|No. of episodes 29|
Celebrity winner Caroline Flack
Number of episodes 29
|Original network BBC One|
Professional winner Pasha Kovalev
Country of origin United Kingdom
|Original release 7 September (2014-09-07) (Launch Show)
26 September 2014 (2014-09-26) – 20 December 2014 (2014-12-20)|
Winners Pasha Kovalev, Caroline Flack
Strictly Come Dancing returned for its twelfth series beginning from 7 September 2014 with a launch show, with the live shows starting on 26 and 27 September. Tess Daly returned to present the main show on BBC One alongside Claudia Winkleman, who has been promoted to co-presenter in addition to the results show after Bruce Forsyth decided to leave the show after the eleventh series; however, Forsyth will continue to host the Christmas and Children in Need specials. Zoë Ball returned as presenter of spin-off show Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two on BBC Two. Judges Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli, Craig Revel Horwood and Darcey Bussell also returned.
- Scoring chart
- Average chart
- Highest and lowest scoring performances of the series
- Weekly scores and songs
- Launch show
- Week 1
- Week 2
- Week 3: Movie Week
- Week 4
- Week 5
- Week 6: Halloween Week
- Week 7
- Week 8: Blackpool Week
- Week 9
- Week 10:
- Week 11: Quarter Final
- Week 12: Semi Final
- Week 13: Final
- Dance chart
In the third week entertainer Donny Osmond joined the four regular judges, making the maximum score that week 50 points. The shows from 1 to 16 November were hosted by Daly and Zoë Ball, after one of Winkleman's children was involved in an accident. Winkleman returned to co-host the show on 22 November.
The series was won by Caroline Flack and Pasha Kovalev on 20 December. Flack holds the record for the most maximum scores of 40 by any contestant. (This record is later equaled by Danny Mac, runner-up from series 14.) She became the first celebrity to score the maximum 40 from the judges in all three of her dances in the final, and second to get the highest scores possible in the final after Lisa Snowdon did in series 6, and also set the record for the longest consecutive run of 40 marks, with four, since her second dance in the semi-final had also scored 40, breaking Snowdon's record of three. Kovalev also became the second strictly professional to reach the finals three times, after Brendan Cole.
On 1 June 2014, it was revealed that James Jordan, Artem Chigvintsev (who took a break to appear on Dancing with the Stars) and Anya Garnis would not be returning as professionals, but that Garnis would still be part of the choreography team. They would instead be replaced by two new professionals, Joanne Clifton and Tristan MacManus, who had previously appeared on Dancing With the Stars, in addition to Natalie Lowe who would return after withdrawing from the last series due to a foot injury. On 6 August, it was announced that Robin Windsor would not be competing as a professional in the series as previously announced, due to back injury. He was replaced by Trent Whiddon.
Frankie Bridge was announced as the first contestant on 13 August, with more celebrities being announced throughout the month. The full line-up was revealed by the BBC on 29 August.
Scoring chartindicates the couple eliminated that week indicates the couple that was in the bottom two that week but not eliminated indicates the couple withdrew from the competition that week indicates the winning couple indicates the runner-up couple indicates the third-place couple Red text the couple(s) with the lowest score for that week Green text the couple(s) with the highest score for that week "—" indicates the couple(s) did not dance that week
This table only counts for dances scored on a traditional 40-points scale (Donny Osmond's scores from week three and the scores from the Waltz-a-Thon in week eleven are not included).
Highest and lowest scoring performances of the series
The highest and lowest performances in each dance according to the judges' scale are as follows (scores given by guest judges are deducted from the total).
Gregg Wallace, Alison Hammond, Steve Backshall and Sunetra Sarker are the only celebrities not to land on this list.
Weekly scores and songs
Unless indicated otherwise, individual judges scores in the charts below (given in parentheses) are listed in this order from left to right: Craig Revel Horwood, Darcey Bussell, Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli.
Week 3: Movie Week
Individual judges scores given in the chart below (given in parentheses) are listed in this order from left to right: Craig Revel Horwood, Darcey Bussell, Donny Osmond, Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli.
Week 6: Halloween Week
Week 8: Blackpool Week
Week 10: "Around the World" Week
Week 11: Quarter-Final
Week 12: Semi-Final
For the Dance Off, Jake & Janette chose to dance their Cha-Cha-Cha, while Mark & Karen chose to dance their Rumba.
Week 13: Final
Dance chartHighest scoring dance Lowest scoring dance
The series was received positively by both critics and viewing figures. It regularly came first, beating out rival show The X Factor.
Osmond's role as a judge in week three was panned by viewers, as he (unlike the other judges) was not a professional dancer. Viewers also deemed his scoring too inconsistent, as he awarded unusually high marks, including the first ten of the series.
Weekly ratings for each show on BBC One. All numbers are in millions and provided by BARB.