Strictly Come Dancing 2011: Christmas special celebrities revealed

A boxer, two actresses, a comedian and a pop star make up this year's famous five in the ballroom


It’s become as much of a Christmas Day tradition as roast turkey and arguing with the in-laws – yes, it just wouldn’t be Christmas on BBC1 without a Strictly Come Dancing special.


So, who is going to take on the yuletide ballroom this year, I hear you ask?  Never fear, is here…

The pairings are as follows:

Former world featherweight boxing champion Barry McGuigan will dance with Erin Boag

Barry said: “I’m looking forward to Strictly Come Dancing, it’s a challenge. I’ve always considered myself to have two left feet and I want to surprise myself!”

Comedy legend and star of Hi-de-Hi! Su Pollard is partnered by Anton Du Beke

Su said: “Strictly Come Dancing is strictly must-see Christmas Day television. I’m hoping to wow the judges and the viewers with my utter exuberance and prowess!”

From the world of pop, Blue’s Simon Webbe is to dance with Katya Virshilas

Simon said: “Strictly Come Dancing is one of my mum’s favourite shows. It’s always nice to learn something new, the dancing part of my brain is dormant and I want to wake it up. I also want to wear something tight and sparkly!” 

Comedian Debra Stephenson will take to the ballroom with Ian Waite

Debra said: “I’m a really big fan of Strictly Come Dancing. I’m very excited to be on the Christmas special and I can’t wait to get my dancing shoes on!”

EastEnders’s Janine Butcher, actress Charlie Brooks, will dance with Vincent Simone


Charlie said: “I’m a massive fan of the series and there’s no way my daughter would have let me turn down such an amazing opportunity to be on the show. I love to be challenged and I’m really looking forward to taking to the dancefloor with Vincent.”