Video: Royal Marine Cassidy dances in Christmas Strictly special

Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special - Natalie Lowe and Cassidy Little (C) BBC Photographer: Guy Levy EMN-151223-124029001
Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special - Natalie Lowe and Cassidy Little (C) BBC Photographer: Guy Levy EMN-151223-124029001
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Former Royal Marine Cassidy Little missed out on lifting the Strictly trophy once more, after losing out to musician Harry Judd in the Strictly Christmas special.

Cassidy, from Market Deeping, danced his way into the hearts of the nation in March after he beat five other people with extraordinary stories in the first ever People’s Strictly in aid of Comic Relief.

In the Christmas Day special on December 25, the Canadian reunited with dance partner Natalie Lowe, performing an electric Jive much to the delight of the audience and Strictly judges, Darcey Bussell, Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood.

“It’s been really good fun performing again,” said Cassidy. “It’s great to be back dancing with Natalie.”

Cassidy competed alongside former winners Abbey Clancy, a model and TV presenter; television actor Tom Chambers; Lisa Snowdon, who came third in her year; television presenter Alison Hammond, who was once an audience favourite and McFly star Harry Judd, a former Uppingham School pupil, who lifted the special silver star trophy after winning tonight’s show with his partner Joanne Clifton.

“Meeting the other celebrities has been fantastic,” said Cassidy. “It has definitely felt a little surreal dancing next to them.”

Cassidy thought his dancing days were over when his leg was blown off in Afghanistan but he proved himself wrong when he lifted the trophy in the People’s Strictly, thanks to the support of voters across the area.

“The support has always been fantastic and this time round I had my wife in the audience cheering me on,” said Cassidy. “I’m sure that I’ll have no choice in watching the show all over again this Christmas!”

The cast of the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special (C) BBC Photographer: Guy Levy EMN-151223-124105001

The cast of the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special (C) BBC Photographer: Guy Levy EMN-151223-124105001