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At-a-glance: Strictly finalists


Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli look ahead to the final

By Fiona Pryor
Entertainment reporter, BBC News

Three dancers have made it through to the final round of this year's Strictly Come Dancing - Rachel Stevens, Lisa Snowdon and Tom Chambers.

A public vote will determine who wins this year's series and it will be announced on Saturday's show.

Here is a guide to the contenders, and how they got to the final.


Age: 37.

Partner: Brendan Cole.

Famous for: The former model dated Hollywood actor George Clooney for some time.

Lisa Snowdon and Brendan Cole

She currently hosts Britain's Next Top Model and has recently started co-hosting Capital Radio's breakfast show with Johnny Vaughan.

Strictly high: In the semi-final last week she was awarded straight 10s for her Quickstep.

Strictly low: In week six she received 29 - her lowest score - for the Paso Doble to the music Eye of the Tiger.

Lisa on winning: "I really can't answer that one, I'm sorry but you'll have to come back to me if that happens."

Lisa's best moment: "Getting a perfect score for my quick step routine without a doubt. Brendan and I were so pleased."

Injuries: "I think we've all had our fair share of injuries during this series. But for me, as well as the usual blisters, bruises and swollen feet, I've had a bad back and pulled a muscle in knee."

What judge Len Goodman says: "The viewers are realising and appreciating the fact that she has probably developed the most as a dancer from week one.

"She is right up there. It just boils down to the dances they do in the final and how they compare to the others."

Has she ever been in the bottom two? Yes, twice.

Is she Brucie's favourite: Yes.

Bookmakers' odds: 5/1


Rachel Stevens and Vincent Simone

Age: 30.

Partner: Vincent Simone.

Famous for: Singing in S Club 7. In 2002 she launched a solo career. She was once engaged to former Hollyoaks and Holby City actor Jeremy Edwards.

Strictly high: In week 10 she performed the foxtrot and became the first Strictly contestant this series to score straight 10s.

Strictly low: Critics have said it is unfair she is in the final because she had dancing lessons when she was in the band.

Rachel on winning: "Winning would be a wonderful end to what's been such a fantastic experience."

Rachel's best moment: "We got the most amazing comments and we got our first 10s. It was so exciting and was a real turning point in the competition for me."

Injuries: "My back has been playing up for the last month or so and has been quite painful at times but I've never wanted to give up ever. I've just been in need of pain killers, a hot bath and my bed."

What judge Len Goodman says: "She's a real all-rounder. She's equally at home with the ballroom, as well as her Latin American."

Has she ever been in the bottom two? Yes, twice.

Is she Brucie's favourite: Yes.

Bookmakers' odds: 5/4


Age: 31.

Partner: Camilla Dallerup.

Famous for: He played registrar and ladykiller Sam Strachan in Holby City.

Tom Chambers and Camilla Dallerup

Strictly high: In the quarter finals he was one point away from scoring straight 10s. Craig Revel Horwood awarded him with a nine for his foxtrot to Here You Come Again.

Strictly low: In the first week he scored 28, his lowest ever score for his cha-cha-cha to Nowhere To Run.

Tom on winning: "It would mean everyone had enjoyed watching us dance together as much as we enjoyed ourselves."

Tom's best moment: "I've improved my core strength by dancing like this. I've actually put weight on because I now have an excuse to eat what I like."

Injuries: "I've had a twisted back, a trapped nerve, dodgy shoulder, and brain fatigue."

What judge Len Goodman says: "Most of the women I meet say: 'I hope Tom wins.' I think a lot of ladies will vote for him. But it's to do with his dances.

"Last week I was disappointed with both of his dances, so hopefully he'll pick the right dances come out and perform them to the the standard we know he can do."

Has he ever been in the bottom two: No, never.

Is he Brucie's favourite: Yes.

Bookmakers' odds: 10/11

The Strictly Come Dancing final is on BBC One this Saturday at 1840 GMT. The results follow at 2100.

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