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Dancing queens: Matthew Cutler with Kimberley, Laura, Odette, Carlene and Amy who star in Diet On The Dancefloor The cast of non-celebs includes single mothers, a would-be pop singer and a newly 'out' businessman forging a new life with his boyfriend.
Every one of them was desperate to waltz off with the winner's trophy, awarded to the person who combined the best performance with the steadiest improvement in fitness.
Matthew insists that contestants Carlene Moreno, Amy Saunders, Odette Leigh-Wright, Laura Barber and Kimberley Mc Lean worry too much about the relative slightness of their male partners, because lifting is mostly about technique, although brute strength is always helpful.
'I'm certainly not a body fascist,' he says, in case anyone thinks he might be.
contestants reuniting for the annual Christmas Special.
Actress Lisa Riley, TV presenter Chris Hollins and astrologer Russell Grant will also be making their comebacks, as will long-serving host Sir Bruce Forsyth who returns to the ballroom from retirement to present alongside Tess Daly on BBC One.
One contestant was told he moved with all the grace of a fridge, while another suffered a panic attack when she thought her lime-green halterneck made her look like a porn star. Today, the only man present is one of the show's judges, Matthew Cutler.
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There will be a pantomime theme to the show, meaning all the stars will take on iconic roles from some of our favourite pantos.
Judges Len Goodman, Craig Revel Horwood, Darcey Bussell and Bruno Tonioli will be joining in with some Christmas cheer (and probably Scrooge moments from Craig), as will six of the professional dancers.
It is her job to warn the dieters off the cakes and chips and find out their aerobic capacity with a fiendish test, which sees the contestants running from one side of a gym to the other until a beeper sounds signals that they can stand it no more. But it seems her tough approach has worked in changing the eating habits of the dieters.
'I went to the market for the first time in my life to buy my fruit and vegetables because Dr Cath told me to,' says Carlene, 24, from London, who works for an advertising company - she has dropped from almost 13 stone to just over 11.