Page last updated at 10:20 GMT, Wednesday, 12 August 2009 11:20 UK

Strictly to abandon results show

Tom Chambers on Strictly Come Dancing
Actor Tom Chambers won the last series of Strictly Come Dancing

BBC One show Strictly Come Dancing is to drop its Sunday night results programme, it has been announced.

Viewers will see couples compete, face the public vote and have the dance-off all in a single extended programme on Saturday evenings.

The pre-recorded Sunday show was introduced in 2007. The new series of Strictly begins in September.

A spokesman for the BBC said: "We are packing all the action into one dramatic show."

The new series will launch with two special Friday night shows, but will switch to Saturdays from then on.

Judging panel

The spokesman added: "We wanted to make Strictly Come Dancing an unmissable TV event this autumn.

"Audiences will be watching, voting and, crucially, seeing who's in and who's out every week on Saturday nights."

Losing the Sunday night show is the latest change for Strictly Come Dancing.

Last month, it was announced Arlene Phillips, 66, would be moved from the judging panel in favour of former winner and pop star Alesha Dixon, 30.

Phillips will become the Strictly Come Dancing expert on The One Show.

Speaking about the departure at the time, BBC One controller Jay Hunt said there had been a desire to "change the flavour of the panel".

Len Goodman, 65, 53-year-old Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood, 44 are all set to return.

Print Sponsor

Dixon joins Strictly dance judges
09 Jul 09 |  Entertainment
Harman 'shocked' at Strictly axe
16 Jul 09 |  UK Politics
Judge's Strictly exit unconfirmed
18 Jun 09 |  Entertainment


Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit


Sign in

BBC navigation

Copyright © 2019 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific