Bruce Forsyth is returning to Strictly Come Dancing!

For TWO special shows.


by Maria Vallahis |

Sir Bruce Forsyth is COMING BACK to Strictly Come Dancing. Granted it's only for a two-show special, for CHRISTMAS. Yay.

Christmas without Brucey just doesn't seem right.

The 87-year-old is due to host the SCD ballroom festive special and is also due to help out with the show's Children In Need special too. Double Brucey bonus, YES.

This year's line-up of famous faces include Jeremy Vine, Peter Andre, Jamelia, former athlete Iwan Thomas and TV chef Ainsley Harriott.

Bruce, who stood down from his SCD presenting role after a decade in 2013, said earlier this year that he felt "stale" towards the end of his tenure on the BBC One dancing competition show.

And it was the lovely lady, Claudia Winkleman who replaced him as Tess Daly's co-host on the 12th series.

Brucey did also make appearances for last years Children In Need and Christmas specials.

Nice to see you again, to see you nice, Brucey.

Strictly Come Dancing 2015: ALL the celebrity dancers:


Strictly Come Dancing 2015: ALL the celebrity dancers!

Peter Andre
1 of 15

Who: The living legend who bewitched the nation, and Katie Price, by crooning extraordinary romance-bomb Insania in the depths of the Australian jungle. Fascinating Fact: Ex-wife Katie has claimed that Peter’s manhood is the shape of a Sky+ remote. Might this prove a handicap during some of Strictly’s faster moves? Chances Of Winning: In terms of fanbase alone, Mr A has to be a firm favourite. (Yeah, we know, you’re still thinking about that Sky+ remote.)

2 of 15

Who: Britain’s very own R&B whirlwind. Jamelia’s also presented TV docs – and even done some Strictly-style dance-judging on BBC Three’s 2009 show Move Like Michael Jackson. Fascinating Fact: She scored her first record deal at the age of 15 after writing her own tunes with a karaoke machine. Chances Of Winning: Jamelia’s dance experience, on both sides of the judge’s table, have to make her a real contender.

Helen George
3 of 15

Who: Call The Midwife regular, playing glam (if alcoholic) nurse Beatrix “Trixie” Franklin. Fascinating Fact: Helen is married to TV/film actor Oliver Boot, who she met when they both acted in BBC1’s Hotel Babylon. Chances Of Winning: We’re not sure why, but instinct tells us Helen could be quite the mover.

Carol Kirkwood
4 of 15

Who: BBC Breakfast’s weather presenter, also seen on The Weather Show and Radio 2’s Chris Evans Breakfast Show. Anything to do with weather, she’s all over it like rain on a roof. Fascinating Fact: Carol’s done bits of onscreen dancing here and there, including some ice skating for the BBC’s New Year’s Eve Special in 2006. Chances Of Winning: Her previous dance experience suggests Carol’s prospects are bright, with frequent showers.

Jay McGuiness
5 of 15

Who: One fifth of rather popular boy-band The Wanted, who you may have heard of.  Currently pursuing a solo career, like the rest of his bandmates. Fascinating Fact: Jay went to a dance school at the age of 13. Hmm, this just come in handy. Chances Of Winning: High in terms of fanbase and ability. Jay’s no stranger to pulling shapes, but how versatile is he? Only Strictly’s emotional rollercoaster can reveal the truth.

Ainsley Harriott
6 of 15

Who: Former presenter of the first wave of BBC kitchen-based TV competition shows: Ready, Steady, Cook and Can’t Cook, Won’t Cook. Regular owner of infectious grin. Fascinating Fact: Before cuisine consumed his life, Ainsley was half of The Calypso Twins, a musical duo who scored an early 90s hit with World Party. Chances Of Winning: Low, unless Strictly inexplicably becomes a speedy-cooking championship.

Kirsty Gallacher
7 of 15

Who: Scottish TV presenter of things like Kirsty’s Home Videos, Channel 4’s The Games, Sky1’s Gladiators and most recently Sky Sports News HQ.   Fascinating Fact: While growing up in Virginia Water, Kirsty had former Strictly godfather Bruce Forsyth as a neighbour. What a Brucie Bonus. Chances Of Winning: High. Let’s not forget: Kirsty not only won The Games in 2005, but went on to present it. Look out, Tess, Claudia and Zoe!

Jeremy Vine
8 of 15

Who: Radio 2 presenter with a legendarily direct interviewing style. He’s also an author and a BBC news presenter, having reported from war zones. But how will he survive on Strictly’s shiny dancefloor? Fascinating Fact: His favourite song is AC/DC’s Whole Lotta Rosie, so brace yourself for air-guitar elements in his performance. Chances Of Winning: We sense little magic in this man’s feet.

Georgia May Foote
9 of 15

Who: She played Chesney Brown’s unfaithful girlfriend Katy Armstrong on Corrie from 2010 till March this year, when the character jetted off for a new life in Portugal. Fascinating Fact: Before her acting career really bloomed, Georgia specialised in portraying murder victims, including one in the BBC’s Life On Mars. Chances Of Winning: We have high hopes for the plucky 24-year-old.

Iwan Thomas
10 of 15

Who: Brit sprinter and former European and Commonwealth Games champ. He retired from athletics in 2012, having suffered a string of injuries over the years. Fascinating Fact: You may have seen Iwan in various TV competition shows, like Celebrity MasterChef, The Real Hustle and Total Wipeout. Chances Of Winning: Provided old injuries don’t hamper him, Iwan has the physical prowess. But does he have the fanbase?

Anthony Ogogo
11 of 15

Who: The Olympic boxer, who took a bronze medal home from the London 2012 Games. Claims he’s doing Strictly because of a shoulder injury which has made boxing impossible until December. Fascinating Fact: Anthony regularly shares sage wisdom with his 78K followers, in tweets such as, “Have a great day. Go and smash it whatever you’re doing!” Chances Of Winning: Pretty good in terms of the judges’ influence. Would tell Anthony Ogogo to his face that he’s rubbish?

Katie Derham
12 of 15

Who: The journalist and presenter of various shows for TV and radio, having flitted from the BBC to ITV and back again. Enjoys a spot of violin-playing. Fascinating Fact: Katie has about 8000 Twitter followers and is a serial retweeter of anything to do with BBC Proms. Chances Of Winning: Fairly high, if she’s as obsessive about practising as she is about RT-ing.

Daniel O'Donnell
13 of 15

Who: Wildly successful Irish singer, majoring in country and folk music. In 2012, he became the first artist to have a different album in the British charts every year for 25 years. Fascinating Fact: Among Daniel’s biggest celeb fans is author Marian Keyes, who tweeted, “I’m so excited about him being on Strictly I’ve gone temporarily BLIND”. Chances Of Winning: The man’s homeland fanbase would be a huge advantage, if only viewers in the Republic of Ireland were allowed to vote…

Kellie Bright
14 of 15

Who: Acts in EastEnders as Linda Carter, wife of Mick (Danny Dyer). She’s done lots of other TV including Holby City, Casualty and Vera. Fascinating Fact: Kellie had a role in the 2002 movie Ali G Indahouse, as Ali G’s missus Julie, aka “Me Julie”. Chances Of Winning: Fair to middling – she could be this year’s Sunetra Sarker, who reached Week Nine last year.

Anita Rani
15 of 15

Who: TV and radio presenter who’s worked for almost every UK broadcaster you could name.  Her latest gig is the rural affairs extravaganza Countryfile. Fascinating Fact: Anita was one of the BBC’s presenters for the 2011 Royal Wedding. Seeing only her top half, viewers remained unaware that she was secretly dancing throughout. Possibly. Chances Of Winning: So-so. Anita claims to be “terrified” by Strictly – but could this just be a ruse, so she can blind us with her years of secret training?

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