Melvin Odoom to return to Strictly Come Dancing for Christmas special

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 8 November 2016
Melvin Odoom

Melvin Odoom

Melvin Odoom is set to return to the 'Strictly Come Dancing' dance floor for the dancing competition's Christmas special

Melvin Odoom will make a return to 'Strictly Come Dancing' for the Christmas special.

The radio and television host will take to the dance floor once again - following his untimely exit on the current series of the BBC One show - as part of the dancing competition's yuletide celebration.

Ainsley Harriott, who took part in series 13, and Gethin Jones, who appeared in series 5, will also dust off their dancing shoes.

Fan favourite Frankie Bridge will fight for the coveted Silver Star trophy whilst writer and actress Pamela Stephenson and Olympian Denise Lewis complete the line up.

The six couples will be tasked with performing for the four judges - Len Goodman, Craig Revel Horwood, Darcey Bussell and Bruno Tonioli. The Christmas special will also mark Len's final time on the judging panel.

There will also be a special musical performance at the event, which will be hosted by 'Strictly' presenters Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman.

The news will no doubt thrill Melvin as he previously admitted he was "really sad" to be axed from 'Strictly Come Dancing'.

Asked how he felt at the time, he said: "It was a really sad day over the weekend. It's really sad to be in this position right now ... we wanted to go out there and dance like it was our last dance on earth. Everyone has been amazing."

Whilst speaking after he found out he would be leaving, he shared: "I just need to say, every single person on this show; the contestants, the dancers, the production, the judges, everyone is absolutely amazing. It's a blessing to be on the show and thank you for Janette, it's been a great experience for me, so thank you.

"It was unexpected but I care about the people before everything else. I love Anastacia, I think she's a great woman, she's a great role model and her health comes first before everything else. As much as this is a great show and competition, her health comes first. It's the way it is."

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