Strictly Come Dancing final date confirmed

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Throughout the Strictly Come Dancing series, the contestants are faced with many challenging dances and themes such as Movie week, Halloween and Blackpool. All their hard work and training comes down to the grand finale and the chance to take home the Glitterball trophy. After some disruptions from the World Cup in Qatar, viewers will see the spectacular series come to an end in the next couple of weeks.

The BBC schedule over the Christmas period has finally been released and will see the three finalists perform on Saturday, 17 December.

Christmas week will also see the adaptation of Phillip Pullman’s His Dark Materials returning for series three, streaming on iPlayer from Sunday, 18 December.

The FIFA World Cup will also draw to a close with the final clash streaming on Sunday, 18 December.

BBC Sports Personality of the Year returns, with the event streaming live on Wednesday, 21 December.

Mary Berry will also be gracing BBC viewers’ screens with her Ultimate Christmas which will be available to watch from Monday 19 December.

This weekend, the quarter-finals have been moved to accommodate the World Cup and the live show will be aired on Friday, 2 December, from 8pm.

The results show will follow on Saturday, 3 December from 5:40pm on BBC One.

A statement clarifying the change said: “Strictly Come Dancing will continue to bring glitter, glamour and glorious dancing to homes across the nation throughout the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

“The quarter-final of Strictly Come Dancing will now air live on Friday 2nd December and the semi-final will now air live on Sunday 11th December on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.”

Viewers of the show were left disappointed with the shake-up, with @Aura3107 taking to Twitter and commenting: “Why not put the football on BBC Two instead of completely messing up the schedule.”

Tom Jameson fumed: “Not thrilled about having our Autumn/Winter Saturday night ruined for some poxy football match, between two teams you don’t even know yet, that could have been put on iPlayer for those who are actually interested.”

Lou Hillyer jibed: “Absolutely fuming about this. I love football but I don’t appreciate it meddling with my TV run-up to Christmas schedule.”

@kathieks72 commented: “Why can’t the football move? This World Cup is unpopular why make more of a fuss? Keep Strictly where it belongs! #Strictly.” (sic)

This weekend, Helen Skelton, Will Mellor, Fleur East, Molly Rainford, Hamza Yassin and Kym Marsh will compete in the quarter-finals.

Last week, Kym was unable to perform after testing positive for coronavirus and was forced to pull out of the show.

The illness came three days after she and partner Graziano Di Prima performed the Paso Doble at Blackpool and was branded a “warrior” by head judge Shirley Ballas.

She recently joined fellow Morning Live presenter Gethin Jones to discuss her illness and said: “So, obviously at the start of the week I came down with Covid.

“That wasn’t pleasant and certainly wasn’t at a good time at all so that was rubbish but thankfully I am testing negative now.

“It wasn’t the best time last week because we were on such a high after Blackpool.

“We wanted to drive forward and we are going to bring everything we can this week and really go for it, I have missed you, Graz.”

Strictly Come Dancing airs Friday from 8pm on BBC One.

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