Strictly Come Dancing 2017: Week two guide – from how the scoring will work to the first elimination

All 15 celebrities will again be taking to the ballroom this Saturday night, but for one of them it will be their last dance

Strictly Come Dancing professional dancers 2017

What time is Strictly Come Dancing on TV?

Strictly’s second live show will air on Saturday 30th September on BBC1 at 6.45pm.


Is there a Strictly results show on Sunday?

Yes! It’s the very first results show of 2017 this weekend, and it starts at 7.15pm on Sunday October 1. During the first week, no-one was eliminated, but the first celebrity of series 15 will be leaving the competition this Sunday during the results show. Also, Emeli Sandé will be performing on the show.

Who will be leaving Strictly this weekend?

It’s a close one to call. What will happen is that all of the judges’  scores from week one will be combined with the scores the celebrities and their professional dancers receive for their second performance this Sunday.

Those two marks will then be added together and ranked in a leaderboard. The phone lines will then open for the first time this year and viewers will be able to vote for their favourite couples.

The two couples who find themselves at the bottom when both the judges’ scores and viewers’ votes are combined will then face the dance off.

Richard Coles on Strictly Come Dancing

Whoever the judges deem the weaker of the two performances will be sent home, with new Head Judge Shirley Ballas having the casting vote if the decision is tied.

As for who could be going home, Ruth Langsford and Anton Du Beke and Brian Conley and Amy Dowden are firmly in the danger zone as both couples came bottom of the leaderboard with 16 points. However, not far behind them are Rev. Richard Coles and Dianne Buswell and Simon Rimmer and Karen Clifton, who each scored 17 points.

What did the celebrities score on Strictly in week one?

There were surprises galore (just where did those moves come from, Debbie McGee?) as the celebrities were rather under marked throughout the first live show.

Here’s the leaderboard from week one of Strictly Come Dancing.

What are the celebrities dancing to in week two?

There are more pun-tastic song choices as every era from the 1920s to the 2010s is ticked off in a rather eclectic mix of music for the second week of Strictly.

Davood Ghadami takes on Strictly week one

Click here for the full list of dances and songs the celebrities and professional dancers will be performing for week two of Strictly.

What’s happened in training this week?

Well we’re not sure how much dancing Simon Rimmer and Karen Clifton have been up to, but there’s certainly been some…biting! Karen, we know Simon’s a chef but he’s not edible!

Susan Calman, meanwhile, is truly suffering for her art. Although the Charleston is a fun, upbeat, happy dance, she’s been left with a lot of bruising after her training with Kevin Clifton. Talk about dedication!

Mollie King is still loving her Strictly experience – although she says there’s “a long way to go”…

Although Brian Conley has spent some of his week getting t-shirts printed rather than training with Amy Dowden

And if this is in real time, Ruth Langsford and Anton Du Beke will have nothing to worry about this weekend! Although we think it *might* be sped up!

And poor Jonnie Peacock and Oti Mabuse seem to have spent half their week stuck on a train!

Who are the Strictly Come Dancing judges?

For the first time in five years, the Strictly Come Dancing panel of judges looks a little different. Darcey Bussell, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood will all be returning for series 15, but there will be one face missing from the panel. Head Judge Len Goodman retired from the show following the last series, and after widespread speculation, his replacement was confirmed as ballroom legend Shirley Ballas.

Strictly Come Dancing Shirley Ballas 2017

he ‘Queen of Latin’ has said that the celebrities will have to “pull their socks up” with her on the panel, while former Strictly professional and one-time student of Shirley, Joanne Clifton has said that she thinks she will be tougher than Len…but not quite as tough as Craig.

Who are the celebrities on Strictly 2017?
Strictly Come Dancing Cast

The complete line-up for Strictly Come Dancing 2017 is as follows: Mollie King, Davood GhadamiCharlotte Hawkins, Rev. Richard ColesAlexandra BurkeDebbie McGee, Susan Calman, Ruth Langsford, Chizzy Akudolu, Simon Rimmer, Jonnie Peacock, Brian Conley, Aston Merrygold, Gemma Atkinson and Joe McFadden.

You can read the full list of confirmed Strictly stars here, and you can watch Radio Times’ exclusive interviews with every single celebrity and their professional dance partners below:

Who are the professional dancers on Strictly 2017?

There might be 15 celebrities, but there are 17 professional dancers in the Strictly class of 2017.

Strictly Come Dancing professional dancers 2017

Returning pros are Karen Clifton, Anton Du Beke, AJ Pritchard, Oti Mabuse, Brendan Cole, Gorka Marquez, Kevin Clifton, Giovanni Pernice, Pasha KovalevAljaž Škorjanec, Katya Jones and Janette Manrara.

Strictly Come Dancing 2017 male professionals

Then there’s newbies Amy Dowden, Dianne Buswell and Nadiya Bychkova as well as Neil Jones and Chloe Hewittt, who don’t have celeb partners.

Why don’t all the Strictly professionals have partners?

You have to spare a thought for poor Neil Jones and Chloe Hewitt. For the second year in a row, both of these Strictly pros have been left on the subs bench. Neither of them have a celebrity partner this year, although they will both be contributing lots to It Takes Two on BBC2, and starring in and choreographing the group dance routines on the show.

Neil, whose wife Katya Jones is this year partnered with Joe McFadden, exclusively told  that although he would “love” to have a partner on the show, he thought it would be unlikely from the beginning because of the lack of changes to the male dancer line-up.

Neil Jones and Chloe Hewitt on Strictly Come Dancing

“It’s OK,” he told about sitting out this series. “There’s 15 celebrities, so we always knew there was going to be an imbalance. That was my role last year. There’s been no changes with the men, so even coming into it – we didn’t know until the last minute – but I already had that in my mind.

“I would love to be in the same situation as everyone else purely because of the experience, and when I speak to them each day – ‘We’re going through this and this is happening’ – you’d love to be there. But at the same time I love being part of the show and I’m busy with It Takes Two! I’m sure they’re going to get me learning some new dances this year.”

Who’s presenting Strictly Come Dancing?
Strictly Come Dancing presenters Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly

As ever, it’s Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman who host Strictly Come Dancing.

When are Strictly’s Movies Week, Halloween Week and Blackpool Week?

We already know that Blackpool Week has been announced for Saturday 18th November, although dates for Movies Week and Halloween Week are yet to be confirmed – although the latter is expected to take place on 28th/29th October.

When is the Strictly final 2017?

This much we do know. The Strictly final this year will be on Saturday 16th December.


Strictly Come Dancing airs at 6.45pm on Saturday September 30 on BBC1.