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Strictly Come Dancing: Final preview

After 12 weeks of competition we're down to the final four in Strictly Come Dancing 2022 and one of them will lift the Glitter Ball Trophy on Saturday evening.

Actor Will Mellor was the dancer to drop out at the semi-final stage, which means there is one man and three women left battling it out to be crowned champion in Series 20.

There will be three dances each in the series finale as the four remaining contestants look to follow in the footsteps of last year’s winner, Rose Ayling-Ellis.

What: Strictly Come Dancing Final
Where: Elstree Film and Television Studios, London
When: 19:05, Saturday, 17th December 2022
How to watch: BBC One
Odds: Hamza Yassin 4/9, Helen Skelton 9/5, Molly Rainford 33/1, Fleur East 40/1

Hamza still on course for Strictly success

Ever since his score of 38 in Week 7, presenter/cameraman Hamza Yassin has been the favourite to lift the Glitter Ball and there has been no let-up in his progress.

Since that week, Hamza has scored 38-38-37-36-39-37 and will go into Saturday’s final as the hot fancy to be crowned as this year’s winner.

Currently at odds of 8/15, the wildlife TV presenter has come in from 50/1 at the start of the competition, reinforcing his position as the favourite.

The 32-year-old and his partner, Jowita Przystal, have never been in the bottom two throughout the whole series and he is odds-on to be crowned the champion.

The Countryfile presenter will take on three dances on Saturday, with a Salsa followed by a Showdance and then a Couple’s Choice.

Skelton can challenge for title

The only serious contender to beat Hamza to the Glitter Ball looks to be Helen Skelton, who has grown in confidence as the weeks have progressed.

Skelton was one of the pre-show favourites, opening up at 12/1 when she was announced as a participant, falling to 9/2 within half an hour. She enters the final as a 6/4 shot for victory, meaning it looks like a straight shootout between her and Hamza to take home the prize.

The former Blue Peter star only had one 30+ score heading into Week 4 but has since twice topped the leaderboard - scoring 35 in Week 5 and then 39 in Week 11.

Skelton - who is 9/5 to take the title on Saturday - will dance the Jive, Showdance and Couple’s Choice with her partner, Gorka Marquez.

The couple danced the Jive in Week 7 and scored 37 - which included a 10 - and they will be hoping for a similar score this time around.

Rainford shines in semi-final

Having been in the bottom two back in Week 5, not many people would have predicted that Molly Rainford would be in the final four.

The actress and singer has been in the dance-off on three more occasions, but her consistent performances have earned her the backing of the judges.

Rainford and dance partner Carlos Gu where the second top points scorers in the semi-final and the former Britain’s Got Talent contestant is 25/1 to win the title, a big drift away from her pre-competition price of 7/1.

Rainford will perform the Quickstep, a Showdance and a Rumba in Saturday’s final and it’s been revealed that their Showdance will be to a medley of Prince hits.

East is Final outsider despite perfect score

The rank outsider in Saturday’s final is Fleur East, with the singer and partner Vito Coppola available at 40/1 to win the Glitter Ball Trophy.

The former X-Factor star has been in the bottom two on no fewer than four occasions - the first of which came in Week 3 and the last in last week’s semi-final.

Three of the four judges voted for her after the dance-off, leading to Mellor’s exit.

But East remains the only dancer to have scored a perfect 40, getting 10s across the board in Blackpool for an outstanding Couple’s Choice dance.

The 35-year-old will dance the Samba, as well as a Showdance and a Couple’s Choice routine on Saturday as she looks to become the ninth female celebrity to win the Strictly Coming Dancing title. Something that looks like a step too far for the singer, who sits at 50/1 going into the final, remarkably lower than her previous high price of 80/1. Not a good omen for somebody who started as the favourite when markets opened at 5/2.

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