Strictly Come Dancing final: Natalie Gumede plans pole dancing showdance!

Strictly Come Dancing

Strictly's Natalie Gumede has revealed her showdance will include a bit of pole dancing!

This year will see Strictly Come Dancing's first ever all-female final, as Sophie Ellis Bextor, Abbey Clancy, Susanna Reid and Natalie all compete for the Glitterball.

One of the three dances the finalists will be performing on Saturday night is a showdance, which has no rules: The celebs and their pro partners choose the music, moves, any props, their outfits and perform the routine as they see fit.

Natalie and her pro partner Artem will be dancing to “Steppin’ Out with My Baby” by Christina Aguilera and Tony Bennett, and she teased: “Our dance is very old Hollywood show business, and old school vibe and it’s something that’s always tricky that you have to attack with gusto.

"I think there will be a few tricks in the show dance, some aerial acrobatics. Artem always includes something choreographically tricky; I’m looking forward to what he has in store for me."

The Coronation actress, who was in the bottom two last weekend, continued: “We also have a pole to dance around there’s another element we have to work on the styling. The illusion will look beautiful; if I get it wrong it will be clumsy.

“It’s actually really tricky to be graceful around the pole. I’ve got a lot of strength and core-work while I was dancing round my pole. My hands are now red raw from pole dancing, it’s been a tough afternoon’s work!

“Artem has choreographed some beautiful moves around the pole. I hope no one gets any ideas, as its about grace and flow it’s really tricky but if I can get it right it will be great."

And she added: “If the show dance is our last ever dance on strictly I’m sure I would still die happy.”

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The grand final will be on Saturday 21st December at 6:30pm on BBC One and BBC One HD. The Strictly 2013 winner will be revealed in the second show of the evening next Saturday at 8:40pm.

Browse the Strictly finalists in training below...

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