Furniture restorer Jay Blades is the first celebrity contestant confirmed for Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special 2021.

Returning to the Ballroom for an all-star Christmas special, Strictly Come Dancing is inviting six brand new celebrity contestants to take to the floor in a bid to be crowned Christmas Champion 2021.

Each of the six couples will perform a Christmas-inspired routine with the hope of impressing the judges, Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse, Anton Du Beke, Head Judge Shirley Ballas, and the voting audience.

But who will lift the coveted Strictly Come Dancing Christmas trophy?

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I’m super excited, times two!

Jay Blades MBE is the first celebrity contestant confirmed for the Christmas special, produced by BBC Studios.

He will be paired with Strictly Come Dancing professional dancer, Luba Mushtuk.

The Wolverhampton-based modern furniture restorer is best known for presenting The Repair Shop, Jay’s Yorkshire Workshop, Money For Nothing and Jay Blades’ Home Fix.

In addition to his television work Jay spends time running workshops and motivating disadvantaged people in the community.

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Talking about his Strictly dancefloor debut, Jay, said: “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!

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

The news was revealed this evening (Monday, November 22) on Strictly: It Takes Two on BBC Two.

:: Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special will air on BBC One on Christmas Day.