Strictly Come Dancing 2013: Poor Abbey Clancy's body is starting to fail

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Strictly Come Dancing finalist Abbey Clancy has revealed her body is close to failing after eleven weeks on the show.

This year will see Strictly Come Dancing's first ever all-female final, as Sophie Ellis Bextor, Natalie Gumede, Susanna Reid and Abbey 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, props, outfits and perform the routine as they see fit.

But the pressure is on and Abbey confessed yesterday she was having a tough time in rehearsals.

“I’ve got to work hard and get this show dance perfect. This is the difference between winning or losing," Abbey explained. "I do feel like that now I know the end is in sight, my body’s failing on me. I’ve got to find that last bit of stamina and channel it into this dance.

"We spent about two hours on this one lift. I couldn’t stay straight, I kept breaking in the middle, not using my core enough and Aljaz hurt his wrist. At one point he said he’d have to take it out, but it’s such a spectacular move that’s different so hopefully we get it right and he doesn’t have to take it out."

Abbey and Aljaz will be dancing to Guns n' Roses Sweet Child O Mine, putting on a very powerful routine.

The model, who topped leaderboard last weekend, continued: “I need to find that strong character from the Tango and Paso and channel it into this dance. There’s lifts we’ve never done before so we need to wow everyone.

“It’s going to be a wow dance if I get it right. Everything is really sharp moves and it’s draining on your body. After three months of hours and hours of rehearsing, I’m finding it tough.

“I think the most difficult thing with this dance is the lift. They have to be perfect or they just look shocking. It’s demanding on your body. It is fun, I’m trying to keep my mouth shut and not squeal!"

Abbey added: “I’m quite excited to do this in the final. It does feel like if we do it right we’ll go out with a bang.

“The routines epic, the song’s epic. I’ve got to find that last little bit of strength. I’m excited, I want to do myself proud."

> Strictly Come Dancing 2013 spoilers: Final songlist and dances!

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.

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