Fabrice Muamba and Kelly Brook for Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special

This year's full line-up also includes former winners Kara Tointon, Rachel Stevens, Natasha Kaplinsky and Chris Hollins


In the past the likes of John Barrowman, Charlie Brooks and Darren Gough have lifted the coveted Christmas glitterball trophy, and this year will see a familiar crop of stars taking to the Strictly dance floor. 


After revealing his ambitions to do a stint on Strictly Come Dancing to Radio Times in an interview earlier this year, former footballer Fabrice Muamba – who made a miraculous recovery from a cardiac arrest whilst playing for Bolton Wanderers earlier this year – will be pulling on his dancing shoes. 

He will be joined by Jonathan ‘JB’ Gill – one quarter of the all-singing, all-dancing X Factor alumni JLS – who will be putting his moves to the test this Christmas. 

The pair will compete against former Strictly stars Rachel Stevens, the 2008 runner-up, last year’s second-placed dancer Chelsee Healey, 2010 champion Kara Tointon and the first ever winner, Natasha Kaplinksy. 

2007 winner Chris Hollins will also be performing along with 2005 competitor Colin Jackson. Kelly Brook – who had to pull out of the 2007 series following the death of her father – completes this year’s line-up.


And with just four weeks to go until the Christmas Day broadcast, the stars are already in training, with Brook tweeting her eagerness to get back into training: