Strictly Come Dancing (series 7)

Strictly Come Dancing returned for its seventh series on 18 September 2009 on BBC One. Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly returned as presenters of the main show on BBC One, whilst Claudia Winkleman presented spin-off show Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two on BBC Two. Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood returned as judges. Series 5 winner Alesha Dixon joined the judging panel as a replacement for Arlene Phillips.[1] Darcey Bussell (who would later become a permanent judge from 2012 until 2018) was a guest judge from the quarter final onwards.[1]

Strictly Come Dancing
Series 7
Celebrity winnerChris Hollins
Professional winnerOla Jordan
No. of episodes19
Original networkBBC One
Original release18 September (2009-09-18) –
19 December 2009 (2009-12-19)
Series chronology
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Series 6 winner Camilla Dallerup, series 4 winner Karen Hardy and Hayley Holt were replaced as professional female dancers by Aliona Vilani, Katya Virshilas and Natalie Lowe.[2] The show on 7 November was filmed from the Blackpool Tower Ballroom for the first time since the Grand Final of series 2.[3] Due to illness, Forsyth did not feature in the show on 14 November. As a result, Daly took over as main presenter and Ronnie Corbett was a surprise guest. Winkleman took over Daly's normal role.[4]

The series was won by sports presenter Chris Hollins and his professional partner Ola Jordan.


Each week since, 18 September 2009 to 19 December 2009. The couples dance a new routine (either a ballroom dance or a Latin dance) hoping to impress judges: Craig Revel Horwood, Len Goodman, Alesha Dixon and Bruno Tonioli. Each judge reviews the performance and then give a mark out of 10, giving the maximum score to 40. Once everyone has performed, they are ranked on the judges' leaderboard. So, for example if 10 couples were dancing: The highest scoring couple/joint highest scoring couple receives 10 points. The lowest scoring couple will be getting one point.


There were 16 couples in this series.

CelebrityKnown forProfessional partnerStatus
Martina HingisProfessional tennis playerMatthew CutlerEliminated 1st
on 19 September 2009
Richard DunwoodyFormer horse racing jockeyLilia KopylovaEliminated 2nd
on 26 September 2009
Rav WildingCrimewatch presenterAliona VilaniEliminated 3rd
on 3 October 2009
Lynda BellinghamActress & television presenterDarren BennettEliminated 4th
on 10 October 2009
Joe CalzagheFormer professional boxerKristina RihanoffEliminated 5th
on 17 October 2009
Jo WoodModel & entrepreneurBrendan ColeEliminated 6th
on 24 October 2009
Zöe LuckerFootballer's Wives actressJames JordanEliminated 7th
on 31 October 2009
Craig KellyCoronation Street actorFlavia CacaceEliminated 8th
on 7 November 2009
Phil TufnellFormer England cricketerKatya VirshilasEliminated 9th
on 14 November 2009
Jade JohnsonOlympic long jumperIan WaiteWithdrew
on 21 November 2009
Ricky GrovesFormer EastEnders actorErin BoagEliminated 10th
on 21 November 2009
Natalie CassidyFormer EastEnders actressVincent SimoneEliminated 11th
on 28 November 2009
Laila RouassFootballer's Wives actressAnton du BekeEliminated 12th
on 5 December 2009
Ali BastianThe Bill & former Hollyoaks actressBrian FortunaThird place
on 12 December 2009
Ricky WhittleHollyoaks actorNatalie LoweRunners-up
on 19 December 2009
Chris Hollins BBC Breakfast sports presenterOla JordanWinners
on 19 December 2009

Scoring chart

Chris & Ola126+30=56232522282934302934+7=4141+39=8038+42=8046+44+50+46=186
Ricky W. & Natalie233+32=65353236323935353631+9=4048+47=9547+49=9650+43+48+49=190
Ali & Brian330+30=60323229373340353537+10=4742+44=8642+50=92 
Laila & Anton430+25=55303422283330222931+8=3933+26=59 
Natalie & Vincent524+26=50282927293031342626+7=33 
Ricky G. & Erin621+26=472928252924252922 
Jade & Ian725+27=52312935323533 
Phil & Katya829+22=5124242725302831 
Craig & Flavia922+22=44212420182417 
Zöe & James1030+31=613133303332 
Jo & Brendan1118+18=3620202314 
Joe & Kristina1216+16=32192021 
Lynda & Darren1321+23=442524 
Rav & Aliona1419+22=4120 
Richard & Lilia1519+19=38 
Martina & Matthew1622+24=46 
  indicates the couple eliminated that week
  indicates the couple that was in the bottom two that week but not eliminated
  indicates the couple withdrew from the competition that week
  indicates the winning couple
  indicates the finalist couple(s)
Red text the lowest-scoring dance of the series
Green text the highest-scoring dance of the series
"—" indicates the couple(s) did not dance that week
  1. ^ a b c For these weeks, couples were scored on a 50-point scale.

Average chart

This table only counts for dances scored on a traditional 40-points scale (scores from the group Viennese Waltz from Week 11 are not included and the scores from Weeks 12–14 are weighted to work on the same scale as Weeks 1–11)

Rank by
PlaceCoupleTotalNumber of
12Ricky W. & Natalie6801935.8
23Ali & Brian5131534.2
310Zöe & James220731.4
41Chris & Ola5871930.9
57Jade & Ian247830.9
65Natalie & Vincent3101128.2
74Laila & Anton3591327.6
88Phil & Katya240926.7
96Ricky G. & Erin2581025.8
1013Lynda & Darren93423.3
1116Martina & Matthew46223.0
129Craig & Flavia168821.0
1314Rav & Aliona61320.3
1415Richard & Lilia38219.0
1511Jo & Brendan113618.8
1612Joe & Kristina92518.4

Highest and lowest scoring performances of the series

The best and worst performances in each dance according to the judges' scores (out of 40) are as follows:

DanceBest dancerBest scoreWorst dancerWorst score
American SmoothAli Bastian40Laila Rouass27
Argentine TangoRicky Whittle39Ali Bastian
Chris Hollins
Cha Cha ChaRicky Whittle38Joe Calzaghe16
CharlestonChris Hollins40Laila Rouass31
FoxtrotRicky Whittle39Joe Calzaghe
Jo Wood
Group Viennese WaltzAli Bastian10Natalie Cassidy
Chris Hollins
JiveRicky Whittle35Craig Kelly20
Lindy HopChris Hollins
Ricky Whittle
Paso DobleRicky Whittle35Joe Calzaghe19
QuickstepRicky Whittle40Rav Wilding20
Rock 'n' RollRicky Whittle31Natalie Cassidy26
RumbaRicky Whittle32Jo Wood18
SalsaAli Bastian
Ricky Whittle
32Laila Rouass21
SambaAli Bastian35Jo Wood14
ShowdanceRicky Whittle39Chris Hollins37
TangoRicky Whittle35Joe Calzaghe16
Viennese WaltzAli Bastian40Jo Wood23
WaltzRicky Whittle38Richard Dunwoody19

Couples' highest and lowest scoring dances

CouplesHighest Scoring DancesLowest Scoring Dances
Chris & OlaCharleston (40)Jive (22)
Ricky W. & NatalieQuickstep (40)Rock 'n' Roll (31)
Ali & BrianViennese Waltz
American Smooth (40)
Jive (29)
Laila & AntonFoxtrot (34)Salsa (21)
Natalie & VincentFoxtrot (34)Tango (24)
Ricky G. & ErinPaso Doble
American Smooth
Viennese Waltz (29)
Waltz (21)
Jade & IanViennese Waltz
Foxtrot (35)
Waltz (25)
Phil & KatyaAmerican Smooth (31)Cha-Cha-Cha (22)
Craig & FlaviaFoxtrot
Waltz (24)
Cha-Cha-Cha (17)
Zöe & JamesFoxtrot
American Smooth (33)
Jive (30)
Jo & BrendanViennese Waltz (23)Samba (14)
Joe & KristinaJive (21)Tango
Cha-Cha-Cha (16)
Lynda & DarrenPaso Doble (25)Tango (21)
Rav & AlionaRumba (22)Tango (19)
Richard & LiliaWaltz
Cha-Cha-Cha (19)
Cha-Cha-Cha (19)
Martina & MatthewRumba (24)Waltz (22)

Weekly scores and songs

Unless indicated othwise, individual judges scores in the charts below (given in parentheses) are listed in this order from left to right: Craig Revel Horwood, Len Goodman, Alesha Dixon, Bruno Tonioli.

Week 1

Night 1 – Ballroom

Running order
Rav & Aliona19 (3,6,5,5)Tango"Baby Did a Bad, Bad Thing"—Chris Isaak
Ricky G. & Erin21 (4,6,6,5)Waltz"What'll I Do"—Irving Berlin
Chris & Ola26 (6,7,7,6)Tango"Sharp Dressed Man"—ZZ Top
Jade & Ian25 (6,7,6,6)Waltz"Weekend in New England"—Barry Manilow
Martina & Matthew22 (4,6,6,6)Waltz"Jesse"—Roberta Flack
Lynda & Darren21 (3,6,7,5)Tango"Under Pressure"—Queen & David Bowie
Ali & Brian30 (7,8,8,7)Waltz"Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)"—Diana Ross
Joe & Kristina16 (2,5,5,4)Tango"Cite Tango"—Ástor Piazzolla

Night 2 – Latin

Running order
Jade & Ian27 (6,7,7,7)Cha-Cha-Cha"Ain't No Other Man"—Christina AguileraSafe
Ali & Brian30 (7,7,8,8)Rumba"That's What Friends Are For"—Dionne WarwickSafe
Lynda & Darren23 (5,6,6,6)Cha-Cha-Cha"Don't Go Breaking My Heart"—Elton John and Kiki DeeSafe
Rav & Aliona22 (4,6,5,7)Rumba"Temptation"—Tom WaitsBottom two
Chris & Ola30 (7,8,7,8)Rumba"Don't Know Much"—Linda RonstadtSafe
Joe & Kristina16 (2,5,5,4)Cha-Cha-Cha"Chain of Fools"—Aretha FranklinSafe
Martina & Matthew24 (5,6,7,6)Rumba"Alone"—HeartEliminated
Ricky G. & Erin26 (6,7,7,6)Cha-Cha-Cha"Jump (for My Love)"—The Pointer SistersSafe
Judges' votes to save
  • Horwood: Martina & Matthew
  • Dixon: Martina & Matthew
  • Tonioli: Rav & Aliona
  • Goodman: Rav & Aliona

Week 2

Night 1 – Ballroom

Running order
Natalie & Vincent24 (6,6,6,6)Tango"Spider of the Night"—Pedro Manilla
Zöe & James30 (7,8,7,8)Waltz"Some Day My Prince Will Come"—Adriana Caselotti
Craig & Flavia22 (5,6,5,6)Tango"Jai Ho"—Pussycat Dolls
Richard & Lilia19 (4,5,5,5)Waltz"Truly"—Lionel Richie
Laila & Anton30 (7,8,7,8)Tango"El Choclo"—Ángel Villoldo
Phil & Katya29 (7,8,7,7)Waltz"Sam"—Olivia Newton-John
Jo & Brendan18 (3,5,5,5)Tango"Let's Dance"—David Bowie
Ricky W. & Natalie33 (8,9,8,8)Waltz"It Is You (I Have Loved)"—Dana Glover

Night 2 – Latin

Running order
Phil & Katya22 (4,6,6,6)Cha-Cha-Cha"Daddy"—Della ReeseSafe
Craig & Flavia22 (5,6,5,6)Rumba"Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?"—Amy WinehouseBottom two
Laila & Anton25 (6,7,6,6)Cha-Cha-Cha"Sway"—Rosemary ClooneySafe
Zöe & James31 (8,7,8,8)Rumba"Out of Reach"—GabrielleSafe
Jo & Brendan18 (3,5,5,5)Rumba"Fallen"—Lauren WoodSafe
Richard & Lilia19 (4,5,5,5)Cha-Cha-Cha"I'm Your Man"—Wham!Eliminated
Ricky W. & Natalie32 (8,8,8,8)Rumba"Stepping Stone"—DuffySafe
Natalie & Vincent26 (6,7,7,6)Cha-Cha-Cha"Bang Bang"—David SanbornSafe
Judges' votes to save
  • Horwood: Craig & Flavia
  • Dixon: Craig & Flavia
  • Tonioli: Craig & Flavia
  • Goodman: Did not vote, but would have voted to save Richard & Lilia.

Week 3

Running order
Ali & Brian32 (8,8,8,8)Quickstep"I Get a Kick Out of You"—Frank SinatraSafe
Lynda & Darren25 (5,7,7,6)Paso Doble"Devil Woman"—Cliff RichardBottom two
Chris & Ola23 (5,6,6,6)Quickstep"Dancin' Fool"—Barry ManilowSafe
Zöe & James31 (7,8,8,8)Paso Doble"You've Got the Love"—Florence and the MachineSafe
Rav & Aliona20 (3,6,5,6)Quickstep"We Go Together"—John Travolta and Olivia Newton-JohnEliminated
Natalie & Vincent28 (6,7,8,7)Paso Doble"Malagueña"—Connie FrancisSafe
Craig & Flavia21 (4,6,6,5)Quickstep"Peroxide Swing"—Michael BubléSafe
Ricky W. & Natalie35 (8,9,9,9)Paso Doble"Spanish Gypsy Dance"—Pascual Marquina NarroSafe
Jade & Ian31 (7,8,8,8)Quickstep"Fascination"—AlphabeatSafe
Joe & Kristina19 (3,5,6,5)Paso Doble"Livin' on a Prayer"—Bon JoviSafe
Laila & Anton30 (8,8,7,7)Quickstep"Strike Up the Band"—Tony BennettSafe
Jo & Brendan20 (3,6,6,5)Paso Doble"Because the Night"—Patti SmithSafe
Phil & Katya24 (5,6,6,7)Quickstep"Put on a Happy Face"—Tony BennettSafe
Ricky G. & Erin29 (7,7,8,7)Paso Doble"One Vision"—QueenSafe
Judges' votes to save
  • Horwood: Lynda & Darren
  • Dixon: Lynda & Darren
  • Tonioli: Lynda & Darren
  • Goodman: Did not vote, but would have voted to save Lynda & Darren.

Week 4

Running order
Zöe & James33 (8,9,8,8)Foxtrot"This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)"—Natalie ColeSafe
Chris & Ola25 (5,6,7,7)Salsa"Micaela"—King BongoSafe
Lynda & Darren24 (5,7,6,6)Foxtrot"Calendar Girl"—Neil SedakaEliminated
Ali & Brian32 (8,8,8,8)Salsa"Quimbara"—Celia CruzSafe
Jo & Brendan20 (4,6,5,5)Foxtrot"Crazy"—Patsy ClineSafe
Natalie & Vincent29 (7,8,7,7)Salsa"You'll Be Mine (Party Time)"—Gloria EstefanSafe
Joe & Kristina20 (3,6,6,5)Foxtrot"Feeling Good"—Michael BubléSafe
Laila & Anton34 (8,9,9,8)Foxtrot"Just in Time"—Frank SinatraSafe
Ricky W. & Natalie32 (8,8,8,8)Salsa"Dancing Machine"—The Jackson FiveSafe
Craig & Flavia24 (5,7,6,6)Foxtrot"Sometimes When We Touch"—Dan HillBottom two
Jade & Ian29 (7,7,8,7)Salsa"La Isla Bonita"—Anna BookSafe
Ricky G. & Erin28 (6,8,7,7)Foxtrot"All of Me"—Frank SinatraSafe
Phil & Katya24 (4,7,6,7)Salsa"Long Train Runnin'"—Doobie BrothersSafe
Judges' votes to save
  • Horwood: Lynda & Darren
  • Dixon: Lynda & Darren
  • Tonioli: Craig & Flavia
  • Goodman: Craig & Flavia

Week 5

Running order
Ricky G. & Erin25 (6,7,7,5)Jive"The Boy from New York City"—The Manhattan TransferSafe
Jade & Ian35 (8,9,9,9)Viennese Waltz"It's a Man's Man's Man's World"—James BrownSafe
Ali & Brian29 (6,7,8,8)Jive"Tutti Frutti"—Little RichardSafe
Jo & Brendan23 (5,7,6,5)Viennese Waltz"Trouble"—Ray LaMontagneSafe
Zöe & James30 (7,8,8,7)Jive"Tainted Love"—Gloria JonesBottom two
Ricky W. & Natalie36 (8,9,10,9)Viennese Waltz"How Can I Be Sure"—David CassidySafe
Craig & Flavia20 (4,6,5,5)Jive"It Takes Two"—Marvin GayeSafe
Joe & Kristina21 (4,6,6,5)Jive"Rock This Town"—Stray CatsEliminated
Natalie & Vincent27 (7,7,7,6)Viennese Waltz"At Last"—Etta JamesSafe
Laila & Anton22 (5,7,5,5)Jive"Modern Love"—David BowieSafe
Phil & Katya27 (6,7,7,7)Viennese Waltz"Mad About the Boy"—Dinah WashingtonSafe
Chris & Ola22 (5,6,6,5)Jive"Roll Over Beethoven"—Chuck BerrySafe
Judges' votes to save
  • Horwood: Zöe & James
  • Dixon: Zöe & James
  • Tonioli: Zöe & James
  • Goodman: Did not vote, but would have voted to save Zöe & James.

Week 6

Running order
Jade & Ian32 (8,8,8,8)Samba"Independent Women"—Destiny's ChildBottom two
Chris & Ola28 (7,7,7,7)American Smooth"Jimmy Mack"—Martha Reeves and the VandellasSafe
Phil & Katya25 (6,7,6,6)Samba"Daddy Cool"—Boney M.Safe
Zöe & James33 (8,8,9,8)American Smooth"My Girl"—The TemptationsSafe
Craig & Flavia18 (3,6,4,5)Samba"Give It Up"—KC & The Sunshine BandSafe
Ricky G. & Erin29 (7,8,7,7)American Smooth"Chim Chim Cher-ee"—Cliff RichardSafe
Ricky W. & Natalie32 (8,8,8,8)Samba"Good Lovin'"—The Young RascalsSafe
Natalie & Vincent29 (7,8,7,7)American Smooth"Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone"—Dean MartinSafe
Jo & Brendan14 (2,5,3,4)Samba"Superstition"—Stevie WonderEliminated
Ali & Brian37 (9,9,9,10)American Smooth"A Foggy Day in London Town"—Michael BubléSafe
Laila & Anton28 (7,7,7,7)Samba"He's the Greatest Dancer"—Sister SledgeSafe
Judges' votes to save
  • Horwood: Jade & Ian
  • Dixon: Jade & Ian
  • Tonioli: Jade & Ian
  • Goodman: Did not vote, but would have voted to save Jade & Ian.

Week 7

Running order
Natalie & Vincent30 (7,8,7,8)Jive"Good Golly Miss Molly"—Little RichardSafe
Ali & Brian33 (8,9,8,8)Paso Doble"El Gato Montes"—Ramon Cortez Pasodoble OrchestraBottom two
Craig & Flavia24 (5,7,7,5)Waltz"Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me"—Elton JohnSafe
Chris & Ola29 (7,8,7,7)Cha-Cha-Cha"Shake Your Groove Thing"—Peaches & HerbSafe
Jade & Ian35 (8,9,9,9)Foxtrot"A Recipe for Making Love"—Harry Connick, Jr.Safe
Zöe & James32 (7,8,9,8)Samba"Boogie Nights"—HeatwaveEliminated
Ricky G. & Erin24 (4,8,7,5)Rumba"Licence To Kill"—Gladys KnightSafe
Laila & Anton33 (8,9,8,8)Viennese Waltz"Once Around the Block"—Badly Drawn BoySafe
Phil & Katya30 (7,7,8,8)Tango"Back to Black"—Amy WinehouseSafe
Ricky W. & Natalie39 (9,10,10,10)Quickstep"Down With Love"—Holly Palmer and Michael BubléSafe
Judges' votes to save
  • Horwood: Ali & Brian
  • Dixon: Zöe & James
  • Tonioli: Ali & Brian
  • Goodman: Ali & Brian

Week 8: Blackpool Week

Running order
Ricky W. & Natalie35 (8,9,9,9)Tango"You Really Got Me"—The KinksSafe
Natalie & Vincent31 (7,8,8,8)Quickstep"Tu Vuò Fà L'Americano"—FiorelloSafe
Jade & Ian33 (8,8,9,8)Jive"Flip, Flop, Fly"—The Blues BrothersSafe
Ali & Brian40 (10,10,10,10)Viennese Waltz"Do Right Woman, Do Right Man"—Etta JamesSafe
Ricky G. & Erin25 (6,7,6,6)Salsa"Acuyuye"—D.L.GBottom two
Laila & Anton30 (7,7,8,8)Paso Doble"Layla"—Derek and the DominosSafe
Phil & Katya28 (6,8,7,7)Rumba"Maybe I'm Amazed"—Paul McCartneySafe
Chris & Ola34 (8,9,9,8)Foxtrot"I Could Have Danced All Night"—Frank SinatraSafe
Craig & Flavia17 (3,5,4,5)Cha-Cha-Cha"Easy Lover"—Phil CollinsEliminated
Judges' votes to save
  • Horwood: Ricky G. & Erin
  • Dixon: Ricky G. & Erin
  • Tonioli: Ricky G. & Erin
  • Goodman: Did not vote, but would have voted to save Ricky G. & Erin.

Week 9

Running order
Phil & Katya31 (7,8,8,8)American Smooth"Come Fly with Me"—Frank SinatraEliminated
Ricky W. & Natalie35 (8,9,9,9)Jive"Rip It Up"—Little RichardSafe
Ricky G. & Erin29 (7,8,7,7)Viennese Waltz"Nights in White Satin"—The Moody BluesBottom two
Chris & Ola30 (6,8,9,7)Paso Doble"I Believe in a Thing Called Love"—The DarknessSafe
Laila & Anton22 (3,7,6,6)Rumba"Rule the World"—Take ThatSafe
Natalie & Vincent34 (8,9,9,8)Foxtrot"Magic Moments"—Perry ComoSafe
Ali & Brian35 (9,8,9,9)Cha-Cha-Cha"I Gotta Feeling"—The Black Eyed PeasSafe
Jade & IanDid not performTango"A View to a Kill"—Duran DuranInjured
  • Jade picked up an injury during dress rehearsal and was unable to perform on the live show. However, she performed it in the final when she recovered from injury.
  • Laila only performed half of her Rumba due to an injury backstage. The judges scored the dance just on what they saw.
  • Bruce Forsyth did not attend the live show due to influenza. Ronnie Corbett stepped in as guest host.
Judges' votes to save
  • Horwood: Ricky G. & Erin
  • Dixon: Phil & Katya
  • Tonioli: Phil & Katya
  • Goodman: Ricky G. & Erin

Week 10

Musical guest: Dame Shirley Bassey—"This Time"

Running order
Ali & Brian35 (8,9,9,9)Foxtrot"Haven't Met You Yet"—Michael BubléSafe
Natalie & Vincent26 (6,7,8,5)Samba"Holiday"—MadonnaSafe
Chris & Ola29 (7,8,7,7)Viennese Waltz"A New Day Has Come"—Celine DionSafe
Ricky W. & Natalie36 (9,8,10,9)American Smooth"Over the Rainbow"—Eva CassidySafe
Laila & Anton29 (6,8,7,8)Waltz"Fascination"—Nat King ColeBottom two
Ricky G. & Erin22 (5,6,6,5)Tango"U Got the Look"—PrinceEliminated
Jade & IanDid not performRumbaNo song confirmed as not performedWithdrawn
  • Jade Johnson and her partner Ian Waite had to withdraw from the competition due to a number of weeks not being able to perform due to a knee injury.
Judges' votes to save
  • Horwood: Laila & Anton
  • Dixon: Laila & Anton
  • Tonioli: Laila & Anton
  • Goodman: Did not vote, but would have voted to save Laila & Anton.

Week 11

Running order
Chris & Ola34 (8,8,9,9)Charleston"Fat Sam's Grand Slam"—Bugsy MaloneSafe
Ricky W. & Natalie31 (7,8,8,8)Rock 'n' Roll"Hound Dog"—Elvis PresleyBottom two
Ali & Brian37 (9,9,10,9)Charleston"Pencil Full of Lead"—Paolo NutiniSafe
Natalie & Vincent26 (5,7,7,7)Rock 'n' Roll"Long Tall Sally"—Little RichardEliminated
Laila & Anton31 (6,9,8,8)Charleston"Yes Sir, That's My Baby"—Firehouse Five Plus TwoSafe
Ali & Brian
Chris & Ola
Laila & Anton
Natalie & Vincent
Ricky & Natalie
Viennese Waltz"Piano Man"—Billy Joel
Judges' votes to save
  • Horwood: Ricky W. & Natalie
  • Dixon: Ricky W. & Natalie
  • Tonioli: Ricky W. & Natalie
  • Goodman: Did not vote, but would have voted to save Ricky W. & Natalie.

Week 12: Quarter-final

Individual judges scores in the charts below (given in parentheses) are listed in this order from left to right: Craig Revel Horwood, Darcey Bussell, Len Goodman, Alesha Dixon, Bruno Tonioli.

Running order
Ali & Brian42 (8,9,8,9,8)Tango"Born to Be Wild"—SteppenwolfSafe
44 (9,9,8,9,9)Samba"Change"—Daniel Merriweather
Laila & Anton33 (6,6,7,7,7)American Smooth"My Kind of Girl"—Matt MonroEliminated
26 (5,5,6,5,5)Salsa"Cogele el Gusto"—Wayne Gorbea
Chris & Ola41 (8,8,8,9,8)Waltz"At This Moment"—Billy Vera and the BeatersSafe
39 (8,8,8,8,7)Samba"Cuba"—Gibson Brothers
Ricky W. & Natalie48 (9,9,10,10,10)Foxtrot"Too Marvelous for Words"—Frank SinatraBottom two
47 (9,10,9,10,9)Cha-Cha-Cha"Sunshine of Your Love"—Spanky Wilson
Judges' votes to save
  • Horwood: Ricky W. & Natalie
  • Bussell: Ricky W. & Natalie
  • Dixon: Ricky W. & Natalie
  • Tonioli: Did not vote, but would have voted to save Ricky W. & Natalie.
  • Goodman: Did not vote, but would have voted to save Ricky W. & Natalie.

Week 13: Semi-final

Running order
Chris & Ola38 (7,7,8,8,8)Rumba"Total Eclipse of the Heart"—Bonnie TylerSafe
42 (8,8,9,9,8)Argentine Tango"Bust Your Windows"—Jazmine Sullivan
Ali & Brian42 (8,8,9,8,9)Argentine Tango"Pa Bailar"—Bajofondo Tango ClubThird place
50 (10,10,10,10,10)American Smooth"Come Dance with Me"—Frank Sinatra
Ricky W. & Natalie47 (9,9,10,9,10)Waltz"Kissing You"—Des'reeSafe
49 (9,10,10,10,10)Argentine Tango"Verano Porteno"—Ástor Piazzolla

Week 14: Final

Running order (Show 1)
Ricky W. & Natalie50 (10,10,10,10,10)Quickstep"Down with Love"—Holly Palmer and Michael Bublé
Chris & Ola46 (9,9,9,10,9)Foxtrot"I Could Have Danced All Night"—Frank Sinatra
Chris & Ola44 (8,9,9,9,9)Lindy Hop"Sing, Sing, Sing"—Louis Prima
Ricky W. & Natalie43 (8,8,9,9,9)
Running order (Show 2)
Chris & Ola50 (10,10,10,10,10)Charleston"Fat Sam's Grand Slam"—Bugsy MaloneWinner
46 (9,9,9,10,9)Showdance"Do You Love Me"—The Contours
Ricky W. & Natalie48 (9,10,9,10,10)Cha-Cha-Cha"Sunshine of Your Love"—Spanky WilsonRunner-up
49 (10,9,10,10,10)Showdance"Last Dance"—Donna Summer

Dance chart

Chris & OlaTangoRumbaGroup MerengueQuickstepSalsaJiveAmerican SmoothCha Cha ChaFoxtrotPaso DobleViennese WaltzCharlestonGroup Viennese WaltzWaltzSambaRumbaArgentine TangoFoxtrotLindy HopCharlestonShowdance
Ricky W. & NatalieGroup MerengueWaltzRumbaPaso DobleSalsaViennese WaltzSambaQuickstepTangoJiveAmerican SmoothRock 'n' RollGroup Viennese WaltzFoxtrotCha Cha ChaWaltzArgentine TangoQuickstepLindy HopCha Cha ChaShowdance
Ali & BrianWaltzRumbaGroup MerengueQuickstepSalsaJiveAmerican SmoothPaso DobleViennese WaltzCha Cha ChaFoxtrotCharlestonGroup Viennese WaltzTangoSambaArgentine TangoAmerican Smooth
Laila & AntonGroup MerengueTangoCha-Cha-ChaQuickstepFoxtrotJiveSambaViennese WaltzPaso DobleRumbaWaltzCharlestonGroup Viennese WaltzAmerican SmoothSalsa
Natalie & VincentGroup MerengueTangoCha-Cha-ChaPaso DobleSalsaViennese WaltzAmerican SmoothJiveQuickstepFoxtrotSambaRock 'n' RollGroup Viennese Waltz
Ricky G. & ErinWaltzCha-Cha-ChaGroup MerenguePaso DobleFoxtrotJiveAmerican SmoothRumbaSalsaViennese WaltzTango
Jade & IanWaltzCha-Cha-ChaGroup MerengueQuickstepSalsaViennese WaltzSambaFoxtrotJiveTango[note 1]Rumba[note 2]
Phil & KatyaGroup MerengueWaltzCha-Cha-ChaQuickstepSalsaViennese WaltzSambaTangoRumbaAmerican Smooth
Craig & FlaviaGroup MerengueTangoRumbaQuickstepFoxtrotJiveSambaWaltzCha-Cha-Cha
Zöe & JamesGroup MerengueWaltzRumbaPaso DobleFoxtrotJiveAmerican SmoothSamba
Jo & BrendanGroup MerengueTangoRumbaPaso DobleFoxtrotViennese WaltzSamba
Joe & KristinaTangoCha-Cha-ChaGroup MerenguePaso DobleFoxtrotJive
Lynda & DarrenTangoCha-Cha-ChaGroup MerenguePaso DobleFoxtrot
Rav & AlionaTangoRumbaGroup MerengueQuickstep
Richard & LiliaGroup MerengueWaltzCha-Cha-Cha
Martina & MatthewWaltzRumba
  Highest scoring dance
  Lowest scoring dance
  Not performed due to injury
  Couple withdrew that week
  • Week 1 – Cha-Cha-Cha or Rumba, and Tango or Waltz (first group), Group Merengue (second group)
  • Week 2 – Cha-Cha-Cha or Rumba, and Tango or Waltz (second group), Group Merengue (first group)
  • Week 3 – Paso Doble or Quickstep
  • Week 4 – Salsa or Foxtrot
  • Week 5 – Jive or Viennese Waltz
  • Week 6 – Samba or American Smooth
  • Weeks 7–10 – One unlearned dance
  • Weeks 11 – Charleston or Rock ‘n’ Roll, and Group Viennese Waltz
  • Week 12 – Two unlearned dances
  • Week 13 – Judge's choice of dance and Argentine Tango
  • Week 14 – Highest-scoring ballroom, Group Lindyhop, highest-scoring Latin, Freestyle Showdance

TV ratings

Weekly ratings for each show on BBC1. Figures exclude the BBC HD Channel. All numbers are in millions and provided by BARB[5]

WeekShowRating (in millions)Rank for BBC1Rank for all UK TV
118 September8.9226
119 September8.4359
225 September8.10612
226 September8.6826
33 October9.0626
410 October8.82411
517 October8.44411
624 October8.88512
731 October9.1428
87 November9.4628
914 November10.1015
1021 November9.59311
1128 November9.7316
125 December9.4317
1312 December Dance Show8.9428
1312 December Results Show8.47412
1419 December Dance Show10.5022
1419 December Results Show11.2911

In September 2009 Strictly Come Dancing earned a place in Guinness World Records as "most successful reality television format",[6] with licensing rights sold to broadcasters in 38 countries.[7] Nonetheless, the sixth series' audiences had suffered as a result of direct clashes with ITV rival The X Factor.[8] The BBC's decision in August 2009 to screen the seventh series on Saturday nights only was partly an attempt to reduce conflict with the rival talent show, as ITV had hinted that The X Factor's results show would be broadcast on Sunday evening.[9] Sources at the BBC described the move as "better for the viewers... people at home lose out if things are competing against one another... We wanted to make Strictly Come Dancing an unmissable TV event".[9]

However, the BBC still came under intense criticism when the extended Saturday show, initially running from 7–9pm, clashed almost entirely with The X Factor's main show.[10] ITV sources accused the BBC of "effectively splitting the audience".[10] Writing in The Guardian George Dixon, head of scheduling for BBC One, argued that "the ability of viewers to see programmes again, whether via personal video recorders like Sky+, online catch-up services including iPlayer or on channels such as E4 or ITV2, [makes] the notion of 'forcing' viewers to watch... outdated", adding that "There are around seven repeats of The X Factor on ITV1 and ITV2 each week".[11]

The scheduling conflict ended with The X Factor securing a higher audience throughout the series. On 22 October 2009, the BBC rescheduled the Saturday show, now down to eight contestants, so that the overlap between the two programs was only 45 minutes.[12] The BBC denied that the move was in direct response to the success of its ITV rival, saying instead that the move was to accommodate a new series with impressionist Jon Culshaw.[12] Strictly Come Dancing's runtime, previously fixed at two hours, was also expected to decrease as contestants were progressively eliminated, leading to a further reduction in overlap.


  1. ^ Due to a knee injury sustained in the dress rehearsal for the 14 November show, Johnson was medically disqualified from dancing in the live show the same evening; the Tango, while rehearsed, was never performed competitively. A recovered Johnson went on to perform her tango in full during the previous contestants megamix in the final.
  2. ^ As Johnson withdrew on 21 November show, she never performed her Rumba.


External links

Strictly Come Dancing (series 7)

Strictly Come Dancing returned for its seventh series on 18 September 2009 on BBC One. Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly returned as presenters of the main show on BBC One, whilst Claudia Winkleman presented spin-off show Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two on BBC Two. Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood returned as judges. Series 5 winner Alesha Dixon joined the judging panel as a replacement for Arlene Phillips. Darcey Bussell (who would later become a permanent judge from 2012 until 2018) was a guest judge from the quarter final onwards.