Strictly Come Dancing 2017 Final: Everything you need to know

Your guide to what's happening in the Strictly Grand Final this Saturday

(BBC Pictures, JG)

What time is the Strictly Come Dancing 2017 final on TV?

The Strictly Grand Final will air at 6.30pm on Saturday 16th December on BBC1 and will end at 9pm.


Yes, you really did read that correctly. That’s 150 minutes – two and a half hours – of Strictly fun!

Who are the Strictly Come Dancing 2017 finalists?

A total of 15 celebrities started a Strictly journey this year, but now just four remain…

Alexandra Burke & Gorka Marquez 


Joe McFadden & Katya Jones

Strictly Come Dancing Joe McFadden Katya Jones

Debbie McGee & Giovanni Pernice

Strictly Come Dancing Debbie McGee and Giovanni Pernice

Gemma Atkinson & Aljaž Škorjanec 

Strictly Come Dancing Gemma Atkinson Aljaz Skorjanec

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How many dances are the celebrities performing in the Strictly final?

Every couple will each perform three different routines in the Strictly Come Dancing final.

Each of the couples will dance a ‘Judges’ Pick’ – the performance from this series that the judges select – their own ‘Favourite Dance’ – the couple’s favourite routine from the series, and finally the ‘Showdance’.

Although the couples’ Favourite Dances won’t be revealed until Saturday night’s show, we do know all of the Judges’ Picks and also the songs each pair will perform their Showdance to.

Here are the Judges’ Picks for the Strictly 2017 finalists:

Joe McFadden and Katya Jones – Viennese Waltz to Somewhere My Love from Dr Zhivago

Gemma Atkinson and Aljaz Skorjanec – Paso Doble to Viva La Vida by Coldplay

Alexandra Burke and Gorka Marquez – American Smooth to Wouldn’t It Be Lovely from My Fair Lady

Debbie McGee and Giovanni Pernice – Salsa to Can’t Take My Eyes Off You by Boys Town Gang

The one big format change this year is that all four finalists will be performing their Showdance. In previous series of Strictly, one dancer has been eliminated from the final halfway through the show and missed out on this final performance. However, this time everyone will have an opportunity to perform their Showdance. Exciting!

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These are the songs the celebrities will perform their Showdance to:

Joe McFadden and Katya Jones – You Make My Dreams by Hall & Oates

Joe and Katya will use their Showdance to tell a beautiful, “Christmassy” story. “The comments we got from the judges, we’re good at storytelling and taking on characters,” Katya said at a Strictly press conference ahead of the grand final. “We’ve gone with a big story, and there’s slow dancing, there’s fast dancing, he’s got a solo. Lots of surprises!”

Gemma Atkinson and Aljaz Skorjanec – Show Me How You Burlesque by Christina Aguilera

Who knew Aljaz was a big Christina Aguilera fan? He and Gemma will perform their showdance to Show Me How You Burlesque, and the pro dancer revealed: “It’s a great track and I’ve been actually wanting to do it for a while, and to do it now for the Showdance – and it suits Gemma really well in rehearsals!” Explaining the concept, he added: “It’s basically paying tribute to our whole Strictly story really, how much Gemma has improved when it gets to the confidence and just her being a really strong woman from day one, but not being a strong woman while she’s dancing… I know it’s going to go incredible on the night.”

Alexandra Burke and Gorka Marquez – There’s No Business Like Showbusiness by Ethel Merman

For Alexandra and Gorka, There’s No Business Like Showbusiness. The two will perform their Showdance to the Ethel Merman classic, and as Gorka explained: “Ours is just based on Hollywood glamour, old school movie. And just trying to bring back our favourite moments of the show, and do something fun, quick, fast, and with a lot of tricks.” Alexandra is looking forward to it: “You literally have me leaping across the dance floor the whole time. I love it! I love it. I actually prefer the upbeat dances and stuff, and that’s what I’ve discovered.”

Debbie McGee and Giovanni Pernice – One Day I’ll Fly Away by Vaults

“We are going to do something more elegant and classy,” Giovanni revealed. “ We started with the story. We’re going to tell a story, basically, and this song is really beautiful.” The name of the song is One Day I’ll Fly Away, and Debbie will certainly be flying around the dance floor. “More lifts, just because we didn’t do a lot in the rest of the series,” Giovanni joked. “Just some more lifts, some more splits – why not. And a kick, absolutely.” Debbie added: “It’s very elegant but it also is very emotional and so I think as a last dance it’s a very nice swan-song.”

How is the Strictly winner decided?

Unlike the past 12 weeks of Strictly, this time it’s going to be all down to the viewers’ votes.


During the rest of the series, viewer votes would be combined with the judges’ scores to determine which celebrities placed where on the leaderboard.

Alexandra Burke on Strictly Come Dancing 2017
Alexandra Burke on Strictly Come Dancing 2017 (BBC Pictures)

Although judges Craig Revel Horwood, Darcey Bussell, Shirley Ballas and Bruno Tonioli will still score all of the dances in the Strictly final, it will be for guidance only. In the final, who takes home that Glitterball trophy is solely down to viewers.

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Who will win Strictly 2017?

Right from the beginning, the bookies’ favourite was former X Factor winner Alexandra Burke. However, one of their other favourites was Aston Merrygold, and we all know how that turned out…

Holby City actor Joe McFadden started his Strictly journey as something of a rank outsider with odds of 20/1, and it would be fair to say that before this year’s Strictly started, few people would have predicted Debbie McGee for the final. That is, until she pulled out that amazing Paso Doble in week one

Debbie McGee on Strictly Come Dancing 2017
Debbie McGee on Strictly Come Dancing 2017 (BBC Pictures)

As a self-confessed non-dancer, Gemma Atkinson has certainly endured her fair share of ups and downs on the leaderboard, scoring everything from 2o to 38. However, up until the semi-finals she was the only celebrity of the remaining finalists not to have landed in the bottom two.

But, according to our genuinely scientific prediction, this is who the winner of Strictly 2017 will be

When is the Strictly winner announced?

We will find out who’s won Strictly 2017 on Saturday night and there will be no Sunday evening results show.

Gemma Atkinson on Strictly Come Dancing 2017
Gemma Atkinson on Strictly Come Dancing 2017 (BBC Pictures)

Who’s left Strictly so far?

The full list of eliminated contestants are as follows: Chizzy Akudolu, Rev Richard Coles, Charlotte Hawkins, Brian Conley, Simon Rimmer, Aston Merrygold, Ruth Langsford, Jonnie Peacock, Susan Calman, Davood Ghadami and Mollie King.

However, they aren’t gone for good just yet. As is Strictly tradition, the class of 2017 will be returning to the final for one last celebratory group performance.

Susan Calman already has her bags packed!

Who’s performing at the Strictly final?

The producers have pulled out all the stops this week (sorry, Craig David) as they have booked Ed Sheeran to perform on the Strictly final.

Strictly Come Dancing – The Final starts 6.30pm on Saturday 16th December on BBC1