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Russell Grant in New Year's parade

Russell Grant is going to be dancing in the streets - as a guest performer in London's New Year's Day Parade.

The roly-poly astrologer, who became a popular star of this year's Strictly Come Dancing, will strut his stuff in front of an estimated half a million people.

Russell will perform at the event with his Strictly partner, Flavia Cacace, just three days before he heads into hospital for an operation on a damaged knee.

He will be seen on the 2.2-mile (3.5km) route from The Ritz Hotel to Parliament Square.

The star said: "I have made so many new friends across the country in recent weeks and appearing in London's New Year's Day Parade will be the perfect opportunity to say a big thank-you to the great British public for believing in me."

He was voted out of the show last month after being fired from a cannon in the Wembley Arena heat.

Bob Bone, executive director of the parade, said: "He won the hearts of the nation for his exploits on Strictly - and I know that thousands will flock to see him and Flavia in person."

Around 8,000 performers will take part in the free parade.

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