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When the fun of the annual series of Strictly Come Dancing comes to a close, it’s always a welcome sight to see the Strictly Christmas special return to our screens to fill the dancing-shaped hole in our hearts.
Each year, some of our favourite stars from previous series return to again try their hand at impressing on the Strictly dancefloor. And this year is no exception.
The line-up for the 2017 Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special has finally been released – and now we’re more excited than ever.
The 2017 line-up sees some of the stars of previous series reunite with the world of Strictly, including some who didn’t get the chance to progress very far in the competition.
Judy Murray, Jeremy Vine, Kimberley Walsh, Katie Derham, Robbie Savage, and Colin Jackson, will all be making a comeback, after varying levels of success on the programme originally.
While Katie made it to the final with her partner Anton Du Beke in 2015, Jeremy Vine and Judy Murray were both eliminated from the competition in week 8.
(Katie and Anton)
Kimberley Walsh made it to the final back in 2012, but Robbie was kicked out in week 10 back in 2011. And Colin Jackson was also runner-up in the final of Strictly all the way back in 2005.
Speaking about her return to the dancing show, Kimberley has said, “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!”
(Kimberley and Pasha)
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And speaking about her return in the hopes of scoring the Glitterball trophy, Judy has said, “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.”
So who will the Strictly celebs be paired with this year? The famous faces will again be paired with a professional dancer – and some are even being reunited with their old partners.
Judy Murray will be paired with Neil Jones, while Jeremy Vine will dance with last year’s winner Karen Clifton, who is no longer on the show.
Kimberley Walsh will reunite with her old partner Pasha Kovalev, while Robbie Savage is with Dianne Buswell. Katie Derham will dance with Brendan Cole, while Colin Jackson is paired with newcomer Amy Downden.
The Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special 2017 will air in late December, although an exact date has not yet been confirmed.