STRICTLY Come Dancing has long been warming up our winter nights, with tantalizing tangos and raunchy rumbas.
The hit BBC One series first kicked off in 2004, and over the years has crowned 19 winners.
Natasha Kaplinsky was the first winner of Strictly with Brendon Cole
Who has won Strictly Come Dancing?
2004 – Natasha Kaplinsky
The first series of Strictly ran from May to July 2004, before being moved to its now regular Autumn/Winter spot.
Alongside Brendan Cole – one of the only professionals to remain on the show throughout – presenter Natasha Kaplinsky won the first top prize after beating out seven other competitors.
Their highest scoring dance was the samba, which earned them 37 points.
2004 – Jill Halfpenny
Jill Halfpenny looked chuffed as she was crowned champion
Jill Halfpenny will go down in Strictly history as the first ever contestant to win a perfect 40.
Facing tough competition from Julian Clary and Denise Lewis, Jill trounced the competition to win the glitterball.
She was partnered with professional Darren Bennett, who remained on the show until 2009.
2005 – Darren Gough
Darren Gough went from cricket to the cha-cha and became the third winner of the show
Darren Gough shook off his tough guy image to become of the few to win the Strictly trophy alongside Lilia Kopylova.
Starting the show with one of the lowest scores, Darren was never the top performer of the shows run.
In the finale, the judges scores put him in last place behind his competitors, but viewers thought differently.
Zoe Ball placed third, whereas Olympic hurdler Colin Jackson came second.
2006 – Mark Ramprakash
Mark and Karen became firm favourites throughout their time on the show
With Karen Hardy showing him the way, cricketer Mark became the second of his sport to show a surprising ability on the dancefloor.
They managed to land a perfect score with a Samba in week 9, dancing to Peter Allen’s I Go To Rio, as well as a samba in the final to Hot Hot Hot.
Matt Dawson and Emma Bunton placed 2nd and 3rd respectively.
2007 – Alesha Dixon
Alesha Dixon impressed so much she became a judge
Singer Alesha Dixon and professional dancer Matthew Cutler stormed to victory with a series of showstopping routines including a Cha Cha to Crazy in Love.
Following her win, she later returned to the series as a short-lived judge, before joining the team at Britain’s Got Talent.
They beat Matt DiAngelo and his partner Flavia Cacace in the final – though they ended up a couple so I guess everyone was a winner here.
2008 – Tom Chambers
Tom Chambers landed the win with partner Camilla Dallerup
Tom Chambers beat S Club 7 star Rachel Stevens in the finale alongside professional dance partner, Camilla Dallerup.
The Holby City actor was not the running favourite, but despite the scores given to him by the judges, he remained safe throughout.
He ended his run on the show by performing a Foxtrot and a Salsa – both of which were the lowest scores against his competitors – but he won regardless.
2009 – Chris Hollins
Chris Hollins and Ola Jordan won the championship in 2009
Chris Hollins beat soap hunk Ricky Whittle in the finale to be crowned champion of 2009.
Partnered with Ola Jordan, who has since left the show and become a star all her own, the pair formed a close bond during their time on the show.
Despite Ricky being the top scorer and long-running favourite, Chris’s won over the audience at home who called in to save him.
2010 – Kara Tointon
Kara and Artem were a couple by the end of their time on the show
Ex-EastEnders star Kara Tointon turned her hand to dancing for the 2010 series.
Partnered with Artem Chigvintsev (who she later had a relationship with), the pair became unstoppable on the dancefloor.
She beat Matt Baker and Pamela Stephenson in the final with an American Smooth to Justin Timberlake’s Cry Me a River, and a waltz to If You Don’t Know Me By Now.
2011 – Harry Judd
Harry Judd swapped the drums for the dancefloor
McFly star Harry Judd faced tough competition from Chelsee Healey and Jason Donovan – with the trio nearly ALWAYS bagging the top spot from their competitors.
However, thanks to an American Smooth and an Argentine Tango in the final, he took home the glitterball trophy.
He was partnered with Aliona Vilani for the length of the competition.
2012 – Louis Smith
Louis and Flavis beamed as they won the sought-after trophy
Gymnast Louis Smith and Flavia Cacace stormed to victory over Kimberley Walsh and Denise Van Outen.
Despite Denise getting the top score for nine of the twelve weeks, Louis won the public over and raised the trophy.
They scored a perfect 40 for their final showdance, Rule The World by Take That.
2013 – Abbey Clancy
Abbey Clancy bagged the top spot after wowing with her skills
Model Abbey Clancy showed she was more than just a pretty face with a killer turn on the 2013 series.
She was paired up with Aljaz Skorjanec for the show, and in the finale beat Natalie Gumede and Susanna Reid.
This was the first year of a streak of finale appearances by professional Kevin Clifton.
2014 – Caroline Flack
The late Caroline Flack scooped the coveted Glitterball
The late Caroline Flack, alongside long-running regular Pasha Kovalev, took home the top spot in the show’s 2014 series.
She faced-off pop stars Frankie Bridge and Simon Webbe in the finale, and emerged victorious.
After earning the first perfect score of the whole series in the semi-finals, the pair landed three perfect 40s in the finale with their performances including a showstopper to Angels by Robbie Williams.
Their Charleston to 50s comedy hit Istanbul (Not Constantinople) cemented their fate, and they grabbed the glitterball.
2015 – Jay McGuiness
Jay McGuinness and Aliona Vilani raised the trophy in 2015
Jay McGuiness, who found fame in boyband The Wanted, wowed audiences almost immediately with his fancy footwork.
In fact, audiences were outraged during movie week three weeks in, when his now iconic jive to Pulp Fiction’s Misourlou only got him 37 points as judges said it was “too early” for a perfect 40.
Together with partner Aliona Vilani, he beat actresses Georgia May Foote and Kellie Bright to bag the trophy.
The series was Aliona’s last, and she left the show on top after bagging the top spot.
2016 – Ore Oduba
Ore Oduba impressed with his fancy footwork on the dancefloor
Partnered with Joanne Clifton, sports presenter Ore Oduba lifted the trophy after beating Louise Redknapp and Danny Mac.
The victory was made even more sweet for Joanne after he went head-to-head with his brother, Kevin, in the final.
They finished their winning streak with two perfect scores, and won over the audience with their upbeat dances to songs which included an American Smooth to Singin’ In the Rain and a jive to Runaway Baby.
2017 – Joe McFadden
Joe and Katya can’t quite believe that they won Strictly Come Dancing
Joe McFadden emerged as a shock winner of the show’s fifteenth series.
Partnered with Katya Jones, the two stormed to victory as they defeated X-Factor winner Alexandra Burke, radio presenter Debbie McGee and former Emmerdale actor Gemma Atkinson.
After recording the highest score in just one week throughout the series, Joe’s enthusiasm and hard work propelled him to the final where he won the hearts and minds of fans to lift the trophy.
2018 – Stacey Dooley
Stacey and Kevin pose proudly with the Strictly Come Dancing glitterball trophy
Like Joe the year before, Stacey Dooley was regularly outscored by some of her fellow celebrities, attaining the highest score from the judges in just one week.
However, her chemistry with Kevin Clifton was undeniable and fans took to the energy they showcased with every performance.
The journalists’ renditions of the Foxtrot and Paso Doble in the final were enough to see her crowned the winner of Strictly.
2019 – Kevin Fletcher
Kelvin and Oti pose with the trophy after becoming 2019 Strictly champions
2019 – Kevin Fletcher
Kelvin Fletcher and dance partner Oti Mabuse were crowned Strictly Come Dancing 2019 champions.
The former Emmerdale star who used to play Andy Sugden in the ITV soap, was initially not even part of the BBC dance contest. But after replacing Made In Chelsea star Jamie Laing he took the judges and fan’s breath away with his rendition of the Samba in week one.
Bruno Tonioli even went as far as to describe the performance as the greatest debut dance he had ever seen on Strictly.
Oti Mubuse won two years in a row when she scooped the trophy with Bill Bailey
2020 – Bill Bailey
Bill Bailey and Oti Mabuse were crowned the winners of Strictly Come Dancing 2020.
After performances from HRVY, Maisie Smith and Jamie Laing, entertainer Bill became the eldest contestant to ever take home the Giltterball trophy.
Announcing the result as the spectacular nine-week series came to an end, host Tess Daly said: “The moment we’ve all been waiting for… the Strictly champions of 2020 are Bill and Oti.”
Champion Bill said: “It feels surreal, extraordinary and wonderful.
“I never thought we would get this far. I never thought we’d get to the final.
“I’ve had the most extraordinary teacher and the most extraordinary dancer.
“Someone who has believed in me right from the beginning. She found something in me and turned me into this – into a dancer. Thank you Oti.”
2021 – Rose Ayling-Ellis
Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice hold the famous Glitterball trophy after being crowned Strictly 2021 champions.
Rose Ayling-Ellis and her dance partner Giovanni Pernice were vicarious.
They went head to head with John Whaite and Johannes Radebe.
Rose’s win meant she became the first ever deaf person to win on the show, with the pair scoring two-perfect scores during the final.
Speaking after their win, Giovanni praised the “incredible” woman who made all his “dreams come true”, dubbing her a “dream”.