The latest series of Britain’s most popular television show, Strictly Come Dancing, hits local TV screens this weekend, with season 14’s first episode lighting up the air waves this Sunday night, January 8.
The show, run every year by the BBC since 2003, features a line-up of celebrities being taught to dance by a group of professional dancers, and the entertainment value comes from seeing the celebrities learn and give weekly presentations of their routines. Through a combination of public vote and judges’ decisions, a celebrity is voted out each week, reducing the headcount to three on the final night.
Liz Dziva, publicity and public relations manager of MultiChoice Zimbabwe, said that for many people Strictly Come Dancing was one of the most popular entertainment series on DStv, and it was pleasing that the 2016 show that ended its UK run just before Christmas was now about to launch on DStv, where it takes the 6pm slot on BBC Lifestyle (channel 174).
“Many people have enquired and we are delighted to advise that the run is about to start, and we look forward to a high level of interest in this year’s line-up of selected celebrities, as well as the insight it gives into the world of dance,” she said.
Among the 15 celebrities for this series are singers, actors, newsreaders and sports personalities, and particular interest will be focused on Ed Balls, former UK Labour Party front bencher who lost his parliamentary seat at the last general election. Among the 15 professional dancers are a selection of new faces, while the judges’ line-up features the panel that has been involved for the past few years: Len Goodman, Craig Revel Horwood, Darcey Bussell and Bruno Tonioli. This will be Goodman’s last participation as head judge, as he indicated last year he would be stepping down from the series after season 14. The show will be presented by Tess Daly and Claudia Winkelman, who helmed the show in 2015.
The climax of the show will be the finale, in which the remaining three celebrities and their dance partners will vie to be winners of the Strictly trophy.