Strictly stats: 8 facts you didn’t know about the show


by Emma Dodds |
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There's nothing quite like settling down on a Saturday evening with your comfies on and a mug of warm tea in your hand to watch the sparkliest show on television Strictly Come Dancing.

Whether you're interesting in ballroom dancing, love looking at the beautiful costumes – or just tune in solely for Craig's bitchy comments, we wouldn't miss it.

And even though Bruce won't be presenting the Christmas special, we'll still be watching it come Christmas Day.

But who was the best EVER dancer? Who was the worst? Read on to remember some of the most talented, and some of the, erm, less blessed contestants the show has seen to date.

1) Lowest average scoring performer


This crown goes to TV presenter Quentin Wilson, who was voted off in the first week of the second series in 2004. After scoring a measly 8 points with his professional partner Hazel Newberry, he's sadly not been beaten in his title of worst-performing in the history of the show.

2) Highest average scoring performer


Although she didn't win her series in 2013, Natalie Gumede, best known for her role on Coronation Street as evil Kirsty, is the best ever scorer with an average of 36.9. She was partnered with Artem Chigvintsev, and lost out to Abbey Clancy.

3) Second highest average scoring performer


Alesha Dixon won the 2007 show with an average score of 36.5 with her partner Matthew Cutler, and went onto become a judge for Strictly for three years, leaving to judge on Briatin's Got Talent instead.

4) Second lowest average scoring performer


Celebrity gardener Diarmuid Gavin comes in as the second worst dancer on Strictly Come Dancing with an average of 13.8 with his partner Nicole Cutler in the second series of 2004. However – he was clearly a hit with the viewers, as he stayed in the competition until week 4.

5) Singers and musicians last longest

This will hardly come as a surprise – after all, singers and musicians would (hopefully) have some natural rhythm! Of all the singers or musicians that have ever taken part in Strictly, they collectively have an average finish position of 5.57 and and average score of 29.98.

6) Stage actors give the best performances


Despite a lower average finishing position of 7.8, stage actors have collectively achieved the best average score, with 30.16.

7) Politicians perform the worst


John Sergeant, Anne Widdecombe, Edwina Currie... Politicians just do not seem to achieve high marks! With an average finish position of 10 and an average score of 17, Ed Balls has absolutely smashed that – finishing last weekend with an average of 23 points and the position of 6th, he really has outdone his colleagues.

8) Hollyoaks stars


The participants that have come from Hollyoaks have performed the best of all the soap contestants ever to have appeared, with an average dance score of 34.1. Are you rooting for Danny Mac? Here's everything you need to know about him.

We've worked with to bring you these weird and wonderful facts about the show which brings the sparkle into our weekend.

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