'Strictly Come Dancing's' most memorable movie week moments ever

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Jay McGuiness in one of movie week's most memorable routines. (Getty)
Jay McGuiness in one of movie week's most memorable routines. (Getty)

Strictly Come Dancing's movie week is here, promising some of the most memorable moments of the series.

It's always an opportunity for the BBC One show's costume department to excel themselves, as well as the pro dancers with their themed routines.

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We look back over movie week's most memorable routines, for both the right and wrong reasons.

Scott Mills - The Little Mermaid

He might not have been one of the best dancers in the 2014 series, but his partnership with Joanne Clifton was definitely one of the most watchable.

Movie week was a particular highlight for Mills, where he danced the Samba to The Little Mermaid's Under the Sea dressed as a crab.

The costume, the make-up, the facial expressions, the crab scuttle - all of them combined to make movie magic for viewers, although not so much in the scoring...

Stacey Dooley - Minions

Kevin Clifton and Stacey Dooley's partnership might be remembered in hindsight for them ending up as a couple, but they had some stunning routines in the 2018 series.

Dooley bravely agreed to dressing as a minion, including full yellow body paint, which Clifton has since admitted he wasn't on board with at all beforehand.

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However, the Jive was a hit and went on to pave the way to them being crowned series champions.

Ore Oduba - Singin' In The Rain

The Clifton family obviously found their forte in movie week as Joanne created another memorable routine in 2016, this time with the talented Ore Oduba to Singin' In The Rain.

A triumph of dancing with props, particularly so early in the competition, it was no surprise that Oduba went on to win the Glitterball Trophy after this American Smooth.

It was an effortlessly stylish dance that marked him out as one of the strongest competitors from the start.

Jay McGuiness - Pulp Fiction

The Wanted star Jay McGuiness's Pulp Fiction-themed Jive wasn't just one of the most memorable movie week dances, it was up there with the top Strictly routines of all time.

Along with Aliona Vilani, he delivered a slick, supercool routine in a dance style that's often pretty cheesy.

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It was also the first time that McGuiness, who started out fairly awkwardly, made it clear he was a potential champion - and of course, he went on to win the 2015 series.

Aston Merrygold - Trolls

Every year, there's a contestant who goes home unfairly early, and in 2017 JLS star Aston Merrygold was the unfortunate celebrity.

His partnership with Janette Manrara looked set to go from strength to strength, particularly when they topped the leaderboard with their movie week Cha Cha complete with Trolls outfits and wigs.

Sadly, the pairing only lasted a few shows more as they made their shock exit in week seven.

Alexandra Burke - My Fair Lady

It was a strong year for dance talent in 2017 and Alexandra Burke offered a close runner-up to Merrygold for the best movie week dance that series.

She used her musical theatre skills to bring My Fair Lady to the ballroom, giving a performance that even grumpy Craig Revel Horwood admitted was worthy of the West End.

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Her American Smooth with Gorka Marquez was such a hit that it even featured in the final as one of their three routines.

Max George - The Simpsons

Although he was nowhere near rivalling bandmate Jay McGuiness's Strictly performances, Max George also gave us a memorable movie week routine.

His Simpsons-inspired street dance couple's choice was a strange combination of theme, style and costume that is best remembered for dressing George as Homer Simpson complete with yellow body paint, beer belly and balding head.

George and his partner Dianne Buswell only managed one more week in the 2020 competition before being voted out.

Ed Balls - The Mask

Politicians on Strictly don't often chime with viewers, but Ed Balls was the exception to the rule as partner Katya Jones made him the act to look forward to each week in 2016.

He's better (and rightly) remembered for his Gangnam Style routine, but movie week was also a highlight with a Samba inspired by The Mask complete with yellow suit and green face paint.

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