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Keep dancing! Gemma Atkinson returns to Strictly Come Dancing for the Christmas Special, broadcast on Christmas Day (photo 2017)

Gemma Atkinson returns to Strictly Come Dancing for the Christmas Special, broadcast on Christmas Day.

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The actress, 34, who played in the show in 2017, will accompany Debbie McGee, Mark Wright, Chizzy Akudolu, Joe Sugg and Richard Arnold in the star-studded line-up.

Gemma & # 39; s strict comeback comes just four months after she and her professional dancer friend Gorka Marquez, 29, welcomed their daughter Mia into the world.

Keep dancing! Gemma Atkinson returns to Strictly Come Dancing for the Christmas Special, broadcast on Christmas Day (photo 2017)

Keep dancing! Gemma Atkinson returns to Strictly Come Dancing for the Christmas Special, broadcast on Christmas Day (photo 2017)

Upon her return, the radio presenter said: & I definitely had the best time on Strictly and it has completely changed my life.

& # 39; I am absolutely thrilled to return to the dance floor this Christmas with a new challenge, and of course to be back with the gang. & # 39;

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In 2017, Gemma reached the final with Aljaž Skorjanec and fans will be curious to see if she is going onto the dance floor with Gorka, who was not linked to a celebrity partner for this year's competition.

Back again: the actress, 34, who played in the show in 2017, will join Debbie McGee in the star-studded line-up

Back again: the actress, 34, who played in the show in 2017, will join Debbie McGee in the star-studded line-up

The groove in: Mark Wright (photo 2014) is also putting on his dance shoes again

The groove in: Mark Wright (photo 2014) is also putting on his dance shoes again

Back again: the actress, 34, who played in the show in 2017, will join Debbie McGee (pictured left in 2017) and Mark Wright (right) in the star-studded line-up

Love: Gemma & # 39; s strict comeback comes just four months after she and Gorka Marquez welcomed their daughter Mia into their family (pictured this year)

Love: Gemma & # 39; s strict comeback comes just four months after she and Gorka Marquez welcomed their daughter Mia into their family (pictured this year)

Love: Gemma & # 39; s strict comeback comes just four months after she and Gorka Marquez welcomed their daughter Mia into their family (pictured this year)

Memories of your life: in 2017 Gemma reached the final with Aljaž Skorjanec and fans would like to see if she is going to the dance floor with Gorka

Memories of your life: in 2017 Gemma reached the final with Aljaž Skorjanec and fans would like to see if she is going to the dance floor with Gorka

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Memories of your life: in 2017 Gemma reached the final with Aljaž Skorjanec and fans would like to see if she is going to the dance floor with Gorka

Former ballet Debbie competed in the same year as Gemma and sailed on to the final with her partner Giovanni Pernice.

Debbie said: & I thought all my dreams came true two years ago when I was asked to do the series, but to be one of the rare people invited to do the Christmas Special again is the icing on the cake. I can't wait to dance back with my Strictly family. & # 39;

Meanwhile, Mark joined the line-up of Strictly 2014 with Karen Hauer and reached the semi-final.

Finalists: Former ballet Debbie competed in the same year as Gemma and sailed on to the final with her partner Giovanni Pernice

Finalists: Former ballet Debbie competed in the same year as Gemma and sailed on to the final with her partner Giovanni Pernice

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Finalists: Former ballet Debbie competed in the same year as Gemma and sailed on to the final with her partner Giovanni Pernice

Talented: In the meantime, Mark joined the line-up of Strictly 2014 with Karen Hauer and reached the semi-final

Talented: In the meantime, Mark joined the line-up of Strictly 2014 with Karen Hauer and reached the semi-final

Talented: In the meantime, Mark joined the line-up of Strictly 2014 with Karen Hauer and reached the semi-final

The former TOWIE star, 32, said: & # 39; It has been a while since I was on the dance floor, but I am really looking forward to dusting the dance shoes for Christmas. & # 39;

Chizzy was the first celebrity to be eliminated in 2017 after dancing a disappointing Foxtrot with Pasha Kovalev, while Richard competed with Erin Boag in 2012.

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He left the show in week seven. Joe, who found love with Dianne Buswell, played in last year's competition and said he & # 39; will do my best & # 39 ;.

Star-studded line-up: Joe, who found love with Dianne Buswell, played in last year's competition (photo) and said he will give & # 39; my best chance & # 39; https: = "

Star-studded line-up: Joe, who found love with Dianne Buswell, played in last year's competition (photo) and said he will give & # 39; my best chance & # 39; https: = "

Star-studded line-up: Joe, who found love with Dianne Buswell, played in last year's competition (photo) and said he would give & # 39; my best chance & # 39;

Second shot: Chizzy Akudolu was the first celebrity to be eliminated in 2017 after she danced a disappointing Foxtrot with Pasha Kovalev (photo 2019)

Second shot: Chizzy Akudolu was the first celebrity to be eliminated in 2017 after she danced a disappointing Foxtrot with Pasha Kovalev (photo 2019)

Second shot: Chizzy Akudolu was the first celebrity to be eliminated in 2017 after she danced a disappointing Foxtrot with Pasha Kovalev (photo 2019)

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Each of the six couples will perform a Christmas-inspired routine in an attempt to be crowned Christmas champion 2019.

Organized by Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman, the show would not be complete without the festive foursome on the jury board: Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse, Bruno Tonioli and Head Judge Shirley Ballas.

The judges will be present to score each couple and spread some joyful joy, but it is up to the studio audience to vote for which dance duo the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special 2019 wins and cancels the famous Silver Star trophy.

The professional dancers and combinations will be revealed in due course.

Happy to be back: Richard Arnold participated in 2012 (shown with Erin Boag) and reached week 7 of the competition before he was sent home

Happy to be back: Richard Arnold participated in 2012 (shown with Erin Boag) and reached week 7 of the competition before he was sent home

Happy to be back: Richard Arnold participated in 2012 (shown with Erin Boag) and reached week 7 of the competition before he was sent home

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