CHRISTMAS 2016

Theme: Christmas Films

This year will again see the return of some Strictly favourites from earlier series to take part in the festive special, with routines themed around Christmas films.  The returning celebrities and their professional dancers are:

  • Series 2 runner-up, Olympic gold medal winning heptathlete Denise Lewis will make a long awaited return to the ballroom, dancing with Strictly stalwart, Anton Du Beke
  • Back for his third Christmas Special, series five semi-finalist Gethin Jones will be dancing a quickstep with one of the newest pro dances, Chloe Hewitt (Film - The Polar Express).
  • From series 8 we will welcome back finalist Pamela Stephenson who will be performing a cha cha cha with series 12 champion Pasha Kovalev (Film - Love Actually).
  • Another celebrity finalist will return to the dance floor this year, with series 12 finalist Frankie Bridge dancing with another new pro dancer, Gorka Marquez, and they will perform an American Smooth (Film - Frozen).
  • Series 13 celebrity contestant, chef Ainsley Harriott will attempt to dance again, but this time he'll be partnered with Karen Clifton to dance a Jive (Film - Home Alone).
  • Finally, it's only been a couple of months since we last saw him dance, but this years first celebrity to leave the competition will be back, radio presenter Melvin Odoom will return with his partner Janette Manrara, to dance a charleston. (Film - Elf).
      Judges scores  
Couple Dance Song CraigDarceyLenBruno Total
Judges choice
Ainsley & Karen Jive Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree 7 9 10 9 35
Gethin & Chloe Quickstep The Polar Express 9 9 10 10 38
Pamela & Pasha Cha cha cha Jump 9 10 10 10 39
Denise & Anton Viennese Waltz Meet Me In St Louis 9 9 10 10 38
Melvin & Janette Charleston Sparklejollytwinklejingley 10 10 10 10 40
Frankie & Gorka American Smooth Let It Go 10 10 10 10 40

Winners: Melvin & Janette

INTRODUCTION GROUP DANCE
Song: It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

MUSICAL GUEST
Matt Goss performed White Christmas
Accompanied by Karen & Giovanni

PROFESSIONAL / CELEBRITY / JUDGES GROUP DANCE
Song: Underneath The Tree / Auld Lang Syne