Series 19 of Strictly Come Dancing may have only just wrapped up, with Rose Ayling-Ellis crowned as the Strictly 2021 winner.


But, there's more Strictly on the way, with the series returning for a festive special on Christmas Day!

The one-off episode will see the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special 2021 line-up take to the dance floor, as they try to impress the Strictly judges.

Stepping into the ballroom this year are Mel Giedroyc, First Dates’ Fred Sirieix and broadcaster Moira Stewart.

They'll also be joined by Anne-Marie, The Repair Shop star Jay Blades and presenter Adrian Chiles.

Actress Sheridan Smith was due to perform her new single with Gary Barlow, however, it was later announced that Sheridan is no longer appearing on the Strictly Christmas special.

Ahead of Saturday's show, Strictly Come Dancing gave a festive first look at the Christmas special showing the celebs in action.

Here's everything you need to know about the Strictly special, including what time the episode will air, and what viewers can expect.

When is the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special on?

The Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special will air on BBC One right when most of us will be settling into our food coma. It is scheduled right in heart of the BBC festive schedule on Christmas Day at 5:10pm.

Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special hosts and judges

Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse, Anton Du Beke and Shirley Ballas will all return from the main series to cast their eye over the festive events, while regular hosts Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman will be back on presenting duties.

Who is in the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special 2021 line-up?

Six celebrities are ready to strut their stuff in the ballroom and entertain us on Christmas day. Here is the full Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special 2021 line-up:

  • Music star, Anne-Marie. Paired with Graziano Di Prima
  • Presenter, Jay Blades. Paired with Luba Mushtuk
  • TV personality, Fred Sirieix. Paired with Dianne Buswell
  • Presenter, Mel Giedroyc. Paired with Neil Jones
  • Newsreader, Moira Stewart. Paired with Aljaz Skorjanec
  • Presenter, Adrian Chiles. Paired with Jowita Przystal

What are the songs and dances for the Strictly Come Dancing special?

And here are the songs and dances that each couple will perform!

  • Mel & Neil – Couples Choice to Ice Ice Baby by Vanilla Ice
  • Adrian & Jowita – American Smooth to White Christmas by Otis Redding
  • Moira & Aljaz – Salsa to Santa Claus Is Coming to Town by Justin Bieber
  • Anne-Marie & Graziano – Cha Cha to Feliz Navidad by Gwen Stefani
  • Fred & Dianne – Quickstep to Merry Christmas Everyone by Shakin’ Stevens
  • Jay & Luba – Jive to Hooky Street/Only Fools and Horses by John Sullivan / Ronnie Hazlehurst

We know that Only Fools and Horses had some stellar Christmas specials, but we aren't sure that song really fits in with the ones the others have been given!


Strictly Come Dancing's Christmas special is on BBC One at 5:10pm on Saturday 25th December. Want something else to watch? Check out our full TV Guide or visit our Entertainment hub for the latest news.