Radio DJ Rickie Haywood-Williams said he took up the challenge on Strictly Come Dancing’s Christmas special because his daughter is a “crazy fan of the show”.
His presenter, 42, will team up with professional dancer Luba Mushtuk as he looks to win the festival version of the BBC One programme.
Speaking ahead of the special that will air on Christmas Day, he admitted he never thought he would agree to take part in the dance competition.
He said: “A friend of mine, Melvin Odoom, did it a few years ago and although he loved it, he said it was hard when he was in the lead role.
“He went on to win the Christmas special when he danced seriously, and Melvin was a really good dancer and I wasn’t as good as he was so (I thought) maybe it wasn’t. for me.
“But then, when they asked me, I said, because it’s such a big show, I have to be in, you can’t turn it down!
“And then I found out I was with Luba and I was fine, this could be fine!”
Haywood-Williams, host of BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge with Odoom and Charlie Hedges, said his daughter’s excitement about the offer was what helped him strike the deal.
“My daughter is a huge fan of the show, absolutely crazy, and when I mentioned it to her before I confirmed it, she said ‘Oh my God, Dad has to do it, do it, do it! please, please, please!’”, he retracted.
“And then we found out that it was Christmas special and she was even more insane because she wanted to see people in character costumes!”
The presenter will perform a salsa while dressing up as a Toy Chestnut as she steps out onto the dance floor.
Russian dancer Mushtuk said: “The theme of the dance was, we were in a store and I was selling Christmas presents and he was one of the presents which was a beautiful Nutcracker, an expensive gift. best in my store.
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“And then the music started and he couldn’t stop, he came alive. He started salsa dancing then he called me and of course I went down salsa with him too.”
Haywood-Williams admits that although he feels like a “terrible dancer” he still wants to win the festival episode.
This year’s rigorous carnival special will also see Girls Aloud’s Nicola Roberts teaming up with Giovanni Pernice and CBeebies host George Webster dancing with professional Amy Dowden.
Coronation Street star Alexandra Mardell will also dance with Kai Widdrington, actor Larry Lamb with Nadiya Bychkova and podcaster Rosie Ramsey will collaborate with Neil Jones.
Last year, singer Anne-Marie and professional dancer Graziano Di Prima were crowned winners of the 2021 Serious Dance Christmas Special.
The Serious 2022 series came to an end on Saturday with Hamza Yassin and his partner Jowita Przystal lifting the glittering trophy after a public vote.
– The Serious Dance Christmas Special will air on BBC One and BBC iPlayer on Christmas Day at 5:10pm.
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