“So yeah, it’s semi-finals night! I can’t quite believe it’s the semi-finals. Twelve weeks ago I did my first dance, I did the Samba, and it just feels so surreal to be here now in the semi-finals.
“Still can’t quite believe that I’m in the semi-finals, especially coming in the way I did. It’s been the most amazing, amazing experience of my life.
“And you know what – should it all end tonight, then I’ve just had an incredible time and I can’t thank you guys enough for keeping me in the competition for so long.”
The Strictly hopeful concluded: “It has been really, really tough. Mentally and pretty brutally phsyically. Dress rehearsal today went well and I cannot wait to dance tonight. I can’t wait! Quickstep and the Paso – two very different dances. But I just can’t wait for you to see them. So here goes!”