Alesha Dixon returning to Strictly for Christmas special nine years after quitting to join Britain's Got Talent
ALESHA Dixon is returning to Strictly Come Dancing for the Christmas special.
The Britain's Got Talent judge quit her role on the judging panel for the BBC One Latin and ballroom show nine years ago but will return for Strictly: The Christmas Countdown on December 25.
Alesha, 42, is commentating the 75-minute Strictly highlights episode along with show presenters Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman, the judges and professional dancers.
Speaking about how the show transformed her life, she said: "Winning 'Strictly Come Dancing' changed my life.
"It came into my life at a time where I needed a lift, I needed something positive. And it really was the tonic that I needed.
"For about five years 'Strictly Come Dancing' was a huge part of my life. It was just a wonderful experience that I will hold dear to me for the rest of my life."
Former contestants Ed Balls, Ore Oduba, Ashley Roberts and Jake Wood will also make an appearance.
The special was filmed before Bill Bailey won this years' series with his dance partner Oti Mabuse.
Meanwhile, fans of Alesha will get a double dose of the star on Christmas Day as she's set to perform a rendition of Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas on the Britain’s Got Talent’s festive special with pianist Tokio Myers, who triumphed on the talent show in 2017.
Her fellow judge David Walliams is set to do an impression of the Queen, which he said is likely to upset Buckingham Palace.
He will do a version of her festive speech.
It is David’s contribution to the ITV show as all four judges get on stage to perform themselves.
He said: “So that was fun — it’s an alternative Queen’s Speech.
“It’s just jokes about the other judges, more than jokes about the Queen.
“In any case, the Queen is going to watch it and not be very happy.”
His comedy mash-up, which includes comics Daliso and Lost Voice Guy, does, however, get the seal of approval from fellow judge Amanda Holden, who performs her single Home For Christmas with 2014 champions Collabro.
She said: “He does a very funny speech. It’s kind of believable.”
The show will see a number of previous acts return, including Stravros Flatley.
Presenters Ant & Dec also join in the fun by dressing up as elves.
Strictly: The Christmas Countdown airs on December 25 at 4.45pm on BBC One.
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