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BBC Worldwide celebrates 50th country sale of ‘Strictly Come Dancing’

MUMBAI: BBC Worldwide has sold ‘Dancing with the Stars’ to Planet TV in Slovenia, marking the 50th country to license the format.

Since ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ aired on BBC One in the UK a decade ago in 2004, the show has become a success story all around the world. Australia’s Channel 7 was the first broadcaster to launch its own local format in the same year, and since then, ‘Dancing with the Stars’ has travelled from South Africa to Kazakhstan, Finland to India across six of the world’s seven continents.

Over 250 series have been recorded to date and every week of last year a local version of ‘Dancing with the Stars’ was in production somewhere across the globe.

Head judge in the UK, US Len Goodman said, “As a dancer and judge, I’ve always known the magic of ballroom but the fact this hugely uplifting TV show is dazzling audiences the world over, that just takes my breath away. This show does have an enormous place in people’s hearts”.

BBC Worldwide director, global formats Elin Thomas said, “Over the past 10 years we have had a global phenomenon on our hands. The format has been an almighty, multi-award winning international success, with electric, show stopping dance routines and buckets of glitter sprinkled on top. Dancing with the Stars has got the lot in terms of formats and we’re thrilled to announce our half century. Next stop – 60!”

Some ‘Dancing with the Stars’ worldwide facts:

  1. Bollywood star Madhuri Dixit has judged two seasons of ‘Dancing with the Stars’ in India, known as ‘Jhalak Dikhhla Ja’.
  2. In Georgia, ‘Dancing with the Stars’ is filmed inside a circus tent due to lack of studio space.
  3. In 2011, US President Obama rescheduled a major speech on Libya to avoid clashing with ‘Dancing with the Stars’ on television in the US.
  4. Over 12 million viewers in the UK watched Abbey Clancy crowned ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ champion 2013. Clancy’s professional dance partner Aljaz Skorjanec, the ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ UK reigning champion, was born in Slovenia which is the 50th country to purchase the ‘Dancing with the Stars’ TV format internationally, after Serbia at number 49.
  5. In Italy, a member of Royalty won series five of Ballando con le Stelle (Dancing with the Stars, 2009) as Prince Emanuele Filiberto of Savoy scooped the glitter ball trophy with Russian professional dancer Natalia Titova.
  6. In the UK, professional dancer Flavia Cacace married the British actor Jimi Mistry in December 2013, after they danced together on ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ in 2010.
  7. Boxer Evander Hollifield (2005), reality star Kim Kardashian (2008), siblings Kelly and Jack Osbourne (2009 and 2013), Baywatch stars David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson (2010 and 2012) and Dirty Dancing actress Jennifer Grey, who won season 11 in 2010 with pro-dancer Derek Hough – have all starred in the U.S. version of ‘Dancing with the Stars’.
  8. Aged 80, American astronaut Buzz Aldrin remains the show’s oldest contestant (Dancing with the Stars US 2010)
  9. Last year, new versions of the show launched in Thailand, Portugal and Macedonia.
  10. This year Costa Rica, Serbia, Cambodia and Slovenia joined the ‘Dancing with the Stars’ global family.
  11. In one series of ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ in the UK, an average of 504 cans of hairspray are used and with those 252 litres, you could fill six Mini Cooper petrol tanks.
  12. After the UK first launched ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ in May 2004, Australia was the first ever country to adapt the format internationally in the same year.