Strictly Come Dancing 2018: Everything you need to know

Stacey Dooley and Kevin Clifton won the show!


by Alex Ross |

Since 2004 we've been entertained every year by popular dancing show Strictly Come Dancing, and the 2018 series was no different! After a competitive show, investigative journalist Stacey Dooley and her partner Kevin Clifton were crowned the winners.

The launch show for Strictly Come Dancing took place on Saturday 8th September and it didn't disappoint. From the incredible embellished gowns, to Nile Rogers and Chic getting everyone on their feet for the new series, many have branded it the 'best opening ever'.

Who won Strictly Come Dancing in 2018?

After a tense final, involving Stacey Dooley and Kevin Clifton, Joe Sugg and Dianne Buswell, Faye Tozer and Giovanni Pernice, and Ashley Roberts and Pasha Kovalev, it was Stacey and Kevin who lifted the famous Glitterball Trophy.

Despite Joe and Dianne being the favouirtes, Stacey's final two performances helped her pull in the votes from the public.

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Who was eliminated from Strictly Come Dancing?

After a dance-off with Lee Ryan, fashion expert Susannah Constantine and her partner Anton Du Beke were the first couple to be eliminated from the show. Lee then found himself in the bottom two again in Week Three, this time he lost out to Casualty actor Charles Venn.

Although Seann and Katya were favourites to leave in Week Four after THAT kiss, it was Charles Venn and Katie Piper who found themselves in the bottom two, with Katie losing her place on the show. Vick Hope and her professional partner Graziano were then voted out in Week Five.

Week 1: No elimination

Week 2: Susannah and Anton

Week 3: Lee and Nadiya

Week 4: Katie and Gorka

Week 5: Vick and Graziano

Week 6: Seann and Katya

Week 7: Dr Ranj and Janette

Week 8: Danny and Amy

Week 9: Kate and Aljaz

Week 10: Graeme and Oti

Week 11: Charles and Karen

Week 12: Lauren and AJ

Final: Ashley and Pasha, Joe and Dianne, and Faye and Giovanni.

When was the Strictly Come Dancing final?

The 2018 Strictly Come Dancing final took place on Saturday 15th December.

When did Strictly Come Dancing start in 2018?

The first live show of 2018 took place on Saturday 22nd September, with all 15 couples taking to the dance floor.

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Which celebrities took part in Strictly Come Dancing?

15 celebrities took part in the 2018 series, including the likes of Katie Piper, Lee Ryan, Ashley Roberts and This Morning's Dr Ranj Singh.

What channel is Strictly Come Dancing on?

As it has been since the show first launched in 2004, Strictly Come Dancing will air on BBC on Saturday and Sunday nights, with the spin-off show Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two, broadcasting on BBC2.

Who are the Strictly Come Dancing judges?

Earlier this year it was confirmed that all four of last year's judges would be returning to the show. These include head judge Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood, Bruno Tonioli and Darcey Bussel.

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Was Brendan Cole axed from Strictly Come Dancing?

In January 2018, Strictly Come Dancing legend Brendan Cole announced his contract hadn't been renewed after 13 years on the show.

Announcing the news on Lorraine, Brendan held back the tears and said, “It’s quite, actually, hard to talk about. The BBC haven’t renewed my contract. We get contracted year upon year. They’ve made an editorial decision to not have me back on the show. I’m a little bit in shock. I’m quite emotional, a bit raw about it.

“It’s done via a process of a phone call and stuff. I have had 15 incredible series on the show. I’m very proud of the whole show. It’s a great team. I’m disappointed. It’s very hard to talk about. It’s a recent decision."

Brendan Cole
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Who are the professional dancers on this year's Strictly Come Dancing?

In May this year, it was confirmed that THREE brand new dancers would be joining the show for the 2018 series. These include South African Johannes Radebe, Italian Graziano Di Prima and Russian Luba Mushtuk.

The three new professionals will take the total of professional dancers to 18, with them joining AJ Pritchard, Aljaž Škorjanec, Amy Dowden, Anton Du Beke, Dianne Buswell, Giovanni Pernice, Gorka Marquez, Janette Manrara, Karen Clifton, Katya Jones, Kevin Clifton, Nadiya Bychkova, Neil Jones, Oti Mabuse and Pasha Kovalev.

Who presented Strictly Come Dancing in 2018?

Popular hosts Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman returned to present the 2018 series. The pair have received great praise from both viewers and critics over the last few years.

After presenting the Sunday night results show for a number of years, Claudia took over Bruce Forsyth's role as co-presenter alongside Tess in 2014.

Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman
©Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman © REX/Shutterstock

Who were the Strictly Come Dancing winners in 2017?

Former Holby City actor Joe McFadden and his partner Katya Jones lifted the famous Glitterball trophy last year, after beating the likes of Alexandra Burke, Gemma Atkinson and Debbie McGee.

Speaking of his victory, Joe said, "It feels completely surreal and I'm so in awe of everyone who started all of those weeks ago."

How does the Strictly Come Dancing voting work?

The voting on Strictly Come Dancing combines both the judges scores and the public votes, meaning no couple is safe, even if they receive the top score of 40 from the judges.

After all couples have performed, phone lines open for the public to vote for their favourite couple, then the judges scores and the public votes are added together. The couple ranked the highest will be given a number of points equal to the number of couples competing that evening.

Voting is now closed.

Strictly Come Dancing is set to return in 2019.

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