Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 30 October 2014

Strictly stars set for semi-final

Matt Baker and his dance partner Aliona Vilani during rehearsals for the Strictly Come Dancing show

Strictly Come Dancing contestants will be hoping to put their best feet forward as the show reaches the semi-final stage.

The five remaining couples will battle it out during a three-night epic as they vie for a place in next week's showdown of the BBC One dance show.

BBC Countryfile presenter Matt Baker remains a firm favourite to win the competition but soap actress Kara Tointon and psychologist Pamela Stephenson are hot on his tail in the betting.

Rugby star Gavin Henson remains the underdog and is languishing behind all the other contestants according to the bookies.

The dancers will have to work hard to earn their place in the finals with each couple performing three times.

In Friday's show, the couples will perform a dance as per normal and will be marked in the usual way by the judges.

Then, all five couples will take to the floor at the same time to perform in a group "swing-a-thon".

During the dance, the judges will confer and head judge Len Goodman will eliminate one couple at a time. When a couple is eliminated they will leave the floor but the remaining couples will keep dancing until only one couple is left.

The first to be eliminated will score one point, the second couple eliminated will score two points, the third couple three, and the fourth couple eliminated score four.

The last couple still dancing will receive the maximum score of five. These scores will be added to the leader board and carried over to Saturday night.

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