Adrian Chiles unveiled as latest Strictly Xmas special star – but refuses to get a spray tan or smile on the dancefloor

PRESENTER Adrian Chiles has been revealed as the latest star to sign for Strictly's Christmas special.

But the 54-year-old is adamant that he won't get a spray tan or smile on the dancefloor.


He told Rylan on It Takes Two there is "no hope whatsoever" – but he's up for the challenge.

Adrian said: "I'm actually a good dancer when no one is watching.

"With no one there I'd say I'm about an 8/10.

"In any other situation on any dancefloor, I'm about 1/10. I become overwhelmed with shame and embarrassment."

Adrian then told how he's keen to avoid getting a fake tan or wearing sequins.

He added: "I don't know whether you can see, but I look rather flushed.

"There's been quite a bit of sun this week and I've just been out standing in it just to avoid getting a spray tan.

"My real concern is the smiling. I can just about to do it, but to dance and smile at the same time is beyond me."

Last night, pop star Anne-Marie told how she's learning to dance for the BBC show's Christmas special after signing up.

The singer – who is best pals with Ed Sheeran – is joining TV stars Jay Blades and Fred Sirieix in the celebrity line-up.

After It Takes Two host Janette Manrara made the announcement tonight, Anne-Marie appeared on the show by video call.

She joked: "If it all goes wrong I might just whack out a song quickly. I hope that will get me a few points.

"I'm trying so hard. I'm learning so much."

She added: "I'm very competitive."

Anne-Marie has been partnered up with Graziano Di Prima who danced with Loose Women star Judi Love before her exit earlier this series.

Delivering his verdict on her training so far, Graziano said: "I'm really confident, she's working so hard. She's doing really well."

Anne-Marie will go up against Repair Shop host Jay and First Dates maître d' Fred who have already been confirmed for the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special.

The two television favourites were unveiled on Strictly spin-off It Takes Two by host Rylan Clark on Monday evening's show.

Rylan teased viewers with an array of clues ahead of the official reveal, with Fred represented by a red rose, while Jay's platter featured some sandpaper and construction materials.

Much to the delight of fans of the show, the festive special will be making its eagerly awaited comeback after being axed last year – after Covid restrictions made it impossible to film.



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