Vote whether Should Strictly Come Dancing be cancelled
Angela Rippon on her first Strictly rehearsals on set
Strictly Come Dancing first landed on BBC One back in 2004 and it wasn’t long before the ballroom dancing programme became hugely popular with viewers.
However, with the 21st series of the show now in full swing, Express.co.uk wants to know if it should be cancelled.
This series is being judged by Shirley Ballas, former Strictly professional Anton du Beke, Motsi Mabuse and Craig Revel Horwood.
Craig, 58, has been on the panel since the show’s inception, but the judges have varied over the years.
The original head judge was the late Len Goodman who was replaced by Shirley in 2016.
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He was joined by Craig, Bruno Tonioli and Arlene Phillips on the panel before Alesha Dixon replaced Arlene.
Dame Darcey Bussell was also a judge on the show for several seasons before leaving in 2019.
Many professional dancers have come and gone over the years, and this year’s pairings were officially revealed last weekend.
The celebrities taking part in the competition this year are Layton Williams, Zara McDermott, Angela Rippon, Angela Scanlon, Adam Thomas, Annabel Croft, Bobby Brazier, Amanda Abbington, Eddie Kadi, Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Ellie Leach, Nigel Harman and Les Dennis.
The pairings and routines for this week are:
- Layton Williams and Nikita Samba to Touch by Little Mix
- Angela Rippon and Kai Cha Cha to Get The Party Started by Shirley Bassey
- Bobby Brazier and Dianne Foxtrot to All About You by McFly
- Jody Cundy and Jowita Quickstep to I’m Sitting on Top of the World by Bobby Darin
- Angela Scanlon and Carlos Tango to Prisoner by Miley Cyrus featuring Dua Lipa
- Ellie Leach and Vito Jive to Can’t Tame Her by Zara Larsson
- Annabel Croft and Johannes Cha Cha to Uptown Girl by Billy Joel
- Eddie Kadi and Karen Quickstep to Two Hearts by Phil Collins
- Les Dennis and Nancy Tango to Don’t You Want Me by the Human League
- Adam Thomas and Luba Cha Cha to Waffle House by the Jonas Brothers
- Amanda Abbington and Giovanni Viennese Waltz to Pointless by Lewis Capaldi
- Nigel Harman and Katya Paso Doble to Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana
- Nikita Kanda and Gorka Waltz to Run To You by Whitney Houston
- Zara McDermott and Graziano Cha Cha to Rush by Jennifer Page
- Krishnan Guru-Murthy and Lauren Cha Cha to Boom Shack-A-Lack by Apache Indian
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The bookies make Bobby just 3/1 to win this series and have already revealed the EastEnders star is miles ahead in the popularity charts in terms of bets placed, with 18.3 per cent of the backing.
Alex Apati of Ladbrokes told Express.co.uk: “Fans and punters can’t wait to see the latest batch of Strictly stars take to the dancefloor, and the latest figures suggest Bobby Brazier is very much the one to beat.”
He added: “Krishnan Guru-Murthy has been dealt with a double-crushing blow, though… Not only is he the rank outsider to go all the way this year, he’s also had the backing of just 1.4 per cent of punters up to this point.”
Last weekend’s launch show was watched by 6.2 million viewers, according to overnight ratings. This was almost one million more viewers than for the 2022 launch.
Will the 2023 series continue to rake in the views or is the show past its sellby date?
How many years left will Strictly Come Dancing continue on BBC One?
Strictly Come Dancing airs tonight (Saturday, September 23) at 6.15pm on BBC One.
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