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Strictly final braced for ‘tense showdown’ as controversial stars return

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Strictly Come Dancing’s most controversial couples are set to return to the dance floor this weekend and bosses are said to be preparing for a “tense showdown” at the Strictly final.

Seann Walsh, Danny John-Jules and Vick Hope – who all had their own controversies when appearing on the BBC show this year – are apparently set to return to the ballroom for the final group dance.

And an insider has already declared the reunion is “going to be awkward”.

Seann and Katya on Strictly
Seann Walsh and Katya Jones dancing on Strictly (Credit: BBC)

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The source told The Mirror: “It’s been a great series, but it’s fair to say there have been a number of issues off-screen – not least with these three. To say it’s going to be quite tense is an understatement.”

Comedian Seann is set to come face-to-face with pro dancer Neil Jones who is married to Seann’s former professional partner Katya, who he was caught kissing on a drunken night out.

To make matters worse the 33-year-old mocked Neil at a stand-up gig, saying: “I’m the guy who kissed a gay man’s wife.”

Neil was said to be “seething with rage” over the joke and is reportedly planning to confront Seann.

Vick Hope Strictly Come Dancing
Vick Hope was not happy with judges decisions (Credit: BBC iPlayer)

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A source told The Mirror: “Neil and Seann in the same room will be an interesting one. Katya, too, will be unimpressed by his comments.”

Radio DJ Vick Hope sparked controversy when she suggested the show was ‘fixed’ after she lost out in the dance-off.

Speaking on her Capital Radio show, the 29-year-old claimed: “So after the dance-off, there was a conflab with the producers and then they gave their decisions. There was a stunned silence, it was a really weird atmosphere.”

She also claimed judge Shirley Ballas “relished” criticising her performances, but her pro partner Graziano Di Prima came out to say he didn’t agree with Vick’s comments and called Shirley an “amazing teacher”.

BBC bosses hit back at the claims, saying: “It is categorically untrue to imply producers tell the judges how to score or who to save.”

Danny John-Jules dancing with Amy Dowden on Strictly (Credit: BBC/Guy Levy)

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Meanwhile, Danny John-Jules, 58, was accused of bullying his dance partner Amy Dowden, leaving the professional dancer in tears.

His partner Petula Langlais also hit out at the show on Twitter, claiming they “threw Danny under that bus” and asked: “Why are you trying to destroy him.”

Danny denied suggestions he made Amy cry by shouting and swearing at her during rehearsals, claiming that the rumours were part of a “vendetta” and accusing the BBC of bullying him.

All the drama is likely to make it a very tense show backstage with an insider telling The Mirror: “They have put various noses out of joint in their own ways. It’s set to be interesting to say the least.”

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