'Strictly' announces semi-final song and dance line-up for double performances

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Programme Name: Strictly Come Dancing 2021 - TX: 04/12/2021 - Episode: n/a (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: LIVE SHOW Rose Ayling-Ellis, Giovanni Pernice - (C) BBC - Photographer: Guy Levy
Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice are rehearsing two dances. (BBC/Guy Levy)

Strictly Come Dancing has confirmed its song and dance list for the semi-final - which will see the couples each perform twice for the first time this series.

The semi-final takes place on this Saturday's live show, where the remaining four couples will have to impress with two different dances to bag a place in the grand final.

It looks set to be a gruelling week of training for the stars, who each have demanding dances to learn if they are going to have a chance of lifting the Glitterball Trophy.

AJ Odudu and Kai Widdrington will turn to their dancefloor chemistry again with a Rumba to Show Me Heaven by Maria McKee and will then speed things up with a Quickstep to Sing, Sing, Sing by Benny Goodman.

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AJ Odudu and Kai Widdrington will dance a romantic Rumba. (BBC)
AJ Odudu and Kai Widdrington will dance a romantic Rumba. (BBC)

Bookies' favourites Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice are bringing the drama with an Argentine Tango to A Evaristo Carriego by Eduardo Rovira and will then be back in comfortable ballroom territory with a Waltz to How Long Will I Love You by Ellie Goulding.

John Whaite and Johannes Radebe are starting with a fast-paced Jive to Higher Power by Coldplay and then will perform their much-anticipated Couple's Choice to Hometown Glory by Adele, which they've said will be in tribute to their families who supported them growing up.

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Nancy Xu and Rhys Stephenson are aiming to repeat last weekend's triumph. (BBC/Guy Levy)

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Finally, Rhys Stephenson and Nancy Xu will start with a party number as they perform a Samba to It Had Better Be Tonight (Meglio Stasera) by Michael Bublé and will then switch to a dramatic Tango to One Vision by Queen.

Last week was a triumph for both Rhys Stephenson and Rose Ayling-Ellis, who impressed with some daring lifts in their routines.

However, John Whaite and AJ Odudu saw the other side of what can happen with a risky lift as they both fumbled their routines at the end.

But it was Dan Walker and his partner Nadiya Bychkova who were eventually sent home after a dance-off against Odudu and Widdrington in which they managed to get their impressive final lift right.

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