ULTIMATE STRICTLY Advent Calendar 2018

Monday 3rd December 2018

We’d never have guessed on week 1 of series three that the lumpy cha cha cha from Darren Gough would be the beginning of the journey to be champion, but that’s exactly what happened, and by the end of the series, we were watching beautiful, light, perfectly timed ballroom routines from the England cricketer. Partnered with the formidable Lilia Kopylova, Darren got the dancing bug and worked hard in training, and even threatened to open a dancing school if he won the series, as he’d come to love dancing so much!

Darren returned to the ballroom for two Christmas Specials, and this second performance in 2007 was a classic, bright American Smooth danced to Santa Claus is Coming to Town. The judges loved it and scored it a perfect 40, and the studio audience obviously agreed and voted for them to win the trophy as Christmas Champions that year.