Strictly's Stacey Dooley and Joe Sugg land joint presenting job

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Photo credit: BBC

From Digital Spy

What are you doing New Year's Eve? If you haven't got anything epic lined up yet, you could always ring in 2019 with Strictly Come Dancing winner Stacey Dooley and runner-up Joe Sugg.

The BBC is wasting absolutely no time in cashing in on its Strictly success by signing up the duo to present the channel's annual New Year's Eve festivities - this year, a concert from London featuring ska legends Madness.

Stacey and Joe will essentially be the night's party hosts as Madness perform some of their greatest hits live and collaborate with the Kingdom Choir, leading up to an epic countdown and fireworks display at midnight.

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Then, it will be back to Stacey, Joe and Madness for more music and fun until around 1am to bring in 2019 the right way. If you're keen to join them live, there are even some tickets available - click here for more information.

"2018 has been such a fantastic year for me, working on some hard-hitting documentaries as well as Strictly, has been a real treat," Stacey said. "Presenting with Joe Sugg at the New Year’s Eve concert with Madness is the perfect ending to such a great year!”

This BBC One New Year's Eve special will kick off at 11.35pm on New Year's Eve (December 31). Tune in and you might even catch Joe Sugg giving new flame Dianne Buswell a New Year kiss.

"I’m so excited to be presenting with my fellow Strictly pal Stacey Dooley at the incredible New Year’s Eve concert in London with the legendary band Madness," Joe added. "What a great finale to a terrific year. Bring on 2019!”

The TV presenting gig does come after Joe told Digital Spy and other media last week that being on Strictly Come Dancing had opened his eyes to other career options beyond just his YouTube channel.

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Photo credit: BBC

"I went into this, in my head, thinking, 'Cool, I’m going to do this, and then go back to doing YouTube' – which is still what I love and do," he explained to us.

"I think the reason why I had this opportunity in the first place was because of my YouTube channel and that kind of stuff.

"But now, afterwards, going down the stairs for the first time and performing on that stage, it is terrifying. But I felt that this show has slowly improved my confidence in performing. So I think now I’m much more open to the idea of doing things more performance-wise."

Might we see a few dance moves on New Year's Eve?

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