Mel Giedroyc is announced as the third star to take part in Strictly’s Christmas special

Mel Giedroyc is the third celebrity contestant confirmed for the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special.

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, will compete againsts First Dates Fred Sirieix and The Repair Shop’s Jay Blades. 

Keep dancing! Mel Giedroyc is the third celebrity contestant confirmed for the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special

The TV personality 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. 

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

Partner: The former Bake Off presenter, 53, was announced on Tuesday as the latest star to join the line-up and will take to the floor with Neil Jones  (pictured last year)

Partner: The former Bake Off presenter, 53, was announced on Tuesday as the latest star to join the line-up and will take to the floor with Neil Jones  (pictured last year) 

Three more celebrities are still yet to be named for the Christmas special.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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'

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’

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!'

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!’

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!

Team: Rylan Clark-Neal appeared to be having a blast as he chatted away to Fred and Dianne

Team: Rylan Clark-Neal appeared to be having a blast as he chatted away to Fred and Dianne

‘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. 

Champions: Series 15 runner-up Debbie McGee previously won with Kevin Clifton (both pictured in 2019)

Champions: Series 15 runner-up Debbie McGee previously won with Kevin Clifton (both pictured in 2019)

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *