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John Barrowman Wins 'Strictly Come Dancing' Holiday Special

Stage star John Barrownman was named the winner of the British Dance competition show holiday edition, Christmas Strictly Come Dancing on Saturday, December 25. For the segment, Barrowman performed the quickstep with dancing partner Kristina Rihanoff. Dancing With The Stars' Bruno Tonioli and Len Goodman served on the judging panel.

Strictly Come Dancing is a British television show featuring celebrities with professional dance partners competing in Ballroom and Latin dances. The title of the show suggests a continuation of the long-running series Come Dancing, with an allusion to the film Strictly Ballroom. The format has been exported to 32 other countries (see Dancing with the Stars), and has also inspired a modern-dance themed spin-off Strictly Dance Fever.

The show has run on BBC One since 15 May 2004, primarily on Saturday evenings. An eighth series began on 11 September 2010. A further seven stand-alone Christmas Specials have also been produced, in consecutive years from 2004 to 2010. The show has also done 5 charity specials. 



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