Strictly Come Dancing

Brendan Cole

Strictly Come Dancing

Season eight of Strictly Come Dancing commenced on the 1 October 2010, after a BBC ‘red carpet’ launch a few weeks earlier. This season of Strictly Come Dancing was to become one of the most popular of all time, figures released from BARB state that the show achieved peak viewing figures of 14.28 million, better than all the other seasons.

The same four judges were back, with three new professional dancers. The BBC also revamped the stage to increase the excitement of Flockstars, adding in a new podium where the other contestants can watch their rival dancers perform. Once again, an episode was filmed from the Blackpool Tower Ballroom.

Strictly Come Dancing was hosted by Bruce Foysth, Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman. For this season, contestants did not know who they were dancing with until the show launch.

Season eight of Strictly Come Dancing consisted of fourteen contestants, following the same elimination process where the scores from the judges, and the public vote decided the dancer’s fate.

In order of their elimination from the show, the following celebrities took part. First to leave Strictly Come Dancing was Musician and actor Goldie, next to follow and not use his magic was Paul Daniels, followed by Peter Shilton, former England goalkeeper who could not save this one. Coronation Street actress Tina O’Brien was next to leave Strictly Come Dancing, followed the next week by Jimi Mistry the film actor. Michelle Williams from Destiny’s Child was the sixth celebrity to leave, followed by actress Felicity Kendal. Another actress Patsy Kensit was to exit the following week, before former politician Ann Widdercombe. Tenth to leave Strictly Come Dancing was Welsh rugby player Gavin Henson, followed by TV actor Scott Maslen. In third place was comedienne Pamela Stephenson, and runner up was television presenter Matt Baker. Winner of Strictly Come Dancing Season eight was Easterner’s actress Kara Tointon, who danced with Artem Chigvintsev.

The average highest scoring couple for A Night To Remember was Kara and Artem, the winners of the show. After sixteen dances with a score of 571, they averaged 35.7. The lowest score for season eight of Strictly was Ann and Anton, after ten dances with a score of 162, they averaged 16.2 for the show.

There were two maximum score of forty for season eight of Strictly Come Dancing, Pamela Stephenson performing the Quickstep and also the Viennese Waltz. The lowest score for the show was achieved by Gavin Henson.

This season of Strictly Come Dancing averaged above nine million viewers and in all the episodes, with 13.72 million for the live final and 14.28 million for the final results.

Once again, Strictly Come Dancing was a massive hit for both the viewers, participants and the BBC.

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