Strictly Come Dancing: 15 surprising facts you didn't know about BBC1's celebrity dance contest

Strictly Come Dancing 2016 has been the competitions most shocking year by far both on and off the ballroom.

Viewers watched Danny Mac bag not one but two perfect scores of 40, Ed Balls won over audiences and judges alike and Will Young sensationally quit the dance show earlier in the series.

Judge Rinder just missed out on the semi-finals last weekend.

Strictly Come Dancing’s Judge Rinder gives an emotional farewell after being eliminated [Wenn]

Now Claudia Fragapane, Danny Mac, Louise Redknapp and Ore Oduba are the final four preparing to battle it out this weekend.

As we’re gearing up for the final, OK! Online and Voucherbox.co.uk are bringing you 15 surprising facts we bet even hardcore fans will not know about Strictly Come Dancing.

1. Alesha Dixon is the most successful singer in Strictly history. 

Alesha Dixon swapped her dancing shoes for the Strictly Come Dancing judging panel [Getty]

The Boys Does Nothing hitmaker won series 5 of the show.

The former Mis-Teeq singer went on to become a judge on the BBC1 competition two years later in 2009 when she replaced Arlene Phillips.

2. Politicians are the worst performing contestants on the show with an average score of only 17 points per dance.

Ann Widdecombe and Anton Du Beke’s lowest score was 12 for their Salsa dance.

3. Soap stars are the most successful overall.

Hollyoaks is the highest achieving soap where contestants, including Danny Mac, Ali Bastian and Ashley Taylor Dawson, have helped to gain an average of 34 points per dance.

Soap actors like Kara Tointon, Tom Chambers and Jill Halfpenny have all went on to win the show.

4. Quentin Wilson is the worst Strictly scorer of all time with an average of eight points per dance.

The TV presenter was eliminated in the first round of series 2.

5. Natalie Gumede has achieved the highest average judges’ score.

Natalie Gumede bagged the highest judges’ score alongside dance partner Artem Chigvintsev[Getty]

The former Coronation Street actress gained a jaw-dropping three perfect scores of 40. 

Abbey Clancy bet Natalie to the Strictly crown in series 11. 

6. Anton Du Beke and Brendan Cole are the only professional dance partners who have been there since the series started.

Brendan Cole won the first ever series alongside celebrity Natasha Kaplinsky – he’s yet to bag the title again.

7. Singers and musicians perform best on the show.

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Strictly Come Dancing winner Jay McGuinness and partner Aliona Vilani perform their iconic Pulp Fiction dance [Wenn]

The Wanted’s Jay McGuiness alongside dance partner Aliona Vilani won the competition in 2015. 

McFly drummer Harry Judd was named Strictly Champion four years earlier in the 9th season.

8. Former MPs average out at 10th place in the competition, until this year’s show

Edwina Currie was the first contestant to be eliminated in 2011 whilst Ann Widdecombe stayed on until an impressive sixth place.

9. Ed Balls received an average 23 points per dance. 

Politician Ed Balls sends fans into a frenzy over his Tango routine [BBC]

The former Labour MP changed the trend for politicians when he impressed the judges and was the ninth contestant to be eliminated.

10. Rugby players typically finish two positions higher than footballers.

Charlotte Church’s ex and rugby star Gavin Henson came in fifth in 2010.

11. Kevin Clifton has never been in a dance-off.

The professional dancer has not been in the bottom two once since joining the show in 2013. 

The 34-year-old’s previous celebrity partners, Susanna Reid, Frankie Bridge and Kellie Bright, have all been named the runner-up.

12. Anton Du Beke has never taken home the glitterball trophy.

Anton Du Beke has participated in all 14 seasons of Strictly Come Dancing [Wenn]

Despite taking part in the show since it’s initial creation, the iconic dance partner has not once taken home the crown.

13. 57 litres of fake tan are used in ever series.

That’s on top of 1200 sets of fake eyelashes, 350 mascaras and a whopping 1000 bottles of nail varnish.

14. Strictly Come Dancing is based on the BBC’s Come Dancing.

The long-running ballroom competition series did not star celebrities and ran from 1949-1998.

15. EastEnders make up almost half of soap contestants ever to take part.

Tameka Empson and Gorka Marquez were the second couple to bow out of Strictly Come Dancing this year [BBC ]

Tameka Empson swapped Albert Square for the dance floor in this year’s edition.

Kellie Bright took part last year.

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