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Strictly Christmas special: Anne-Marie and Moira Stuart are latest contestants

The singer and newsreader were announced as contestants on BBC Two spin-off It Takes Two on Thursday night.

Anne-Marie
Anne-Marie

Anne-Marie and Moira Stuart have been announced as the latest celebrities taking part in the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special.

The singer and newsreader were revealed on BBC Two spin-off It Takes Two on Thursday night hosted by Janette Manrara.

During this year’s festive special, Anne-Marie will dance with Graziano Di Prima while TV and Radio presenter Moira will be paired with Aljaz Skorjanec.

Speaking on a video link on It Takes Two, the 2002 singer said: “I am about 15 million per cent excited.

“If it all goes wrong, I may just whack out a song quickly and hope that that gets me a few points but I’m trying hard, I’m learning so much.”

When asked to describe Anne-Marie in three words, Graziano said: “She’s a star, we’ve got chemistry and she can dance.

“I’m really confident, she is working so hard and she’s got the moves. She is doing really well.”

The platinum-selling pop singer added: “I love the show, and who would turn down a dance with Graziano?”

Multi-award-winning newsreader Moira has had a career in radio and television spanning five decades.

She said: “I’m really looking forward to the Strictly Christmas special. I’ve loved dancing for as long as I can remember. In fact, it even helped me try to keep warm in my early cold water flat.”

The pop star and newsreader will join Mel Giedroyc, Fred Sirieix, and Jay Blades in the 2021 festive competition, with the sixth celebrity to be revealed in due course.

Each of the six couples will perform a Christmas inspired routine with the hope of impressing the judges and the voting audience, in a bid to be crowned Christmas Champion 2021.

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