Strictly Come Dancing 2012: Denise Van Outen left bruised in training

Denise Van Outen (Strictly Come Dancing)

Denise Van Outen really is putting her all into the Strictly Come Dancing 2012 final.

Having been in the bottom two for the past two weeks, it's fair to say that Denise is the act who needs to impress the most.

And with the public alone deciding who wins, the pressure is definitely on the West End prformer.

The 38-year-old has been left battered and bruised in training, with her professional dance partner James Jordan posted a picture of her injured legs on Twitter yesterday.

He tweeted the pic with the message: "@denise_vanouten is saying her knees hurt!! I don't know why,, do you?"

Speaking on It Takes Two during the weekend, Denise told host Zoe Ball she was thrilled to be in the final but frustrated after being in the bottom two again.

She said: “We’re thrilled but the situation we were in on the Sunday was tough.

“I don’t think people at home realise how emotional the show is when you’re a part of it. You eat, breathe and live Strictly.”

This weekend the final four will be taking on three dances, their favourite from the series, a judges’ choice and their showdance.

Denise revealed her favourite would be the Charleston from Wembley, which scored the pair the first ten points of the series.

And the judges have invited the duo to reprise their jive from Week 2.

Discussing their hopes for the performances, Denise quipped: “Craig’s always picking on James so I thought if I do it on my own I may get a ten!”

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