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Friday 30 January 2015

In Video: Denise Van Outen on a very Strictly Christmas

She’s taken the Strictly dance floor by storm this year and as the countdown to the final heats up, the pressure is on Denise Van Outen to continue her amazing run all the way to victory.

With the gruelling rehearsals, public appearances and nerve-wracking live shows, you’d think the TV presenter wouldn’t have had a chance to think about Christmas... however, Denise is already in the festive swing.

She recently joined Britain's Got Talent a cappella sensations, Out of the Blue, and acclaimed vocal coach and conductor Stuart Barr to learn how to sing festive carols backwards. Denise attended a live performance of Christmas carols at London’s Leadenhall Market and took control as choir mistress. Whilst Out of the Blue belted out festive favourites Jingle Bells, We Wish You a Merry Christmas, Let it Snow and Good King Wenceslas, Denise used a giant remote control to signal the choir to sing backwards to promote the benefits of pausing and rewinding live TV with Freeview+.

Watch our video for a behind-the-scenes look, as well as all the goss on Strictly and what Denise is looking forward to watching on TV this Christmas - besides her Strictly performances that she’s been recording each week…

She’ll also reveal who she would like to see win Strictly, if she doesn’t go all the way herself…

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