Strictly Come Dancing 2012: Dani Harmer defends Denise Van Outen

Dani Harmer

Strictly Come Dancing star Dani Harmer has jumped to Denise Van Outen's defence, ahead of tomorrow's final.

The petite star hit back at criticism aimed at Denise for taking part in the show despite her previous training experience.

The West End performer hasn't had a good few weeks, after being in the bottom two twice in a row as well as having to put up with the comments.

But it sounds like she's got a close pal in Dani, who said: "Everyone has done the odd ballet class so it's unfair to pick on Denise. Ballroom is completely different to anything she, or any of us, have done before."

Meanwhile, Dani revealed that she was finding the final week the most relaxing yet.

She told the Daily Mail: "It's really nice this week, there's no pressure as there's no dance-off so I'm just going to enjoy myself.

"I'll be so sad to leave the competition though, I got really teary at the last training session. It's definitely going to be an emotional evening on Saturday."

And insisting any of the remaining four competitors could win tomorrow night, Dani added: "Any one of us could win and any of us deserves to win, I'll be excited to see any of us lift the Glitterball Trophy. I never in a million years thought I would get this far.

"I know I had rhythm and could pick up a routine fairly easily, but I thought I'd be voted out halfway through or something. Every single week is a bonus."

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The Strictly Come Dancing grand final is on Saturday 22nd December at 6:30pm with the results show later that night at 8.50pm on BBC One and BBC One HD.

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