Strictly Come Dancing returns to screens for Week Four live tonight, Saturday 15 October, as the sparkly celebrities take to the dance floor with their pro partners for the fourth week this series.
Week Three saw football manager Tony Adams, 55, strip down to his underwear in a very raunchy routine with professional dance partner Katya Jones.
But topping the leaderboard on Movie Week was Tyler West and Dianne Buswell, who scored an impressive 38 points out of 40 with their Charleston to Flash, Bang, Wallop! from Half a Sixpence.
But it was an early exit for Radio 2 star Richie Anderson and his professional partner Giovanni Pernice after a shock dance-off with Fleur East with her partner Vito Coppola.
After both couples performed again, judges Craig Revel Horwood, Anton Du Beke and Motsi Mabuse all voted to save Fleur, sending Richie home.
The 20th series of Strictly is once again hosted by Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman, with Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse and Anton Du Beke returning as judges
Alongside this, the Strictly spin-off It Takes Two is back on screens during the week to ensure you get your strictly fix, hosted by Rylan Clark and former professional dancer Janette Manrara.
So, with this year’s series well underway, here’s everything you need to know about the BBC programme…
Get the glitter ready! With this year’s series well underway, here’s everything you need to know about the BBC programme…(the new line up pictured)
What time is Strictly on tonight and what will happen?
Strictly Come Dancing is returning to BBC One screens tonight at 6:30pm with its fourth live show, and the couple’s will take to the dancefloor for their fourth performances of the season in front of the judges.
And following on from last week’s second public vote of the competition, the pressure is well and truly on to get their steps right as the phone lines will once again open after the show for fans to vote for their favourite routines.
The show will air live every Saturday throughout the autumn, with the final typically airing on the last Saturday before Christmas.
Its spin-off show, It Takes Two, will continue to air weeknights on BBC Two – with Rylan Clark and Janette Manrara taking the helm as hosts.
Exciting times: The couples will take to the dancefloor for their third performances in front of the judges, following last week’s Week Two dances
When is the Results show and how does the voting work?
The results show this week starts on Sunday 16 October at 7.15pm, beginning after Antiques Roadshow. It has a shorter running time to the main show at just 45 mins long, airing until 8pm.
Each week Strictly Come Dancing viewers vote for their favourite couple either by phone or online, and these votes are combined with the scores given by the judging panel for their performances.
The two couples with the fewest votes then go head-to-head in the dance-off, delivering a reprisal of their performance from the live show.
The judges then decide which couple they would like to save, and in the event of a tie head judge Shirley Ballas is given the casting vote.
Judge and jury: Each week Strictly Come Dancing viewers vote for their favourite couple either by phone or online, and these votes are combined with the scores given by the judging panel for their performances (pictured last week)
What happened in Week Three?
Strictly Come Dancing’s third live show of the series hit BBC One last Saturday evening, with the 15 couples facing the second public vote of the series.
Topping the leaderboard was Topping the leaderboard was Tyler West and Dianne Buswell who scored an impressive 38 points out of 40 with their Charleston to Flash, Bang, Wallop! from Half a Sixpence.
The pair were lauded with a bout of positive comments from the four judges, Shirley Ballas, Anton Du Beke, Craig Revel Horwood and Motsi Mabuse.
Bagging two 10’s, Motsi expressed she was loving ‘the lack of empty spaces in the routine’ and dubbing the routine ‘amazing’.
Happy: Bagging two 10’s, Motsi expressed she was loving ‘the lack of empty spaces in the routine’ and dubbing the routine ‘amazing’
Meanwhile, Tony Adams and Katya turned up the heat with a Samba to ‘You Sexy Thing’ from The Full Monty.
The English footballer, 55, stole the show with a strip tease midway through the routine as he went shirtless and donned a pair of sparkly red shorts.
The judges tried to keep their comments positive after the comical performance, with Shirley saying she thought ‘Tony had a good pelvic roll’.
The pair unfortunately landed bottom of the leaderboard with 18 out of 40 points but were happy they entertained the audience.
Fresh from their success on week two, Molly Rainford and Carlos Gu performed a Waltz to One Hand, One Heart from West Side Story.
And the couple were once again thrilled with their scores as they bagged an impressive 34 out of 40 points.
Stars: Fresh from their success last week, Molly Rainford and Carlos Gu performed a Waltz to One Hand, One Heart from West Side Story
Emotional: Molly and Carlos took to the dancefloor in glamorous ensembles, with Shirley calling them ‘a partnership made in heavy’
Molly and Carlos took to the dancefloor in glamorous ensembles, with Shirley calling them ‘a partnership made in heavy’.
The other judges were in agreement, with Anton Du Beke telling Molly: ‘you are beautiful to watch dance’.
Richie and Giovanni, who places second on the leaderboard last week, danced the Samba to Hakuna Matata from The Lion King.
Performer: The couple were once again thrilled with their scores as they bagged an impressive 34 out of 40 points
The pair took to the dance floor in animal costumes as they played the iconic Pumbaa the waterhog and Timon the meerkat.
Bagging 27 out of 40 points, the performance was dubbed ‘one of your best numbers so far’ from Shirley Bassey.
The pair put on a united front during the show and appeared to brush off recent rumours of a fued behind the scenes – following reports that they ‘haven’t clicked’ off camera.
Craig Revel Horwood didn’t appear as impressed as Shirley as he claimed the steps ‘needed more bounce’ but he ‘loved the characterisation’.
Funny: Richie and Giovanni, who places second on the leaderboard last week, danced the Samba to Hakuna Matata from The Lion King
Who got eliminated last week?
The second Results Show of the series saw Richie Anderson to be the first contestant eliminated from the series.
Fleur East and Richie were voted into the dance off, with the judges were surprised to see Fleur, who finished sixth on the leaderboard with her partner Vito Coppola, and Richie who together with Giovanni Pernice finished eighth, in the bottom two.
After both couples performed again, judges Craig Revel Horwood, Anton Du Beke and Motsi Mabuse all voted to save Fleur, sending Richie home.
Richie and Giovanni performed their Samba to Hakuna Matata from The Lion King after previously opening Saturday night’s Movie Week with the fun routine.
Then Fleur and her dance partner Vito performed their American Smooth to Part Of Your World from The Little Mermaid, in a bid to impress the judges and remain in the competition.
All over: Richie Anderson and Giovanni Pernice have been eliminated from Strictly Come Dancing following Sunday’s results show
After both couples had danced a second time, the judges delivered their verdicts. Craig Revel Horwood chose to save Fleur and Vito, telling the couples: ‘I would like to save the most accomplished technician and that is Fleur and Vito.’
Motsi Mabuse chose to save Fleur and Vito, admitting: ‘I think it’s heartbreaking actually because I think both of you do not deserve to be here but this is how the public voted and based on this dance off I’m going to save Fleur and Vito.’
Speaking after three of the four judges opted to vote her out, Kaye admitted it was the ‘right result’.
Reflecting on her brief Strictly experience, Kaye admitted she had no argument with the judges’ decision to let her go.
She said: ‘It was the right result and I did make mistakes, and when it comes to that high pressured situation that’s what happens.
‘So I am delighted for Matt and Nadiya, the only person I am just sorry for is this wonderful man [Kai], who has just been so brilliant…It was a hell of a lot of fun, I said my ambition was to learn to love to dance, and actually I have seen a whole new side to myself, it’s opened a little door.
‘It’s been a wonderful experience and to spend time with such talented people who love the show so much has been a joy!’
Who are the Strictly 2022 pairings?
After being crowned series champion with Rose Ayling-Ellis, this year’s Strictly sees Giovanni Pernice take to the floor with DJ Richie, who had confirmed ahead of the series that he would be dancing with a male partner.
Elsewhere, Helen Skelton is paired with Gorka Marquez after becoming a last-minute addition to the show, while Katya Jones is partnered with footballer Tony Adams.
Revealed! Strictly Come Dancing 2022 sees reigning champion Giovanni Pernice form one of two same-sex pairings this series, while Helen Skelton takes to the floor with Gorka Marquez
Let’s do this! Paralympic champion Ellie Simmonds dances with Nikita Kuzmin, who last year took to the floor with Tilly Ramsay
Making history: For the first time in the show’s history, there are two same-sex couples performing in the same series, with Karen, who last year danced with Greg Wise, taking to the floor with comedian Jayde
For the first time in the show’s history, there are two same-sex couples performing in the same series, with Karen, who last year danced with Greg Wise, taking to the floor with comedian Jayde.
Katya Jones, who set tongues wagging last year when she appeared to kiss the now-single Olympic star Adam Peaty, has is paired up with footballer Tony Adams.
Last year’s finalist Johannes Radebe, who had performed with Great British Bake Off star John Whaite, dances with comedian Ellie Taylor this time around.
EastEnders star James Bye is performing with pro Amy Dowden, while singer and CBBC star Molly Rainford takes to the dancefloor with series newcomer Carlos Gu.
Partner goals: Katya Jones, who set tongues wagging last year when she appeared to kiss the now-single Olympic star Adam Peaty, has is paired up with footballer Tony Adams
Wow factor: Singer and DJ Fleur East has been coupled with newcomer Vito Coppola
New duo: Last year’s finalist Johannes Radebe, who had performed with Great British Bake Off star John Whaite, this year dances with comedian Ellie Taylor
Coronation Street star Kym Marsh is matched with with Graziano Di Prima, who last year took to the floor with Judi Love, while Matt Goss is paired up with Nadiya Bychkova.
DJ Tyler West dances with Dianne Buswell, who last year withdrew from the series alongside Robert Webb due to his health concerns.
Rounding out this year’s couples are actor Will Mellor, who is partnered with Nancy Xu, and Countryfile’s Hamza Yassin, who dances with Jowita Przystal.
New pair: EastEnders star James Bye performs with pro Amy Dowden
Streets ahead? Coronation Street star Kym Marsh dances with Graziano Di Prima, who last year took to the floor with Judi Love
Music to his ears: Matt Goss has been paired up with Nadiya Bychkova
What are the Week Four songs and dances?
After giving it their all on the dancefloor last week in the Week Three performances, the 13 remaining celebrity contestants and their partners will have to learn a brand new routine for Week Four.
Here’s the full list of their dances and songs as they set out to impress the judges once again.
Songs and dances: After giving it their all on the dancefloor last week in the Week Two performances, the 14 remaining celebrity contestants and their partners will have to learn a brand new routine for Week Three’s Movie Week special
Ellie and Nikita: Salsa to I Love Your Smile by Shanice
Ellie and Johannes: Viennese Waltz to Boom Bang A Bang by Lulu
Fleur and Vito: Argentine Tango to Paint it Black by Ciara
Helen and Gorka: Paso Doble to Tamacun by Rodrigo y Gabriela
Jayde and Karen: American Smooth to Wind Beneath My Wings by Bette Midler
Kym and Graziano: Samba to Volare by Gipsy Kings
Molly and Carlos: Cha Cha Cha to Do What I Do by Lady Bri
Hamza and Jowita: Salsa to Ecuador by Sash! featuring Rodriguez
James and Amy: Quickstep to Don’t Get Me Wrong by The Pretenders
Matt and Nadiya: Jive to All Shook Up by Paul McCartney
Tony and Katya: American Smooth to With A Little Help From My Friends by Joe Cocker
Tyler and Dianne: Couples’ Choice: Garage Megamix
Will and Nancy: Rumba to The Joker and The Queen by Ed Sheeran featuring Taylor Swift
Who are the Strictly professional dancers?
New faces: This year’s Strictly has seen huge changes in the professional lineup, with four new dancers signing up to take part after Aljaž Škorjanec and Oti Mabuse announced they would be leaving the show earlier this year
This year’s Strictly has seen huge changes in the professional lineup, with four new dancers signing up to take part after Aljaž Škorjanec and Oti Mabuse announced they would be leaving the show earlier this year.
Four new pro dancers have joined the line-up, which means that 20 professionals in total are ready to bring their skills to the BBC show’s dancefloor this year.
The four new world class dancers completing this year’s professional troupe are European cup winner Vito Coppola, Chinese National Champion Carlos Gu, former Under 21 British National Champion Lauren Oakley and Latin dance champion Michelle Tsiakkas.
They join the professional dancers already signed up for the series: Dianne Buswell, Nadiya Bychkova, Graziano Di Prima, Amy Dowden, Karen Hauer, Katya Jones, Neil Jones, Nikita Kuzmin, Cameron Lombard, Gorka Marquez, Luba Mushtuk, Giovanni Pernice, Jowita Przystal, Johannes Radebe, Kai Widdrington and Nancy Xu.
Not every pro dancer is paired with a celebrity, with four traditionally performing only in the professional group routines.
Who are the hosts of Strictly Come Dancing?
Grand return! The new series of Strictly Come Dancing is once again hosted by Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman , who have presented the show together since 2014
The new series of Strictly Come Dancing will once again be hosted by Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman, who have presented the show together since 2014.
They will present a live show on Saturday, followed by a pre-recorded results show which will air on Sunday evenings.
Rylan Clark and Janette Manrara will return to host the Strictly spin-off It Takes Two, which airs weekdays on BBC Two, featuring interviews with the couples and judges, along with behind the scenes clips and fun segments.
Who are the Strictly Come Dancing judges?
Anticipated: Craig Revel Horwood , Shirley Ballas , Motsi Mabuse and Anton Du Beke return to the judging panel for the 20th series, after Bruno Tonioli confirmed in July he had permanently left the show
Craig Revel Horwood, Shirley Ballas, Motsi Mabuse and Anton Du Beke return to the judging panel for the 20th series, after Bruno Tonioli confirmed in July he had permanently left the show.
Bruno was unable to appear on the past two series due to his filming commitments in the US and Covid restrictions, with former professional Anton joining the panel in his place last year.
Bruno told MailOnline that he had found juggling the British show and its American variant Dancing With The Stars shows too taxing, saying: ‘Well I always will miss it, it’s my family, but I mean we’ll always be friends and you never know what’s going to happen.’
What are the plans for the 20th series?
Surprise! It’s also been reported that Prince Charles , 73, and Duchess of Cornw ll , 74, are planning to host a live episode of Strictly at Buckingham Palace following secret discussions with BBC executives
This year’s Strictly Come Dancing will kick off with a special group performance to celebrate 100 years of the BBC, featuring ‘special guests and fun tributes to some of your favourite BBC shows.’
It’s also been reported that Prince Charles, 73, and Duchess of Cornwall, 74, are planning to host a live episode of Strictly at Buckingham Palace following secret discussions with BBC executives.
Camilla is said to be a ‘massive fan’ of the show and even ‘votes every week’ for her favourite dancing duo.
The royal broadcast is being lined up for either the quarter or semi-finals later this , with only a handful of aides believed to be involved in the top secret project.
At last! Strictly Come Dancing will also return to the iconic Blackpool Tower Ballroom this year, after being unable to film at the historic venue due to Covid restrictions
The 20th series is expected to feature the Movie Week and Musicals Week segments, along with its annual Halloween special.
Strictly Come Dancing will also return to the iconic Blackpool Tower Ballroom this year, after being unable to film at the historic venue due to Covid restrictions.
The new series will also see the return of a full audience for the live shows, after social distancing rules limited the number of spectators able to attend filming.
Who won Strictly Come Dancing 2021?
EastEnders star Rose Ayling-Ellis made history when she became the show’s first ever disabled contestant to be crowned series champion with professional Giovanni Pernice in 2021.
The actress, who is deaf, earned nationwide praise when she delivered a moving silent dance for her Couples Choice, offering viewers a glimpse into her world.
Previous winners of Strictly Come Dancing include Bill Bailey, Joe McFadden, Ore Oduba, Jay McGuinness, Caroline Flack and Abbey Clancy.
Strictly Come Dancing continues Saturdays and Sundays on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.
Sensational: EastEnders star Rose Ayling-Ellis made history when she became the show’s first ever disabled contestant to be crowned series champion with professional Giovanni Pernice in 2021
STRICTLY COME DANCING 2022: WHO ARE THE CONTESTANTS?
Profession: Coronation Street star and presenter
Kym says: ‘I’m so delighted that this year they have! I’m a huge fan of the show and can’t believe I’m going to go from watching at home in my pyjamas to actually dancing in front of the judges in a glittery dress.’
Profession: Radio presenter
Richie says: ‘This is a dream come true! I cannot wait to get in those sparkles and sequins and shimmy across the most famous dance floor in the world!’
Profession: Former athlete
Ellie says: ‘To be asked to be part of the Strictly family is just so exciting and I cannot wait, it’s going to so much fun.’
Profession: Radio DJ
Tyler says: ‘It’s a show that means so much to me and my family and I can’t wait to seriously shake a leg on that shiny dance floor… with a side of sequins.’
Ellie says: ‘Well, cover me in fake tan and roll me in sequins! I’m absolutely over the moon to be a part of Strictly 2022!’
TONY ADAMS MBE
Profession: Retired footballer and manager
Tony says: ‘To say I’m excited is an understatement – the lure of the sequins and the call of the salsa has me swapping my battered old football boots for a set of Strictly soft shoes’
Profession: EastEnders actor
James says ‘I’m not known for my shimmy or my twinkle toes – in fact my kids regularly laugh at my dad dancing but it’s an honour to be asked and I’m going to give it my best shot.’
Will says: ‘I know it will be a huge challenge but that’s what life is all about. This is also my Mum’s favourite show and she’s had a really tough few years so I’m doing this is for her as well. Bring it on!’
Jayde says: ‘I’ve been a massive fan of the show for years. I feel like I’m watching myself in a dream and I can’t believe I’ve manifested this.’
Matt says: ‘I’ve been reclusive, I come and work and then go back to America. I thought, it’s time for me to come home and get out of my own way’
Molly says: ‘I already know it’s gonna be an experience of a lifetime and I can’t wait to meet the rest of the Strictly family I’ll be sharing it with.’
Fleur says: ‘I’m equally nervous and thrilled to be part of this year’s Strictly line up. I’m excited to learn new skills and I want to soak up every moment of this magical experience.’
Profession: Wildlife cameraman and presenter
Hamza says: ‘I am absolutely over the moon to be joining Strictly 2022. Never in a million years did I think I’d be on such a cool show.’
Profession: TV and radio broadcaster
Helen says: ‘I’m really excited to get stuck into a fun adventure. My family and friends have always loved the show and can’t wait for me to get started’