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Strictly Come Dancing 2012 Christmas special line up confirmed

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The line up for this year’s Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special has been confirmed.

Strictly Come Dancing will be more festive than ever this Christmas day with a special lineup of six brand new celebrities taking to the dance floor. This year celebrities include football star Fabrice Muamba, actress Sheila Hancock, JLS’s Jonathan “JB” Gill, entertainer Bobby Ball, comedienne Katy Brand and TV presenter Helen Skelton.

As well as the six new celebrities, this year will see The Strictly Allstars – nine contestants from previous series welcomed back, who will trip the light fantastic in a group routine of their own. Making up the Allstars, Rachel Stevens, Chelsee Healey, Natasha Kaplinsky, Kelly Brook, Chris Hollins, Tom Chambers and Colin Jackson will all return to the dancefloor to show that they’ve still got what it takes, with a special guest appearance from favourites Ann Widdecombe and Russell Grant.

To cap the lineup, Rod Stewart will be bringing some festive cheer as he stops in to perform Let it Snow.

The new and returning celebrities will be partnered by the Strictly professional dancers as follows:

Bobby Ball Katya Virshilas
Katy Brand Anton du Beke
JB Gill Ola Jordan
Sheila Hancock Ian Waite
Fabrice Muamba Aliona Vilani
Helen Skelton Artem Chigvintsev

Kelly Brook Brendan Cole
Tom Chambers Kristina Rihanoff
Chelsee Healey Pasha Kovalev
Chris Hollins Ola Jordan
Colin Jackson Erin Boag
Natasha Kaplinsky Ian Waite
Rachel Stevens Vincent Simone

As usual, Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly will host, the judges Craig Revel Horwood, Darcey Bussell, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli be on hand to critique, and it’s the studio audience who’ll decide who takes home the title of Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Champions 2012.

The Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special will tx on Christmas day on BBC One and BBC One HD.