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Gemma is Strictly delighted to be ditching her trackies

GEMMA ATKINSON has said she is looking forward to getting out of her tracksuit and into a pair of high heels for the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special.

The former soap star (pictured) was among those who took to Twitter to share their excitement at the line-up announcement for the festive special.

Atkinson will be joined by Mark Wright, Joe Sugg, Debbie McGee, Chizzy Akudolu and Richard Arnold on the Strictly ballroom floor.

She told her 1.2million followers on Instagram: ‘Yup! The sequins really are going back on for Christmas.

‘Back to being out of my comfort zone, out of my trackies and into high heels! Wish me luck! @bbcstrictly Christmas Special !!! Yay!!!!’

She has been sharing her daily work-outs on social media since giving birth to her daughter with Strictly professional Gorka Marquez, Mia, in July this year.

Social media star Sugg, who competed last year and is also in a relationship with a Strictly professional, Dianne Buswell, shared his reaction online too.

Sugg-cess: Joe is excited to be back PICTURES: REX

‘So excited to get my dancing shoes back on this Christmas with these lovely people,’ he said on Instagram Stories.

McGee, who rose to fame alongside magician husband Paul Daniels, said: ‘I thought all my dreams came true two years ago when I was asked to do the series, but to be one of the rare people to be invited back to do the Christmas Special is the icing on the cake.

‘I can’t wait to be back dancing with my Strictly family.’

Holby City actress Akudolu was the first celebrity to be eliminated from the 2017 series of the programme, after a disappointing foxtrot with her professional partner Pasha Kovalev.

She said on Instagram: ‘Two thirds of the crew. I think we’re gonna have a LOT of fun. Can’t wait to find out who my partner is…

‘Whoever he is, I promise not to talk his ears off…’

Reality star Wright, who appeared on the show in 2014, said: ‘It’s been a while since I was on the dancefloor but I’m very much looking to forward to dusting off the dance shoes for Christmas!

‘I can’t wait to be back — let’s get going!’

Veteran entertainment reporter Richard Arnold, who appeared on Strictly in 2012, took to Twitter to warn that his performance may cause ‘aggravated acid reflux’ on Christmas day.

He said: ‘BREAKING: Taking to the floor @bbcstrictly it’s your Christmas Day line up! @joe-sugg @lil-bit-of-chiz @thedebbiemcgee @wrighty- & @glouiseatkinson with yours truly.

‘I will clearly do anything for that last After Eight. WARNING: My performance may result in aggravated acid reflux #disclaimer.”

The programme will be hosted by Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman, with Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse, Bruno Tonioli and head judge Shirley Ballas dishing out the critiques.

The professional dancers and pairings will be revealed in due course.

The Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special will air on BBC One on Christmas Day