Strictly Come Dancing 2013: Who is going to make it to the final?

As we hit the half way point of Strictly Come Dancing's eleventh series, our very own Strictly judge Ellie Walker-Arnott passes her eye over the remaining celebrity contestants...

It’s been seven weeks since the Strictly glitterball started swinging. We’ve had broken noses, sprained wrists and damaged backs. Tiffs, tensions and tears. Sambas, salsas and American smooths. Plus we’ve said goodbye to five celebrities and their professional partners. 


There’s still a long road to the Strictly Come Dancing final (via the all-important live show in Blackpool) but as we cha-cha past the half way point, there are a few dancers prancing out ahead of the troupe.

So, who’s going to be the Strictly final three?

Natalie Gumede

Corrie actress Natalie is surely a shoo-in for the Strictly final. She has hovered around the top of the leader board since the first week – in fact she’s topped it for four consecutive shows – and as far as the judges are concerned she can’t put a foot wrong. 

Even a back injury can’t quell her skill on the dancefloor… 

Susanna Reid

The BBC Breakfast host is bound to make it into the competition’s final stages. She’s yet to top the leaderboard… but she’s consistantly there in the top half. The judges think she’s great. The studio audience adore her. Everyone who watches BBC Breakfast is a fan.

Plus, Susanna’s enthusiasm is infectious and there’s nothing this woman won’t do in the name of dance. Even if that means letting go of all her inhibitions and shaking her hips like Shakira…

Ashley Taylor Dawson

Ashley’s easy to watch, naturally rhythmical and clearly at home on the dancefloor. He needs to start raising his score slightly to beat off the competition, but he’s consistant, popular and has the voting power of all Hollyoaks fans behind him. A winning combo, wouldn’t you say? I reckon he’s got what it takes to hang on until the glittery end. 

Who might just give them a run for their money?

Sophie Ellis Bextor 

Sophie looked set for the final a few weeks ago, but the last couple of weeks have seen her slip down the leaderboard. If the long-limbed singer can get over her recent wobble and get back to the kind of toe-tapping performance we saw in week two with her AMAZING charleston, she could totally make it to the final. 

Abbey Clancy 

There’s no denying that gal can dance and there’s nothing wrong with her scores on the leaderboard, but she did find herself in the bottom two with Rachel Riley last week. And while Strictly’s not a popularity contest (apparently), it does help. If the public decide to pick up their phones and support the Scouse lass, she could still be within reach of that glitterball. 

Ben Cohen

Ben Cohen has been going from strength to strength, he’s a sure fire hit with the voting public and has clearly charmed the judges – there’s no way they’d send him packing if he ended up in the dreaded dance off. His tactic for moving up the leader board does seem to involve stripping off though. Last week saw him remove his shirt. I hate to think what might be next. Okay, well hate might be too strong a word… 

Strictly Come Dancing continues on Saturday at 6:30pm on BBC1.