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Saturday 18 November 2017

Deck the halls with Glitter Balls! Strictly announces Christmas special line-up

The celebs will be competing to win the Christmas Silver Star trophy.

Kimberley Walsh and Pasha Kovalev
Kimberley Walsh and Pasha Kovalev

By Julia Hunt, Press Association

Judy Murray and Kimberley Walsh are among the stars dusting off their dancing shoes for another shot at Strictly success in the show’s Christmas special.

Tennis coach Murray – mother of Wimbledon winner Andy – promised to be “every bit as bad as before” when she takes to the dancefloor for the festive all-star show on BBC One on Christmas Day.

Murray, who was on series 12, will be partnered with professional dancer Neil Jones.

Former Girls Aloud singer Walsh will be reunited with pro Pasha Kovalev, her partner in series 10, and said she is excited “to be back in the Strictly bubble for Christmas”.

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Presenter Katie Derham has signed up to rock around the Christmas tree and said she “cannot wait to dust off the sequins and get back in the training room”.

Derham, who will be taking a twirl with pro Brendan Cole, said: “Being parachuted onto planet Strictly two years ago was the most joyful, challenging but hilarious and brilliant thing I’ve ever done!”

Athlete Colin Jackson will be hoping to sprinkle some more joy on the dancefloor when he shows off his moves with Amy Dowden.

A runner up in the third series in 2005, Jackson said: “I am thrilled to be returning to Strictly for this year’s Christmas special.

“Some time has passed since I danced my way to the final however I’m looking forward to dusting off my dancing shoes and returning once again.”

Robbie Savage will be partnered with Dianne Buswell and confessed his dancing has not improved since he was last on Strictly in the ninth series.

“It’s been six years since I was on the show and I am still as bad as I was then! I’m looking forward to getting back on the Strictly dancefloor,” said the former footballer.

Jeremy Vine will be back with his professional dance partner Karen Clifton and will be hoping to finish a little higher than the ninth place he managed in series 13.

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He said: “Me? Dance again? Yes, yes, YES!!! Now where are those shoes? Let me clean the dust off.”

The six couples will each perform a routine which tells the story of what everyone loves about Christmas in a bid to be crowned the festive champions 2017.

The Strictly Christmas special will be hosted by Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman, with Craig Revel Horwood, Darcey Bussell, Bruno Tonioli, and Shirley Ballas dishing out the critiques.

The one-off episode will see the famous faces competing to win the Christmas Silver Star trophy.

The Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special will air on BBC One on Christmas Day.

Press Association

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