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.