The Strictly Pro Challenge has kicked off again on the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two

This year the dancers - including AJ Pritchard, Dianne Buswell and Kevin Clifton - are competing to see who can achieve the most Botafogo dance steps in 30 seconds. All is to play for too as reigning champion Oti Mabuse is unable to take part this year.

Scroll down for this year's leaderboard!


Oti won the Pro Challenge last year, breaking the record for the most jive toe heel swivel steps in 30 seconds with a total of 48. After finding out she had the record title, she said: "I want to thank my mum, my dad, Strictly It Takes Two and my shoes and my really good bra!"

Not only did Oti receive her official Guinness World Records title and certificate, but she landed herself a place in the coveted Guinness World Records 2020 book.


But who will secure the record title during Strictly Come Dancing 2019? Pro dancer Giovanni Pernice, who won the Pro Challenge in both 2016 and 2017, is certainly eyeing up a new certificate for his wall.

"I have set two records, now I want to break one," Giovanni said about the new challenge. This is because both records he currently holds, the most jive kick and flicks in 30 seconds (55) and the most Charleston swivel steps in 30 seconds (24) had no previous record holders.


This year’s Botafogo record was set back in November 2011, by former Strictly Come Dancing pro dancer Artem Chigvintsev (Russia). He achieved 79 Botafogo dance steps in 30 seconds.

This means the pro dancers will need to pick up the pace and achieve over 79 steps to secure the record.

Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two Pro Challenge leaderboard:

1. Giovanni - 80 Botofogos 

2. = Nancy - 70 Botofogos

2. = Luba - 70 Botofogos

3. Dianne - 64 Botofogos

4. Neil - 44 Botofogos

5. Gorka - 38 Botofogos

6. Nadiya - 36 Botofogos

7. Katya - 36 Botofogos

8. Anton - 6 Botofogos

You can find Oti Mabuse's record, and other amazing dance records such as the largest disco dance (which was led by ex-Strictly Come Dancing pros Ola and James Jordan), in Guinness World Records 2020, which is also packed with other extraordinary talents, robots, viral sports and many other fascinating records!

Guinness World Records 2020