Natalie Gumede to pole dance in Strictly Come Dancing final

Natalie Gumede and Artem Chigvintsev

Natalie Gumede and Artem Chigvintsev

Natalie Gumede will pole dance in the 'Strictly Come Dancing' final on Saturday night (21.12.13) when she competes against Abbey Clancy, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Susanna Reid for the glitterball trophy.

Natalie Gumede will pole dance in the 'Strictly Come Dancing' final.

The former 'Coronation Street' actress has revealed she will perform a saucy routine to Fred Astaire's 'Steppin' Out With My Baby' with her partner Artem Chigvintsev on Saturday night (21.12.13) as she competes to win the glitterball trophy.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror newspaper, she said: "It's actually really tricky to be graceful around the pole. My hands are red raw. It's been tough work but Artem has choreographed some beautiful moves around the pole.

"I hope no one gets any ideas, as it's about grace and flow. It's really tricky but if I can get it right it will be great."

The brunette beauty, who fell into the bottom two of the leaderboard after the public vote last weekend, will face stiff competition from model Abbey Clancy, singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor and presenter Susanna Reid in the first ever all-female celebrity final.

The finalists will perform three dances each at the weekend, with one of them being a showdance, which allows them to choose their own music, moves, props, outfits and perform the routine as they want to.

However, Susanna is concerned that she may go "flying" if she doesn't perfect her lift with her professional partner Kevin Clifton.

She explained: "There is a big epic moment in the dance and if it goes wrong I literally go flying. I need to put my trust in Kevin for him to lift me.

"We are dancing to 'Your Song' - by Elton [John] one of my favourites. It's the Moulin rouge version so it'll be a very theatrical performance. I can't listen to it without a tear coming to my eye, it's going to be emotional, I'm going to be in pieces.


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