Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'You Just Can't Have More Fun Than This' MEET THE CHRISTMAS STARS Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special Will Be Shown on BBC One on Christmas Day

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'You Just Can't Have More Fun Than This' MEET THE CHRISTMAS STARS Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special Will Be Shown on BBC One on Christmas Day

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CHRISTMAS and Strictly Come Dancing were made for each other. There's no better way to watch the sparkly sequin-fest than with a mince pie on your lap and the lights twinkling on the tree.

This year's Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special will be one of the highlights of the season's telly viewing as all the contestants return to the show for an extra special extravaganza.

The sixth series of the celebrity ballroom dancing show has once again produced some spectacular dance routines and a fair bit of off-screen drama.

Public favourite John Sergeant quit the show in mid-November after some curt comments from judges Arlene Phillips and Craig Revel Horwood.

Hordes of fans came out in support for the broadcaster - including Strictly's stalwart presenter Bruce Forysth, who turned 80 this year.

As we go to press, actor Tom Chambers is currently one of the hot favourites to win the show with his dance partner Camilla Dallerup, but he says whatever happens, he can't wait to come back for the Christmas special.

"Even if you get knocked out, everyone's back for the Christmas special and it's such an incredible show.

"Everyone from the age of five to 85 adores it and in these current times, with nothing but uncertainty in society, then at least it's light-hearted entertainment! But the best thing about it is when you realise the public are keeping you in."

Tom, 31, who is due to leave Holby City as Sam Strachan before the end of the year, says the experience of Strictly has been more scary than acting.

"It's very exposing and frightening doing Strictly, because I get to hide behind a character at Holby and if something's not good, then you say, 'well the writing's not very good or it was a bad day', whereas on Strictly it's you and it's really unnerving, you could get criticised for smiling or not smiling! …

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