Strictly Come Dancing final news 2021 – Rose Ayling-Ellis odds on to win with emotional dance as she battles John Whaite

ROSE Ayling-Ellis and Whaite are battling it out tonight for Strictly glory as an intense series reaches its end.

Fellow finalist AJ Odudu was left devastated yesterday as she announced her withdrawal from the competition due to injury.

It means just two couples will battle it out for the Glitterball and Rose is the heavy favourite with the bookies.

Leading bookmaker Coral has cut Rose Ayling-Ellis to 1-20 (from 1-8) to win this weekend’s Strictly Come Dancing final after AJ Odudu was forced to withdraw due to injury.

Read our Strictly live blog below for the latest news and gossip…

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    Fans can't deal with all these tears and perfect performances.

    Rose. What are you doing to us?

    One fan Tweeted: "I will never be able to watch Rose’s couple choice dance without crying – it’s so bloody perfect."

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    Did you see Rose has set Anton off after seeing her epic dance?

    In fact, she's set the whole nation off.

    Now she's crying too.

    What an icon for the deaf community.

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    In synch

    Did you hear Rose's giggle after their second dance?

    She killed it – did you see the chemistry with Gio.

    Swear they almost kissed a few times!

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    Let's go guys, time to vote for our winner.

    Rose or Johnny?

    Who is it gonna be?

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    Johnny, Johnny, hi!

    Erm, how much do we love Johannes right now when he paid tribute to John.

    And yes, Claudia, that score board was not helpful.


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    Rumba in the jungle

    What?!! a 9 from Craig!! He strikes again. Ha!

    Fans have picked their fave first dance though.

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    John and Johannes.

    That is all.

    Look at the standing ovation to their 'Shape of my heart' rumba


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    Kween AJ

    One fan Tweeted: "This final just isn’t the same without aj and kai."

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    Oh noooo.

    Did Gio just friend-zone Rose?

    "I've definitely got a friend for life," he gushed.

    Fine. We'll put our wedding hats away.

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    Boo hiss

    Ooh don't we all love a pantomime villain.

    Did you see Craig the only judge to give Rose a '9'?

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    So Rosy

    Fans are besotted by Rose and Gio's first dance.


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    Strictly Magic

    Aww, when Gio proposed to Rose in that dance, didn't we all hope it was real?

    Too cute!

    Faaaabulous opener.

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    Vote, vote, vote

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    Hair goals

    How come Motsi is always serving up the most delicious styles?

    We will miss guessing what she'll be rocking week after week.

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    Dapper duos

    Suits you, Gio.

    Doesn't he looking charming in his Prince Charming costume.

    Oh, hello Rose.

    You look good too.


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    AJ a superstar

    Did you hear the chants for her in the crowd after she had to pull out with an injury?

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    Rose is ready

    Did you see her shimmy just now?

    She's not playing.

    John's hips don't lie either.

    It's on between the two of them tonight at the grand final.

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    Ooh vibes

    Who else is up on their feet in their living rooms.

    Loving the vibes from this opener from the pros.


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    This is it

    Rose says it how it is.

    All eyes are watching tonight.

    The Strictly finals are here and it means sooooo much to both John and Rose.

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    Fans have already called their winner.

    One Tweeted: "Bring It On. Rose and Giovanni for the win! #Strictly #StrictlyFinal."

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    Keeeeeep dancing

    And we're on.

    War of the Roses.

    Let's go!

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    Saturday night, Strictly final

    How's yours' looking?

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    10 minute klaxon

    Quick, get the drinks and the nibbles.

    Oh, and your dancing shoes.

    The Strictly finals are due to start in 10mins.


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    Party time

    It's almost time to get your sequins and sparkles out for one last time.


    It's the Strictly finals tonight at 7.10pm.

    It comes as AJ Odudu has been forced to pull out of the BBC competition.

    Soap star Rose Ayling-Ellis and partner Giovanni Pernice and baker John Whaite and partner Johannes Radebe will now go head-to-head for the trophy after Odudu suffered a torn ligament.

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    Chaos at Strictly

    AJ was left devastated on Friday as she announced her withdrawal due to suffering a nasty injury, which left her on crutches and unable to dance.

    She was due to perform three dances with Kai Widdrington in a bid to win the Glitterball Trophy.

    And left with time to fill, producers grappled with making last-minute changes to the programme filmed at Elstree Studios.

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