Strictly Come Dancing, the Secrets You Dont Get to Hear About
There is a spray tan booth that is delivered to the Elstree Studios in Borehamwood every Friday and everyone gets herded into it for their full-body dowsing.
A big bag of false eyelashes stands in the corner of the makeup room filled to the top with pristine boxes. Makeup artists use hundreds of pairs per series, so they have to be within easy reach.
The celebrities are sewn into their costumes shortly before the start of the show, meaning trips to the toilet have to be carefully timed – and they are not allowed to eat from 3pm onwards.
The team like to have upto four dresses made for each celebrity by the time the show airs for the first time, but has no idea which concepts producers will throw in each week.
An elaborate dress should take four days to make but we have been able to do it in two. All-night working parties are part and parcel of Strictly.
Any sense of awkwardness is flung out the window as the time pressures mean the professionals have to change rapidly between performances – so a ‘modesty curtain’ is set up next to the ‘Star Bar’ area for them to strip off their clothes and get the next outfit on.
After a series has finished the costumes are sold on to dance companies around the globe and are never offered to the general public.
Check out our Strictly Autographs on the TV Male and TV Female pages.