Strictly Come Dancing 2011: Stars dress up as Twelve Days of Christmas


Strictly Come Dancing stars are decked out as the 12 Days of Christmas… but there are only seven left until the final!

The contestants have been larking about as the Famous Five, in preparation for tonight”s Strictly Come Dancing semi-final.

But it seems some other other Strictly stars are embracing a more festive theme for their dressing up.

Pasha Kovalev, Russell Grant, and Edwina Currie joined finalist Alex Jones and her partner James Jordan in celebrating the Twelve Days of Christmas.

Maid-a-milking: Finalist Alex Jones posed with her with dance partner James Jordan

Maid-a-milking: Finalist Alex Jones posed with her with dance partner James Jordan for a Radio Times Strictly Twelve Days Of Christmas shoot

Dancer Pasha was a convincing “Lord-a-leaping” for the Radio Times feature in breeches and a crown, suspended in mid-air in a typically graceful pose.

Ex-contestant Russel donned a powdered wig and Georgian costume while carrying a pear tree and partridge for his shot.

And Edwina Currie went all-out in a white and yellow feathered costume as a “Goose-a-laying”, one webbed foot resting on a sparkly golden egg.

Fun in feathers: Edwina Currie was a

Fun in feathers: Edwina Currie was a cheerful “Goose-a-laying” complete with golden egg

Finally Alex Jones was a “maid-a-milking” her cow, James Jordan.

Holly Valance, Jason Donovan, Chelsee Healey, Harry Judd and Alex Jones are competing for just three places in the final next week.

The quintet marked the occasion by posing as Enid Blyton”s Famous Five characters.

Partridge in a pear tree: Russel Grant got into character in a powdered wig

Partridge in a pear tree: Russel Grant got into character in a powdered wig

But poor old One Show host Jones drew the short straw as she played Timmy the dog, alongside Julian, Dick, Anne and Georgina (George).

In a video posted on the Strictly website, Jason said he was “cautiously optimistic” about the Argentine Tango and Samba he will be performing tomorrow.

“If I go wrong in even one place I”ll be in trouble so I really have to concentrate,” said Harry.

Ever graceful: Dancer Pasha Kovalev made a marvellous

Ever graceful: Dancer Pasha Kovalev made a marvellous “Lord-a-leaping”

Chelseeis also feeling the pressure. “I feel sick, nervous, anxious,” she said. “But excited at the same time. I just hope it all goes to plan.”

The full shoot appears in the Radio Times Christmas edition, which features TV listings from December 17 to 30

The full shoot appears in the Radio Times Christmas edition, which features TV listings from December 17 to 30

Poor Alex and Chelsee have had yet more problems to contend with, as their ample assets have been giving them severe back pain when they dance.

According to reports today, Alex has been given pain killers and Chelsee will be strapped ahead of tonight”s semi-final to help ease the pain.

Each of the celebs in BBC1″s Strictly Come Dancing tonight will perform twice with their professional partners in a bid to impress judges – and viewers – to get through to the final at Blackpool”s Tower Ballroom next Saturday.

Andthe contest could not be tighter with each of the remaining couples awarded huge scores in the last heat, which saw Robbie Savage given the boot.

Healey led the field with her highest score yet of 39, matching Judd”s effort from the previous week.

For more details about the Radio Times Twelve Days Of Christmas shoot, click here.

Famous Five to jive: Strictly Come Dancing contestants Holly Valance, Jason Donovan, Chelsee Healey, Harry Judd and Alex Jones dress up as the Famous Five

FamousFive to jive: Strictly Come Dancing”s Holly Valance, Jason Donovan, Chelsee