Strictly finalist Clancy 'drained'

Congleton Guardian: Abbey Clancy says she is struggling to cope with the gruelling rehearsal regime leading up to the Strictly final Abbey Clancy says she is struggling to cope with the gruelling rehearsal regime leading up to the Strictly final

Strictly Come Dancing finalist Abbey Clancy says she is struggling to cope with the gruelling rehearsal regime as the big day looms and admitted: "My body's failing on me."

The model, who came joint top of the leader board at the weekend, said the training for her showdance on Saturday is "draining" and she is flopping as the demands take their toll.

She lines up against presenter Susanna Reid, actress Natalie Gumede and singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor in the first all-female celebrity final for the dance show.

Clancy will perform her showdance - for which her partner Aljaz Skorjanec can choreograph any moves he wishes rather than being tied to a particular style - to the Guns N'Roses hit Sweet Child O' Mine.

She said: " I do feel like that now I know the end is in sight, my body's failing on me. I've got to find that last bit of stamina and channel it into this dance.

"We spent about two hours on this one lift. I couldn't stay straight, I kept breaking in the middle, not using my core enough and Aljaz hurt his wrist.

" At one point he said he'd have to take it out, but it's such a spectacular move that's different so hopefully we get it right and he doesn't have to take it out.

She went on: "Everything is really sharp moves and it's draining on your body. After three months of hours and hours of rehearsing, I'm finding it tough.

"The routine's epic, the song's epic. I've got to find that last little bit of strength. I'm excited, I want to do myself proud."

Clancy achieved 39 out of 40 for both her dances last weekend to tie with Gumede at the top of the leader board. However Gumede appeared not to be such a hit with viewers who placed her in the bottom two, but she survived the dance-off against Patrick Robinson.

Clancy added: "I've got to work hard and get this showdance perfect. This is the difference between winning or losing."

Gumede, who is partnered by Artem Chigvintsev, will dance around a pole for her showdance to Fred Astaire's Stepping Out With My Baby - but she said she hoped viewers did not get the wrong idea.

"Artem has choreographed some beautiful moves around the pole. I hope no one gets any ideas, as its about grace and flow it's really tricky but if I can get it right it will be great."

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