The Strictly Come Dancing 2017 Christmas special is on tonight, but if you're busy indulging and enjoying the festivities you may want to watch it on catch up. 

To stay out of the loop, and make sure the suspense is not ruined, we’ve rounded up how best to stay in the dark online.

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Mute your social media

Scrolling through Twitter you can easily accidentally see if your favourite magician's assistant, Debbie McGee, has topped the leader board again or who is going to be leaving. If you mute certain words and phrases on your Twitter account, though, you have a much better chance of browsing in safety.

Login to your Twitter account at, click on your profile picture in the top right-hand corner and click Settings and privacy.

Twitter settings

In the left hand menu click Muted Words and then click Add muted word. In the pop up box you can add common words and phrases such as Strictly Come Dancing, Strictly, the contestant names etc and then click Add.

You can also mute hashtags so #Strictly, #Strictly2017 or #strictlycomedancing would be good ideas. It’s also an idea to mute accounts such as @BBCStrictly to avoid the official announcement too.

Twitter mute

To unmute once you have watched the latest show on catch up you can easily undo this by clicking the red circle next to the phrase or word which says Unmute.

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Download a spoiler plug-in

To get a more complete blanket mute on your internet activity, download a spoiler plug in such as Unspoiler ( for Google Chrome. Once you have downloaded it, click on the extension's icon in the top left-hand corner of your screen and add add 'Strictly Come Dancing'.


Respect ‘Spoiler alert’

If an article has a ‘Spoiler alert’ at the top, don’t read any further - you'll only have yourself to blame.

Don’t visit The Strictly Spoiler

The Strictly Spoiler is a website that reveals the latest result of who gets voted off before it announced on Sunday evenings. The man has been posting the correct result on hiis Facebook page and website for a number of years, angering the BBC and earning himself plenty of column inches for his efforts.

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