Rachel Stevens, Louis Smith for Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special

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Former Strictly Come Dancing winners Louis Smith and Chris Hollins will make a return to the dance floor to compete in the show's Christmas special.

Six of the most memorable contestants from past years are returning for a festive edition of the BBC One dancing show on Christmas Day.

Louis Smith - Strictly Come Dancing 2012 launch - Arrivals


Louis won Strictly in 2012.

Chris Hollins - Strictly Come Dancing-Live MEN Arena, Manchester, Britain - 15 Jan 2010

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Chris Hollins won Strictly in 2009.

The ladies dusting off their sequins will be singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor, actress Lisa Riley and S Club 7's Rachel Stevens.

Meanwhile, the men battling it out alongside them include: Olympic gymnast Louis, TV presenter Chris and astrologer Russell Grant.

And making a return will be former host Sir Bruce Forsyth, who will resume his presenting duties alongside Tess Daly for the one-off show.

Rachel Stevens - 'Strictly Come Dancing: The Live Tour!' Photocall at the LG Arena
Birmingham, England - 17.02.09


Rachel Stevens was Strictly runner-up in 2008.

Lisa Riley - Strictly come Dancing Live Tour Photocall
Celebrities and Professional dancers at the Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour at the NIA Arena Birmingham, UK.

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Lisa Riley was voted off in Week 11 in 2012.

The celebrity and professional dancer pairings are as follows:

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

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

The six couples will perform a pantomime-inspired yuletide routine in a bid to be crowned the 2014 Strictly Come Dancing Christmas champions and lift the famous silver star trophy.

Strictly Come Dancing 2013 Bruce and Tess,

© BBC Pictures

Bruce will be back presenting with Tess.

Of course, the show wouldn't be complete without judges Len Goodman, Darcey Bussell, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood, who will be on hand to dish out some Christmas cheer and scores.

Strictly's Christmas specials kicked off in 2004, with the line-up initially including celebrities from the series. However, from 2010 to 2013, new celebrities who hadn't been contestants before were chosen in the final line-up.

Last year, comedian Rufus Hound won the Christmas special with professional dance partner Flavia Cacace. The previous year was won by JLS star JB Gill and partner Ola Jordan.

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