Corrie star to pole-dance in Strictly final

Corrie star to pole-dance in Strictly final

Natalie Gumede will pole dance in the 'Strictly Come Dancing' final.

The former 'Coronation Street' actress has revealed she will perform a saucy routine to Fred Astaire's 'Steppin' Out With My Baby' with her partner Artem Chigvintsev on Saturday night as she competes to win the glitterball trophy.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror newspaper, she said: "It's actually really tricky to be graceful around the pole. My hands are red raw.

"It's been tough work but Artem has choreographed some beautiful moves around the pole.

"I hope no one gets any ideas, as it's about grace and flow. It's really tricky but if I can get it right it will be great."

The brunette beauty, who fell into the bottom two of the leaderboard after the public vote last weekend, will face stiff competition from model Abbey Clancy, singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor and presenter Susanna Reid in the first ever all-female celebrity final.

The finalists will perform three dances each at the weekend, with one of them being a showdance, which allows them to choose their own music, moves, props, outfits and perform the routine as they want to.

However, Reid is concerned that she may go "flying" if she doesn't perfect her lift with her professional partner Kevin Clifton.

She explained: "There is a big epic moment in the dance and if it goes wrong I literally go flying. I need to put my trust in Kevin for him to lift me.

"We are dancing to 'Your Song' - by Elton [John] one of my favourites. It's the Moulin rouge version so it'll be a very theatrical performance. I can't listen to it without a tear coming to my eye, it's going to be emotional, I'm going to be in pieces."

More in this Section

Ant and Dec front Saturday Night Takeaway from their living roomsAnt and Dec front Saturday Night Takeaway from their living rooms

Tom Hanks back in the US after self-isolating in AustraliaTom Hanks back in the US after self-isolating in Australia

Marion Cotillard: Listen to health experts and stay at homeMarion Cotillard: Listen to health experts and stay at home

Body Coach Joe Wicks donates money from YouTube PE sessions to NHSBody Coach Joe Wicks donates money from YouTube PE sessions to NHS


Lifestyle

As the clocks go ahead, so does your style. Corina Gaffney picks your new wardrobe heroesFashion forward: Spring fashion as the clocks change

Des O'Sullivan gives an overview of the changed dates for much-anticipated salesAntiques & FIne Art: What events are put on hold for now?

Virtual auctions a welcome distraction, writes Des O’SullivanBuyers adapt with ease to bid online while grounded

I wish I could write us all back in time, when we could pop to the shops without fear, when grandparents did not have to wave through a window at their grandchildren.Michelle Darmody: Recipes with simple ingredients

More From The Irish Examiner