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Chelsee Healey's flying high, but could McFly's Harry Judd waltz off with Strictly Come Dancing crown?

By Maureen Coleman

After weeks of sequins, sambas and a celebrity star-gazer being fired from a cannon, the Strictly Come Dancing finalists will put their best feet forward tonight in a bid for glitterball glory.

Chelsee Healey, Jason Donovan and Harry Judd will each perform four dances in the final, which takes place at Blackpool Tower Ballroom.

Each of the contestants — and their professional partners — will revive two dances from earlier in the series, one of their own choice and one decided by the judges.

They will also perform two new routines including the eagerly-anticipated show dance. The freestyle number can often be the deciding factor in who wins or loses the competition.

Australian actor/singer Jason Donovan and his partner Kristina Rihanoff — who will be taking part in her first Strictly final — will perform to Dancin' Fool by Frank Zappa for their show dance. They will revive their quickstep to Bewitched, and their new dance will be a salsa to Hard To Handle by Otis Redding. The judges have asked them to dance a tango to I Will Survive.

McFly's Harry Judd and his dance partner Aliona Vilani will do their freestyle to Great Balls Of Fire, while they'll tackle an American smooth to Can't Help Falling In Love by Elvis Presley as their new dance. Their judges' choice is a quickstep to Don't Get Me Wrong by The Pretenders and their favourite is the Argentine tango to Asi Se Baila El Tango.

Actress Chelsee Healey and new kid on the block, Pasha Kovalev, will jive to I'm A Believer, at the request of the judges.

They will dance a rumba to Because Of You by Kelly Clarkson as their new dance, while their own favourite is the quickstep to Sing Sing Sing.

The pair will perform their showdance to the Dreamgirls number One Night Only.

Tonight's final is expected to be one of the closest ever, with all three strong contenders for the glitterball trophy.

McFly heart-throb Judd is the bookies' favourite to win, despite being the only one of the trio not to have scored a perfect 10.

In last week's semi-final, Healey, who stars in Waterloo Road, scored the first 40 of the series with her paso doble, but only picked up 36 points for her American smooth.

Donovan then scored a perfect 40 with an Argentine tango, but scored lower with his samba.

Judd missed out on the top score, after judge Craig Revel Horwood only marked him a nine in both dances, much to the annoyance of Judd's fans.

However, he still went on to top the leader board, with 78 out of a possible 80 points.

If the 25-year-old drummer wins the competition, it'll be the second celebration for the pop band this month after bassist Dougie Poynter was crowned king of the jungle in I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here.

In the battle of the ratings with ITV's X Factor, Strictly Come Dancing came out on top, with more people tuning in last week to watch the semis than the X Factor's final. There were many headline-grabbing highlights, including astrologist Russell Grant donning a sparkly helmet to be fired into Wembley Arena from a giant glitter cannon.

Judge Alesha Dixon said: “It will either be Chelsee or Harry. Chelsee is a brilliant dancer but I think a lot of women have a soft spot for Harry.”

The Strictly Come Dancing Grand Final is on BBC1 tonight at 7pm

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