Strictly Come Dancing 2022: contestants, winners and judges

Everything you need to know about Strictly Come Dancing 2022

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by Emily Vierke |
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Strictly 2022 was an interesting season - Tony Adams pulled out of the competition following an injury, Kym Marsh missed an episode due to Covid-19 and viewers witnessed Helen Skelton's incredible 'revenge' dance after her split from ex-husband Richie Myler.

Not only that but the BBC also announced that an episode would air on Friday as opposed to Saturday because of the football.

Anyway, there's already rumours surrounding Strictly Come Dancing 2023 so here is what the Strictly class of 2022 have been up to since the series ended.

CHECK OUT: Strictly Come Dancing 2022's line-up


Strictly Come Dancing 2022 line-up

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Helen Skelton

TV and radio broadcaster Helen Skelton was the final celebrity contestant confirmed for Strictly Come Dancing 2022 but ended up making it all the way to the final where she came in third place.

Before she took part in the competition, Helen was a household name having presented countless shows including Newsround and Blue Peter as well as Countryfile and several major sporting events for BBC Sport. Helen recently announced that she will be presenting a country show alongside Strictly 2021 star and pal Dan Walker and is rumoured to be taking over from Rylan Clark on Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two.

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Fleur East

The X Factor runner-up Fleur East took part on series 11 in 2014 and was also a runner up on Strictly. She has remained a regular face in the world of music and broadcasting, after appearing onI’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Herein 2018 she became a co-host on theHits Radio Breakfastshow.

Since Strictly ended Fleur released a new song called Count The Ways and has gone on to perform a headline gig in London.

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James Bye

James Bye was the fourteenth contestant confirmed for Strictly 2022 and was the fifth celebrity eliminated. Jamesis best known for portraying the iconic role of Martin Fowler onEastEnders, which he took over in 2014. He has been nominated for several British Soap awards, winning one for Best Storyline in 2016.

In January 2023, James announced that he's expecting another baby boy with his partner Victoria and they are due later on in the year.

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Hamza Yassin

Wildlife cameraman and presenter Hamza Yassin was announced as Strictly 2022's 13th contestant. A true underdog in the competition, Hazma went on to winner the glitter ball trophy alongside professional dancer Jowita Przystal.

Life after Strictly for Hazma has been much the same and he recently worked on the latest David Attenborough documentary called Wild Isles.

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Tony Adams MBE

Former English football player and manager Tony Adams MBE was the eleventh celebrity contestant confirmed but ended up dropping out of Strictly due to an injury.

After he quit the show, Tony continued to offer his views on the latest football games and chatted to Aimee Fuller on her podcast Monday Mile about his battle with alcoholism.

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Molly Rainford

The tenth celeb confirmed for Strictly 2022 was Molly Rainford - a singer and actress, Molly was a natural and ended up coming in second.

Molly is set to join EastEnders later this year.

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Ellie Taylor

Actress and comedian Ellie Taylor who is well known for appearing on Mock The Week, The Mash Report and Live At The Apollo danced alongside Johannes Radebe during her time on the dancing show and was eliminated eighth.

Since she was booted off Ellie took part in Celebrity Bake Off and is set to star in the Sonic the Hedgehog spin-off mini series, Knuckles.

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Matt Goss

Matt Goss enjoyed mega success as the front man of 1980s pop group BROS, with their debut albumPushgoing platinum seven times. Over the last decade, Matt has had a record breaking residency on the Las Vegas strip.

After being eliminated third, Matt has continued to perform, with The Matt Goss Experience currently being held at Royal Albert Hall.

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Ellie Simmonds OBE

Ellie Simmonds OBE is best known as a gold medal-winning Paralympic swimmer. After retiring from competitive swimming in 2020, Ellie has gone on to present for BBC Sport, most recently for theBirmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, as well as making documentaries such asEllie Simmonds: A World Without Dwarfism?for BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

Ellie was the sixth contestant voted off and joined the rest of the celebs and dancers on the Strictly tour.

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Tyler West

Tyler is best knownfor hosting weekday afternoons on KISS. Having begun his broadcasting career in children’s television, presenting various programming across CBBC. In 2021, he launched his first BBC Three series, co-hostingFlat Out Fabulousas well as becoming the host ofThe MTV Movie Show_._ Tyler was coupled up with Dianne Buswell during his time on Strictly and was eliminated seventh.

Continuing to work on KISS FM, Tyler has also dabbled in interviewing and recently chatted to the cast of Super Mario Bros movie while working with MTV. He's also dating fellow Strictly star Molly.

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Jayde Adams

Jayde Adams is best known as a comedian. Her Amazon Prime specialSerious Black Jumper, received global critical acclaim, was released worldwide and was longlisted for an Emmy. As an actor, Jayde has starred in BBC Two BAFTA winning comedyAlma’s Not Normal_,_the upcoming Take That movieGreatest Days, Amazon Prime’sGood Omens, and BBC One’sThe Outlaws.

Partnered up with Karen Hauser, Jayde was booted off Strictly fourth but since leaving has gone on to perform in her own comedy tour.

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Kaye Adams

TV presenter Kaye Adams is best known as a Loose Women star. She started hosting the show alongside Nadia Sawalha when the show began in 1999 and although she's had a few breaks from the ITV show, she's still a regular panellist.

Kaye was the first celeb to be voted off Strictly and since leaving the show continues to be a fixture within the Loose Women panel and has her own podcast How To Be 60.

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Richie Anderson

Richie Anderson is probably best known for his role on BBC Radio 2’s Breakfast Show with BBC legend Zoe Ball. In May, he famously travelled to Turin to cover the Eurovision Song Contest for the station.

After being the second celeb eliminated off the show, Richie has continued to DJ and took part in Pointless Celebrities alongside TV host and pal Manish Bhasin.

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Kym Marsh

Kym Marsh is best known for appearing in Coronation Street as Michelle Connor, after rising to fame in the band Hear'Say. Kym missed an episode of Strictly when she caught covid and had to duck out but returned the following week and ended up coming in 6th.

Since the show ended has hinted at a return to Corrie and is set to star in a Take That musical alongside her daughter.

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Will Mellor

Hollyoaks legend Will Mellor, who played Jambo Bolton in the Channel 4 soap in the Nineties, was the first name confirmed for Strictly 2022. Just missing out on the final Will came in fifth place.

Will's new show Cops Who Kill With Will Mellor has has just been released on Amazon Prime and sees the actor and a panel of experts look into the Sarah Everard case.

When did Strictly Come Dancing 2022 start?

Strictly began filming the pre-recorded launch episode on 7 September, however, following the Queen's death the show was pushed back to Saturday 24 September.

Who won Strictly Come Dancing 2022?

Strictly fans were over the moon when Hamza Yassin and his dance partner Jowita Przystal won the show. Sharing a photo of himself and Jowita lifting the glitterball, he wrote, "Iam still trying to comprehend what happen last night.

"Let me start by thanking my dance partner@jowitaprzystal. As I said yesterday you are an angel disguised as a human being, a ray of sunshine! Thank you for your trust and guidance throughout this incredible journey. You shone a light for me that got me through some tough weeks and you have been by my side every step of the way. You will go on to do great things in your life. It was my pleasure to be your student. I will forever be grateful for how you have changed my life."

After giving his thanks to Strictly, the judges and the viewers he added, "And finally I would like to thank all of my fellow Strictly 2022 classmates.

"You are ALL winners! I am thankful to have had the chance to get to know you wonderful people. This is not the end but the beginning of a lifetime of friendships, dinners and celebrations. From the bottom of my heart thank you very much. Pigeon-toed Hamza. Xxx".

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Who were the judges on Strictly Come Dancing 2022?

Over the past few years the judging panel saw a serious shake up with head judge Lenn Goodman being replaced by Shirley Ballas in 2017 and Motsi Mabuse (sister of professional dancer Oti Mabuse) replacing ballet icon Dame Darcey Bussell for the 2019 show.

In 2022, long-running judge Bruno Tonioli confirmed he wouldn't be returning to the show after missing the year before due to the pandemic.

Former professional dancer Anton Du Beke took over from Bruno as a permanent judge on the panel, after Covid restrictions meant that Bruno couldn't be in the UK for a second year in a row.

The Strictly Come Dancing Judges

Anton wasn't a complete novice, though. He's regularly filled in for missing judges in past series. Speaking about stepping away from his role as a professional dancer, which he's been doing since the very first series, he said, "Traditionally the judges don’t get involved in the group numbers unless it's sort of like a Halloween theme or something like that.

"I would be hugely disappointed if I wasn’t able to do something. Maybe if somebody comes in and does a turn or song or something, I could grab one of the girls and we can have a bit of a dance.

"I'd love that, this is the thing I’m going to miss the most, and I know all the pros are getting into the studio now…and I’m already feeling a little bit…bereft of that."

When was the Strictly Come Dancing final?

The Strictly 2022 final took place on 17 December and fans saw Hamza, Molly Rainford, Fleur East and Helen Skelton battle it out for the glitterball.

What is the Strictly Curse?

Sorry, where have you been?

The Strictly Curse - ie, the not-uncommon phenomenon of otherwise stable couples crumbling when one party signs up to Strictly and gets on a little TOO well with their partner - has possibly been a factor in the downfall of LOADS of couples, including Stacey Dooley and her long term boyfriend Sam Tucknott, and comedian Seann Walsh and his girlfriend Rebecca Humphries in 2018.

Katya and her husband Neil Jones, also a professional dancer on the show, subsequently divorced.

Following the disastrous year, former pro Brendan Cole - who romanced partner Natasha Kaplinsky following their 2004 coupling – said, "It’s intense. Think about it. If you go to work with somebody every single day – hands on – and you’re working towards the same goal and you’ve got chemistry and this incredible experience that everyone loves to talk about, it’s only natural it’s going to happen occasionally.

“I’ve probably said more than enough.”

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