Sir Bruce Forsyth will be back on board for the Christmas Strictly Come Dancing special, which will feature former ballroom stars Louis Smith, Chris Hollins and Sophie Ellis-Bextor.

This year the ladies tripping the light fantastic, just in time for Christmas, are singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor, actress Lisa Riley and S Club 7’s Rachel Stevens. The gentlemen set to do battle of the ballroom alongside them are former champs Olympic gymnast Louis Smith and TV presenter Chris Hollins and astrologer Russell Grant. 

This year’s Christmas show will have a special pantomime theme, with all of our Christmas stars taking on iconic roles from some of the UK’s favourite pantos. 

The pairings are:

Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Aljaž Skorjanec

Lisa Riley and Robin Windsor

Rachel Stevens and Tristan MacManus

Louis Smith and Aliona Vilani

Chris Hollins and Iveta Lukosiute

Russell Grant and Joanne Clifton

The Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special will screen as usual on BBC1 on Christmas Day.