With the Strictly final tonight, the question everyone’s asking is: “who’s going to lift the Glitterball Trophy?” After thirteen weeks of waltzes, sambas, and everything in between, the end is finally in sight for the remaining four celebs. It has been one of the most talked about and dramatic years yet, and the quality has been higher than ever. This final is possibly the most tightly contested in recent years, with all four of the dancers proving themselves to be worthy winners.
The Pussycat Doll is without doubt the most talented of the four finalists – but she almost definitely won’t win. Controversy has surrounded Ashley from the get-go; rumours that she’s professionally trained, and her background in a pop-group certainly didn’t help her popularity. The obvious judges’ favourite, with ridiculously over-the-top praise from Bruno every single week, it could be argued that Ashley been set up to fail. Following the example of Alexandra Burke last year, and Helen George and Natalie Gumede of previous years, you would think the judges would learn and stop choosing their favourites. Ashley seems like a likeable person, and has become a darling of British television in recent years following her I’m a Celeb triumph, but Strictly seems to have turned the masses against her. This is unfortunate but sadly inevitable; the favourites are never the winners and the fact that she’s the only finalist who has been in the dance-off doesn’t bode well, but we’ll look forward to her show-dance nonetheless.
Stacey has stolen the hearts of the nation. She was a complete dancing novice coming into the show and its always those who show improvement who do the best. Her authentic Essex charm has shined through and she hasn’t stopped smiling since week one. She’s currently the favourite to win by most bookies but can this always be trusted?
Faye is the second celebrity with a musical background, hailing from the iconic Steps. Although Faye has received some accusations of favouritism across the series, having never been in the dreaded dance-off proves she has generally avoided the backlash that Ashley has taken the brunt of. Faye has perhaps been overshadowed by other personalities throughout the series but she could always be a dark horse and steal the trophy.
The Youtuber entered the competition with a mass of teen fans, whilst older viewers found themselves asking ‘who?’. Nevertheless, Joe has become popular among all ages and has found himself on a similar journey to Stacey throughout the series. As the final remaining male celebrity on the show, Joe is arguably the least-skilled dancer, and the semi-finals did not go his way at all. However, after his poor performance last week, Joe serves as a reminder that ultimately Strictly is a popularity contest. Thus, it seems entirely possible that Joe and his sister Zoella’s fans might swing the vote; will Joe become the unlikely winner of Strictly 2018?
It’s the first year in a long time that any one of the finalists could genuinely take the Glitterball home, either as a result of talent or popularity. It’ll be interesting to see how the final plays out.
The final airs tonight at 6.30pm on BBC1.
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