Mel Giedroyc signs up for Strictly Come Dancing's Christmas special

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Mel Giedroyc is the latest celebrity to sign up for Strictly Come Dancing's Christmas special.

The TV personality, who used to host The Great British Bake Off with her presenting partner Sue Perkins, is already in training with professional dancer Neil Jones in preparation for her upcoming appearance on the dancefloor.

"I don't think I've been this excited about Christmas since I got my first guinea-pig from Santa in 1978," she joked in her statement. "I'm worried about the bunions, the hernia, the pelvic floor - and going blank."

The presenter announced her participation in the special during an appearance with Neil on Strictly's sister show It Takes Two on Tuesday night. She admitted she couldn't wait to be a part of the programme but felt very nervous about her routine.

Mel is the third celebrity contestant to be announced for the special. Her competitors currently include First Dates star Fred Sirieix, who has been paired with Dianne Buswell, and The Repair Shop's Jay Blades, who has been partnered with Luba Mushtuk.

"I hope my dance moves bring some Christmas joy to everybody watching at home and don't make the judges say 'Bah, Humbug!'" Fred said in his statement. "I got the phone call and I was as excited as I was scared. Because I was so scared I thought I have got to do it. There is no way I can turn this down. I have got to do it."

The Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special will be broadcast on Christmas Day.

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