Deck the halls with Glitter Balls, Strictly Come Dancing announces line-up for this year’s Christmas Special
I’m thrilled to bits to be part of Strictly’s Christmas Special. I promise to be every bit as bad as before and to enjoy it every bit as much.Judy Murray
This year the leading ladies set to rock around the Christmas tree are: Katie Derham (series 13); Judy Murray (series 12) and Kimberley Walsh (series 10).
Katie, who will be dancing with professional dancer Brendan Cole, says: “Being parachuted onto planet Strictly two years ago was the most joyful, challenging but hilarious and brilliant thing I’ve ever done. I cannot wait to dust off the sequins and get back in the training room.”
Judy, who will be partnered with professional dancer Neil Jones, says: “I’m thrilled to bits to be part of Strictly’s Christmas Special. I promise to be every bit as bad as before and to enjoy it every bit as much.”
Kimberley, who will be returning to dance again with professional dancer Pasha Kovalev, says: “I am absolutely thrilled to be getting my dancing shoes on again for the Strictly Christmas special. I loved my time on Strictly so much so it's going to be wonderful to be back in the Strictly bubble for Christmas!”
The gentlemen hoping to sprinkle joy on the dancefloor are: Colin Jackson (series 3), Robbie Savage (series 9) and Jeremy Vine (series 13).
Colin, who will be partnered with professional dancer Amy Dowden, says: “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, who will be dancing with professional dancer Dianne Buswell, says: “I'm delighted to be part of the Strictly Christmas Special. 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 dance floor."
Jeremy, who will be back to dance again with professional dancer Karen Clifton, says: “Me? Dance again? Yes, yes, YES!!! Now where are those shoes? Let me clean the dust off.”
In this year’s cracker of a show each of the six couples will perform a routine which tells the story of what everyone loves about Christmas in a bid to be crowned Christmas champions 2017.
Hosted by Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman, the show wouldn’t be complete without the festive foursome on the judging panel. Craig Revel Horwood, Darcey Bussell and BrunoTonioli will be joined by Head Judge Shirley Ballas in her first appearance on a Strictly Christmas special.
The judges will be on hand to score each couple and spread some cheerful joy, yet it will be down to the studio audience to vote for which dancing duo will win the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special 2017 and lift the famous Silver Star trophy.
As part of this year's Strictly Christmas Special, there will be a festive feature from inside Buckingham Palace. Hosted by HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, our Strictly family and members of the local community will attend a Tea Dance highlighting the benefits of dance and exercise in the process of active ageing. There will also be a beautiful performance from the Strictly professional dancers.
The icing on top of the cake will be a music performance from the Kaiser Chiefs fit for Christmas Day.