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Strictly Come Dancing (series 9)

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Country of origin  United Kingdom
Original network  BBC One
Professional winner  Aliona Vilani
No. of episodes  30
Celebrity winner  Harry Judd
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Original release  10 September (2011-09-10) (Launch Show) 30 September 2011 (2011-09-30)  – 17 December 2011 (2011-12-17)
Winners  Harry Judd, Aliona Vilani

Strictly Come Dancing returned for its ninth series on 10 September 2011 with a launch show, with the live shows starting on 30 September and 1 October 2011. The show was broadcast from Wembley Arena on 19 November with all proceeds going to the BBC charity, Children in Need. The final took place at the Blackpool Tower Ballroom and was the first episode in 3D, and was shown on BBC HD and 18 cinemas around the country. As in series 8 there are 14 couples with one new male professional, Pasha Kovalev, replacing Jared Murillo.


The Saturday show was presented by Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly, while the Sunday results show was presented by Daly and Claudia Winkleman. Former contestant Zoë Ball replaced Winkleman as the regular presenter of the spin-off show Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two due to Winkleman's family commitments. On 5 and 6 November Jennifer Grey, the winner of the eleventh series of Dancing with the Stars, the American version of 'Strictly', was a guest judge, replacing Len Goodman while he had a week off. In Goodman's absence, Craig Revel Horwood was head Judge.

The full lineup of celebrities was revealed on 6 September 2011 on The One Show. As in the previous series, the celebrities did not know who would be their professional partner until they were introduced to each other at the Launch Show. McFly drummer Harry Judd and Aliona Vilani won the show on 17 December 2011. Vilani also became the third female professional to reach two consecutive finals, after Lilia Kopylova and Erin Boag, having come second with Matt Baker in 2010.

This was Alesha Dixon's last series as a judge after three years, which the BBC announced on 2 January 2012, where she left the show as a judge for rival show, Britain's Got Talent. She was replaced by series 7 judge Darcey Bussell for the tenth series.

     indicates 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

Average chart

This table only counts for dances scored on a traditional 40-points scale (the scores for the Swing-a-Thon in Week 9 have not been included)

Highest and lowest scoring performances of the series

The best and worst performances in each dance according to the judges' marks are as follows:

Rory Bremner and Holly Valance 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, Len Goodman, Alesha Dixon, Bruno Tonioli.

Launch show

  • Musical guest: Dolly Parton - "Together You and I"
  • Night 1 – Friday

    Running order

    Night 2 – Saturday

    Running order

    Week 2

  • Musical guest: Will Young - "Come On"
  • Running order

    Week 3: Broadway Night

  • Musical guests: Kenny Wormald & Julianne Hough - "Holding Out for a Hero" / "Footloose" and Susan Boyle - "Unchained Melody"
  • Running order

    Week 4

  • Musical guest: Caro Emerald - "That Man"
  • Running order

    Week 5: Halloween Night

  • Musical guests: The Wanted - "Lightning"
  • Running order

    Week 6

    Individual judges scores in the chart below (given in parentheses) are listed in this order from left to right: Craig Revel Horwood, Jennifer Grey, Alesha Dixon, Bruno Tonioli.

  • Musical guests: Westlife - "Flying Without Wings" and Bruce Forsyth - "Young and Foolish"
  • Running order

    Week 7

  • Musical guest(s): Christina Perri - "Jar of Hearts" and André Rieu & his Johann Strauss Orchestra - "We'll Meet Again"
  • Running order

    * Due to an injury in his back, Artem missed out this week and Brendan stepped in to partner Holly. However, Artem still choreographed their routine.

    Week 8: Best of Britain-Live At Wembley

    This week's show was broadcast live from Wembley Arena.

  • Musical guest(s): James Morrison & Jessie J - "Up" and Il Divo - "Time To Say Goodbye"
  • Running order

    Week 9

  • Musical guest(s): Cee Lo Green - "Anyway"
  • Running order

    *Due to injury, Robin was unable to dance this week, and Anita danced with Brendan instead.

    Week 10: Movie Night

  • Musical guest(s): Alfie Boe - "Live and Let Die"/"Nobody Does It Better"/"We Have All the Time in the World"
  • Running order

    Week 11: Semi-Final

  • Musical guest(s): Aloe Blacc - "I Need A Dollar" and Military Wives with Gareth Malone - "Wherever You Are"
  • Running order

    Week 12: Final (Blackpool)

  • Musical guest(s): Jessie J - "Price Tag"
  • Show 1

    Running order

    Show 2

    Running order
  • There was also a dance from the eliminated contestants of the series to "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" by Whitney Houston.
  • Dance chart

         Highest scoring dance      Lowest scoring dance
  • Week 1: Waltz or Cha-Cha-Cha
  • Week 2: Foxtrot or Salsa
  • Week 3 - Broadway Night: One unlearned dance (including Jive, Quickstep, Rumba, Tango and Viennese Waltz)
  • Week 4: One unlearned dance (including American Smooth, Paso Doble and Samba)
  • Week 5 - Halloween Night: One unlearned dance
  • Week 6: One unlearned dance (including Charleston)
  • Week 7: One unlearned dance (including Argentine Tango)
  • Week 8 - Wembley Week (Best of Britain): One unlearned dance
  • Week 9: One unlearned dance & Swing Marathon
  • Week 10 - Movie Night: One unlearned dance
  • Week 11 - Semi-Final: Two unlearned dances
  • Week 12 (Show 1): Judges' choice of previous dance and Showdance
  • Week 12 (Show 2): One unlearned dance and couple's favourite dance of the series
  • TV Ratings

    Weekly ratings for each show on BBC1. Figures exclude the BBC HD Channel. All numbers are in millions and provided by BARB


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