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Strictly’s Gemma reveals secret trick that she’s hoping will win her the glitterball trophy!

Will it be enough to win the series?

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Gemma Atkinson is competing in the grand finale of Strictly Come Dancing on Saturday evening, taking on Alexandra Burke, Debbie McGee, and Joe McFadden.

It’s a tough line-up of dancers, with any one of them capable of lifting the coveted glitterball trophy.

But now former Emmerdale star Gemma has revealed her secret tactic that she hopes will mean she and partner Aljaz Skorjanec are crowned Strictly champions.

Gemma has to be looking at Aljaz when their dance begins (Credit: BBC)

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On BBC Radio 2 this morning, Gemma explained that she always begins every routine staring into Aljaz’s eyes (it’s a tough job!).

“We always start off facing each other,” she said. “If I don’t, I get nervous and forget the routine. Every dance but one we have been facing each other.

Gemma pretends the audience aren’t there (Credit: BBC)

“If I look just at him, I can pretend it’s just us and I can do it.”

And Aljaz agreed.

“There was only one dance when we didn’t,” he said. “And she forgot the beginning.”

The couples will be dancing three times on Saturday, and Gemma said all three of her dances start with her and Aljaz looking at each other.

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But she also revealed they had to change things a bit for their show dance.

“In the show dance we are not facing each other, I’m on my own, but he’s in my eye-line,” she said.

It’s the last weekend Gemma and Aljaz will dance together (Credit: BBC)

And Gemma added that she’s “incredibly nervous” about being in the final.

“I’m so grateful we’re in the final. We have grafted so hard in the dances, I love that we are still here. I’m incredibly nervous.

“This is going to be the last weekend I dance with Aljaz, so I want to make the most of it.”

The Strictly finale kicks off from 6.30pm on Saturday on BBC1.