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‘Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special': Rachel Stevens, Louis Smith, Sophie Ellis-Bextor Sign Up

13/11/2014 13:00 GMT | Updated 13/11/2014 13:59 GMT

The six celebrities who are competing for the glitterball trophy in this year’s ‘Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special’ have been revealed by BBC bosses, who have also confirmed that Sir Bruce Forsyth will be returning as the show’s presenter.

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This year’s returning dancers include Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Louis Smith, who won the 2012 series.

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Rachel, Lisa and Sophie are all getting their dancing shoes on...

S Club 7 singer Rachel Stevens will also be taking part, along with former ‘Emmerdale’ star Lisa Riley, Chris Hollins and astrologer Russell Grant.

The festive special will be aired on Christmas Day and this year, it will have a pantomime theme.

The male professional dancers taking part are Aljaž Skorjanec, Robin Windsor and Tristan MacManus, while Aliona Vilani, Iveta Lukosiute and Joanne Clifton will partner the male celebrities.

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...as are Louis, Rusell and Chris

The current series of ‘Strictly’ is still on-going and, much to everyone’s surprise, Judy Murray remains in the competition.

Stars including Alison Hammond and Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills have left the show, while Pixie Lott and ‘EastEnders’ actor Jake Wood continue to impress the judges.

Thankfully none of this year’s ‘Strictly’ stars have been as terrible as these dancers…

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