Six of the most-loved Strictly contestants from previous series are returning to the dance floor for an all-star Christmas extravaganza special, coming to BBC One on Christmas Day.

This year the ladies set to sprinkle some Christmas magic on the dancefloor are Chizzy Akudolu, Debbie McGee and Gemma Atkinson.

Chizzy says: “I am so excited to be coming back to Strictly this year, and being able to get back on the dancefloor once again! I’m still the biggest fan of Strictly so it’s wonderful to be back with old friends, in front of and behind the camera, and hopefully some new ones for Christmas. Bring on the sparkle, and maybe an odd 10 – it is Christmas after all…!”

Debbie says: “I thought all my dreams came true two years ago when I was asked to do the series, but to be one of the rare people to be invited back to do the Christmas Special is the icing on the cake. I can’t wait to be back dancing with my Strictly family”.

Gemma says: “I had the absolute best time on Strictly and it completely changed my life so I am absolutely overjoyed to be returning to the dancefloor this Christmas with a new challenge, and of course to be back with the gang!”

The gentlemen set to rock the dancefloor are Joe Sugg, Mark Wright, and Richard Arnold.

Joe says: “I’m really excited to have a go on the strictly ballroom floor again this Christmas. Strictly feels like a home away from home for me so I will be giving it my best shot and ending the year on a high.”

Mark says: “It’s been a while since I was on the dancefloor but I’m very much looking to forward to dusting off the dance shoes for Christmas! I can’t wait to be back – let’s get going!”

Richard says: “I can’t wait to get back out on the dance floor and throw shapes beneath the glitter ball once again. I just can’t promise you’ll recognise them or that they’ll be in any particular order. What I can promise is that one of us will be a professional.”

Each of the six couples will perform a Christmas inspired routine in a bid to be crowned Christmas champions 2019.

Hosted by Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman, the show wouldn’t be complete without the festive foursome on the judging panel: Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse, Bruno Tonioli and Head Judge Shirley Ballas.

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 2019 and lift the famous Silver Star trophy.

The professional dancers and pairings will be revealed in due course.

Previous ArticleNext Article

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


As exclusively revealed on Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two this evening (Monday 28 October), EastEnders stars Ricky Champ, Louisa Lytton, Maisie Smith and Rudolph Walker OBE will be taking to the dancefloor alongside the Strictly professionals, as they go head to head to win the Pudsey Glitterball trophy for BBC Children in Need 2019.

Presented by Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman, the Strictly special will feature as part of the BBC Children in Need 2019 Appeal Night on BBC One on Friday 15 November.

Ricky Champ says: “I am so excited to be taking part in the Strictly Come Dancing EastEnders special. I’m looking forward to showing the world my moves. Bring it on!”

Louisa Lytton says: “It feels like a lifetime ago since I did Strictly Come Dancing so I am beyond excited to put my dancing shoes back on and return to the famous floor. It’s for a fantastic cause which makes it all the more special.”

Maisie Smith says: “I’m flattered to be part of such an iconic show! Strictly has been a family favourite in my house for years. I can’t wait to put my dancing skills to the test!”

Rudolph Walker OBE says: “I am thrilled to be taking part in this year’s competition and can’t wait to get started. Although at 80 years old, it’s probably best I don’t try to do the splits!”

Ricky will be dancing with Luba Mushtuk; Louisa will be dancing with Gorka Marquez; Maisie will take to the floor with Kevin Clifton and Rudolph will be partnered with Nancy Xu. The stars will compete in a group number, choreographed by former Strictly professional Trent Whiddon, in a bid to be crowned champions.


Today (15th October) contenders for the National Television Awards 2020 have been revealed and voting has officially opened. 

The power is now in the hands of viewers, as the great British public choose their most beloved TV stars and shows ahead of the special silver anniversary NTAs show with its brand new host.

On 28th January 2020, hundreds of famous faces and thousands of fans will gather at The O2 London for the star-studded extravaganza, presented for the first time by David Walliams. 

It’s the biggest night in British broadcasting, aired live on ITV – and with the NTAs celebrating its 25th successful year, there are even more surprises than usual in store. 

This year, the NTAs has reintroduced the Challenge category to reflect the number of hit shows putting the public through its paces. Newcomers The Circle and Race Across The World will take on established favourites like Love Island and The Great British Bake Off.  

It’s been a big year for New Drama, with surveillance culture coming under the spotlight in The Capture and a new spin was put on the period drama in Gentleman Jack. Other acclaimed hits in this category include Chernobyl, Cleaning Up, Mrs Wilson, World On Fire and A Confession. 

Returning favourites Line of Duty, Peaky Blinders, Call The Midwife, Victoria and Vera are all vying for votes in the fiercely fought Drama category, as is Poldark which saw Aidan Turner brooding one final time on those Cornish cliffs as the series bowed out.

Global phenomenon Phoebe Waller-Bridge has been riding high in the US. Can she now make it a triumphant homecoming with Fleabag nominated for Comedy and Killing Eve for Drama?  

Comedy has had a stellar 12 months with a triumphant second season for Derry Girls and massive acclaim for Ricky Gervais’s After Life and both shows are among the Comedy contenders alongside Fleabag.

The autumn months have certainly been enlivened by the debut of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK which makes the list of shows vying for The Bruce Forsyth Entertainment Award following its debut on BBC Three.  And our favourite Talent Show formats have introduced some fresh twists with The X Factor: Celebrity and Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions.  Will either have what it takes to beat Strictly Come Dancing? 

Can EastEnders or Coronation Street break Emmerdale’s three-year hot streak in the Serial Drama category? 

Can anyone, literally anyone, break Ant & Dec’s 18-year hot streak in the TV Presenter category?

This year’s longlists also demonstrate the growth of streaming services, with record numbers of nominations for Amazon Prime (Good Omens, The Grand Tour, The Boys) and its rival streaming giant Netflix (Sex Education, Stranger Things, Black Mirror : Bandersnatch, The Sinner).

TV stars and lucky viewers will then descend on The O2 London on 28th January, when the results will be revealed LIVE. And you can be there! Book your seat now at


Voting is easy – you can vote for your TV favourites online at OR simply call 0844 646 2060 for a voting form. 
Calls cost 5p plus your network access charge. Voting closes at 11pm Friday 25th October 2019. PLUS, find out how YOU can actually be at The NTAs in January for the biggest night of the TV year by going to for tickets.

The shortlist will be announced in January when the final round of voting begins. Winners will be announced at the ceremony on ITV on 28th January.  Full voting terms and conditions at


  • The Widow
  • Wild Bill
  • Cheat
  • The Sinner
  • The Politician
  • Gentleman Jack
  • Cleaning Up
  • Mrs Wilson
  • Blood
  • The Long Song
  • World on Fire
  • The Capture
  • The Boys
  • Informer
  • Catch-22
  • Dark Heart
  • 15 Days
  • Hatton Garden
  • The Abc Murders
  • Chernobyl
  • The Little Drummer Girl
  • MotherFatherSon
  • Manhunt
  • The Victim
  • Sanditon
  • Deep Water
  • A Confession
  • Les Misérables
  • The Bay
  • Baptiste


  • All Together Now
  • Britain’s Got Talent
  • Strictly Come Dancing
  • The Voice
  • The Voice Kids
  • Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions
  • The Greatest Dancer
  • The Rap Game UK
  • The X Factor: Celebrity
  • Dancing On Ice


  • Silent Witness
  • The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Victoria
  • Outlander
  • Black Mirror: Bandersnatch
  • Midsomer Murders
  • Killing Eve
  • The Walking Dead
  • Endeavour
  • Call the Midwife
  • Shetland
  • Peaky Blinders
  • Grantchester
  • Luther
  • Doc Martin
  • Game of Thrones
  • Stranger Things
  • Vera
  • Death in Paradise
  • Line of Duty
  • Casualty
  • Poldark
  • Cold Feet


  • Bradley Walsh
  • Richard Osman
  • Jonathan Ross
  • Rylan Clark-Neal
  • Emma Willis
  • Jimmy Carr
  • Alex Jones
  • Rob Rinder
  • Paddy McGuinness
  • Caroline Flack
  • Paul O’Grady
  • Freddie Flintoff
  • Sandi Toksvig
  • Ben Shephard
  • Jordan Banjo
  • Holly Willoughby
  • Rochelle Humes
  • Susanna Reid
  • Keith Lemon
  • Rob Beckett
  • Fiona Bruce
  • Graham Norton
  • Alexander Armstrong
  • Ant & Dec
  • Tess Daly
  • Stephen Mulhern
  • Dermot O’Leary
  • Stacey Dooley
  • Gary Lineker
  • Lorraine Kelly
  • Phillip Schofield
  • Michael McIntyre
  • Sue Barker
  • Davina McCall
  • Adam Hills
  • Nick Knowles
  • Marvin Humes
  • Mo Gilligan
  • Jeremy Clarkson
  • Alesha Dixon
  • Joe Lycett
  • Noel Fielding
  • Zoe Ball
  • Piers Morgan
  • Matt Baker
  • Claudia Winkleman


  • Alan Carr (RuPaul’s Drag Race UK)
  • Alesha Dixon (Britain’s Got Talent / Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions)
  • Amanda Holden (Britain’s Got Talent / Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions)
  • Ashley Banjo (Dancing on Ice)
  • Bruno Tonioli (Strictly Come Dancing)
  • Cheryl (The Greatest Dancer)
  • Christopher Dean (Dancing on Ice)
  • Craig Revel Horwood (Strictly Come Dancing)
  • Danny Jones (The Voice Kids)
  • David Walliams (Britain’s Got Talent / Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions)
  • Dominic Skinner (Glow Up: Britain’s Next Make-Up Star)
  • Esme Young (The Great British Sewing Bee)
  • Geri Horner (All Together Now)
  • Graham Norton (RuPaul’s Drag Race UK)
  • Gregg Wallace (MasterChef)
  • Jayne Torvill (Dancing on Ice)
  • Jessie J (The Voice Kids)
  • John Torode (MasterChef)
  • Lord Sugar (The Apprentice)
  • Louis Walsh (The X Factor: Celebrity)
  • Matthew Morrison (The Greatest Dancer)
  • Michelle Visage (RuPaul’s Drag Race UK)
  • Motsi Mabuse (Strictly Come Dancing)
  • Nicole Scherzinger (The X Factor: Celebrity)
  • Olly Murs (The Voice UK)
  • Oti Mabuse (The Greatest Dancer)
  • Patrick Grant (The Great British Sewing Bee)
  • Paul Hollywood (The Great British Bake Off)
  • Pixie Lott (The Voice Kids)
  • Prue Leith (The Great British Bake Off)
  • RuPaul (RuPaul’s Drag Race UK)
  • Shirley Ballas (Strictly Come Dancing)
  • Simon Cowell (Britain’s Got Talent / Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions / The X Factor: Celebrity)
  • Sir Tom Jones (The Voice UK)
  • Val Garland (Glow Up: Britain’s Next Make-Up Star)
  • (The Voice UK / The Voice Kids)


  • Adrian Dunbar (Ted Hastings, Line of Duty / Jim Hogan, Blood)
  • Aidan Turner (Ross Poldark, Poldark)
  • Alexander Skarsgård (Gadi Becker, The Little Drummer Girl)
  • Anna Friel (Lisa Kallisto, Deep Water)
  • Ardal O’Hanlon DI Jack Mooney, Death in Paradise)
  • Brenda Blethyn DCI Vera Stanhope, Vera)
  • Callum Turner Shaun Emery, The Capture)
  • Cathy Shipton Lisa Duffin, Casualty)
  • Christopher Abbott Yossarian, Catch-22)
  • Cillian Murphy Thomas Shelby, Peaky Blinders)
  • David Oyelowo Javert, Les Misérables)
  • Dominic West Jean Valjean, Les Misérables)
  • Douglas Henshall DI Jimmy Perez, Shetland)
  • Eleanor Tomlinson Demelza Poldark, Poldark)
  • Elisabeth Moss (June Osborne / Offred, The Handsmaid’s Tale)
  • Emilia Fox (Dr Nikki Alexander, Silent Witness)
  • Fay Ripley (Jenny Gifford, Cold Feet)
  • Florence Pugh (Charmian / Charlie Ross, The Little Drummer Girl)
  • George Clooney (Scheisskopf, Catch-22)
  • Helen McCrory (Polly Gray, Peaky Blinders / Kathryn Finch, MotherFatherSon)
  • Hermoine Norris (Karen Marsden, Cold Feet)
  • Holliday Grainger (DI Rachel Carey, The Capture)
  • Idris Elba (DCI John Luther, Luther)
  • Imelda Staunton (Karen Edwards, A Confession)
  • James Nesbitt (Adam Williams, Cold Feet)
  • Jenna Coleman (Queen Victoria, Victoria)
  • Jenny Agutter (Sister Julienne, Call the Midwife)
  • Jodie Comer (Villanelle, Killing Eve)
  • John Malkovich (Hercule Poirot, The ABC Murders)
  • John Thomson (Pete Gifford, Cold Feet)
  • Kate Beckinsale (Georgia Wells, The Widow)
  • Katherine Kelly (Leah Dale, Cheat)
  • Kelly Macdonald (Anna Dean, The Victim)
  • Kenneth Cranham (Brian Reader, Hatton Garden)
  • Leonie Elliott Nurse (Lucille Anderson, Call the Midwife)
  • Lesley Manville (Robina Chase, World on Fire)
  • Lily Collins (Fantine, Les Misérables)
  • Martin Clunes (DCI Colin Sutton, Manhunt / Dr Martin Ellingham, Doc Martin)
  • Martin Compston (DS Steve Arnott, Line of Duty)
  • Martin Freeman (DS Stephen Fulcher, A Confession)
  • Michael Stevenson (Iain Dean, Casualty)
  • Molly Windsor (Rose Vaughan, Cheat)
  • Morven Christie (DS Lisa Armstrong, The Bay)
  • Nabhaan Rizwan (Raza Shar, Informer)
  • Neil Dudgeon (DCI John Barnaby, Midsomer Murders)
  • Richard Gere (Max Finch, MotherFatherSon)
  • Rob Lowe (Chief Constable Bill Hixon, Wild Bill)
  • Robert Bathurst (David Marsden, Cold Feet)
  • Robson Green (Geordie Keating, Grantchester)
  • Rose Williams (Charlotte Heywood, Sanditon)
  • Ruth Wilson (Alison Wilson, Mrs Wilson)
  • Sandra Oh (Eve Polastri, Killing Eve)
  • Sean Bean (Douglas Bennett, World on Fire)
  • Shaun Evans (DS Endeavour Morse, Endeavour)
  • Sheridan Smith (Sam Cook, Cleaning Up)
  • Siobhan Finneran (Elaine Pickford, A Confession)
  • Stephen Graham John Corbett, Line of Duty)
  • Suranne Jones (Anne Lister, Gentleman Jack)
  • Tamara Lawrence (July, The Long Song)
  • Tchéky Karyo (Julien Baptiste, Baptiste)
  • Timothy Spall (Terry Perkins, Hatton Garden)
  • Tom Brittney (Rev Will Davenport, Grantchester)
  • Tom Hughes (Prince Albert, Victoria)
  • Vicky McClure (DS Kate Fleming, Line of Duty)


  • The Apprentice
  • The Circle
  • Glow Up: Britain’s Next Make-Up Star
  • The Great British Bake Off
  • The Great British Sewing Bee
  • The Great Model Railway Challenge
  • The Heist
  • Hunted
  • Love Island
  • MasterChef
  • Race Across the World
  • Treasure Island with Bear Grylls


  • Coronation Street
  • Doctors
  • EastEnders
  • Emmerdale
  • Hollyoaks
  • Home and Away
  • Neighbours


  • Adrian Lewis Morgan (Dr Jimmi Clay, Doctors)
  • Alexandra Mardell (Emma Brooker, Coronation Street)
  • Alison King (Carla Connor, Coronation Street)
  • Amy Walsh (Tracy Metcalfe, Emmerdale)
  • Ashley Taylor Dawson (Darren Osborne, Hollyoaks)
  • Danny Dyer (Mick Carter, EastEnders)
  • Danny Miller (Aaron Dingle, Emmerdale)
  • Elisabeth Dermot Walsh (Dr Zara Carmichael, Doctors)
  • Gregory Finnegan (James Nightingale, Hollyoaks)
  • Haiesha Mistry (Yasmine Maalik, Hollyoaks)
  • Isabel Hodgins (Victoria Barton, Emmerdale)
  • Jack P. Shepherd (David Platt, Coronation Street)
  • James Bye (Martin Fowler, EastEnders)
  • Jeff Hordley (Cain Dingle, Emmerdale)
  • Jennifer Metcalfe (Mercedes McQueen, Hollyoaks)
  • Katie McGlynn (Sinead Tinker, Coronation Street)
  • Kellie Bright (Linda Carter, EastEnders)
  • Letitia Dean (Sharon Mitchell, EastEnders)
  • Mark Charnock (Marlon Dingle, Emmerdale)
  • Mikey North (Gary Windass, Coronation Street)
  • Natalie J Robb (Moira Dingle, Emmerdale)
  • Rishi Nair (Sami Maalik, Hollyoaks)
  • Rob Mallard (Daniel Osbourne, Coronation Street)
  • Shona McGarty (Whitney Dean, EastEnders)
  • Talia Vanessa Grant (Brooke Hathaway, Hollyoaks)
  • Zack Morris (Keegan Baker, EastEnders)


  • Imran Adams (Mitchell Deveraux, Hollyoaks)
  • Jack Nolan (Will Noble, Casualty)
  • Jurell Carter (Nate Robinson, Emmerdale)
  • Max Bowden (Ben Mitchell, EastEnders)
  • Peter Ash (Paul Foreman, Coronation Street)


  • BBC Breakfast
  • Good Morning Britain
  • Jeremy Vine
  • Loose Women
  • Lorraine
  • The One Show
  • Saturday Kitchen Live
  • Sunday Brunch
  • This Morning
  • Victoria Derbyshire


  • 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown
  • A League of Their Own
  • A Question of Sport
  • All Round to Mrs Brown’s
  • The Big Narstie Show
  • Britain’s Brightest Family
  • Catchphrase
  • Catchpoint
  • Celebrity Juice
  • The Chase
  • Eating with My Ex
  • The Graham Norton Show
  • Harry Hill’s Alien Fun Capsule
  • Have I Got News for You
  • The Hit List
  • I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!
  • In for a Penny
  • The Jonathan Ross Show
  • The Last Leg With Adam Hills
  • The Lateish Show With Mo Gilligan
  • Mastermind
  • Michael McIntyre’s Big Show
  • Ninja Warrior UK
  • Piers Morgan’s Life Stories
  • Pointless
  • The Rob Rinder Verdict
  • RuPaul’s Drag Race UK
  • Shopping with Keith Lemon
  • Small Fortune
  • Taskmaster
  • This Time Next Year
  • Through the Keyhole
  • Tipping Point
  • University Challenge
  • The Wall
  • Who Dares Wins
  • Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
  • Would I Lie to You?


  • After Life
  • Derry Girls
  • Don’t Forget the Driver
  • Fleabag
  • Ghosts
  • Good Omens
  • Hold the Sunset
  • Mrs Brown’s Boys
  • Not Going Out
  • Scarborough
  • Sex Education
  • Still Open All Hours
  • The Reluctant Landlord
  • This Time with Alan Partridge
  • Warren
  • Young Sheldon


  • Top Gear
  • American History’s Biggest Fibs
  • Stacey Dooley Investigates
  • Ambulance
  • Countryfile
  • Harry’s Heroes: The Full English
  • Rob & Romesh Vs
  • Long Lost Family
  • Our Planet
  • Who Do You Think You Are?
  • The Grand Tour
  • Gogglebox
  • Our Yorkshire Farm
  • 63 Up
  • Gordon, Gino and Fred: Road Trip
  • Paul O’Grady: For The Love of Dogs
  • Queer Eye
  • Match of the Day
  • Antiques Roadshow
  • Heathrow: Britain’s Busiest Airport
  • Blue Planet Live
  • Inside the Ritz Hotel
  • DIY SOS: The Big Build
  • Earth from Space
  • Jesy Nelson: ‘Odd One Out’
  • Leaving Neverland: Michael Jackson And Me
  • Martin Clunes: Islands of America
  • Bradley Walsh & Son: Breaking Dad
  • Dynasties