It's been revealed that five couples will battle it out for the Glitterball in this year’s Strictly Come Dancing final.

The current run of the hugely popular BBC One show is shorter than usual because of the Covid pandemic.

But Strictly bosses have decided that rather than having double evictions they will have a bumper last week instead.

A source said: "They are sure it will capture imaginations. It will make things much more open - with the potential for big shocks."

Meanwhile, Years & Years singer Olly Alexander has applauded Nicola Adams for her "amazing" performance to a song of his on Strictly Come Dancing.

Olly Alexander

The Olympic boxer, who is part of the first same-sex pairing on the BBC One show, chose to dance the street/commercial style to Shine by the synth-pop trio during last week's programme.

The 38-year-old and her professional partner Katya Jones scored three eights, earning them a total of 24 and placing them towards the top of the scoreboard.

Alexander, who is gay and a vocal LGBT advocate, recorded a video message for Adams which was shown on BBC Two's Strictly spin-off It Takes Two on Wednesday, prompting a surprised reaction from the sportswoman.

He said: "Your performance was so good last weekend. Thank you so much for dancing to our song. You and Katya were amazing and I can't wait for this weekend.

"I am going to be watching. Best of luck. You are going to be amazing. You're smashing it."