Here’s the lowdown on the Strictly Come Dancing final
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BBC ratings hit Strictly Come Dancing will be reaching its climax this evening (December 17) with its final show. There are four celebrities in the running for the Glitterball Trophy with fans getting an array of dance routines. Here’s everything you need to know from the dances to the finalists.
What time is Strictly on tonight?
Strictly Come Dancing airs tonight at 7.05pm on BBC One and will run for two and-a-half-hours, wrapping up around 9.30pm when viewers will see one person lifting the Glitterball Trophy.
Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly are both on hosting duties as the couples put their best foot forward.
Judges Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse, Shirley Ballas and Anton Du Beke will be serving up one last slice of critique before the voting lines are thrown open to the nation to choose their Strictly champion.
Although the judges will be giving their feedback to the celebrities, it will be the fans who will be making the final decision.
There will also be a group dance with the previously eliminated contestants returning to the floor again for a routine.
Florence + the Machine will be doing a guest musical performance in between the dancing.
The four couples are singer Fleur East and Vito Coppola, Countryfile host Helen Skelton and Gorka Márquez, Molly Rainford and Carlos Gu, and Hamza Yassin and Jowita Przystał.
Each of the pairs will be performing three dances each including one chosen the judges, one they pick and a show dance.
According to the bookmakers, wildlife cameraman and presenter Hamza is going to be walking away with this year’s Glitterballl Trophy.
He has been given odds off 4/9 by Boylesports and Coral to win, while 1/2 from SkyBet.
Behind him in second place is former Blue Peter presenter Helen Skelton with odds of 9/5 from PaddyPower and 7/4 from Coral.
In third place to clinch victory is Molly, who has a 25/1 chance from bet365 and Betfair, while rounding off in last place is Fleur with 50/1 from William Hill and Betfred.
Here is a list of the dances each of the couples will be doing:
Fleur & Vito
Judges’ Pick: Samba to Hot Hot Hot by Arrow
Favourite Dance: Couple’s Choice to Destiny’s Child Megamix by Destiny’s Child
Show Dance: Find Me by Sigma featuring Birdy
Helen & Gorka
Judges’ Pick: Jive to Tightrope by Janelle Monáe
Favourite Dance: Couple’s Choice to Mein Herr by Liza Minnelli (from Cabaret)
Show Dance: Shine by Emeli Sandé
Molly & Carlos
Judges’ Pick: Quickstep to Love On Top by Beyoncé
Favourite Dance: Rumba to All The Man That I Need by Whitney Houston
Show Dance: Kiss/1999 by Prince
Hamza & Jowita
Judges’ Pick: Salsa to Ecuador by Sash! featuring Rodriguez
Favourite Dance: Couple’s Choice to Jerusalema – Remix by Master KG featuring Burna Boy and Nomcebo Zikode
Show Dance: Let’s Face The Music And Dance by Irving Berlin
The finalists were announced last week following a tense semi-final, which saw actor and singer Will Mellor and his partner Nancy Xu sent packing after a tough dance-off.
Will was facing up against Fleur, who was saved by the judges apart from Anton who felt she should have gone home.
Speaking about departing from the competition, Will said: “I have to thank you all for giving me this chance to put a smile on my mum’s face, she deserves it.
“I’ll take whatever I have learnt from this show forward in whatever I do, because it shows you can achieve more than you think.”
He went on to say: “I didn’t think I’d be able to get anywhere near this and I am so proud of what we have achieved but also everybody who has voted for me, who has supported me, the messages I’ve had from my local community and children.
“Thank you all so much, we really, really appreciated every bit.”
While his partner Nancy added: “I want to thank everyone who works on the show, it’s an incredible show, I’ve had such an amazing journey. The support from the whole team is just phenomenal.
“I’m proud of the partnership, we’ve had such an amazing journey together. I really wish I could make more memories with you and your family.”
Strictly Come Dancing airs tonight on BBC One at 7.05pm
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