CHRISTMAS 2012

BOBBY BALL

ACTOR AND COMEDIAN

Born in Oldham in 1944, Bobby started his working life as a welder in a factory where he met his future comedy partner, Tommy Cannon. They grew their act gradually, working in pubs and clubs but at the end of the 1970s, they managed to land their own television series, and made a film together in 1982 called "The Boys In Blue". They continue to work together, touring their own show, performing in pantos and Bobby has pursued his acting career with roles in television series such as "Last of the Summer Wine", "Mount Pleasant" and "Not Going Out".

FABRICE MUAMBA

FOOTBALLER

Fabrice was born in Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and his parents moved to the UK when he was eleven years old, escaping the civil war. At the age of 14, he started his life in football, joining the Arsenal youth team and after going through the Academy system, was signed as a professional player after three years. He was as a midfielder, and left Arsenal for Birmingham, then moved onto Bolton whom he was playing for when he suffered cardiac arrest during an FA Cup quarter final against Spurs in March 2012 which ended his football career.

HELEN SKELTON

TELEVISION PRESENTER

Helen grew up on a farm in the Lake District and started her career working on local television and radio, before joining the Blue Peter team in 2008m where she became known for being prepared to take on the extreme challenges, including running in the Namibian Ultra Marathon, a 78 mile race and only the second woman ever to complete it within the 24 hour time limit; a two thousand mile solo kayak journey down the Amazon River (earning two Guinness World Records for her achievement); walking a high-wire between the chimneys of Battersea Power Station for Red Nose Day; and early in 2012, for Sport Relief, Helen treked across Antarctica to the South Pole by ski, kite and bicycle. She has also presented the BBC programmes Country Tracks and joined the Countryfile team in 2011, and was one of the presenters of the BBC coverage of the London 2012 Olympics.

J B GILL

SINGER

JB was born in 1986, and started singing with a choir when he was nine years old, and concentrating on music, began studying at the Centre for Young Musicians and continued until he was 15, but gave it up to work on his rugby career working with London Irish for three years, but eventually decided that singing was his passion, and took up vocal coaching during a gap year before starting university at Kings College, London studying theology, but left early to pursue his music career, joining up with the other three members of the band to form JLS. They were the runners up in the 2008 series of the X Factor finishing second to Alexandra Burke. Their first two singles went to number one, and their first album sold over one million copies in the UK. They've won a multitude of awards including awards at the Brits, the MOBOs and the Urban Music Awards.

KATY BRAND

ACTRESS AND COMEDIAN

English actress and comedian Katy says she started writing and performing at a n early age, making one of her dad's colleagues laugh with an impression of Margaret Thatcher. She studied Theology at Oxford University, where she joined the Oxford Revue, writing and performing plays, musicals and comedies. She started work in television production, but in 2004 after writing her own comedy monologue, started performing in pubs in London and joined a group of comedians who wrote and performed a weekly sketch show. After a successful stint at the Edinburgh Festival, Katy was commissioned by Channel 4 to make Slap, later commissioned by ITV becoming Katy Brand's Big Ass Show, winning awards including a British Comedy Award. She has also appeared in films, including Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang, and took part in the 2010 Let's Dance for Sport Relief dancing to Beyoncé's "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)".

SHEILA HANCOCK

ACTOR

Sheila was born on the Isle of Wight, and attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, starting her career in repertory in the 1950s, but it was the BBC sitcom The Rag Trade in the early sixties that made her a household name. She worked on a variety of sitcoms, and in the early 1970s starred in her own sketch show on BBC2 called But Seriously - It's Sheila Hancock. As well as television, Sheila has worked on film, radio and the stage, and after the death of her husband, actor John Thaw, wrote a bestselling memoir called The Two of Us as a dual biography their lives and marriage, then followed it with Just Me about how she has adjusted to being a widow. Sheila received the OBE in 1974, and the CBE in 2011.

      Judges scores  
Couple Dance Song CraigDarceyLenBruno Total
JB & Ola Jive Rockin' Robin 9 10 10 10 39
Bobby & Katya American Smooth White Christmas 6 7 8 8 29
Sheila & Ian Foxtrot Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas 8 8 10 10 36
Fabrice & Aliona Salsa Christmas Wrapping 8 9 9 9 35
Katy & Anton Viennese Waltz It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year 7 8 9 9 33
Helen & Artem Jive All I Want For Christmas Is You 8 9 10 10 37

leaderboard

RankCoupleScorePoints
1 JB & Ola 39 6
2 Helen & Artem 37 5
3 Sheila & Ian 36 4
4 Fabrice & Aliona 35 3
5 Katy & Anton 33 2
6 Bobby & Katya 29 1

Winners: JB & Ola

STRICTLY ALL STARS

A host of past Strictly contestants returned to perform a group dance. The group dance was performed to Celebration and the celebrities and professional dancers taking part were:

  • Kelly Brook & Brendan Cole
  • Tom Chambers & Kristina Rihanoff
  • Chelsee Healey & Pasha Kovalev
  • Chris Hollins & Ola Jordan
  • Colin Jackson & Erin Boag
  • Natasha Kaplinsky & Ian Waite
  • Rachel Stevens & Vincent Simone

MUSICAL GUEST

Rod Steward sang Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!