What better way to spend your Christmas evening than watching a bit of Strictly?
If a certain Ms Valance were on this show there would have been many opportunities for Christmas Holly jokes but she isn't. Instead we will be treated to five celebs who are new to the Strictly experience.
Former world featherweight boxing champion Barry McGuigan who will partner Erin Boag
Hi-De-Hi legend Su Pollard dancing with Anton Du Beke
Blue’s Simon Webbe and his professional partner Katya Virshilas
Comedienne Debra Stephenson and professional dancer Ian Waite
EastEnders actress Charlie Brooks who will take to the floor with Vincent Simone.
Below are some quotes from the stars involved. Now, you don't think they acutally said any of these things during an interview with a reporter, do you? Of course not, you know they were compiled by those clever publicist people and stuck in a lovely BBC press release. Anyway, here they are:
Su says: “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!
Simon adds: “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!
Deborah says: “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!”
Barry adds: “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!”
Charlie says: “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 dance floor with Vincent.”