Strictly Come Dancing 2021 Christmas special champion crowned as Anne-Marie takes top spot

ANNE-MARIE was crowned champion of the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special tonight.

The popstar won a perfect score of 40 for her her thrilling cha cha with partner Graziano Di Prima.

They landed joint top of the leaderboard with former Bake Off presenter Mel Giedroyc and Neil Jones for their couple’s choice dance to Vanilla Ice’s Ice Ice Baby.

The 30-year-old singer looked visibly shocked as her name was called out as winner.

"I cannot believe it," she said.

"I'm so proud and so happy for this opportunity to dance.

"It brought out a side of me I hadn’t seen in a long time

"Thanks to Graz and the whole team.

"You have made my Christmas so special.”

The other celebrities taking part were Adrian Chiles with pro dancer Jowita Przystał,Fred Sirieix with Dianne Buswell, Jay Blades with Luba Mushtuk and Moira Stuart with Aljaž Škorjanec.

The judges – Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood, Anton Du Beke and Motsi Mabuse – also praised Mel and Neil for their comical routine.

"You absolutely sum up the joy of Christmas," Shirley told them.

"It was joyous, what a way to close our show, well done."


Meanwhile, The Repair Shop’s Jay Blades and Luba Mushtuk scored 34 for their jive to the Only Fools and Horses theme song.

Jay was surprised with a message from Del Boy himself David Jason before they got their judges’ scores.

Sir David, 81, joked in a video message that “there will be a royalty” for using the song Hooky Street and ended his message with one of his catchphrases: "You know it makes sense."

But fans were left disappointed by the judges' scoring of the routines throughout the show.

"Ahhhh Christmas #Strictly when the scores are bonkers," one viewer tweeted.

"Is there any point in having judges of the #Strictly Christmas special? It’s like the #PlayboyMansion Tens all around…" another quipped.

"Three tens…. I think the scoring on this Christmas #Strictly is going to be a little festive," another added.

While a fourth viewer tweeted: "Didn’t take long for the marking grinches to chip in….it’s Christmas, of course they’re going to give them 10s. Cheer up for once."

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The Christmas special was pre-recorded on Tuesday and aired at 5.10pm on Christmas Day.

The Strictly Christmas special started back in 2004 .

Like the winner of the main show, the champ gets a trophy.

Unlike the main show which has 15 celebrities, the festive edition of the hit BBC One show only has six stars taking part.

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