Strictly Christmas Special 2022: Corrie’s Alexandra Mardell is third star to join the line-up and reveals she’ll be dancing with Kai Widdrington
Former Coronation Street star Alexandra Mardell is the third celebrity confirmed for the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special.
The actress is best known for her role as Emma Brooker in the ITV soap but will swap the Rovers Return for the dancefloor this festive season.
Alexandra, 29, will be paired with professional Kai Widdrington, 27, for the episode, who will no doubt be keen to dust off his dancing shoes after he and partner Kaye Adams were the first pair eliminated from the current series of Strictly.
One to watch: Former Coronation Street star Alexandra Mardell is the third celebrity confirmed for the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special
Speaking about the opportunity, Alexandra revealed: I’ve grown up with Strictly Come Dancing.
‘My mum always said she’d love to see me on the show so this really is the best Christmas present I could give her.
‘I can’t wait to get into the training room and see what festive moves I can bring to the table!’
Keeep dancing: Alexandra will be paired with Kai Widdrington for the episode
It comes after Rosie Ramsey and Rickie Haywood-Williams were announced as the first two contestants for the special.
The beloved BBC show returns to the Ballroom for an all-star Christmas special as six brand new celebrity contestants take to the floor in a bid to be crowned Christmas Champion 2022.
Each of the six couples will perform a Christmas inspired routine with the hope of impressing the judges, Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse, Anton Du Beke, Head Judge Shirley Ballas, and the voting audience.
Contestant: Rosie Ramsey was announced as the first star taking part in the Strictly special
Show: Rosie’s husband, comedian Chris Ramsey, is no stranger to Strictly, having finished in fourth place on the 2019 series alongside Karen Hauer
Podcast host and author Rosie was the first contestant announced, with the star paired it professional dancer Neil Jones.
Rosie’s husband, comedian Chris Ramsey, is no stranger to Strictly, having finished in fourth place on the 2019 series alongside Karen Hauer.
On joining the special, Rosie said: ‘I am thrilled to be dancing in this year’s Strictly Christmas special!
Contender: Rickie Haywood-Williams was confirmed as the second contestant taking part
‘After watching my husband Chris compete a few years ago, I’ve been desperate to get on that dance floor myself!
‘I also absolutely LOVE Christmas, and my partner Neil is lovely, so this is just perfect. Best. Christmas. Ever!’
Meanwhile, DJ and presenter Rickie will be paired with Strictly Come Dancing professional dancer Luba Mushtuk.
He said: ‘I have watched Strictly over the years and always said I’d be too scared to do it. But here I am ready to go for it, sequins n’ all.’
There are only six celebrities still left in this year’s series of Strictly; Fleur East, Hamza Yassin, Helen Skelton, Kym Marsh, Molly Rainford and Will Mellor.
Ellie Taylor became the most recent star sent home when she and Johannes Radebe ended up in the bottom two on last week’s episode.
Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special will air on BBC One and BBC iPlayer on Christmas Day.
STRICTLY CHRISTMAS SPECIAL 2022: WHO ARE THE STARS?
PROFESSION: Podcast host
ROSIE SAYS: ‘After watching my husband Chris compete a few years ago, I’ve been desperate to get on that dance floor myself.’
ALEXANDRA SAYS: ‘I can’t wait to get into the training room and see what festive moves I can bring to the table!’
PROFESSION: Radio DJ
RICKIE SAYS: ‘I always said I’d be too scared to do it. But here I am ready to go for it, sequins n’ all’
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