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Michael Taylor 20th Dec 2008 - 12:13

Strictly...this time your votes do count!

The judges are excited, the contestants are nervous and Brucie has broken out his 1950s joke book. It all means one thing - the final of Strictly Come Dancing.

The sixteen celebrities, I use the term generously, have been whittled down to just three and now, Tom Chambers, Rachel Stevens and Lisa Snowdon will fight for the right to be crowned '2008 champion'.

After the voting fiasco of last week (God bless the BBC), it is a relief to get back to what matters, the dancing. And with Snowdon appearing from nowhere, Stevens constantly raising her game and Chambers losing form, it looks set to be one of the closest finals ever.

So, who is going to win this year?

Tom Chambers and Camilla Dallerup

When Austin Healy was elimintated two weeks ago it seemed Chambers would run away with it. However, he finished last week as the lowest scoring performer, eight points off the pace, and cracks are beginning to show.

He has been acused of acting his performances rather than letting it flow from the heart but he finds himself as even priced favourite due to the public voting with their hearts rather than their heads.

The worst dancer left in the competition but as previous winners Mark Ramprakash and Darren Gough found, hard-working, good-looking men have an advantage when it comes to voting. Although the 3/1 about him finishing third (or be the first person eliminated) could be tempting.

Final dances

Foxtrot - previous score: 39 (quarter final), Salsa - previous score: 35 (week nine)

Rachel Stevens and Vincent Simone

The former S Club 7 (or as Len Goodman would say, 'Sev-ern') beauty started the competition unconvincingly but, after a magnificent Rumba in week nine, things turned around for her.

She will certainly command the male vote with her perfect form, while if it was purely a dance contest she would have the advantage over Chambers. One issue could be the questionable relationship she shares with her Italian dance partner.

At 6/4 she is the most attractive option to win outright, especially if she outshines cheesy Chambers once again.

Finals dances

Foxtrot - previous score: 40 (week ten), Rumba - previous score: 39 (week nine)

Lisa Snowdon and Brendan Cole

The former girlfriend of George Clooney (and, I think, TV presenter) has been going from strength to strength, even managing a perfect 40 with her Quickstep last week.

However, she is still the rank outsider and for good reason. She struggles to maintain consistency over the two dances and she may lose a number of her voters to Rachel Stevens.

Unfortunately for Snowdon (11/2), if she had raised her game earlier she could have been a more serious contender as on her day she is the best dancer in the competition.

Finals dances

Foxtrot - previous score: 39 (week eleven), Cha Cha Cha - previous score: 37 (week eleven)

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