With just six days to go before the Strictly Come Dancing 2018 final, all eyes are on the five remaining couples to see who has what it takes to lift the famous Glitterball Trophy.
This weekend’s semi-finals will cut one unlucky couple from the competition, leaving just four pairs going into the final on Saturday December 15.
The handful of surviving celebrities really ramped things up this week as they each had to learn two dances in the space of a few days.
Sadly, for some, it wasn’t enough time to get their routines nailed, leading to some unfortunate leaderboard results.
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Lauren got emotional after her disastrous samba last night
And it looks like the dream could be over for Lauren Steadman and her dance partner AJ Pritchard, who are now the bookies’ favourite to be voted off in tonight’s results show.
According to Coral, Lauren has odds of 4/6 to leave tonight, followed by YouTube star Joe Sugg at 5/4 (down from 6/1).
But while her dancing has been weak at times, the Paralympic athlete hasn’t yet been in the dance-off – unlike Pussycat Doll Ashley Roberts, who’s been in the bottom two for two weeks running now, despite a smattering of perfect scores.
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The judges brought up all the mistakes she made
Stacey Dooley, meanwhile, charmed the judges with her Charleston and Viennese Waltz on Saturday night, and has seen her odds to win the show shaved to 8/13.
"It was another good night for Stacey and whilst she didn’t score the highest it was two more accomplished displays on the dancefloor. She’s got one hand on that trophy now in our eyes and it’s going to take a shock result to stop her," said Coral’s Harry Aitkenhead.
"It was Joe’s worst night and it has come at the worst time too. Lauren is the narrow favourite to be eliminated this weekend but she’s survived on strong public support before and Joe will be sweating. His odds have tumbled to be the next to go."
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Will Lauren and AJ leave tonight?
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Lauren was left in tears last night after the judges ripped apart her samba to Rock The Boat.
"It’s really hard and I really struggled this week with the samba," she tearfully admitted to host Claudia Winkleman after making a series of mistakes.
"This was definitely not your best dance. I’m so sorry," head judge Shirley Ballas told her, before giving her just a 6.
Craig Revel Horwood, who gave the couple a 5, suggested she should "throw her hair around" to cover up her missteps.
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Joe and Dianne are also bottom of the leaderboard
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As things stand, Faye Tozer and Giovanni Pernice are joint top of the leaderboard with Ashley Roberts and Pasha Kovalev – both couples scored an impressive 76 points out of a possible 80.
Stacey and Kevin Clifton are just one point behind them with 75 for their combined dances.
Joe and Dianne Buswell only got 59 points for their Viennese Waltz and Argentine Tango, which was the same combined score as Lauren and AJ.
However, despite Joe and Lauren being bottom of the leaderboard, it’s Ashley who’s worried about being voted off .
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Ashley and Pasha Kovalev are joint first – but has the public turned against them?
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She’s said to be devastated to have been in the dance-off for two weeks in a row and feels the public has turned against her because of her previous professional dance experience.
"Ashley feels she is not wanted on the show and it is terribly sad for her," a source told the Mail On Sunday .
"She is particularly upset because she wasn’t the one who went to the BBC, begging to be signed up for Strictly.
"They approached her, knowing full well what she had done in the past. This has been so sad for Ashley. Imagine going to work when people don’t want you there."
*The Strictly Come Dancing results show airs tonight at 7.15pm on BBC1
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