Strictly Come Dancing: 5 Reasons The Show Is Amazing For Women

Strictly Come Dancing: 5 Reasons The Show Is Amazing For Women

Is Strictly Come Dancing the most feminist talent show on TV? Here's why we think so.

The two awesome female presenters

We're in the 21st Century. It should not be a rare thing to see two women fronting a primetime TV show, but somehow it still is. With their clever quips, strong off-screen friendship and awesome style, Claudia and Tess are a funny, cool breath of fresh air. A television wo-mance to rival Ant and Dec.

Zoe Ball is a brilliant support act

The Tess-Claudia power combo aside, over on BBC Two you've got Zoe Ball presenting Strictly's little sister show It Takes Two. So that's all the presenting slots covered by funny, smart, forty-something women. More of the same please, BBC.

Darcey Bussell is the best judge

The TV talent show format tends to encourage a lot of pantomime behaviour on the judging panel. 'It was terrible' [audience boos] 'Darling you were FABULOUS!' [audience cheers]. So hooray for Darcey cutting through all the nonsense with her sensible, warm and constructive critiques. It takes class not to play to the crowd - she's got it in spades.

The amazing dancers

All those sassy, fabulous, ridiculously toned female dancers show us the best way to look good is to hit the dancefloor, not embark on a crash diet.

It's not sizeist or ageist

Where else on TV can you see a woman over the age of fifty jiving in a sequin miniskirt? The Strictly costume team - run by the brilliant Vicky Gill - make all the contestants look amazing, whatever their shape, size or age.

By Lucy Pavia / @lucypavia

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