Anne-Marie and Moira Stewart confirmed as contestants in Strictly Come Dancing’s Christmas special

Anne-Marie and Moira Stewart have been confirmed as celebrity contestants for the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special.

The singer, 30, and the newsreader, 72, are the latest names to be confirmed for the one-off festive episode – with one more announcement to be made.

The pair will compete against former Bake Off presenter Mel Giedroyc, First Dates’ Fred Sirieix and The Repair Shop’s Jay Blades.

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Surprise: Anne-Marie and Moira Stewart have been confirmed as celebrity contestants for the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special (pictured, Anne-Marie)

Moira, who will be partnered by Aljaz Skorjanec, has a lifelong love of dance and said: ‘I’m really looking forward to the Strictly Christmas special.

She hilariously added: ‘I’ve loved dancing for as long as I can remember. In fact it even helped me try to keep warm in my early coldwater flat…’

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Meanwhile the Birthday songstress is ‘excited’ about the opportunity, particularly because she’s been teamed up with professional dancer Graziano Di Prima.

She said: ‘I’m excited to take part in the Strictly Christmas special. I love the show, and who would turn down a dance with Graziano?!’

Exciting: The singer, 30, and the newsreader, 72, are the latest names to be confirmed for the one-off festive episode of the popular BBC One TV show (pictured, Moira)

Mel was the third celebrity contestant confirmed for the ballroom competition’s festive installment.

The former Bake Off presenter, 53, was announced on Tuesday as the latest star to join the line-up. 

Mel, who will dance with Neil Jones, said of taking part in the one-off special: ‘I don’t think I’ve been this excited about Christmas since I got my first guinea-pig from Santa in 1978’.

Mel is best known for co-hosting seven series of The Great British Bake Off and together they starred in the Sky series Hitmen. 

Keep dancing! Mel Giedroyc is the third celebrity contestant confirmed for the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special (pictured in January) 

She has also presented BBC’s Children in Need, Let It Shine and Eurovision – You Decide.

Fred and Jay were the first stars to be announced on Monday’s episode of It Takes Two.

The First Dates maître d’, 49, and the Repair Shop star, 51, are the first celebrities to be unveiled for the upcoming festive show.

Incredible: Fred Sirieix (pictured) and Jay Blades will take part in the upcoming Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special, it was announced on Monday’s episode of It Takes Two

It will see six couples take to the floor to perform a seasonal routine in a bid to impress judges Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse, Anton Du Beke and Shirley Ballas.

Fred, who will dance with Dianne Buswell, said: ‘I absolutely love Christmas so I’m delighted to be taking part in the Strictly Christmas special and to be partnered with the magnificent Dianne.

‘I hope my dance moves bring some Christmas joy to everybody watching at home and don’t make the judges say, “Bah, Humbug!”‘

Dianne was recently forced to make an early exit from the dance show’s latest series as her on-screen partner Robert Webb pulled out two years after open-heart surgery.

Exciting! The First Dates maître d’, 49, and the Repair Shop star, 51, (pictured) are the first celebrities to be unveiled for the upcoming festive show

She recently told Women’s Health: ‘[Robert’s] health is obviously the most important thing in all this. I’m just glad that it was caught in time so there’s no damage to his heart.’ 

Meanwhile, Jay is ‘super excited’ to be on the show but his professional partner, Luba Mushtuk, may have her work cut out after he admitted the only moves he knows are ‘dad dancing’.

He gushed: ‘I’m super excited, times two! One, because I’m going to learn a new dance apart from the ‘Dad’ dance, and two because I’m going to be on Strictly!

Beaming: Fred, who will dance with Dianne Buswell (pictured), said: ‘I absolutely love Christmas so I’m delighted to be taking part in the Strictly Christmas special’

‘It’s a show that I’ve always admired, and I can’t wait to see how I perform!’ 

The coronavirus pandemic meant there was no Strictly Christmas special in 2020, but since 2014, the festive episodes have seen former contestants go head-to-head.

In 2019, series 15 runner-up Debbie McGee won with Kevin Clifton, while in 2018, Aton Merrygold – who had also taken part in series 15 – won with Janette Manrara.

Strictly’s Christmas Special will air on BBC One on December 25. 

Happy: Jay gushed: ‘I’m super excited, times two! One, because I’m going to learn a new dance apart from the ‘Dad’ dance, and two because I’m going to be on Strictly!’