Strictly Come Dancing’s James Jordan and Brian Fortuna have been fighting over Kelly Brook in the run-up to the festive special.

Things got heated backstage when James, 30, and Brian, 26, both put themselves forward to be her partner.

A show source told The Sun: “It started off civilised with them arguing what dances they’d do, but got heated.”

“Even though both men were deadly serious, it was hilarious, like that scene from Bridget Jones’s Diary where Hugh Grant fights Colin Firth,” the source added.

Kelly was originally paired with Brendan Cole, but as he and partner Lisa Snowdon are still in the competition, Kelly needs a new partner.

Kelly, 29, was frontrunner to win the competition in 2007 but was forced to quite after the sudden death of her father.

The source said: “Brendan isn’t overjoyed by Kelly’s return. They weren’t close. But she could give Lisa tips on handling his moods.”

Former winners Jill Halfpenny, Kelly Brook and Alesha Dixon are back to battle this year’s two finalists for the title of Strictly Christmas Champions.

The couples will perform their routines to Christmas music and Russell ‘The Voice’ Watson makes a special guest appearance.

The Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special is on at 7pm on BBC One on Christmas Day.

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