Strictly Come Dancing fans celebrate as surprise winner of Christmas special is revealed | The Sun

CORONATION Street star Alexandra Mardell was crowned champion of Strictly Come Dancing's Christmas special.

Alongside her professional partner Kai Widdrington. the Christmas champion wowed the judges and the studio audience with a Quickstep to ‘Sleigh Ride’ by The Ronettes before lifting the glistening Strictly Silver Star trophy.

Alexandra said on the show: “I am so shocked, I cannot thank you enough.

"I’m so happy about that, I did that for you [Kai] as well, I can’t believe it.”

This year six brand new celebrities took to the floor for a festive edition of Strictly Come Dancing to celebrate the magic of Christmas. 

The Strictly Come Dancing Christmas line-up included, Alexandra and Kai, Larry Lamb and Nadiya Bychkova, Rosie Ramsey and Neil Jones, George Webster and Amy Dowden, Ricky Haywood-Williams and Luba Mushtuk and Nicola Roberts and Giovanni Pernice.


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Hosted by Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman, and keeping an eagle eye on every festive footstep are the judges Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse, Anton Du Beke, and head judge, Shirley Ballas.

The Christmas special started with a sensational group routine to a festive medley of Let It Snow, The Nutcracker Suite and Santa Claus is Coming to Town, featuring the celebrities and their professional partners. Each couple then took to the dance floor to perform their individual seasonal routines.

Once all couples had danced, the studio audience voted for their favourite and their votes were combined with the judges' scores to decide the winner. Tess and Claudia announced Alexandra and Kai as the Christmas champions before presenting them with the sought-after Strictly Silver Star trophy.

The final sprinkling of glitter was a special musical performance from the one and only, former Strictly Come Dancing judge, Bruno Tonioli.

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He sang his version of Don’t Leave Me This Way by The Communards, accompanied by professional dancers Dianne Buswell, Cameron Lombard, Nikita Kuzmin, Michelle Tsiakkas, Karen Hauer and Lauren Oakley.

To close the show in true Strictly style, the couples and judges all graced the ballroom once more for a Christmas cracker of a performance to All You Need is Love by The Beatles.

Alexandra Mardell is best known for the role of Emma Brooker in Coronation Street.

In 2019, she won the British Soap Award for Best Newcomer and was nominated for both Best Newcomer and Serial Drama Performance at the National Television Awards.

Alexandra will soon be seen as a lead role in new series The Family Pile.

Other credits include the crime drama series, Vera, where she played the role of Kelly Horton.

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