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Why We're Strictly Pam

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This Saturday sees the Strictly Come Dancing grand final, a sequin-studded ballroom showdown between Matt Baker, Kara Tointon and Pamela Stephenson. Here’s why we’ll be cheering for Team Pam…

1 - Proof we get better with age

At 61, she’d be the first “mature” woman to hoist the glitterball trophy. She’s nearly double the age of previous oldest female champion: newsreader Natasha Kaplinksy, who won the inaugural series aged 31

2 - Upstairs for thinking, downstairs for dancing

She has a PhD and has been a practising psychotherapist for 16 years, specialising in sexuality, gender dysphoria and women’s sexual health. She’s also worked extensively with young offenders, published five books, answers readers’ sex problems in The Guardian and has a More4 show called Shrink Rap

3 - She's a good laugh

Having been a comedian in the 80s, starring in Not The Nine O’Clock News, she has the best ever Strictly job description: “funnygirl and psychologist”

4 - The original Tina Fey?

She even appeared on US comedy institution Saturday Night Live – becoming its first female cast member born outside North America

5 - Shape shifter

She looked fabulous at the start of the series and has since lost two stone due to the demanding training regime. If we look like that when we’re a 60-something grandmother, we’ll be officially smug

6 - Setting the standard

Two weeks ago, she got a perfect score for her Viennese Waltz, receiving 10/10 from all four judges. It was the first maximum of the series and she’s only the eighth celebrity ever to achieve this

7 - More success

She then got another 40 out of 40 for last week’s quickstep

8 - Beginnner's luck

She’s dancing against Baker, a champion gymnast in his youth, and Tointon, who won a Sport Relief Strictly special a couple of years ago. Pamela’s the only true novice, so deserves even more credit

9 - A little bit random

Some random but cool trivia: she hired policewoman’s costumes for herself, Di and Fergie to gatecrash Prince Andrew’s stag night and also stood in the 1987 general election, representing the “Stuff Pink Blancmange Down Terry Wogan’s Trousers” party (she got 328 votes)

10 - Silly Billy

If Pamela waltzes off with the trophy, husband Billy Connolly has foolishly said he’ll take part in next year’s series. That, frankly, would be funny

The Strictly Come Dancing Grand Final airs this Saturday at 7pm on BBC1

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