‘Dancing With the Stars’: Who Narrates the Ballroom Competition Show?

Dancing With the Stars is a wildly popular dance competition series. Based on the British version of a show called Strictly Come DancingDWTS follows a similar format. From pairing celebrities with professional partners to the types of dances performed, Dancing With the Stars and Strictly Come Dancing share a lot in common — including who narrates the show. 

Alan Dedicoat, the narrator of 'Dancing With the Stars'
Alan Dedicoat | Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images for The National Lottery

The British competition show ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ inspired America’s ‘Dancing With the Stars’ 

Before making its way to America as Dancing With the Stars, the series debuted as Strictly Come Dancing in the United Kingdom. The show follows the same format as the American version — celebrities are paired with professional dancers to compete in ballroom and Latin dance routines.

The British show’s name was inspired by the previously successful series Come Dancing combine with the movie title Strictly Ballroom. Both shows follow a similar format in terms of dancing. But when it comes to the judges’ comments, the U.S. version seems to be a bit laxer.

What’s more, in Strictly Come Dancing, contestants aren’t simply voted off. Instead, scores and votes are tabulated and the bottom two have a dance-off for the judges to decide who stays. This system is similar to the dance-offs Dancing With the Stars fans see once a season. 

Alan Dedicoat narrates ‘Dancing With the Stars’ and ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ 

Since Dedicoat already had the experience narrating the competition series across the pond, it only made sense for him to narrate Dancing With the Stars. Before narrating the dance competition show, Dedicoat worked for BBC Radio stations throughout London.

In the United Kingdom, Dedicoat is widely known as the “Voice of the Balls.” That’s because he announces the National Lottery program on BBC One. Dedicoat also reads the news on BBC Radio 2, where he is nicknamed “Deadly Alancoat.” 

When he’s not narrating well-known British programs, Dedicoat is often the host of telethons in the United Kingdom. He also does the voice-overs for the British game show Copycats. Dedicoat also works as an After Dinner Speaker — someone paid to entertain with a speech after a formal dinner. 

Will ‘Dancing With the Stars’ return in 2021?

Dancing With the Stars has yet to be renewed by ABC for season 30. But if The Bachelorette is rumored to start in May 2021DWTS fans are unlikely to get a new season until the fall of this year. 


‘Dancing With the Stars’: How Casting Works on the Show

Since a new season isn’t confirmed, neither is the list of celebrities who will star in DWTS Season 30. As for the potential list of cast members, many people are talking about former Bachelorette star Tayshia Adams wanting a shot at the Mirror Ball. Hilaria Baldwin is another star rumored to be in talks for Dancing With the Stars

Meanwhile, Strictly Come Dancing fans can also expect a new season of the dance competition in the fall of 2021. It’s still entirely too early for producers to announce the lineup for the new season. But according to The SunStrictly Come Dancing fans might see Ralf Little, Maya Jama, Lucy Fallon, Tina Barrett, or Ben Shephard in the new season.