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Strictly finalists dare not touch

The three Strictly Come Dancing finalists and their partners got a good look at the trophy they all want to win - but were too superstitious to touch it.

They posed with the glitterball at BBC Television Centre in west London during a break from the final round of rehearsals before Saturday night's final.

A show insider said: "None of the contestants would touch the trophy due to ongoing Strictly superstition that anyone who's touched it before the final hasn't won."

Countryfile presenter Matt Baker is hot favourite to be crowned champion of the BBC1 ballroom show ahead of former EastEnder Kara Tointon and psychologist Pamela Stephenson.

The competitive trio and their partners have spent the past week putting the final touches to their dance routines ahead of the eagerly awaited climax.

The pair are performing to The Bodyrockers hit I Like The Way You Move in tonight's final show, while Tointon and Artem Chigvintsev will dance to Queen's Don't Stop Me Now and Stephenson and partner James Jordan are entering the floor to (I've Had) The Time Of My Life.

Tointon has been romantically linked to professional dancer Chigvintsev, but has stayed tight-lipped about the rumours. Stephenson, 61, admitted it will be hard to go back to work after her time on the dancefloor.

Bookmakers at Betfair have made Baker 4-5 on to lift the glitterball trophy, ahead of near rival Tointon who is 7-4. Stephenson is 8-1 to win, down from 59-1 at the start of the show.

Betfair's Alex Bake said: "Since his Cha Cha Cha in week one, Matt has been the most consistent performer this series, without doubt. He's led the betting ever since and the punters expect him to be crowned champion on Sunday."

The final is on BBC1 at 7pm.


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