You've just heard the names being revealed on It Takes Two and yes, it's true, Strictly Come Dancing will be more festive than ever this Christmas day with a super special lineup to rival all others gone before.

We can confirm the celebrities and pro dancers taking part in the Christmas Special 2012 are:

Bobby Ball dancing with Katya Vishilas

Katy Brand dancing with Anton du Beke

JB Gill dancing with Ola Jordan

Sheila Hancock dancing with Ian Waite

Fabrice Muamba dancing with Aliona Vilani

Helen Skelton dancing with Artem Chigvintsev

 

Not only will there be six new celebrities competing on the dancefloor, but we'll also see The Strictly Allstars - nine contestants from previous series' taking to the floor once again (are they crazy?!).

The spectacular Strictly Allstars will consist of;

2007 Strictly competitor Kelly Brook dancing with Brendan Cole

2008 glitterball trophy winner Tom Chambers dancing with Kristina Rihanoff

2011 runner up Chelsee Healey dancing with Pasha Kovalev

2009 glitterball trophy winner Chris Hollins dancing with Ola Jordan

2005 runner up Colin Jackson dancing with Erin Boag

Our first ever Strictly winner Natasha Kaplinsky dancing with Ian Waite

2008 runner up Rachel Stevens dancing with Vincent Simone

With a special guest appearance from Strictly favourites Ann Widdecombe and It Takes Two Statsman, Russell Grant.

 

And if all that wasn't enough, Rod Stewart will be bringing some festive cheer as he pops in to perform Let it Snow. Wow, with all these stars, we're really spoiling you!

 

Santa will deliver the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special on Christmas day, BBC One and BBC One HD.

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  • Comment number 44. Posted by Splath

    on 6 Dec 2012 11:43

    Zoe Ball is much better than C Winkleman on It Takes Two - I hope she keeps the job. She's funny without behaving like a kid. But even better, she doesn't like as if she's lost her way from the The Addams Family mansion.

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  • Comment number 43. Posted by Dancing_Queen

    on 3 Dec 2012 21:27

    A distinct lack of Matts :(

    Would LOVE to see Matt Baker and his FAB-U-LOUS cha cha cha again.
    Would also LOVE to see the return of Matthew Culter - where oh where is he?
    Strictly is not the same without him!

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  • Comment number 42. Posted by MrsSparkly

    on 3 Dec 2012 09:46

    Bobby Ball? Scraping the bottom of the barrel! What a waste of a space! Lets have Mike Tindell or James Corden!

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  • Comment number 41. Posted by Waltzing Rose

    on 2 Dec 2012 18:15

    Nice to see a good mix for Christmas Special, I just hope everyone remembers to enter in the spirit of Christmas. Looking forward to it.

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  • Comment number 40. Posted by Ofcourse

    on 2 Dec 2012 18:10

    I love Bruce!

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  • Comment number 39. Posted by lovepasha

    on 2 Dec 2012 00:31

    Following the comment from OlaforPM. Granted I do think Denise is dancing beautifully and I do enjoy watching her dance. However, it does seem somewhat unfair on the others to compete with somebody who danced and sang Roxie Hart in Chicago in the West End! Enough said.

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  • Comment number 38. Posted by Nathalie Hoyland

    on 1 Dec 2012 20:26

    NATASHA &BRENDAN......NOT KELLY OR IAN.....WHAT IS THIS??? SORT IT OUT BBC!!!

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  • Comment number 37. Posted by armchairdancer

    on 30 Nov 2012 19:29

    Not sure about many of the 'celebs' but then some would suggest you only need a name beginning with , ooh lets think, a K to be a celebrity ;) Christmas special always a little underwhelming for me and not a great football fan but , here's a thought, as a man literally brought back from the dead Christmas probably a great time to celebrate just that ?

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  • Comment number 36. Posted by PoshFrockAndFeatherBoag

    on 30 Nov 2012 17:46

    I am pleased that Ian Waite will be back on the dance floor, even if it just for one show. I love watching that man!

    I would have liked to have seen Austin Healey amongst the returning celebs, but maybe he didn't want to or wasn't available.

    Am happy with most of the line up - especially Sheila!

    Helen Skelton has a wonderful spirit - of determination and dedication - (her trip up the Amazon was inspirational).

    I really enjoyed watching Kelly dance, so am pleased to see her back.

    I quite liked Ann Widdicombe, so am perfectly happy to see her return...

    How did Tom Chambers cheat, Ola for pm? The cock up on that series was the fault of the BBC, wasn't it? As I believe they admitted at the time! I think that an accusation of 'cheating' might come under the heading of libel! As for Bobby Ball, my crystal ball has broken down, so I can't tell whether he will be a 'comedy value no hoper', but you seem very sure about that. Have you seen him attempt to dance before?

    Neorich, I, too, wish that Matt Baker was returning (I LOVED his cha cha cha....!) as for comment 17, are you saying that Katy Brand is there as the comedy element because she is a comedienne? She might be deadly serious about lifting the Christmas Glitterball...

    Branley @9 what are the reasons of which you speak so cryptically?

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  • Comment number 35. Posted by SCDFanatic

    on 30 Nov 2012 13:03

    @ 29. Judith

    Never heard of JB Gill either. I can imagine a Texan with a huge Stetson hat on with a humongous gold chain around his neck and smoking a cigar the length of the Great Wall of China.

    Helen though is half of the current Blue Peter team since 2008 and Countryfile since 2011 and she has finished a ground-breaking trip to the South Pole which she did on bicycle. The first person to do so. A custom built bike with 8inch tyres. She used a kite-ski to pull a sled carrying 82kg of supplies. The kite-ski covered 320 miles, the bike covered 103 miles and cross-country skiing covered 69 miles. She also hold the world record for the fastest 100km done by kite-ski (7hrs 28mins).

    Fabrice. Now. Forget whether or not a footballer is a celebrity or not. That is not in question anymore. He was forced to retire so isn't one any longer sadly. What we will see I believe is something once unheard of. Had he appeared to go on Strictly' a few months ago his doctor would have been probably apoplectic. He would have been severely against the idea of physical activity so soon after a heart attack on the pitch which caused his heart to stop for 78 mins and a defibrillator shock treatment to be carried out. It is a measure of the man that he can be out 2 weeks on from his cardiac arrest and even thinking about dancing on a TV show.

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