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Sian Baldwin

When is the Strictly Come Dancing 2023 final and who is in it?

The countdown is on for the Strictly Come Dancing 2023 final, with three celebrities set to take to the BBC One show's dancefloor one last time.

One celebrity and his or her professional dance partner will be crowned the series 21 winners and lift the coveted Glitterball Trophy. In 2022, wildlife photography and Countryfile star Hamza Yassin and his dancer partner Jowita Przystał took home the trophy.

So after all the sweat, tears, and toil we have seen since the 2023 show began in September, when is the final and who is in it?

Here's your ultimate guide:

When is the Strictly Come Dancing 2023 final?

The Strictly final will be broadcast live on BBC One between 7pm and 9.05pm on Saturday, December 16. It can also be viewed online through BBC iPlayer for those with a TV licence.

Hosts Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman will be present as ever, while pop superstar Cher will be performing.

The rest of the Strictly cast of 2023 will also return for one last dance.

The Strictly Come Dancing 2023 celebrities and professional dancers (Strictly Come Dancing)

Judges Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse, and Anton Du Beke will as usual give their scores for the finalists. But, for this week only, they will not have a say in the winner. This will be determined by a public vote.

So who is vying to be the Strictly Come Dancing champion for 2023?

Here's the lowdown on the contenders.

Who is in the Strictly Come Dancing 2023 final?

Bobby Brazier and Dianne Buswell

Brazier, 20, is best known for his role as Freddie Slater in EastEnders. He is also a model and the son of the late TV personality, Jade Goody.

His professional dance partner is Dianne Buswell, 34, an Australian Open champion and four-time Amateur Australian Open finalist.

These are the routines they will perform in the final:

Favourite Dance - Couple’s Choice to This Woman’s Work by Maxwell

Show Dance - La La Land Medley

Judges’ Pick - Samba to Young Hearts Run Free by Candi Staton

Ellie Leech and Vito Coppola

Leach, 22, is best known for portraying Faye Windass for 12 years on Coronation Street. Her professional dance partner is Italy's 11-time Latin American champion Vito Coppola.

They will dance:

Favourite Dance - American Smooth to Ain’t That A Kick In The Head by Robbie Williams

Show Dance - Jennifer Lopez Megamix

Judges’ Pick - Paso Doble to Insomnia by 2WEI

Layton Williams and Nikita Kuzmin

Williams, 29, is a stage star, known for his roles in West End shows such as Billy Elliot, Hairspray, and Thriller! Live.

His professional dance partner is Nikita Kuzmin, 25, a Ukrainian-Italian dancer who has won six Italian Championship titles.

Their three routines will be:

Favourite Dance - Argentine Tango to Tattoo by Loreen

Show Dance - Friend Like Me by Ne-Yo

Judges’ Pick - Quickstep to Puttin’ On The Ritz by Gregory Porter

How to vote on the Strictly Come Dancing 2023 final

There are several ways to vote on Strictly Come Dancing, including online and by telephone. 

Voting online

To vote online, visit the website or scan the QR code here to go to to the voting page.

The QR code will be displayed on screen during the show with all other voting information.

You can use your mobile, tablet or computer to access the QR code.

To cast your vote, you must sign in to your BBC account which you can do here. If you do not already have a BBC account you will need to register before you can vote here.

Once you have created a BBC account, you are then ready to go. You are advised to sign in to your BBC account before the vote opens.

During the live show, the presenter will let you know when the vote has opened. You will then be able to cast your vote online here.

If you have any problems with the process, you can check why under the online section here.

Voting by telephone

If you don’t want to vote online, you can still vote by phone.

The phone numbers will be given out in the show and be made available on the Strictly homepage while the vote is open.

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