Although not the first thought of where to place your internet betting money, the massive increase in interest in TV Betting has nevertheless made many amongst the online betting community sit up and take notice of this rapidly emerging gambling arena, whereby BBC1's Strictly Come Dancing betting sits centre-stage. Hence the surge in recent years of punters placing internet bets – or taking advantage of their free bet sign up entitlement – on reality and celebrity-based TV talent shows and their outcomes, which in turn has seen all the leading interactive bookmakers develop their TV betting pages to accommodate this growth area amid virtual gambling.
Strictly Come Dancing itself is a televisual revisiting - and therein, revision - of the classic 1970s ballroom dancing programme called Come Dancing, fronted by the nifty-footed Beeb institution that is Bruce Forsyth. Only with sex and celebs as the added ingredients so as to bring it smash, bang, wallop up to date. Actually running from 1949 through to 1998, the original Come Dancing format showcased regional teams of amateur ballroom dancers competing against others from across the halls of the UK for the trophy, and during its lengthy run on the BBC was presented by Angela Rippon, Michael Aspel, Noel Edmonds and Judith Chalmers amongst others. Arguably offering no pointers to Strictly Come Dancing betting fans, this sort of information will at least serve as marginal interest to your mum or gran.
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Shelved in the late 1990s - and seen by critics as already long past its sell by date - the show was relaunched as of 2003 and aired on BBC1, with light entertainment legend and accomplished dancer and ballroom exponent, Bruce Forsyth asked to take the helm. The notable difference over its long-running predecessor being the replacement of ordinary folk with celebrities of the day coming from high profile public-orientated arenas that through televisual form in one way or another had made them household names in a previous or existing career. Cue a line-up of sports stars, soap actors and actresses, TV hosts, models and presenters, as well as a new-found sexy edge to the dance routines that producers hoped would grab a whole new audience whilst not alienating its traditional fans.
Strictly Come Dancing Pairs Celebs With Professional Dancers
Although derived from the classic ballroom twists and turns such as the salsa, foxtrot, tango and Pase Doble, these new sets had been strongly choreographed by current or recently retired professional dancers who were paired up with a celebrity apiece to mentor for the duration of the new series. Or rather until their protege were voted off. This unique interactive element as such placed more emphasis on the viewing public to vote for those personalities who they believed to be giving it their all, while conversely singling out those whose performances left something to be desired. All of which would ultimately help the Strictly Come Dancing betting practitioner with their own process of elimination.
To give a brutally honest overview of the individual dance routines - stinging criticism or ringing endorsement as it usually amounted to - the programme-makers recruited the services of a judging panel with years in the professional dancing business under their collective belts. Len Goodman headed up the panel, a veteran of many dance championships in his heyday, he set up his own dance school in Dartford that proved very popular throughout the 1970s and 1980s. He was ably assisted in the task of appraising the celebrities ballroom dancing development over the course of each successive series by Arlene Phillips, the famous choreographer who has worked on many West End shows over the years.
Judges Keep Strictly Come Dancing Celebs On Their Toes
As is de rigeur with judging panels on celebrity-based talent shows, there's always a villain of the peace cast in a supporting role. In the case of Strictly Come Dancing his name is Craig Revel-Horwood and his biting put-downs and withering remarks have steadily become commonplace on each weekly installment. Himself a modern dance choreographer and theatre director, he's more often than not countered by the fourth and final member of the judging panel, the excitable and mischievous Italian, Bruno Tonioli who's been responsible for planning the moves played out by the likes of Duran Duran, Tina Turner and Freddie Mercury.
Of course - and as Strictly Come Dancing betting fans are largely aware of - in September 2014, Arlene Phillips was replaced on the Strictly Come Dancing judging panel by 2007 celebrity winner, Alesha Dixon in a bid by the BBC to follow the lead and success enjoyed by Girls Aloud member, Cheryl Cole's inclusion on rival Saturday evening talent show, The X-Factor as a new judge in 2013. Benefiting from recent insider experience of what is required to participate in such a show, the Beeb are hoping that Miss Dixon will do for Strictly what Cole has achieved with The X-Factor in terms of TV audience ratings.
The remit of the judges is effectively to give the viewing audience further insight into the performances that they've just witnessed and interpret how far they think the celebrity contestant has come, leaving the viewers at home with the casting vote at the end of the day. Or rather, Saturday night.
Strictly Come Dancing Showcases Celebs Previously Unseen Dancing Talents
Young and old alike have been glued to their TV sets since Strictly Come Dancing's inception in 2003, as both they and the growing legion of Strictly Come Dancing betting fans have gathered aound their TV sets and watched various previously unlikely (and unfancied) stars rumba, cha-cha-cha, jive and ultimately waltz their way to ballroom dancing glory. BBC newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky - along with her professional dance partner, Brendan Cole - were the first coupling to win the competition back in 2003, whilst actress former soap actress Jill Halfpenny, ex-cricketers Darren Gough and Mark Ramprakash, girl band member Alesha Dixon and Holby City actor Tom Chambers have repeated this feat in the years since.