The former JLS singer lifted the Silver Star trophy with his professional partner Janette Manrara after performing a jive to ‘What Christmas Means To Me’ by CeeLo Green.

This year’s Christmas line-up also included Anita Rani (series 13); Judy Murray (series 12); Ann Widdecombe (series 8); Caroline Flack (series 12), Jake Wood (series 12) and Michael Vaughan (series 10).

The pre-recorded special opened with a magical group number featuring the Strictly pros, Dame Darcey Bussell and the Christmas cast of 2018 in Lapland UK.

Each couple then took to the dancefloor for their own Christmas-fairytale based routine.

Once the competitive dancing had concluded, the studio audience voted for their favourite and their votes were combined with the judges’ scores to decide the winner. Tess and Claudia announced Aston and Janette as the Christmas champions before presenting them with the famous Strictly Silver Star trophy.

“Honestly, just thank you. I’ve had the best, best time from the series to the Christmas special, even to just meeting new friends. The judges you guys, thank you so much for your comments, everyone in here just thanks you, and this woman right here (Janette).”  – Aston Merrygold

The Christmas special also featured a musical performance from The Kingdom Choir supported by dance from Johannes Radebe and Amy Dowden whilst the professional dancers and Christmas celebs visited some very special families and threw a Christmas party with Make-A-Wish foundation. 

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