BBC Studios brings back Strictly Come Dancing to the Ballroom, now magically transformed into a winter wonderland for an enchanting Christmas special. This festive extravaganza promises to captivate audiences with a delightful fusion of dance, glitter, and holiday cheer. Six new celebrity contestants will grace the dance floor, vying for the coveted title of Christmas Champion 2023.
The six couples will showcase festive routines, aiming to impress the judging panel consisting of Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse, Anton Du Beke, Head Judge Shirley Ballas, and the live studio audience, who will also have a say in the outcome. The question looms: who will emerge as the shining Christmas star of the evening and claim the highly sought-after Christmas trophy?
The first celebrity announced for the 2023 Christmas lineup is broadcaster Dan Snow.
Paired with Strictly Come Dancing professional Nadiya Bychkova, Dan, a history broadcaster, bestselling author, and entrepreneur, has a rich background with 15 years of experience at the BBC, History Channel, and Discovery. His digital history broadcaster and publisher, History Hit, earned the UK’s Best Specialist Channel in 2023.
Dan Snow says: “I am absolutely terrified about hitting the dance floor. But I love getting out of my comfort zone and I’ve always wanted to learn how to dance properly. So I thought it was now or never!”
The second Christmas celebrity unveiled is Sally Nugent, known for presenting BBC Breakfast on BBC One.
Partnered with Graziano Di Prima, Sally, who has covered significant news and sports stories over the past two decades, admits to feeling a mix of thrill and terror about participating in the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special.
Sally Nugent says: “I am thrilled and slightly terrified to be taking part in this year’s Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special. I’m hoping the judges will be kind – and filled with Christmas spirit. And I hope everyone watching at home will enjoy a little bit of Strictly magic on Christmas night.”
The third Christmas celebrity is actor Jamie Borthwick, recognized for portraying Jay Brown in the long-running BBC drama EastEnders.
Paired with Nancy Xu, Jamie, who has garnered awards for his performances, including a British Soap Award and an Inside Soap Award, expresses his excitement about joining this year’s Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special.
Jamie Borthwick says: “I am so excited to be joining the cast of this years’ Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special. From Walford to a Waltz, I can’t wait to learn a new skill and put my dancing to the test. I’m hoping to spread Christmas cheer and have a good laugh with my professional dancer… get me on that dancefloor!”
Don’t miss the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special airing on BBC One and BBC iPlayer on Christmas Day.