 DJ and his pro dancer partner Dianne Buswell had been expected to make it all the way to the final, but instead we saw one of the strongest dancers in the competition crash out in 13th place.
Dev ended up in the dance-off opposite Emma Weymouth, but despite her having scored consistently lower than him in previous weeks, all four judges inexplicably chose to get rid of him instead.
Poor Dianne sobbed her way through what should have been their final dance and their fellow contestants looked just as shocked as the viewers, who voiced their fury at the decision on Twitter.
Many fans felt that erratic high scoring of poorer dancers had been at the expense of Dev, whose Aladdin-themed couple's choice routine had been labelled by judge Motsi Mabuse in movie week as "one of those dances we will remember forever".
Now, we're left imagining all of the amazing routines we've missed out on seeing from Dev and Dianne in weeks to come.
Who was voted out in week three
Movie week is always a favourite, but 2019's episode proved one of the best ever on the show.
Not only did it feature the hilarious moment that Craig Revel Horwood mistook Anton Du Beke's teeth for a false pair, and two falls from Katya Jones, but there were also some stand-out performance - including the first 10s of the series.
Kelvin Fletcher and Oti Mabuse scored a whopping 38 for their Charleston, including 10s from Shirley Ballas and Bruno Tonioli, Catherine Tyldesley and Johannes Radebe's Rumba brought Shirley to tears, and there were also high scores for Dev Griffin and Michelle Visage's dances.
But time was up for Anneka Rice and Kevin Clifton who scored just 11 points for their Kill Bill-themed Charleston, putting them at the bottom of the leaderboard.
They lost out in the dance off against David James and Nadiya Bychkova, who were saved for a second week, making it Kevin's earliest ever exit from Strictly.
He won the contest last year and has come second four times and seventh once, so being the second couple to leave was a real low point for Kevin.
Meanwhile, stars and viewers were in hysterics as Craig Revel Horwood told Anton Du Beke after his Austin Powers routine that he was "distracted by the wig and fake teeth", not realising that the teeth were in fact all the pro dancer's own.
Katya Jones slipped over on some confetti during her Magic Mike Cha Cha Cha with Mike Bushell, but later stage a dramatic comedy fall in the interview area which many viewers mistook for a real tumble.
Who was voted out in week two
Olympic rower James Cracknell is the first celebrity voted off Strictly Come Dancing 2019.
The sports star was widely tipped to get the boot after performing a jive with professional partner Luba Mushtuk which landed him at the bottom of the leaderboard.
The judges’ scores this week were added to those from last week, and were then combined with the results of the viewers’ votes to decide the lowest scoring two couples facing the dance off.
It was Cracknell’s routine to Tutti Frutti by Little Richard that failed to wow the judges.
All the judges chose to save footballer David James and partner Nadiya Bychkova, who performed a paso doble to Spanish Gypsy by Espana Cani.
Judge Craig Revel Horwood said: "Well for me in that dance off one couple improved beyond compare and that couple is the couple I would like to save, David and Nadiya."
Motsi Mabuse added: "I felt a stronger performance, a stronger intention, clearer actions. I’m going to save David."
Bruno Tonioli said: "I have to save the couple that really showed to me how you apply and you work on the comments of the judges and deliver a performance that is almost night and day from one day to the other."
Head judge Shirley Ballas also said she would also have chosen to save David and Nadiya.
Keeping his head up after the result was announced, Cracknell said: "Definitely enjoyed the last three days of the last week as I got to grips with the steps and started to enjoy it.
"I'm enjoying it anyway, the luxury of being with someone so good and learning off them. I’m a way better dancer than I was two weeks ago. Luba’s been amazing with being so patient with a couple of left feet."
Latest News, Gossip and Headlines
- Dev Griffin has spoken out about his shock Strictly exit and his fellow cast members are gobsmacked about his “crazy” elimination.
- Katya Jones has been getting emotional after some impressive scores with Mike Bushell and that fall in Movies Week.
- Bruno Tonioli is going to be missing from the judging panel this week, but don’t worry – it’s Carlton time! Alfonso Ribeiro is going to be back as a guest judge next week.
- David James has pushed aside any rumours of a Strictly curse, talking about the chemistry he had with Nadiya Bychkova.
- Could the biggest rivalry on the 2019 series be on the judging panel rather than on the dancefloor? Viewers believe that they have spotted tension between new judge Motsi Mabuse and Craig Revel Horwood. Can you detect any frostiness between the pair?
- Made in Chelsea star Jamie Laing has expressed his upset at the devastating news he won't be able to take part in the series. The reality TV star injured his leg during the group routine in the launch show.
- If you're missing Strictly 2018 winner Stacey Dooley, you can see her on next year's Strictly tour, where she'll be taking over hosting duties. Watch your back Tess!
When is Strictly on TV?
The live shows began on Saturday, September 21st and will now air throughout the autumn every week until the final in December.
Catch up now BT TV via the BBC iPlayer app. Learn more >
What time does Strictly start this week?
It starts this week (Saturday, October 19th) at the slightly earlier time of 6.40pm and ends at 8.30pm on BBC One.
The latest live show is an epic 1 hour and 50 minutes with all the 12 remaining celebrities dancing.
What time is the Strictly Results Show on?
The fourth celebrity will be eliminated on the Results Show at 7.15pm (Sunday, October 20th).
Strictly Come Dancing: Meet the couples
Here are the pairings for the 2019 series...
Alex Scott and Neil Jones
Anneka Rice and Kevin Clifton
Catherine Tyldesley and Johannes Radebe
David James and Nadiya Bychkova
Dev Griffin and Dianne Buswell
Chris Ramsey and Karen Hauer
Emma Barton and Anton du Beke
Emma Weymouth and Aljaž Skorjanec
Karim Zeroual and Amy Dowden
Michelle Visage and Giovanni Pernice
Mike Bushell and Katya Jones
James Cracknell and Luba Mushtuk
Saffron Barker and AJ Pritchard
Will Bayley and Janette Manrara
Why is Jamie Laing not on Strictly Come Dancing?
Made In Chelsea star Jamie Laing has been forced out of the TV series before the first live show after injuring his leg during the pre-recorded launch show.
Laing, 30, said in a video on Instagram: "When these things happen you have to be positive and when life throws you a curve ball you have to knock it out of the park and I will be supporting every single one of my buddies who are dancing this year.
"2019 is going to be incredible, they are a great bunch of people, they are wonderful.
"I wish I could be dancing but I can’t but they will rock the dancefloor so to all of you who are dancing this year, the people who I love, go and smash it and make us all proud, I know you will. Good luck to everyone."
Strictly's executive producer Sarah James said: "We are so sad that Jamie won’t be able to take part in the series, he had already lit up the ballroom during the launch show with his boundless energy and enthusiasm.
"We all wish him a full and speedy recovery."
Who has replaced Jamie Laing?
As soon as it was announced that Laing was out of this year's show, speculation began over whether he would be replaced.
The good news for Oti Mabuse is that she does indeed have a new partner, in the form of Kelvin Fletcher, ex-Emmerdale star who played Andy Sugden for 20 years.
When the news about Fletcher broke, he posted on Instagram that it was a dream come true for him, and added: “Jamie, if you're watching this, I wish you all the best with your recovery. I'm sorry it's in these circumstances."
Strictly 2019 lineup: Meet the cast
An EastEnders cast member is an almost compulsory part of the Strictly cast and Honey Mitchell actress Emma Barton will be this year's contestant from Walford.
Swapping the Queen Vic for the cha cha cha, the soap star will be one of the early favourites thanks to EastEnders loyal fanbase.
"As possibly one of the biggest Strictly fans on the planet, I still can’t believe this is happening," said Barton.
"I’m very much a dance around your handbag kinda girl, but now I've been given this wonderful opportunity to learn all the different styles of dancing from the very best in the business. So, I’m whipping off Honey's Minute Mart tabard and diving right in to all the glitter and sparkle. From Albert Square to the Strictly dance floor - I just can’t wait!"
As well as many on screen roles, Emma is also an accomplished stage actress with theatre credits including: Roxie Hart in Chicago, Dolly in the National Theatre’s production of One Man, Two Guvnors; Vera in Doctor In The House; Lily in Annie; Marty in Grease; and Eileen in Over The Moon.
The stand-up comic, sitcom star and popular podcaster will be bringing his warm sense of humour and cheekiness to the Strictly dancefloor.
"I'm both excited and absolutely terrified to be doing the show," said Ramsey. "You will not find me on the dance floor at parties, you will find me at the buffet table. All night.
"At my wedding I danced with my wife; that one song took about six months practice, and I definitely stood on her feet a couple of times. So I’m looking forward to the possibility of making a fool of myself in front of millions of people… there better be a buffet after the live shows."
Ramsey is a regular on panel shows such as Celebrity Juice, 8 Out of 10 Cats and Never Mind the Buzzcocks and has presented his own series of Stand Up Central and The Chris Ramsey Show on Comedy Central.
His sell-out stand-up tours The Most Dangerous Man On Saturday Morning Television, Feeling Lucky, All Growed Up and The Just Happy To Get Out of The House Tour have made him one of the UK's most in-demand comics.
His podcast series Shagged, Married. Annoyed, which he co-presents with his wife Rosie, has been a smash hit in 2019.
The first name confirmed for the 2019 series was the ex-England and Liverpool goalkeeper, who holds the record for the most Premier League clean sheets with 173.
"I'm really excited to be on Strictly this year," said James.
"Not just competing against this year's stars, but being compared to previous sport stars from previous Strictly seasons. I have some big shoes to fill, #LetsGetLive"
The footballer's career included playing for Watford and Portsmouth and playing at Euro 2004 and the 2010 World Cup.
A pundit for the BBC and BT Sport after retiring, James earned an MBE for his services to football and charity.
Outside of football, James has worked as a model for Giorgio Armani and is an avid artist, whose work was published in the children's book Harry's Magic Pockets: The Circus.
Hoping to match the success of YouTube vlogger Joe Sugg, who reached the 2018 final, is online personality Saffron.
The 19-year-old has over 4 million followers across her social channels and averages 15 million views a month on YouTube.
"I am really excited to go on the Strictly journey and am feeling very grateful for the opportunity!" said Saffron.
"I'm looking forward to learning all of the dances, finding out who my partner is, getting to wear the costumes and to just experience this once in a lifetime opportunity."
Saffron has a Sunday Times bestselling book, Saffron Barker Vs Real Life, and has homeware ranges in Primark.
She is also a fundraiser for Make a Wish foundation and Dementia Revolution.
The soap star was the fifth celebrity confirmed to be putting on their dancing shoes.
She previously revealed to Hello magazine that she was a massive fan on the show, but confessed her dancing skills only normally came out after a few drinks.
Tyldesley is best known for playing Eva Price between 2011 and 2018 in Coronation Street.
"I'm thrilled to be a part of this year’s Strictly Come Dancing. I’m a huge fan of the show. It’ll be my biggest challenge to date as I’m not much of a dancer, but I’ve always wanted to learn the skill and the time feels right!" said the actress.
"I'm nervous as hell but super excited to work with such talented professionals. Hold onto your jazz shoes... mine is sure to be a bumpy/clumsy/fun ride!"
Tyldesley has also appeared in Channel 5 drama 15 Days, recently filmed BBC comedy series Scarborough, and has credits including BBC drama Lilies, Holby City, Two Pints Of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps, Sorted, Florence Nightingale, Red Riding, Shameless and Trollied.
The sixth celebrity confirmed for series 17 is the BBC Breakfast sports expert Mike Bushell.
"I am so excited to be joining this year’s Strictly Come Dancing. I’ve heard so many wonderful things from colleagues over the years so thrilled I’m now getting the chance," said the broadcaster.
"I know I will completely throw myself into the whole experience and I’m sure will love it from start to finish. I may have tried and profiled over 500 sports over the years in my Saturday morning BBC Breakfast slot but think the Strictly challenge could be the greatest. Bring on the glitter!"
Bushell is possibly best known for an incident in 2018 while covering the Commonwealth Games. He fell into a swimming pool when interviewing a group of swimmers and the video was shared 11.5 million times in a day.
Mike presents the main sports bulletins of the day on BBC Breakfast, as well as profiling main stream sports events from the Olympics, Paralympics, the Winter games, Football World Cups, Commonwealth Games, and Asian Games. He's always up for a challenge, whether it be a game of tennis against Novak Djokovic, or trying to bowl out Alistair Cook.
For Comic Relief he also holds the unusual world record for crossing one mile of water in a large inflatable ball in 1 hour 57 seconds.
A recognisable face to younger Strictly Come Dancing fans, Karim has been a CBBC presenter since 2014. He's also presented shows including A Week To Beat The World, BBC Young Dancer and Wimbledon Live.
He's a former West End child star, who appeared in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the London Palladium and The Lion King at the Lyceum.
His acting credits include The Sparticle Mystery, EastEnders and Da Vinci's Demons.
"To be offered the chance to take part in Strictly is dumbfounding, I’m pinching myself," said the TV star.
"I’m so excited to be Strictlified. I want the lot. The skimpiest of clothes, the widest of flares, the brightest of colours and the tallest Cuban heel a guy can find! The more flamboyant the better… sequins galore please!!"
A surprising leftfield pick for the new series is Emma Thynn, Viscountess Weymouth.
A businesswoman, chef, model and philanthropist, she married Ceawlin Viscount Weymouth in 2013 and became the chatelaine of the Longleat Estate in Wiltshire.
In 2015 Emma launched Emma's Kitchen at Longleat, a space for her to share her love of food and cooking using the backdrop of the original kitchens within Longleat House.
She is a contributing editor for British Vogue, makes regular appearances as a guest chef on James Martin's Saturday Morning TV show and is a model and ambassador for various brands.
In the area of animal conservation Emma is particularly involved in Longleat's project to help save the Northern White Rhino and its work with the charity TUSK.
"I absolutely love watching Strictly every weekend and I can’t believe that I’m getting the chance to be on this series," said Emma. "I know it will be such an amazing experience from start to finish. I can’t wait for the dancing and the fabulous outfits!"
Awarded an MBE for his services to table tennis and the current paralympic world champion, Will is taking a break from training for Tokyo 2020 to take part in Strictly,
"I'm so proud to be on the show, it’s my family's favourite show," said the table tennis champion.
"I have no dance experience at all, but I hope I can do well. I want to inspire people with a disability - that would mean a lot to me. I want to prove to people I can do this."
Will has suffered from arthrogryposis since birth, a rare condition which affects all four of his limbs. Will is classified as a Class 7 Paralympic athlete and was one of the stars of London 2012 and Rio 2016 games, winning consecutive silver and gold medals.
The RuPaul's Drag Race judge and Seduction popstar will bring the glamour and sparkle to Strictly 2019.
"Getting to do Strictly in my favorite place on Earth is an actual dream!" said Visage.
"I'm so excited to show that being 50 doesn't mean life stops. Things may not work like they did when I was 20, but 50 also means 'FABULOUS!' There are plenty of women like me out there who still 'got it' and we still 'plan to use it!' so slap on the sequins, point me to the dance floor and watch me Paso my Doble!”
She will also be appearing on BBC Three this autumn in the first series of RuPaul's Drag Race UK.
Michelle took part in series 15 of Celebrity Big Brother, was a judge on Ireland's Got Talent and starred in the West End as Miss Hedge in Everybody's Talking About Jamie earlier this year.
11. Jamie Laing (Made in Chelsea star) - OUT DUE TO INJURY
Bad news for the Made in Chelsea star and socialite, who became the earliest ever exit in the history of the show.
He was the 11th celebrity confirmed for the new series, but just two days before the launch show it was announed that he had to quit over a foot injury sustained during the group dance in the pre-recorded launch show.
Laing will still appear in the launch show, but won't be taking part in the rest of the series and was pictured on crutches wearing a supportive boot.
Laing found fame on the E4 reality series and is the heir to the McVitie's biscuit empire. He's previously taken part in reality shows including I'm a Celebrity, Celebrity Great British Bake Off and Celebrity Hunted.
"I am beyond thrilled to be asked to be on Strictly, the only person potentially more thrilled is my mother," said Laing when he was cast.
"I have finally become the son she hoped for!"
Laing founded the sweets brand Candy Kittens in 2012.
The ex-England and Arsenal footballer is "buzzing" to be part of Strictly 2019.
"t’s the show I’ve always wanted to do and I can’t believe I’m finally going to be part of it," she said.
"I’m super excited, but also terrified at the same time. The football pitch is a bit less glam than the ballroom, but I’m ready to try the sequins and dresses! Bring it on!"
Since retiring from football in 2018, Alex has become a pundit on the BBC, Sky Sports and Match of the Day and was a key part of the 2018 World Cup coverage.
During her football career, Alex helped Arsenal win a domestic double of the FA Women’s Cup and the FA Women’s Premier League.
She was also a key figure in the historic quadruple season for Arsenal in which they won all their trophy competitions.
While playing for England, Alex travelled the world playing football, also representing Great Britain in the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
When she retired in 2017, Alex was the second most capped England player with 140 appearances.
The Radio 1 DJ, who began his career on BBC children's television, will leave the safety of the Radio 1 studios to strut his stuff on Saturday night TV to millions.
He hosted his own show on BBC’s 1Xtra, before landing a slot on BBC Radio 1. Dev did a long stint hosting early breakfast, warming the nation up for then host Chris Moyles who was later succeeded by Nick Grimshaw.
Dev later moved to host the much-coveted Weekend breakfast show before taking over the now hugely popular weekend afternoon shows on Radio 1 from 1-4pm with Alice Levine.
You may also have seen him on Celebrity MasterChef or Channel 4's SAS Who Dares Wins for Stand Up To Cancer.
Dev said: "I just can’t believe I’m doing Strictly, it just doesn’t feel real yet. It’s going to be so much fun, but just to be clear, I’m not doing this to take part, I’m totally in it to win it!
"I can’t wait to meet my partner and start practicing."
14. James Cracknell (Olympic rowing legend) - VOTED OUT FIRST
Cracknell is a former World Champion and double Olympic Gold Medallist. He won Olympic Gold in both the 2000 Sydney Games alongside Steve Redgrave & Matthew Pinsent and the 2004 Athens Games.
The Olympic rowing legend split from his wife Beverley Turner earlier this year.
James said: "I'm really looking forward to being a part of Strictly this year. Having spent so many years mucking around in a rowing boat with big men in tight lycra, it’s time I learned a new skill. I need to apologise to my kids in advance for the embarrassment."
Since retiring James has carried out dangerous and gruelling challenges including The Race Across the Atlantic, where he and Ben Fogle finished first, and the Yukon Arctic Ultra, cycling over 430 miles in the race across the frozen Alaskan countryside becoming the highest placed Briton ever finishing 12th.
In 2010, James attempted to cross America by cycling, running, rowing and swimming in record time. It was during this trip that James suffered a near fatal accident after being struck from behind by a truck while cycling through Arizona. After a difficult six-month recovery period, James went to the Canadian Yukon, completing The Coldest Race on Earth.
He has more recently become the oldest ever Boat Race champion at 46 as part of Cambridge University’s crew as they rowed to victory at the 165th Boat Race.
He has also just finished studying for his Masters in Philosophy from Cambridge University.
15. Anneka Rice (TV and radio presenter) - VOTED OUT SECOND
The 60-year-old TV and radio presenter is the final celebrity confirmed for the 2019 series.
"I haven't danced since I was seven and Miss Beer sent me home from my ballet class because I was hopelessly uncoordinated," she said.
"My family and friends haven’t seen me dance since, not at a wedding or round a handbag so it’s going to be a challenge for my partner. In fact I’ve asked for two, one on each side. I can’t see myself in a long frilly dress either. But I’m feeling recklessly excited. Strictly has always been my Autumn’s entertainment and now I’m part of it! My children will probably leave the country."
Anneka Rice shot to fame in this country as the sky-runner in Channel 4's Treasure Hunt.
She also presented Sporting Chance, TV-am, Driving Force, Wish You Were Here, Capital Woman, Combat, Holiday, Hell’s Kitchen, The Royal Variety Performance and numerous other shows.
She went on to devise the award-winning Challenge Anneka for BBC One, shining a spotlight on issues like disability, homelessness and animal welfare and has raised millions of pounds worth of supplies and services for charities and communities.
Her radio work includes the Radio 2 Saturday Breakfast Show which she presented for six years; Pick Of The Week, Friday Night Is Music Night, The Arts Show, Sunday Love Songs, Loose Ends, and the award-winning podcast Fortunately..
When is Strictly Come Dancing back on TV?
BBC One confirmed Strictly will return for its launch show on September 7.
The live shows will begin a couple of weeks later on Saturday, September 21.
Never miss an episode of Strictly Come Dancing on BT TV - catch up via the BBC iPlayer app.
Who are the 2019 Strictly Come Dancing judges?
The judge lineup will look slightly different in 2019. Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood return for another series of bickering and dancefloor musings, alongside head judge Shirley Ballas.
Darcey Bussell has quit the show after seven years and the BBC are currently casting for her replacement.
Motsi Mabuse - the sister of pro dancer Oti - is the new fourth judge on the panel. She's previously been a judge on the German version of the show.
Who are the 2019 pro dancers?
The professional dancers cast is the same as last year, except for Pasha Kovalev, who has quite after eight years on the series. He won series 12 with Caroline Flack and reached the 2018 final with Ashley Roberts.
Dianne Buswell, Amy Dowden, Karen Clifton, Janette Manrara, Anton Du Beke, Oti Mabuse, Kevin Clifton, AJ Pritchard, Gorka Marquez, Giovanni Pernice, Aljaz Skorjanec, Katya Jones, Nadiya Bychkova, Neil Jones, Graziano Di Prima, Johannes Radebe and Luba Mushtuk will all be back in 2019.
The show will have one new professional dancer in 2019, China-born Latin star Nancy Xu. She will not have a celebrity partner in her first series on the show, but will appear in the group professional dancer routines.
A finalist on So You Think You Can Dance in her home country, she has also performed in the West End and Broadway show Burn The Floor.
Strictly Come Dancing: Who are the previous winners?
2004 - Natasha Kaplinsky and Brendan Cole
2004 - Jill Halfpenny and Darren Bennett
2005 - Darren Gough and Lilia Kopylova
2006 - Mark Ramprakash and Karen Hardy
2007 - Alesha Dixon and Matthew Cutler
2008 - Tom Chambers and Camilla Dallerup
2009 - Chris Hollins and Ola Jordan
2010 - Kara Tointon and Artem Chigvintsev
2011 - Harry Judd and Aliona Vilani
2012 - Louis Smith and Flavia Cacace
2013 - Abbey Clancy and Aljaž Škorjanec
2014 - Caroline Flack and Pasha Kovalev
2015 - Jay McGuiness and Aliona Vilani
2016 - Ore Oduba and Joanne Clifton
2017 - Joe McFadden and Katya Jones
Reigning Champions - 2018: Stacey Dooley and Kevin Clifton
Strictly Come Dancing: Who are the presenters?
Tess Daly will be back for her 17th series and will be joined by Claudia Winkleman for her sixth series on the main show.
Zoe Ball is also back on BBC Two spin-off series It Two Two, every weeknight in the autumn. She will be joined this year by co-presenter Rylan Clark.