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BBC Strictly Kirstie | 17:04 UK time, Friday, 16 December 2011

Can you believe we're just one day away from the Grand Final?! To guide you through with a very special hour-long episode is Strictly super-presenter Zoe Ball with a live edition of It Takes Two straight from Blackpool at 6pm on BBC2.

Keep checking back here for up-to-the-minute backstage pictures of tonight's guests, which include all 14 of our fabulous couples, choreography queen Karen Hardy, ballroom king Ian Waite AND the delectable Alesha Dixon!

Rory Bremner and Erin Boag

Rory and Erin try to warm up backstage in the Blackpool green room

Audley Harrison

Audley is wrapped up warm for Blackpool! See him on the show later

Robbie Savage

James and Ola Jordan

Ahhh... It's Ola and James backstage before It Takes Two

Brendan Cole

More Cole for the fire?

Robbie Savage and Dan Lobb

Robbie and Dan make a lovely couple

Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace

Vincent and Flavia watching the ballroom action

Russell Grant

Russell's back in the ballroom

Alesha Dixon

Alesha Dixon awaits!

Nancy Dell'Olio, Edwina Currie, Lulu, Audley Harrison

Nancy, Edwina, Lulu and Audley

Ian Waite and Karen Hardy

The very lovely Karen and Ian try out the judges' desk in Blackpool

Harry Judd and Aliona Vilani

The gorgeous Harry and Aliona wait to join Zoe on the sofa

Anita Dobson and Holly Valance

How fab do Anita and Holly look?

Chelsee Healey and Pasha Kovalev

Jason Donovan and Kristina Rihanoff

Jason and Kristina after their chat with Zoe

Zoe Ball and the Strictly 2011 cast

Zoe and the Strictly gang sing out the last episode

Zoe Ball in a coffin

It Takes Two may have finished, but here is our very own Zoe Ball in an unusual location!


  • Comment number 1.

    Chelsea Healey

    A ditzy little dancer ready to fullfill a dream,
    Started off as a novice ,now you are the cream.
    Your an excitable little puppy who makes everyone smile,
    A true professional bubbling with style.
    Chelsea Healey is the one to beat,
    When she hits that floor she has magic in her feet.
    Here's for a win for Chelsea,lift up your glasses,
    A ball of energy who appeals to the masses.
    To ignore such talent would be a sin,
    Vote for Chelsea,she deserves to win.

  • Comment number 2.

    Hughdavies... Lovely poem... but I'll be voting for my lad ☺☺

  • Comment number 3.

    Agree with the second to last line its all about the talent for me ballroom and latin and she has the best personality and connection with her pro as well.

  • Comment number 4.

    GO Harry,am so so so excited for the final! :)

  • Comment number 5.

    Why can there be a It Take's Two on Monday to round off the series???

  • Comment number 6.

    avpn45 - We'll have an exclusive interview with the winner tomorrow night. Check out the website after the winner has been announced

  • Comment number 7.

    Thanks Strictly James - how great to hear a response from one of the team from behind the scenes is there a way we can contact you behind the scenes? Preseme this means there will be no ITT programme on BBC1?

  • Comment number 8.

    Hi Zoe you were wonderful tonight on ITT what a magnificent show - you really have been amazing on your first ITT series, Do we know if you will be back next year for a repeat performance? At the start so many complaints about you taking over from Claudia but you won everyone over, well done you! You looked great every night with something new and sparkly on - and you even wore quite a few dresses as well which was geat. Loved all the different slots - including Karen, Ian, Craig, Costume Department, Profesional Dances explaining their favourite dances, and the Friday Panels. But the most enjoyable of all has to you your interviews with the celeb dancers and their partners - these have been really fantastic. Enjoy your rest and look forward to seeing you back for the next series of Strictly Come Dancing!

  • Comment number 9.

    Go Harry, go Harry, i will keep my fingers crossed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! already nervous for 2morrow! XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

  • Comment number 10.

    lovely coats Audley and Ola!!! Really nice! :)

    Go Team Hali - you are the winners and have been since week one! The other two are nowhere near you in elegance, technical skill, team chemistry OR lovely modest but still eyes-on-the-finish line personalities. No Diva manners near you! So down-to-earth and gorgeous! :) such professionalism from both of you!! (and the stats speaks for themselves, both in number of points, number of tens, number of dances you've gotten the highest scores for etc) Team Hali for the win!! xx

  • Comment number 11.

    @NatRick I totally agree! Zoe,you have done an amazing 1st series this year! Did anyone else notice how James and Brendan kept moving every time Zoe went to talk to another knocked out celebrity!My daughters found that hilarious!Please everyone vote for Hali (Post I vote Hali if you want them to win!)
    I vote Hali!

  • Comment number 12.

    I think Zoe has done a fantastic job on ITT this series. Hope to see her back next year.

    Thoroughly enjoyed tonights show.

    James, Vincent and Brendan were behaving like naughty school kids, but I did find their behaviour rather funny. Everyone seemed to be in such high spirits.

    Good luck to all the finalists tomorrow, especially Chelsee and Pasha.

  • Comment number 13.

    This has been the best Strictly series so far. Well done to all involved. Zoe Ball has been absolutely fabulous on " It Takes Two". She seemed quite nervous in week one but has gone from strengh to strengh. She is so natural and her interviews are a pleasure to watch. Please can she return next year. Good Luck to all the finalists tomorrow night.

  • Comment number 14.

    All teams are brilliant and deserve to win. Go Jastina!!!!!!

  • Comment number 15.

    It seems to me that Chelsee is clearly the best dancer of the three.

    Jason is superb in the performance aspect of Dance, but doesn't seem to in the same league as Chelsee and Harry when it comes to the technical side.

    Harry can certainly compete with Chelsee when it comes to technical excellence. But while that makes hime an excellent dancer when he's 'in hold' - and therefore superb in the ballroom dances - he can't hope to compete with her when it comes to the performance aspect required for a top-quality latin dance.

    Harry's basic 'problem' (but not as a person) is that there is too little of the extrovert in him to make him a really good latin dancer. The best he can hope to do is to fake it.

  • Comment number 16.

    Well another year of dancing nealy over. There is only 1 winner this year clear favourite the boy wonder Harry. Harry to win go Harry go. He has such charm good looks and a cheekyness about him. He the only winner this year and come on Craig give him a 10 he deserves that and after you gave Jason a 10 last week for a poor Argentine tango. Jason 3rd Chelsea 2nd and Harry 1st. Thanks to Zoe you are a star it takes 2 this year has been the best.Jason please stop being so so humble it now aggrivating.

  • Comment number 17.

    Nut68, It wasn't poor AT, otherwise the judges wouldn't give him 10. All three finalist are brilliant and deserve to win. I like Harry, too. If you like Harry and vote for him, it's fine but it doesn't mean you should pass negative comments about Jason.

  • Comment number 18.

    Great final ITT . Congratulations Zoe for a great series,look forward to seeing you next year. Good luck to all the contestants. Just go for it and have a great time .

  • Comment number 19.

    This series has been fabulous and Zoe has really made ITT her own. She has been amazing. Hope she returns next year. Really looking forward to tomorrow. Can't decide between Harry and Chelsee, but sure it will be the best final ever. Don't forget your '10' paddle Craig.

  • Comment number 20.

    Thoughly enjoyed Zoe on ITT - full of life, obviously loving the dance and, as you would expect, a very competent interviewer. She also seemed to get on well with all the dancers, bother pro and celebrity.

    Good job and would be pleased to see her back again.

    Good luck to all 3 tomorrow, looking forward to the show.

  • Comment number 21.

    Really loved Zoe on ITT thought she has done an excellent job but wish she would listen to the answer of the question she asks, instead of talking over, hope you keep the job, our Claudia with have a fight on her hands..so funny to see James n co. moving in the camera angle space..good luck to all..but have a secret wish for Jason to win..Kristina will flood the tower!

  • Comment number 22.

    Cannot agree with Nut68. Jason's AT was not poor! It was spine chilling.

    All the finalists deserve to be there. Harry is very good, but lacks the magic that Chelsea and Jason bring to the floor. Then there is Aliona's choreography, she cost Matt the glitterball with that awful showdance, with luck she has learnt her lesson.

    Humility, is not a bad thing, and when someone is as fiercely competitive and such a perfectionist as Jason, it is often used to keep themselves in check.

    I feel tonight is one of the closest finals i have seen. They are all winners.

  • Comment number 23.

    Well done Zoe for all the great ITTs-didn't think I would enjoy it without Claudia, but you did a fantastic job. Don't know how you managed to keep on interviewing last night while the incredibly childish James Jordan acted the fool behind you-he was so distracting and it was a shame that some of the other so-called professionals encouraged him by joining in. He obviously hasn't learnt anything from being dropped from the tour. Good luck to all the finalists-will be recording it to watch later tonight as live theatre calls!

  • Comment number 24.

    Is anybody going to predict the winner when they watch tonight's show. I'm making a prediction, after just seeing the first dance

  • Comment number 25.

    Nuttynora19 @22, well said. All three finalsts deserve to win and they are friends. Why cannot all fans from different blogs be friends, too and not have a go on constestants who they don't support.

  • Comment number 26.

    Doodles, I agree with you. James Jordan's behaviour was out of order.

  • Comment number 27.

    Give over they were having a bit of fun that is what ITT is all about..I thought it was funny anyone else?

  • Comment number 28.

    Strictly Prediction; 1st Jason/Kristina, 2nd Harry/Aliona, 3rd Chelsee/Pasha

  • Comment number 29.

    claudia is tooooooo stiff.

  • Comment number 30.

    our local doctors surgery advises people to dance to keep fit, i say amen to that. dancing must be the greatest most enjoyable way to lose the fat.


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