‘It’s tough’ Gemma Atkinson left torn as she’s asked who she wants to win Strictly final

Strictly: Gorka cries as he praises partner Gemma Atkinson

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Hollyoaks actress Gemma Atkinson admitted she is torn over who should win the glitterball trophy, adding that “it’s tough” for her to pick sides. The radio host went on to answer a number of burning questions sent in fer fanbase of 1.7 million followers.

Gemma, 37, is married to Strictly professional Gorka Márquez after meeting him through the show. 

Gemma met the 31-year-old dancer while competing on Strictly back in 2017, where she was partnered up with Aljaž Škorjanec. 

This year, Gorka was paired up with Katie McGlynn, who is famous for playing Sinead Tinker in Coronation Street. 

Gemma is therefore very close to the Strictly family, which is why many fans value her insight on the show. 


On her Instagram story, one follower asked: “Who do you want to win Strictly?” 

Gemma replied diplomatically: “Genuinely either! It’s tough as I’m friends with the pro dancers. 

“Both Rose and John have been SO incredible. I wish the glitterball could be cut in half!”

Strictly will feature an unusual two-person final tonight rather than the normal three couples competing against one another.

The change in format is due to Strictly 2021’s third finalist, AJ Odudu, having to pull out due to a last minute injury. 

AJ and her professional partner Kai Widdrington have been forced to forfeit the competition ahead of tonight’s final after the presenter tore a ligament in her right ankle. 

The emotional star told fans how she was “deeply upset” that she was unable to perform and praised her “special, patient and devoted” partner Kai for training her over the past few weeks. 

Gemma had a number of other questions on her story from fans, including one asking who the better dancer was out of her ex-Strictly partner Aljaž and her fiance Gorka. 

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“Latin Gorka, ballroom Aljaž! Freestyle, me!” she replied with two laughing emojis. 

The former glamour model got engaged to partner Gorka earlier this year when the dancer got down on one knee on Valentine’s Day. 

The pair share one daughter, Mia, who was born July 4, 2019. 

On her story, Gemma was when she and her fiance planned to tie the knot.

She responded: “No idea! We’ve done zero planning with all the covid stuff.

“We’ve twice almost gone into the registry office and just done it but I don;t think our families would be happy! They want a good party!”

Gemma is most famous for her soap roles, having played Lisa Hunter in Hollyoaks between 2001 and 2005, Tamzin Bayle in Casualty (2011-2014) and Carly Hope in Emmerdale (2015-2017).

Strictly Come Dancing will begin at 7:10pm tonight on BBC One. 

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