How to Vote for SCD 7
Friday, 18 September 2009 16:50
From 18th September, Strictly Come Dancing is back and will be seeing sixteen celebrities and their professional dance partners combating to secure the title of Strictly Come Dancing Champions 2009.

Each week, our couples will perform a Ballroom or a Latin American dance and will be judged and scored -as always- by our judges Craig Revel Horwood, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli, this year joined by singer and Strictly Come Dancing Champion 2007 Alesha Dixon. During the last three weeks of the series, professional dancer, Darcey Bussell will be a guest judge alongside the regular 4 judges.

In week one on Friday 18th September and Saturday 19th September, the following couples (who were selected via a random draw verified by an independent adjudicator) will perform 2 dances:

* Ali Bastian & Brian Fortuna

* Lynda Bellingham & Darren Bennett

* Joe Calzaghe & Kristina Rihanoff

* Ricky Groves & Erin Boag

* Martina Hingis & Matthew Cutler

* Chris Hollins & Ola Jordan

* Jade Johnson & Ian Waite

* Rav Wilding & Aliona Vilani

The judges will score each couple after they have danced. The phone lines will open towards the end of the show on Saturday after all couples have danced and the viewers will get the opportunity to vote for their favourite couple/s. The two couples with the lowest number of points from a combination of judges’ scores and the results of the phone vote will go into the dance-off, after which one of the two couples will leave the competition.

In week two on Friday 25th September and Saturday 26th September, the following remaining 8 couples will perform 2 dances:

* Natalie Cassidy & Vincent Simone

* Richard Dunwoody & Lilia Kopylova

* Craig Kelly & Flavia Cacace

* Zoe Lucker & James Jordan

* Laila Rouass & Anton du Beke

* Phil Tufnell & Katya Virshilas

* Ricky Whittle & Natalie Lowe

* Jo Wood & Brendan Cole

The judges will score each couple after they have danced. The phone lines will open towards the end of the show on Saturday after all couples have danced and the viewers will get the opportunity to vote for their favourite couple/s. The two couples with the lowest number of points from a combination of judges’ scores and the results of the phone vote will go into the dance-off, after which one of the two couples will leave the competition.

From week three, all the remaining couples will dance for the judges scores and the viewers votes.

The phone lines will open towards the end of the show on Saturday after all couples have danced. The two lowest scoring couples will go into the dance-off, after which one of the two couples will leave the competition.

This will happen ongoing until the quarter-final.

From the quarter-final, there will be a main live show where the remaining celebrities and their partners will dance for the judges scores and the audience votes. The voting lines will open once all remaining couples have danced their routines. An announcement will be made to that effect during the live programme. Later that same night, there will be a live results show, where the audience voting results and the combined scores will be announced. The bottom two scoring couples will go into a dance-off as per the rules above.

Scoring

The Strictly Come Dancing scoring system combines judges and viewers votes. However, the viewers’ voting can always influence the outcome and – in the event of a tie - will take precedence over the judges’ scoring.

After all couples dancing each night have performed, the judges’ scores will be aggregated and the couples will be ranked according to the number of points received. The couple ranked the highest will be awarded a number of points equal to the number of couples competing that evening. So, for example, if seven couples are competing one evening, the points awarded to the highest ranked couple (based on the judges total score) will be 7, the couple with the second highest score from the judges will receive 6 points and so on in the same downward sequential order.

In the event of a tie, where two or more couples obtain the same number of points, the couple below those in the tie will be awarded one point below the points awarded to each of the couples in the tie. So, for example, if two couples obtain the same rank and obtain 7 points each, the couple immediately below them will be awarded 6 points. The scoring of all other couples underneath will follow in the same descending order.

After the ranking and scoring based on the judges’ points have been announced, the viewers will be given the opportunity to vote by calling the numbers announced for each couple.

After the voting lines have closed, the viewers’ votes will be collated and independently verified. The couples will be ranked based on the total number of viewers’ votes received. The couple with the highest number of viewers’ votes will be awarded a number of points equal to the number of couples competing that evening. So, for example, if seven couples are competing one evening, the points awarded to the highest ranked couple (based on the viewers’ total score) will be 7, the couple with the second highest score from the viewers will receive 6 points and so on in the same downward sequential order.

In the event of a tie, where two or more couples obtain the same number of points, the couple below those in the tie will be awarded one point below the points awarded to each of the couples in the tie. So, for example, if two couples obtain the same rank and obtain 7 points each, the couple immediately below them will be awarded 6 points. The scoring of all other couples underneath will follow in the same descending order.

For a more detailed explanation on the scoring method, please go to http://www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice/pressreleases/stories/2009/08_august/25/strictly8.shtml

Once the judges’ scores and viewers votes have been combined, if there is a tie between any couples, then the couple in the tie with the highest number of viewer votes will be deemed to be ahead on the leaderboard.

The two couples with the lowest ranking once the judge's points and viewers votes are combined will compete in the dance-off. The judges will then decide which couple will remain in the competition. In the event of deadlock in the judges’ decision as to which couple to save, head judge Len Goodman has the casting vote.

In the event of a tie

In the unlikely event that:

there is a tie involving three couples at the bottom end of the leader board, so that the audience vote cannot determine which two couples would go into the dance-off, then all three tied couples will go into the dance-off. This will be communicated to the audience during the relevant show; or

there is a tie involving more than three couples at the bottom end of the leader board, so that the audience vote cannot determine which two couples would go into the dance-off, then head judge, Len Goodman, will decide which two couples will go into the dance-off. This will be communicated to the audience during the relevant show.

Scoring - The Final:

Specific rules on how voting will work on the final will be published nearer the time.

How you can vote on Strictly Come Dancing

Voting is by telephone only. The numbers for each couple dancing will be given out during the live show.

Vote lines are opened and closed at the times specified on the programme. Please do not call before the lines open or after the lines have closed as your vote will not be counted, but you may still be charged. Please be aware voting times may change.

If you are watching Strictly Come Dancing on iPlayer, following through a website or any other time shift or catch up service you should not vote since the lines will have closed.

Each phone vote costs 15p from a BT landline. Other networks may vary. Calls from mobiles will be considerably higher.

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