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Strictly Come Dancing’s Christmas special celebrity and pro couples revealed

Strictly Come Dancing has revealed which professionals the returning celebrities will be competing with for this year’s Christmas special.

Past contestants – and even some victors – of the BBC One show will be getting their dancing shoes on once again this festive season.

After this year’s Glitterball trophy has been lifted, a new crop of talent will come in to take over, with the special show set to air on Christmas Day.

Here’s who everyone will be dancing with…

Radio and television presenter Anita Rani will be paired up with Neil Jones.

Anita took part in the main show in 2015 with Gleb Savchenko and reached the semi final.


Neil has took part in the Christmas special twice before, in 2016 and 2017.

He’s married to fellow Strictly pro Katya Jones, who was recently involved in a huge scandal when she was caught kissing her celeb partner Seann Walsh.

They wrote it off as a drunken mistake, but Seann split from his girlfriend while Neil and Katya insisted their marriage is fine.

Former Tory politician Ann Widdecombe will be paired with Anton du Beke.

Ann took part in the 2010 series, when she was partnered with Anton.

She stayed in the contest for nine weeks.

Anton has took part in the Christmas special five times before.

Caroline Flack will be paired with Gorka Marquez.



The Love Island host won the contest in 2014 with professional Pasha Kovalev.

Aston Merrygold will be paired with Janette Manrara.

The JLS star and Janette were partnered together for the 2017 series of the show, when they survived for seven weeks.

Janette won the Christmas special in 2016 with Melvin Odoom.

EastEnders star Jake Wood will be paired with Luba Mushtuk, one of the show’s brand new professional dancers announced earlier this year.


Jake was partnered with Janette when he took on the dancing contest in 2014, with the pair making it to the semi finals.

Michael Vaughan will be paired with Nadiya Bychkova, who will be dancing for the first time in the Christmas Special.

The cricketer took part in the 2012 series of the show alongside Natalie Lowe.

* Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special will air on BBC One on Christmas Day.

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