How to vote on Strictly Come Dancing and what the judges’ scores mean

How to vote on Strictly Come Dancing and what the judges’ scores mean

10/24/2020

Get out your dancing shoes – Strictly Come Dancing is back on BBC One this weekend.

The glitzy ballroom will be sparkling once again in a bid bring some joy to a hectic and gloomy 2020.

New celebrities will be competing for the coveted glitterball trophy despite all the complications surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.

Strictly has had to pull out all the stops to make the Saturday night dancing bonanza safe and secure.

The cast has been reduced and are required to distance on site.

Everyone is temperature checked and face coverings are mandatory.

The show kicks off with a launch on October 17, followed by a nine week run starting on October 24.

The grand final will be on December 19, just in time for Christmas.

This year’s affair is markedly shorter than usual, with 13 Saturday’s usually dominated by Waltzes and Sambas.

There are less celebrities taking part this year too.

Who are the celebrity contestants?

  • Jamie Laing
  • HRVY
  • Jacqui Smith
  • Maisie Smith
  • JJ Chalmers
  • Bill Bailey
  • Nicola Adams
  • Clara Amfo
  • Ranvir Singh
  • Max George
  • Jason Bell
  • Caroline Quentin

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How voting for Strictly Come Dancing will work

Fans at home get the chance to vote to keep their favourite celebrity in the competition.

Viewers at home are able to take guidance from the judges feedback immediately after the dance – but they can vote for whoever impressed them the most.

This year there are only three judges, Craig Revel Horwood, Shirley Ballas and Moti Mabuse.

The three judges score the dances out of 10, with the couple with the highest combined scores sitting top of the leaderboard when the public vote opens.

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How to vote for your favourite on Strictly Come Dancing

Hosts Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly open the voting each screen by sharing a long landline number viewers can call.

Each celebrity has their own number to be backed by fans at home.

A shorter number applies to votes made by text on mobiles, and the basic charge for calls and texts from landlines and mobiles is 15p – although network charges may apply.

Fans can also waltz over to bbc.co.uk/strictly to pick the week’s winners.

The public vote is then combined with the ranking of the judges.

As with the judges' vote, each couple is given a score that equates to the number of couples left in the competition.

If there are seven couples left, the pair with the highest public vote will be awarded seven points – the lowest will, of course, have just one point added to their judges' total.

So that's two separate numbers – the public vote and the judges' vote – which are then combined to total the final score.

The two pairings with the lowest scores are then asked to dance-off against each other, with the judges picking who is saved.

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