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Bookies have some BAD news for Gemma Atkinson before Strictly semi-final

But can she overcome the obstacle?

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Gemma Atkinson has put herself in the frame for Strictly glory with some scintillating performances this series.

However, bookies reckon the Emmerdale actress may have shot herself in the foot by choosing the wrong dance for this weekend’s semi-final.

Gemma, 33, and her professional partner Aljaz Skornajec, 27, will be performing the Tango to The Knack’s My Sharona on Saturday’s show.

But it’s been revealed that the dance has caused more exits than any other in the history of Strictly…

According to research, the Tango has accounted for 14 per cent of eliminations over the course of the show’s history.

And a spokesman for Betway, Alan Alger, commented: “Viewed as the ultimate test, the Tango is certainly a favourite amongst Strictly viewers.

“The sizzling routines make it difficult to pull off, and our research suggests it’s very much a risk-reward scenario for dancers who attempt the notoriously tricky dance.

“This week, Gemma Atkinson has opted for the Tango, a move which we think could prove costly.”

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And although Gemma and Aljaz will also be performing the Rumba to Beneath Your Beautiful by Labrinth featuring Emeli Sande, Betway has given them odds of just 11/8 to be given the boot.

Joe McFadden and his partner Katya Jones are favourites with Betway to win the competition, at even money. This week, they’ll be performing an American Smooth to Robbie Williams’ Have You Met Miss Jones? and an Argentine Tango to Human by Rag n’ Bone Man.

Joe McFadden and Katya Jones are favourites to win (Credit: BBC)

Following all the bad press about her alleged backstage ‘meltdowns’, Alexandra Burke will be very much under the spotlight as she and Gorka Marquez perform the Salsa to Finally by CeCe Peniston and then the Viennese Waltz to Tina Arena’s Everybody Hurts.

Mollie King and AJ Pritchard will Waltz their way around the dancefloor to Sarah McLachlan’s Angel, before launching into a Samba to Shakira’s fiery Whenever, Wherever.

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And Debbie McGee and Giovanni Pernice – one of the series’ outstanding partnerships – will be attempting to cruise into the final with a Foxtrot to Stevie Wonder’s Isn’t She Lovely, and then a Jive to the Pointer Sisters’ I’m So Excited.

Whatever happens, it promises to be a fantastic weekend of dancing…