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Katie Derham admits she didn't deserve to beat Anita Rani to Strictly Come Dancing final

Katie and Anita prior to the dance off
Katie and Anita prior to the dance off
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Fans of Strictly semi-finalist Anita Rani were up in arms last week after she was knocked out of the competition following the dance off with Katie Derham.

Three of the four judges voted to keep Katie despite Anita's eight point lead on the leaderboard, and Katie has spoken out about the furore.

"We both danced our socks off but she had better socks than me that night." Katie told The Sun.

"If Anita was here she'd be laughing alongside me.  She and I have had the best time.  We were in the dance-off and one of us had to go.

Anita Rani and Gleb Savchenko
Anita Rani and Gleb Savchenko
Anita Rani and Gleb Savchenko take their final dance during the Strictly Come Dancing results show (BBC/PA)
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Anita Rani with her dance partner Gleb Savchenko on Strictly Come Dancing (BBC handout)

"She said to me, 'Mate, it's a format.  It's fine.'  That's the way it is."

"She's got loyal fans.  I'm one.  They're upset she didn't get through. But that's the show.  And there was nothing either of us could do."

Katie is gearing up to compete in the final tonight against EastEnders star Kellie Bright, The Wanted's Jay McGuinness and actress Georgia May Foote.

Kellie has revealed her frustration with a tricky element in her Strictly Come Dancing show-stopping routine as she prepares for the bigtnight.

Anton Du Beke and Katie Derham Photo: BBC Pictures
Anton Du Beke and Katie Derham Photo: BBC Pictures
Katie Derham and Anton Du Beke appearing on the Strictly Come Dancing live show in Blackpool
Embargoed to 2025 Saturday October 10 For use in UK, Ireland or Benelux countries only Undated BBC handout photo of Katie Derham and her dance partner Anton Du Beke during a dress rehearsal recording for this year's series of Strictly Come Dancing on BBC1. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday October 10, 2015. See PA story SHOWBIZ Strictly. Photo credit should read: Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: Not for use more than 21 days after issue. You may use this picture without charge only for the purpose of publicising or reporting on current BBC programming, personnel or other BBC output or activity within 21 days of issue. Any use after that time MUST be cleared through BBC Picture Publicity. Please credit the image to the BBC and any named photographer or independent programme maker, as described in the caption.
Katie Derham and Anton Du Beke have topped this week's Strictly leaderboard
Host Tess Daly, Katie Derham and her dance partner Anton Du Beke during recording for the launch for this year's series of Strictly Come Dancing (BBC/PA)

The showdance is the only dance where there are no rules as the couples battle to impress the judges.

Speaking at a press event ahead of the show's grand finale, Bright, 39, admitted certain steps are presenting a challenge.

She said: "In our showdance, we have to do something where I jump up in the air and spin around once and land. I must have fallen on my bottom about 10 times. I can't do it!"

The soap star said Strictly partner Kevin Clifton had told her "it's not that difficult".

Jay McGuinness and Aliona Vilani dance the American smooth on the Strictly Come Dancing Halloween special
Jay McGuinness and Aliona Vilani dance the American smooth on the Strictly Come Dancing Halloween special
Jay McGuinness and Aliona Vilani

The Wanted's Jay McGuiness remains the bookies' favourite to lift the famous glitterball. He revealed a love for Strictly he did not expect to find.

"When you first start, you think 'oh, there's a possibility that you could win the glitterball'," he acknowledged.

"Everyone loves Strictly - either they're a fan or it's on in the background, but I never realised I'd become such a Strictly fan. I'm in love with the show, I think it's awesome.

He added: "It's a wonderful glitterball - it's more for the people who win - but it's just a symbol. We've already got what we want from the show."

BBC handout photo of Kellie Bright and Kevin Clifton during a live show of Strictly Come Dancing. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday December 12, 2015. See PA story SHOWBIZ Strictly. Photo credit should read: Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: Not for use more than 21 days after issue. You may use this picture without charge only for the purpose of publicising or reporting on current BBC programming, personnel or other BBC output or activity within 21 days of issue. Any use after that time MUST be cleared through BBC Picture Publicity. Please credit the image to the BBC and any named photographer or independent programme maker, as described in the caption.
BBC handout photo of Kellie Bright and Kevin Clifton during a live show of Strictly Come Dancing. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday December 12, 2015. See PA story SHOWBIZ Strictly. Photo credit should read: Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: Not for use more than 21 days after issue. You may use this picture without charge only for the purpose of publicising or reporting on current BBC programming, personnel or other BBC output or activity within 21 days of issue. Any use after that time MUST be cleared through BBC Picture Publicity. Please credit the image to the BBC and any named photographer or independent programme maker, as described in the caption.
Kellie Bright and her partner Kevin Clifton topped the leaderboard (BBC/PA)

On Thursday, McGuiness stunned fans with the news he would not be reprising his slick jive. The Pulp Fiction-inspired routine had earned the very first 10 of this current series.

"The jive was so fun and everyone loved it and that was the absolute best I could do it," The Wanted star explained. "I'm happy with that being the time that I did the jive."

However, partner Aliona Vilani said their showdance would contain a segment from that crowd-pleasing jive.

Broadcaster Katie and her partner Anton Du Beke spoke of their joy at reaching the final.

Derham addressed the "fix" claims sparked by their semi-final dance-off victory over presenter Anita Rani and professional Gleb Savchenko.

"It's a shame people want to pick on any negative connotations," she said. "I always wanted to do this, Radio 3 presenter quotes Taylor Swift: you've just got to 'shake it off'!"

It's a first final appearance for Du Beke in his 12 years on the popular BBC One ballroom series.

He said: "I really wanted to know what it felt like to be in the final because I've been doing it a long time. Kevin's been here for five minutes and he's never not been in the final.

"It ain't half made me grumpy, I've got to be honest with you!"

Former Coronation Street star Georgia May Foote enthused about her favourite dance with partner Giovanni Pernice.

"The Charleston. Either that or the samba. I like them both, but the Charleston especially just because I did it to Chicago, which is my favourite musical ever.

"I always wanted to do the Charleston and I did it in the wig and the make-up and the costume and everything and it just was the best," the 24-year-old stated.

The four couples will be performing up to three dances: a showdance, a previous routine as selected by the judges and their personal favourite dance from this series.

Among the dances viewers will be treated to are: Bright's Charleston to Star Wars; Derham's Viennese waltz to If I Can Dream by Elvis Presley; May Foote's Chicago-inspired Charleston and McGuiness's paso doble to It's My Life by Bon Jovi.

Music will come from Ellie Goulding in the results segment of tonight's show.

The BBC told the Press Association the chart-topper will sing Love Me Like You Do, accompanied by a selection of professional dancers including new favourite Savchenko.

The glitterball is up for grabs, but EastEnders' Bright dismissed any notions of rivalry.

"I really truly do not feel that at all. I've never felt it during the whole time we've been on the show.

"I still want everyone here to do their best and feel happy with what they've done. We're winners, we're all winners," she said.

Strictly Come Dancing's final is broadcast tonight at 6.35pm on BBC One.

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