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Strictly Come Dancing: Former star teases return to BBC show – but can they win again?

Strictly Come Dancing has seen a number of celebrities grace the ballroom dance floor over the past 16 years, from soap stars to theatre performers and famous faces from the world of music and sport. It seems Denise van Outen, 45, who starred on the BBC dance show in 2012, is setting her hopes on a return to try and get her hands on the title. Speaking exclusively with Express.co.uk, the actress teased all about her comeback to the screen.

Back in 2012, Denise was partnered with former professional, James Jordan, 41, and won over the judges week-on-week.

There was some controversy over her appearance on the show, with many viewers claiming she had an advantage because of her theatre background.

However, the actress defied the critics and made it all the way to the final but was beaten to the pole position by Olympic gymnast, Louis Smith, 30, and Flavia Cacace, 39.

With a trophy yet to be won but having taken part as a contestant on the main programme already, the former star has hinted at another way she can make a comeback.

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Speaking with Express.co.uk, Denise said: “I’d like to do a Christmas special at some point. That would be nice.

“I’ve never done the Christmas special but I’d like to dance again,” she explained, teasing a return to the show.

“You never know,” she concluded, so could the theatre performer get a chance to win the Silver Star Trophy as part of this year’s festive line-up?

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Over the years, the Yuletide instalment has always given past contestants the opportunity to strut their stuff on the dance floor once again.

Another former contestant supposedly making a bidding for the festive special is none other than television judge, Robert Rinder, 41.

The latter took part in the regular series back in 2016 where he competed alongside professional Oksana Platero, 31.

He just missed out on the final, being eliminated in week 11, placing him in fifth position.

If he were to make a comeback, it seems the judge is setting his sights on being one half of the first same-sex couple to compete on the show.

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