Strictly Come Dancing 2021 – It Takes Two’s Janette Manrara reveals Anne-Marie & Moira Stuart to join Xmas special

Anne-Marie joining Repair Shop’s Jay & First Dates’ Fred

Anne-Marie will go up against Repair Shop host Jay and First Dates maître d’ Fred who have already been confirmed for the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special.

The two television favourites were unveiled on Strictly spin-off It Takes Two by host Rylan Clark on Monday evening’s show.

Rylan teased viewers with an array of clues ahead of the official reveal, with Fred represented by a red rose, while Jay’s platter featured some sandpaper and construction materials.

Much to the delight of fans of the show, the festive special will be making its eagerly awaited comeback after being axed last year – after Covid restrictions made it impossible to film.

Furniture restorer Jay has been chased by the BBC for years to do Strictly, but was never available.

However, taking a few days out to learn a routine for the Christmas show proved just the ticket.

He explained: “I was always too busy but I have always wanted to learn how to dance. That’s one of the greatest achievements.”

Jay will be partnered with professional dancer Luba Mushtuk.

Fred, meanwhile, will be dancing with Dianne Buswell.

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