PICTURES! See Strictly Come Dancing's Christmas special performances

Here's a first look at Strictly Come Dancing's Christmas 2018 special, airing Christmas day.

Shirley Ballas, Bruno Tonioli, Darcey Bussell and Craig Revel Horwood will be back for one last dose of Strictly for the year.

Six former celebrity contestants will return to the Strictly ballroom in a bid to lift the special Silver Star trophy.

Those taking part in the Strictly Xmas special and their pro partners are:

Anita Rani (series 13) will dance the Foxtrot with Neil Jones (competed in Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special 2017, 2016).

Ann Widdecombe (series 8) will perform the American Smooth with Anton Du Beke (seasoned Christmas professional Anton Du Beke has competed in five Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Specials in 2016, 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2004).

Caroline Flack (series 12) will dance the Charleston with Gorka Marquez (competed in Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special 2016).


Aston Merrygold (series 15) is dancing a Jive with Janette Manrara (Winner of Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special 2016 with Melvin Odoom).

Jake Wood (series 12) will take on the Cha Cha with Luba Mushtuk, one of the brand new professional dancers announced earlier this year.

Finally, Michael Vaughan (series 10) will dance the Viennese Waltz with Nadiya Bychkova, who will be dancing for the first time in the Christmas Special.

The theme for the 2018 Strictly Christmas special is 'fairy tales and making dreams come true' with all the couples performing festive inspired routines based on classic stories.

They include The Frog Prince, Cinderella, The Snowman, Peter Pan, Pinocchio and the Nutcracker.

The judges will score all the routines out of 40 just like the main show but it'll be the studio audience who crown the winner with a special vote in the pre-recorded show.

Alongside the six couples routines, there will be a big group number plus music from The Kingdom Choir - it's a special show packed with all the magic of Christmas.

Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman will host the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special 2018 on Christmas Day, Tuesday, December 25 at 5:30PM on BBC One.