Who is Melvin Odoom? Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special contestant guide

Melvin and professional partner Janette Manrara are back for a second shot at Strictly victory

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Of all the celebrities competing in the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special, Melvin Odoom probably has the least impressive track record: he was the first to be eliminated from this year’s show. Despite this, the radio DJ is back on the dance floor for the Christmas special. 

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Who is his Strictly partner?

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Odoom and his professional partner Janette Manrara never got a chance to show us what they could do before they were kicked off Strictly without even so much as a dance-off – as Anastacia was ripped her scar tissue and couldn’t take part in the results show.  

So the two have paired up again to perform a Charleston to a song from Elf. That’s a dance they didn’t perform on the main show, as they were eliminated from the competition in week two.

At the time, Manrara gushed: “In this industry, we get to meet a lot of different kind of people and I think Melvin is one of those individuals that you meet and never forget from the first moment you meet them. He’s got such a beautiful soul, such a gorgeous smile, an infectious personality and I just want to thank you for making this, although short, an extremely sweet journey amazing for me.”

Is he a contender?

Odoom got just 22 for his Cha-Cha-Cha and 23 for his Tango. But the studio audience will remember him the best as he only left the show in October, and stranger things have happened.

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This year’s Christmas special will air on Christmas Day at 6.45pm on BBC1