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Strictly Come Dancing: Which professional dancer has won the BBC show the most times?

The BBC series has been on screens since 2004

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Strictly Come Dancing has been on our screens for 18 years, but as it makes its BBC comeback tonight (September 25), which professional dancer has won Strictly the most times?

The pro line-up has continued to shift since the show first aired in 2004, with four new arrivals joining the show this year.

Read on to find out who are the most successful professionals on Strictly Come Dancing.

The 2020 series of Strictly Come Dancing was won by Bill Bailey and Oti Mabuse (Credit: BBC)

Which pro dancer has won BBC dance show Strictly the most times?

It’s currently a tie – but Oti Mabuse could snatch the crown by the end of the year.

She has won the show twice – with Bill Bailey last year and Kelvin Fletcher in 2019.

Before that, Aliona Vilani was the only professional on the show to have won more than once.

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She won with McFly drummer Harry Judd in 2011 and again in 2015 with The Wanted’s Jay McGuiness.

Aliona also reached the final in 2010 with Matt Baker, former presenter of The One Show.

As Aliona is no longer on the show, and Oti has hinted this year may be her last, could she go out with a bang – and the three-times champ crown?

No pressure, Ugo Monye!

Kevin Clifton
Dancer Kevin Clifton made it to several finals on Strictly (Credit:

Kevin Clifton’s multiple finals

Ex Strictly pro Kevin Clifton – who won with film maker Stacey Dooley in 2018 – has reached more finals than anyone else.

Kevin was a runner up in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, when he danced with GMB’s Susanna Reid, singer Frankie Bridge, soap star Kellie Bright and model Louise Redknapp respectively.

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Similarly, Kevin’s fellow pro Pasha Kovalev has made it to several finals.

He was a runner up in 2011 with former Waterloo Road actress Chelsee Healey and again in 2012 with Girls Aloud’s Kimberley Walsh.

In 2014, he won alongside late Love Island presenter Caroline Flack, before reaching the final again in 2018 with Ashley Roberts from The Pussycat Dolls.

Other pros who have appeared in two finals and won one each are: Brendan Cole, Darren Bennett, Camilla Dallerup, Artem Chigvintsev, Flavia Cacace and Aljaž Škorjanec.

The following have all just reached – and won – one final: Karen Hardy, Matthew Cutler, Ola Jordan, Joanne Clifton and Katya Jones.

Oti Mabuse won Strictly in 2019 with actor Kelvin Fletcher and in 2020 with Bill Bailey (Credit: BBC)

Which stars are on this year?

The 15 celebrities were slowly drip-fed via TV and social media announcements.

The likes of Tilly Ramsay, Katie McGlynn, Robert Webb, Greg Wise and Dan Walker are among the stars on the 2021 line up.

Strictly Come Dancing is on every Saturday night on BBC One.

So who is your favourite Strictly professional? Leave us a comment on our Facebook page @EntertainmentDailyFix and let us know.