The celebrities taking part in the Christmas Special have been an nounced and will again see the return of some Strictly alumni.

  • Television present Anita Rani made it through to the semi-final of series 13 with her partner Gleb Savchenko. Dancing in another Christmas Special this year, Anita will be partnered with Neil Jones, returning for this third Christmas Special.

  • Somehow, politician Ann Widdecombe managed to stay in the competition for ten weeks in series 8 despite scoring more 1s than any other contestant in Strictly history. She will be dancing with her original professional dancer again this year, Anton du Beke, who has previously competed in five Christmas Specials.

  • Series 12 champion, television presenter Caroline Flack, won the competition with Pasha Kovalev and will be returning for her first Christmas Special this year, where she will be partnered with Gorka Marquez for his second Christmas Special.

  • After a shock early exit from the main competition last year, singer Aston Merrygold will be taking to the dancefloor again this Christmas and will be back dancing with his original partner, Janette Manrara who is the reigning Christmas champion. Can she make it a double win?

  • It was a semi-final finish in series 12 for actor Jake Wood when he performed with Janette Manrara, but this Christmas he’ll be competing against her as he will be dancing with our new professional Luba Mushtuk.

  • The final celebrity to return to the Strictly fold this Christmas will be cricket legend Michael Vaughan. Appearing in series 10, Michael made it through to week 9 with his partner, Natalie Lowe, and will be dancing this year with Nadiya Bychkova who will be taking part in her first Christmas Special. (Anyone else secretly hoping he’ll reprise his jive?)