Strictlys hottest contestants ever from Rachel Stevens to Alesha Dixon

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Strictly Come Dancing has seen some impressive names take to the BBC dancefloor.

Over the years, we have seen stars across the worlds of stage, screen, sport, music and even modelling take to the ballroom to try and impress the formidable judges and lift the glitterball trophy.

The Daily Star is here to look back at some of the most impressive contestants to light up British screens during the autumn weekends.

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As Strictly hits our TV screens on Friday (September 23) to welcome a new class of dancers, we remember some of the stars who truly dazzled on the dancefloor.

Rachel Stevens

Rachel competed in the sixth series of the ballroom dancing BBC One competition where she was one of the runner's up.

Her partnership with with Vincent Simone went down a storm on the floor as the couple went from strength to strength and were a favourite amongst the judges, scoring an average of 35.81 points across the series.

The former S Club beauty also had the highest score of the series in 6 styles the dances whilst scoring a perfect score of 40 for two of her routines.

Lisa Snowdon

Alongside Rachel Stevens, Lisa also took part in the sixth series of Strictly Come Dancing and was also a runner up for the series.

The former model was partnered up with Brendan Cole and they had the highest score for 5 styles of dance in the competition whilst receiving a perfect score of 40 three times by the judges.

Denise Van Outen

Series 10 saw West End legend Denise Van Outen compete for the glitterball trophy whilst partnered up with former Big Brother contestant James Jordan.

Although she eventually lost out on the trophy as a runner up, she was arguably the series frontrunner, with her dances being at the top of the leaderboard 7 times.

Although controversy arose for her previous dance experience through her on-stage career, her performances still stand out in the record books, especially her Charlston to Walk Like an Egyptian for which she performed both at Wembley Stadium and also again at the Live Final.

Ashley Roberts

Former Pussycat Dolls performer turned radio host Ashley Roberts competed in the 16th series of the BBC One talent competition where she was one of the runner's up.

During the series she was partnered up with Pasha Kovalev and is one of the highest scoring contestants of all time, with an average score of 36.94 given to her by the judges.

Alesha Dixon

The Mis-Teeq singer became a favourite of the nation when she competed in series 5 of the ballroom dancing competition.

Aleesha stormed to victory with her partner Matthew Cutler in the series with an impressive average score of 36.50 across all of her routines.

Her highest scoring dance was the Cha Cha Cha which she performed to Beyonce's Crazy in Love which she performed twice in the series.

She drew controversy when she replaced choreographer Arlene Phillips as a judge on the seventh series of the competition, before finding her natural home as one of the panel for Britain's Got Talent.

Alexandra Burke

X Factor winner Alexandra Burke was another star whose ability went down a storm with the judges.

Whilst partnered with Gorka Márquez, Alexandra quickly became a front runner in the series, with an average scored an average of 36.44 across the competition.

She and Gorka scored a perfect score on three of her dances which were the Salsa, American Smooth and the infamously difficult Jive and recieved the highest score of the competition for 8 stykes of dance.

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