Second time lucky? Strictly Come Dancing crowns winner of the Christmas Special

This year’s festive champion has achieved Strictly success after missing out a few years back.

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Katie Derham has claimed Strictly Come Dancing glory as she was named the winner of the Christmas Special two years after she missed the chance to lift the Glitterball trophy.

The TV and radio presenter was named the winner of this year’s festive episode alongside professional dancer Brendan Cole.

Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly in the Christmas Special (BBC/Guy Levy)

The judges’ scores were combined with votes from the studio audience to determine who would lift the Silver Star trophy.

Katie Derham and Brendan Cole in the Strictly Christmas Special (BBC/Guy Levy)

Derham made the finale of the show in 2015, but was the first person eliminated during the final, coming in fourth position.

She returned alongside five other previous Strictly couples which included Olympic athlete Colin Jackson, who returned to perform a rumba 12 years after he first featured in Strictly.

Colin Jackson, and Amy Dowden doing their rumba (BBC/Guy Levy).

The sprinter and hurdling champion reached the Strictly final in 2005, but landed in second place to that year’s victor, cricketer Darren Gough.

His returning rumba was awarded 36 points by the judges, with Tonioli commenting: “You were like a rumbalicious, snake-hipped, Welsh wonder. It was hotter than Christmas in the tropics and I loved it”.

Ex-footballer Robbie Savage also turned up the heat for the judging panel as he returned to perform an American Smooth with dance partner Dianne Buswell.

Dianne Buswell and Robbie Savage (BBC/Guy Levy)

The sports star also notoriously broke his nose while doing a knee slide as part of a jive during his previous stint on the show.

Talking ahead of his Christmas performance, he joked: “This time I’ve got a new partner, Dianne, no more knee slides. I’m savage by name, but smooth by nature this Christmas”.

The couple equalled his previous score as the judges awarded them 31 points.

Head judge Ballas said Savage’s dance was “just as handsome as you are”.

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Judy Murray and Neil Jones during this year’s Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special.

Murray, mother to tennis stars Sir Andy and Jamie, partnered with Strictly professional Neil Jones, who is the husband of this year’s professional half of the winning duo, Katya Jones.

Broadcaster Jeremy Vine teamed up with his professional dance partner from 2015, Karen Clifton, to perform a quickstep.

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Karen Clifton and Jeremy Vine

Before dishing out his scores, Revel Horwood said: “All I want for Christmas is to never see that dance again”.

Girls Aloud singer Kimberley Walsh was also re-united with her previous Strictly partner. She was a finalist in the BBC One series in 2012 with Pasha Kovalev.

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Pasha Kovalev and Kimberley Walsh during this year’s Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special

The episode also included a segment which saw the Strictly judges, professional dancers, previous celebrity contestants and other guests attend a tea at Buckingham Palace hosted by the Duchess of Cornwall.

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The Duchess of Cornwall dances with Strictly Come Dancing professional dancer Brendan Cole as she hosts a tea dance at Buckingham Palace

The show was opened with a group dance featuring the vocal talents of the Trinity Boys Choir and the cast of the Christmas special.

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The Duchess of Cornwall talks to Anton Du Beke (left) with judges Shirley Ballas and Craig Revel Horwood

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