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Tuesday 18th December 2018

Strictly couples to tackle two dances in this weekend’s semi-finals

With only two weeks left until the winner is crowned, the pressure is on

Ashley Roberts will be hoping to avoid the dance-off for the third week in a row after this weekend’s semi-final, in which each couple will perform two routines.

Singer Roberts and professional partner Pasha Kovalev will perform a paso doble to Florence + The Machine’s Spectrum (Say My Name), and an American Smooth to Dean Martin’s Ain’t That A Kick In The Head.

Pasha Kovalev and Ashley Roberts during the dress rehearsal (Credit: BBC)

Read more: Strictly's Ashley Roberts 'fears she will face every dance-off now'

She has survived two dance-offs after going up against former cricketer Graeme Swann and Casualty actor Charles Venn.

Steps star Faye Tozer and Giovanni Pernice, who are currently top of the leaderboard after scoring a perfect 40 for their Charleston, will perform a samba to Pablo Cruise’s I Go To Rio, and an Argentine Tango to La Cumparsita, from violinist Machiko Ozawa.

Paralympian Lauren Steadman and AJ Pritchard will be doing a samba to Hues Corporation’s Rock The Boat and a tango to Tina Turner’s Nutbush City Limits.

Documentary-maker Stacey Dooley and her partner, Kevin Clifton, will take on a Charleston, to Spike Jones’ version of Five Foot Two, Eyes Of Blue.

They will also tackle a Viennese Waltz to Cilla Black’s You’re My World.

YouTuber Joe Sugg will also perform a Viennese Waltz with his partner, Dianne Buswell, to David Gray’s This Year’s Love. Their other routine will be an Argentine Tango to Red Right Hand from Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds.

Last weekend, Charles and partner Karen Clifton were sent home following a dance-off with Ashley and Pasha.

Asked about his time on the show, Casualty actor Charles said: "Well, I have to say first before I go into highlights; I have to thank my family for all of their support because obviously without them I don’t know if I would have got through half of this.

Charles and Karen left the competition at the weekend (Credit: ITV)

Read more: Charles Venn voted off Strictly Come Dancing

"This woman has been by my side and supported me, she’s been strict, she’s been solid, she’s been caring and loving, sensitive, intuitive, and I’m adamant that without her I don’t know how I would have got to this level."

He added: "I’m so thankful. Thank you for the opportunity. Thank you Strictly Come Dancing. Thank you to the voters. Thank you judges because you guys saved our butts a couple of times so thank you, thank you."

Strictly Come Dancing continues on BBC One on Saturday at 6.35pm.

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