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Stars line up for Strictly special

Former chart-topper Matt Goss will take on the likes of DJ Sara Cox as they compete in the Christmas special of Strictly Come Dancing.

The line-up of six celebrities will also include West End performer - and Radio 2 presenter Elaine Paige, as well as Rochelle Humes from girl group The Saturdays.

Completing the list for the edition to be shown on Christmas Day will be comic Rufus Hound and EastEnders actor Ricky Norwood, who was recently seen performing a special Children In Need dance live from Albert Square.

Matt, who had a successful chart career in the late 1980s with his brother Luke in Bros, has appeared on Strictly before when he showcased tunes from his recent big band album.

Both Rochelle and Rufus have appeared in previous charity dance contests for the BBC with the latter dazzling viewers with his performance as Cheryl Cole in the 2010 Let's Dance for Comic Relief.

The cast of dance floor wannabes was announced on Strictly spin-off show It Takes Two on BBC Two this evening.

Rochelle will partner professional dancer Ian Waite, Sara performs with Robin Windsor, Elaine will strut her stuff with Pasha Kovalev and Matt is accompanied by Aliona Vilani, Ricky teams up with Janette Manrara and Rufus is with Flavia Cacace.

The show - hosted once more by Sir Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly - will features an opening sequence filmed at LaplandUK and regular judges Len Goodman, Darcey Bussell, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood will be on hand to pass on their winter wisdom.

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