10 Facts You Never Knew About Strictly Come Dancing

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We can’t believe this year’s Strictly Come Dancing is almost at an end.

But on 17 December, we’ll see the crowning of a new winner – and they’ll be lifting that infamous glitterball trophy. Ooh.

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They’ll be the successor to last year’s #1 Jay McGuiness, and will join the ranks of previous winners including Caroline Flack, Alesha Dixon, Harry Judd, Abbey Clancy and Kara Tointon.

If you’re suffering from a serious bout of Strictly fever (we know we are), you’ll be wanting to know everything about the series past and present.

That’s where we come in. Thanks to the clever people at Voucherbox.co.uk, we’ve learnt some ah-mazing facts that we bet you never knew. Make sure you take notes, we can see these coming up in a pub quiz one day…

Alesha Dixon

Alesha Dixon won Strictly in 2007

1) Alesha Dixon is the most successful singer in the show’s history

2) Despite Alesha Dixon winning a seat on the judging panel, Natalie Gumede has the highest average judges’ score in history

3) TV presenter Quentin Wilson is the worst scoring dancer in Strictly history with an average score of just eight points per dance

4) Soap stars are historically successful, with Hollyoaks taking the title of the highest achieving soap with an average of 34 points per dance


5) EastEnders has provided almost half – a whopping 45% – of soap contestants ever to take part in the competition

6) Rugby players on average have finished two places higher than footballers on the show

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7) Singers and musicians perform best on the show

8) Until this year’s show, former MPs averaged a dismal 10th place in the competition

Natasha Kaplinsky and Brendan Cole

Natasha Kaplinsky won the first series back in 2004

9) Politicians are the worst performing contestants with an average score of just 17 points per dance

10) At 23 points per dance, Ed Balls exceeded expectations and bucked the trend of former politicians, who have scored the lowest points with the judges