Strictly Come Dancing, the parent show to Dancing with the Stars, is still into Season 6 here in the UK. We are down to the last 5 competitors and the standard this year is the highest ever with no clear leader. Any one of 4 of the last 5 could pick up the glitter ball at the end. Even though the remaining few are all very good, they have not been entirely consistent and all of them have had the odd blip when a dance hasn't really worked for them. It's all going to come down to which dance they get on the night.
This programme format is a phenomenon. The BBC has sold it to 38 countries round the world, including Chile, India and Japan and it is, apparently, the most watched television programme in the world. The format is the same wherever you go. Only the name changes. The original British title comes from the conflation of two other titles. For years, there was a regular dance competition show on TV here called Come Dancing. It's not been on for some years but it is a show everyone remembers. Then there was the great Australian film, Strictly Ballroom. The BBC just married the two names.