Strictly Come Dancing judges reveal their Christmas traditions with Motsi Mabuse admitting she starts getting festive in SEPTEMBER… ahead of the show’s Yuletide special

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Strictly Come Dancing judges reveal their Christmas traditions ahead of the show’s festive special.

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Motsi Mabuse admits that her celebration begins in September, while Shirley reveals that she begins to organize with gifts in October.

Craig Ravel Horwood said it is the first day of December when he begins preparations while Anton Du Beke begins to look forward to the party season after Bonfire Night.

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Celebration! Strictly Come Dancing judges reveal their Christmas traditions ahead of the show’s festive special, with Motsi Mabuse admitting she’s starting the festivities in September.

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Shirley Reveals What This Year’s Celebration Will Look Like: ‘It Will Be My Mother For Dinner, Danny Himself [Taylor] And my little dog Charlie – we always make room for our brother.

‘After dinner we drink wine and play some games, but if my son was here we would usually sing a song.’

Craig said he would ‘spend the big day working in Panto at the Mayflower Theater by the sea near Southampton because we only get Christmas Day!’

While Motsi said: ‘This year the whole family will be in South Africa for Christmas at my parents’ house, and we’ll just catch up!’

At the ball: Shirley reveals she starts getting organized with gifts in October

At the ball: Shirley reveals she starts getting organized with gifts in October

Kura: While Anton Du Beke starts looking forward to party season after Bonfire Night

Kura: While Anton Du Beke starts looking forward to party season after Bonfire Night

Anton is also taking part in a pantomime and said he would ‘be at home because it’s my day off because I’m playing buttons in the pantome at the Richmond Theatre. So it will be a lovely day spent with the kids and Hannah [Summers] – I can’t wait.’

The number of songs she finds on the dance floor during the festive season varies from judge to judge, with Shirley admitting that Dancing Queen by ABBA is one of her favourites.

Craig said: ‘My new single ‘It’s Christmas, Merry Christmas’ It’s a great jive to dance around the Christmas tree.’

Motsi dished: ‘I love Christmas songs, but like the whole world, I think my favorite is Mariah Carey, all I need for Christmas is you.’

Pleasure!  Craig Revell Horwood Said It's The First Day Of December When He Starts Preparing

Pleasure! Craig Revell Horwood Said It’s The First Day Of December When He Starts Preparing

Going to be special: All the judges eagerly await the return of the Christmas special

Going to be special: All the judges eagerly await the return of the Christmas special

He then shares his favorite Christmas cracker jokes with Shirley: ‘Why did the chicken cross the street? To get to the other side! Same every year…’

Craig joked: ‘Why is it so difficult to train dogs to dance? He has two left legs!’

All the judges are looking forward to the return of the Christmas special, with Anton saying: ‘I love the Christmas special – it’s amazing, the songs are great and the costumes are amazing. I’m a little disappointed that I’m judging because I’d love to dance in it because I love it.

‘And, you can’t get voted down, that’s what I love most about it! I’m looking forward to deciding in it and getting ready, I don’t know what outfit I’m going to wear yet, but it will be something great. ,

Surprise: Anne-Marie and Moira Stewart have been confirmed as celebrity contestants for the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special (pictured, Anne-Marie).

Surprise: Anne-Marie and Moira Stewart have been confirmed as celebrity contestants for the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special (pictured, Anne-Marie).

While Motsi added: ‘I’m very much looking forward to the return of the Strictly Christmas special, because I really like the part when we know the winner, the last goodbye before next season.’

Craig expressed: ‘Yeah, I just love the sparkle of the whole festival, it’s so joyful and you can forget all your problems.’

Shirley said, ‘I think people love to sit down with a glass of wine after eating too much Christmas pudding on Christmas Day, and see the magic that is Strictly. They know this is the last bit of Strictly what they are going to get before they start again next year.’

Thriller: The singer, 30, and newsreader, 72, are the latest names to be confirmed for a one-off festive episode of the popular BBC One TV show (pictured, Moira).

Thriller: The singer, 30, and newsreader, 72, are the latest names to be confirmed for the only celebration episode of the popular BBC…

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