Christmas Day Strictly special
BBC bosses are planning a mini version of 'Strictly Come Dancing' for a special show on Christmas Day (25.12.10) with celebrity guests who couldn't make the main series
BBC bosses are planning a 'Strictly Come Dancing' Christmas special with a string of star guests who couldn't make the main series.
TV chiefs were reportedly inspired to launch a mini version of the hit BBC One show to be aired on Christmas Day (25.12.10), after stars they wanted for the 2010 series couldn't compete because of other work commitments.
Sharon Osbourne, Peter Andre and Gary Lineker were all said to be lined-up for this year's ballroom dance contest, but the show's long 12-week running time made it difficult for them to commit.
The one-off 'Strictly Come Dancing' will follow celebrities through just two weeks of rehearsals before taking to the dancefloor for the TV contest - presented by Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly.
A source told Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper: "A one-off Christmas tournament gives celebs the chance to taste a bit of 'Strictly' glamour without committing to the full run.
"We're hopeful that big names who don't have the time or the energy to work on a series might have two weeks. Their families can see them strutting their stuff on Christmas Day."
This year's main show managed to sign up a host of top guests including rugby star Gavin Henson and actress Tina O'Brien.
Also in the line-up of 14 contestants is 'Holby City' actress Patsy Kensit, Destiny's Child singer Michelle Williams, MP Anne Widdecombe, former 'EastEnders' star Kara Tointon, DJ Goldie and former England footballer Peter Shilton.