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Former Great British Bake Off presenter Mel Giedroyc is set to perform with professional dancer Neil Jones on the Christmas Day special for Strictly Come Dancing. The 53-year-old admitted that the first time the dancer sat her down to show her her routine, she considered “calling her agent” in a panic.

Mel and Neil, 39, are set to perform a routine on Ice Ice Baby by Vanilla Ice on the festive edition of the BBC’s flagship show tonight.

Thinking back to when she partnered up with the dancer, Mel said, “What a laugh, from day one. I was really scared the first day, we hadn’t really met before, other than a brief meeting. where we briefly passed each other in the hallway at an awards ceremony.

“So he made me sit down and showed me the routine, which went on for a very long time, and in my head I was panicking.

“I was like, ‘I have to call my agent,'” admitted the comedian.

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Weighing in on Mel’s initial fears about the routine, Neil added, “The first day she went for a stressful nap for an hour and a half.

“She had her blanket with her and everything.

“There are a lot of steps in there, and you handle it and make it look good,” he told the presenter.

Mel confessed that when her agent called her to ask if she wanted to be on the show, it took “about a second” for her to accept the opportunity.

Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse, Anton Du Beke and Shirley Ballas will all return as judges for the Strictly Christmas Day special.

Along with Mel and Neil, pop star Anne-Marie is also set to make her Strictly debut with partner Graziano Di Prima, performing Gwen Stefani’s Cha Cha to Feliz Navidad.

Meanwhile, First Dates star Fred Sirieix became so committed to his stint that he even dyed his hair red to match his partner Dianne Buswell.

Other stars speaking include The Repair Shop presenter Jay Blades, BBC Radio 5 Live’s Adrian Chiles and news anchor Moira Stewart.