Strictly Come Dancing 2019 will come to an end tonight as either Emma Barton, Karim Zeroual or Kelvin Fletcher lift the Glitter Ball Trophy. Since the show began in 2004, there have been 17 winners crowned, which means the lucky champion will be joining a long list of talent. Here’s everything viewers need to know about the past winners.
Series 1: Natasha Kaplinsky and Brendan Cole – July 2004
The first winners of Strictly Come Dancing were BBC newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky and Brendan Cole.
The pair competed in the first-ever outing of the show where they impressed the original judges Craig Revel Horwood, Arlene Phillips, Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli.
Series 2: Jill Halfpenny and Darren Bennett – December 2004
Back when it first started, Strictly Come Dancing ran twice a year on the BBC.
The second winners were EastEnders actor Jill Halfpenny and Darren Bennett who were the first pair to ever receive a perfect score.
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Series 4: Mark Ramprakash and Karen Hardy – 2006
Mark Ramprakash and Karen Hardy were the fourth couple to lift the Glitterball trophy.
The England cricketer came up against Matt Dawson and Emma Bunton.
Series 5: Alesha Dixon and Matthew Cutler – 2007
Singer Alesha Dixon won the fifth series with her partner Matthew Cutler.
She went on to become one of the judges of the show, replacing Arlene Phillips.
Series 6: Tom Chambers and Camilla Dallerup – 2008
Tom Chambers and Camilla Dallerup won the sixth series after beating Rachel Stevens and Lisa Snowdon.
The Holby City actor was very popular among viewers and has gone on to star in a number of musicals.
Series 7: Chris Hollins and Ola Jordan – 2009
BBC Breakfast presenter Chris Hollins won with his partner Ola Jordan back in 2009.
He beat actor Ricky Whittle in the final to lift the Glitterball trophy.
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Series 8: Kara Tointon and Artem Chigvintsev – 2010
EastEnders actor Kara Tointon won series 8 with her partner Artem Chigvintsev, who was appearing for the first time on the show.
The pair were a big hit with fans and even went on to have a four-year relationship after they kissed on the dance floor when they won.
Series 9: Harry Judd and Aliona Vilani – 2011
McFly’s Harry Judd and Aliona Vilani won the ninth series in 2011.
They beat Chelsee Healey and Jason Donovan in the final episode of the dancing competition.
Series 10: Louis Smith and Flavia Cacace – 2012
Olympic gymnast Louis Smith won in 2012 with his partner Flavia Cacace.
He won the Glitterball in the final, beating out Denise Van Outen and Kimberley Walsh.
Series 11: Abbey Clancy and Aljaž Skorjanec – 2013
Abbey Clancy and Aljaž Skorjanec won the 2013 competition beating Natalie Gumede and Susanna Reid.
The model was a big hit among viewers, frequently topping the leaderboard.
Series 12: Caroline Flack and Pasha Kovalev – 2014
Presenter Caroline Flack won in 2014 with her partner Pasha Kovalev.
She won in the final against Frankie Bridge and Simon Webbe.
Series 13: Jay McGuiness and Aliona Vilani – 2015
The Wanted singer Jay McGuiness won in 2015 with his partner Aliona Vilani.
Viewers will remember his iconic Jive inspired by Pulp Fiction in Movie Week which impressed the judges.
Series 14: Ore Oduba and Joanne Clifton – 2016
Ore Oduba and Joanne Clifton won back in series 14 after he beat Danny Mac and Louise Redknapp.
The BBC Sports presenter took the title after scoring a nearly perfect 39, 40 and 40 in the final.
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Series 15: Joe McFadden and Katya Jones – 2017
Joe McFadden and Katya Jones won back in 2017 taking the trophy for series 15.
The Holby City star won after beating Alexandra Burke, Debbie McGee and Gemma Atkinson in the live final.
Series 16: Stacey Dooley and Kevin Clifton – 2018
Stacey Dooley and Kevin Clifton beat Joe Sugg, Faye Tozer and Ashley Roberts in the final.
The duo are now a couple after having won the series last year.
The Strictly Come Dancing final begins tonight at 7.05pm.
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