Peter Andre and his partner were forced to hang up their dancing shoes at the weekend and with the semi-finals this Saturday, it’s hard to believe another year is almost over.
After thirteen seasons, over the last 11 years, we have seen stars come and go with memorable performances or even the odd mishap. So as we near the end of series 13, more than 100 celebrities have now taken part but who were the most memorable and what are they doing now?
Who can forget the beautiful Alesha Dixon, the glamorous winner back in 2007. Her natural talent and attention to detail ensured she was scooped up and asked to join the Strictly judging panel in 2009. Her judging career didn’t stop there as she later swapped her dancing shoes for a seat on the Britain’s Got Talent panel from 2012-2014.
The show attracts all kinds of celebrities from sports superstars through to actors and presenters but let’s not forget Carol Vorderman, who came 9th in the 2004 series. The beautiful brainbox went on to present The Pride of Britain Awards but it was not long before she returned to do what she does best and use her brains with her appointment to Nasa’s Science and Education Program. She now intends on flying around the world solo in the upcoming year.
Baby Spice, Emma Bunton came 3rd place in 2006, used the show to reignited her flame for performance as she went on to perform in a Spice Girl’s reunion tour which later led to the band starring at the 2012 Olympic opening ceremony. In 2013 Emma, became a presenter on Heart Radio, which is where she now hosts her show every Saturday evening between 5pm and 7pm.
The nation’s favourite dad dancer John Sergeant, withdrew from the competition in 2008 but has since returned to our screens presenting various documentaries such as BBC’s ‘The Lancaster: Britain’s flying Past’ and made appearances on the likes of ‘QI’, ‘Countdown’ and ‘Have I got news for you’. Earlier this year, at the age of 71, John started presenting the travel documentary ‘Barging round Britain’, ironic considering his dancing techniques.
This year’s series is still being eagerly contested, with the final set to take place on Saturday 19th December. But which contestant will be crowned the 2015 winner? Our bets are tied between Helen George , who has been a favourite throughout the competition and, after week 8’s Charleston performance, perhaps the talented Georgia May Foote? One thing we know for sure is that this wont be the last we see of either of them.