'Strictly Come Dancing' 2016: The Show's Best Ever Routines, From Caroline Flack's Charleston To Alesha Dixon's Cha-Cha

How will this year's stars measure up?

23/09/2016 15:37

As the next 15 ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ stars take to the floor of the BBC ballroom show, they will all hoping to become the next Jay McGuiness... rather than the next John Sargent.

But to stand a chance of that happening, they’re going to have to master some pretty tricky routines, and we’ve certainly seen plenty of those over the last 13 series.

So to celebrate our favourite sequinned show returning to the screens, we’ve rounded up Strictly’s biggest show-stopping performances in our gallery below.

Which is your favourite? And have we left any out? Let us know in the comments...

  • Jake Wood's Salsa
    EastEnders' used car salesman Max Branning turned into an overnight sex symbol with this Samba to 'Mambo No. 5' in 2014. It was just a pity his partner lifted the choreography from her stint on 'So You Think You Can Dance?'
  • Alesha Dixon's Cha-Cha-Cha
    When Alesha Dixon performed his show-stopping routine on series five, we were convinced she was about to become the next Beyoncé. Instead, she later became the next Arlene Phillips, replacing the veteran on the panel.
  • Sophie Ellis Bextor's Charleston
    The Charleston was a fairly new dance to 'Strictly' when S.E.B took it on in 2013. And despite it only being week two of the competition, she and partner Brendan Cole bagged a whopping 36 points for the routine.
  • Abbey Clancy's Waltz
    2013 champ Abbey wowed the judges with this beautiful waltz in week one of the competition, and brought it back for the final, where they scored a perfect 40 and lifted the glitterball trophy.
  • Jill Halfpenny's Jive
    If you can remember as far back as series two in 2004 (!), you'll no doubt remember this knockout performance from Jill and partner Darren Bennett.
  • Lisa Riley's Samba
    We don't think anyone has ever had as much fun as Lisa and Robin Windsor did performing their Samba on the show in 2012.
  • Caroline Flack's Charleston
    Cazza's Turkish interpretation of the Charleston cemented her as the favourite to win in 2014. She also performed the dance again in the final, which eventually saw her crowned winner.
  • Kara Tointon's Argentine Tango
    Given the sexual tension in this performance, it's no wonder Kara and Artem Chigvintsev announced they were an item shortly afterwards.
  • Louis Smith's Showdance
    Not only did Louis Smith capture a lot of attention with his toplessness, but his dancing was pretty good in this too.
  • Matt Di Angelo's Salsa
    Matt went from Dean Wicks to snake hips with his performance of the Salsa in series five in 2007.

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