Hottest Strictly Competitors – just before Christmas the BBC released a list of the top scoring Strictly Come Dancing competitors since the series started in 2004. With this in mind we thought it would be a good idea to have a list of the hottest looking Strictly competitors to go with it.
A number of those chosen have been picked according to the hits on our site so sorry if we have missed out one of your favourites. We guess you just didn’t look at their articles often enough!
The hottest looking woman in the first series of Strictly in 2004 was newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky. Ten years ago things were very different for both Natasha and her professional partner Brendan Cole who were considered to have got rather close during their time training together. Some things never change in Strictlyland as this sort of rumour has been the stuff of Strictly gossip in every series since.
Natasha was 31-years old at the time of her Strictly triumph and was co-hosting the BBC’s Breakfast programme whilst she was on the show. Although she looked like she was enjoying herself Natasha revealed some years after her time on the show that she had been forced to take part by the BBC.
She did make a return to the show in the second series but in a different role when she stood in as a co-presenter whilst Tess Daly was on maternity leave.
To see how far the show has come since it first started winner Natasha’s average score throughout the first series was just 33 points which for the last few years would not even have been enough to have got her to the final stages of the competition. The newsreader has admitted herself that she would not have got too far in the competition if she was involved in any of the more recent series of Strictly.
Unusually Natasha’s highest scoring dance came in week 5 when she scored 37 points for her samba. Her top scoring dance in week 8’s final was her quickstep which the judges awarded 36 points.
Although she doesn’t seem to get that much exposure these days Sarah was a pretty big name back in 2004 and she was not only featured in Doctors but also played the part of Bex Reynolds in Casualty and Holby City between 2003 and 2005.
As an actress Sarah is something of a soap specialist and as well as her roles in Casualty, Holby City and Doctors she has also appeared in Eastenders, Hollyoaks and was part of the cast of The Bill when it finished in 2010.
She and Brendan Cole didn’t seem to really gel together too well after their good start with an impressive waltz in the first week of the competition and Sarah left Strictly in week 5 of the second series. This was a shame as her score of 28 points in week 1 was actually higher than the score awarded in the first week to the eventual winer of series 2, Jill Halfpenny.
Besides her appearances in many and on Strictly Sarah also had a reputation as something of a hottie and was voted number 53 in the FHM Sexiest Women in the World list of 2001. This gave her a higher placing than both Jennifer Aniston (55) and Angelina Jolie (61).
Former Countdown co-host and the woman who seems to have got hotter as she has got older is the next person on our Strictly Hottest list. Carol Vorderman sadly didn’t take too well to the Strictly format and was the 2nd celebrity to be voted off the show in the 2nd series.
This was even worse news than normal as the man voted off first was Top Gear presenter Quentin Wilson, the person universally though of as the worst Strictly dancer of all-time.
Carol’s Strictly professional partner was Paul Killick, the former International Latin American Dance Champion who appeared on the first 2 series of Strictly. It was to be Paul’s last appearance on Strictly and he now spends much of his time in Beverley Hills where he owns the Arthur Murray International Dance Studio.
We feel that it might have been better if Carol had appeared in Strictly during a slightly later series as she seems to have got more attractive and more adventurous in the last few years. One of Carol’s “hot highlights” since appearing on Strictly was winning the Rear of the Year title in 2011. In 2014 she became the first person to win the Rear of the Year award for a second time. She has also attracted plenty of media coverage wearing outfits that show off her great figure.
With a great rear and cleavage and being of a certain age it is no surprise then that Carol took 3rd place in a 2012 survey of Fantasy Older Women, coming just behind Helen Mirren and Jane Seymour.
Proving it’s not just Carol’s rear that gets all the attention she also won an award as part of the 2013 National Cleavage Day Honours.
In recent years she has got very interested in aviation and obtained her private pilots licence a year ago in December 2013. She plans to fly solo around the world as a tribute to Amelia Earhart’s 1936 attempt.
Zoe qualifies for 2 reasons firstly she was a competitor in the 3rd series of Strictly in 2005 when she and professional partner Ian Waite took 3rd place after making it through to the final. She is also the host of the Strictly BBC2 midweek show It Takes Two, which she took over from Claudia Winkleman in 2011.
This series she also had some time co-hosting the main show when she stood in at almost no notice after Claudia Winkleman had to take some time away from the show for family reasons.
Like Carol Vorderman, Zoe Ball actually seems to be getting more attractive as she gets older than she was when she was younger. Unlike Carol however Zoe is not famous for her curvy figure but instead has won over plenty of people with her great personality and a pair of legs that seem to go on forever.
She seems to have been on our tv screens forever with her career including stints as a presenter of The Big Breakfast and Top of the Pops as well as being presenter of Radio1’s Breakfast Show in the late 90’s until March 2000 when she left to start a family with husband Norman Cook (Fatboy Slim). She has since worked on both XFM Radio and Radio 2.
Zoe and her partner Ian Waite could rightly feel a little disgruntled with their fate during the Strictly final of 2005 as their 2 dances (Tango and Samba) scored a total of 76 points from the judges which was the highest total awarded but the couple did not get enough votes from the public and were eliminated before they got a chance to perform their show dance, which was to be performed to America from West Side Story.
She lasted much longer on Strictly than most people expected and was finally eliminated from the competition in week 7. This was something of a surprise bearing in mind that in week 2 Kate and Anton’s Quickstep scored an embarrassingly low total of 15 points from the judges. This might seem terrible but looks positively superb when compared to the all-time lowest score of 8 points (1,1,3,3) which was given to Quentin Wilson for his Cha Cha Cha in series 2.
We should also mention that Kate suffered an injury in training so was not able to either train properly or compete in the group celebrity dance so her week 2 appearance was actually her first on the show.
Kate is of course best known for her appearances on the ITV breakfast shows GMTV and Daybreak. Like Zoe Ball she also appears on radio as well as tv and since the beginning of 2014 she has presented a weekday show on Smooth Radio.
Kate is another woman like Carol Vorderman and Zoe Ball who seems to have got sexier as she has got older. In fact it was not until 2012 when she was 45 years old that she made her first appearance on the FHM Sexiest Women list (#97). She has a very attractive personality and when she was on Strictly one of her fellow celebrity competitors seemed to fall under her spell. Former Blue Peter presenter Gethin Jones was quoted as saying ” Penny (Lancaster) is lovely and Alesha (Dixon) is stunning but I just find Kate incredibly sexy.”
Rachel was partnered in series 6 by Vincent Simone and was always a strong favourite to take the glitter ball trophy. She did get to the final of the competition but she eventually lost out to Holby City’s Tom Chambers although there were many who believed it should have been Rachel (or Lisa Snowdon) who should have taken that year’s Strictly title. Much as happened when Zoe Ball lost out in the final both Rachel (79 points) and Lisa (80 points) scored more for their final dances than the eventual winner did (73 points) but both lost out when it went to a phone vote with the general public.
She was a successful pop star for a number of years both with S Club and also as a solo performer however she has always got more attention for her looks than for her voice.
With her great looks and winning personality she was a natural choice for companies looking for a celebrity to endorse their products and has been involved with ad campaigns for a number of products including Pretty Polly tights and Schwarzkopf hair products.
She has won a number of awards for her looks including the 2009 Rear of the Year and this year (2014) she took the title of FHM’s Sexiest Woman of All-Time. Some people were surprised that Rachel won the “All–Time” title as she had never won the annual Sexiest Woman title and both Cheryl Cole and Jennifer Lopez had each taken the title on 2 occasions. If anyone looked closely at the FHM 100 Sexiest lists of the past few years they would have seen that Rachel was consistently high up the list having been in 2nd place on 3 occasions. She also is a firm FHM favourite with 8 FHM cover appearances to her name.
Anyone who captures the title of Sexiest Woman of All-Time has to make it onto our Hottest Strictly list.
Prior to the show Kara Tointon was best known for playing the part of Dawn Swann in Eastenders as well as some appearances in magazines such as FHM (August 2009 cover girl) and Maxim.
She quickly showed that she was a likely contender for the 2010 series 8 title and there was an immediate chemistry visible between Kara and her dance partner Artem Chigventsev.
Kara was obviously enjoying the series and was happy to wear whatever outfits the wardrobe team gave her no matter how low-cut the top or how high the hem of the skirt was cut.
Much like Zoe Ball, Kara’s attractiveness was not mostly courtesy of her curves but a beautiful smile and some seriously long legs that really showed off her dance moves.
In the 2010 final Kara was up against Pamela Stephenson and Matt Baker. Kara and Artem proved too strong a match for the other 2 partnerships and their final performances of a Rumba, Waltz, American Smooth and their Showdance ensured they were crowned Series 8 champions.
Unlike almost every other winner of the show Kara did not use the programme as a springboard to more lucrative television work but instead used her new-found celebrity to enable her to return to her first love of stage acting. She won the part of Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion opposite Rupert Everett and Dame Diana Rigg and received a number of good reviews from the critics.
Along with a number of other Strictly Hottest list members Kara has appeared several times on the FHM Sexiest Women list coming at #66 in 2010 and #48 in 2011.
She was always seen as a very attractive woman during her time with Girls Aloud but the Strictly format showed off just what an incredible figure she had.
Her professional dance partner for the series was Pasha Kovalev who is known for making the very best of his celebrity partners but also for expecting a high standard from them. Pasha has finished in 2nd place in the previous series of Strictly and clearly was happy to have been paired with somebody who he considered was more than capable of lifting the title.
As it turned out Kimberley can consider herself unlucky to have picked such a strong year to compete as can be seen by the fact that her competition in the final consisted of Denise van Outen (who had received a lot of criticism over her apparent previous dance experience) and Olympic gold medal winning gymnast Louis Smith.
Many had thought that Kimberley was going to take the title especially after she and Pasha scored the first perfect 40 of the series for their Cha Cha Cha/Tango fusion dance to The Weather Girls track It’s Raining Men in week 10. In the end Louis Smith took the title with an incredibly complex acrobatic performance that would probably have taken the title in any of the previous years of the competition.
Since her Strictly experience Kimberley has recorded a number of new tracks as well as writing her autobiography “A Whole Lot of History”. In September this year she gave birth to her first child.
There was much expectation when it was announced last year that Countdown hottie Rachel Riley was to be part of the 2013 Series 11 line-up.
Sadly her looks and brains were not enough to make up for the fact that she was really no great shakes as a dancer.
All those hours in the training room were not a total waste however as shortly after the series ended it was confirmed that she and her professional dance partner Pasha Kovalev were an item. Rachel had announced shortly after leaving the show that her marriage was over which had come as a shock to many but she said at the time that this was nothing to do with her time on Strictly and her partnership with Pasha.
Rachel is certainly the main reason that many men sit down of an afternoon and convince their partners that they are trying to get as good a score as possible on C4’s words and numbers game Countdown. Despite Strictly’s reputation for sexy outfits it was a little bit of a let down that Rachel often looked like she was wearing less sexy outfits on Strictly than she does for her usual day job.
It was clear that she was unlikely to make it through to the final stages of the series and indeed she left Strictly after week 5 of the show not even managing to outlast Dave Myers, one of the Hairy Bikers!
As well as her Countdown job Rachel also takes part in the Jimmy Carr spoof version of the show, 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown. Incidentally Jimmy Carr’s live show contains a very rude answer to the question he says he is often asked, “How attractive is Rachel Riley.”
Our Rachel photo here actually comes from an earlier episode of 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown in case you were looking for a reason (or 2) to tune in to the programme.
Our last Strictly hottie is a bit of a surprise to us actually. If you had said at the beginning of the last series of Strictly that we would be picking Caroline Flack as one of our Hottest Strictly women we would have had to disagree. Also if you had said that she would also end up (quite rightly) winning the series you would have seen the same surprised expression on our face.
During the last few months Caroline has not only grown on us here at WHWT but also it seems on both the UK public and the Strictly judges. As well as a great body most attractively of all she has a great personality that is both very nice and more than a little bit naughty too.
Before her Strictly appearance Caroline was probably most famous (infamous?) for her brief romance with the much younger Harry Styles from One Direction. This earned her the title of “cougar” but really she is still not old enough for that yet.
She seems to be very flirty with most of the men she comes into contact with and if you want to see a dry public display of flirting then we recommend you catch up with the old Xtra Factor footage of James Arthur and Caroline flirting outrageously with each other on live tv. As many gave commented truly a flirting masterclass from both of them.
Caroline has been on what is famously described as a true journey during her time on Strictly. After a fairly slow start she just seemed to get better and better and by the last 3 or shows she seemed to be able to walk away from any dance routine with a perfect score of 40 from the judges. Also unlike many previous celebrity dancers who have scored a perfect 40 she seemed genuinely amazed each time that the judges liked her routine to that extent.
After her 2014 Strictly win we anticipate a great year ahead for Caroline in 2015 and would guess that not only will she want to make the most of her Strictly win but that there will be plenty of tv producers who will be very keen to get her on their show. We wouldn’t be at all surprised to see Caroline get her very own tv dating show and get the opportunity to share with the UK her top quality flirting skills. Now that is something we would happily tune in to watch next year.
Caroline has just won a “best legs in showbiz” award to go with her new glitter ball trophy so looks like things are already happening for her.