When Denise Van Outen was first recruited for this year's 'Strictly Come Dancing' contest, she came in for a bit of stick as a trained stage performer - which didn't seem fair on cricketers and Olympic cyclists.

But Van Outen's come through with polish, earning top plaudits from judges and viewers alike, and goes into the final weeks as one of the firm favourites to take this year's crown.

In our video, she reveals what it's taken to get this far, and who SHE hopes will emerge from the dancefloor triumphant... as well as some festive singing - BACKWARDS, as you do (with the help of Britain's Got Talent performers Out of the Blue, and vocal coach Stuart Barr).

You might ask why (turns out it to was to promote the benefits of pausing and rewinding Live TV with Freeview+), but it's certainly entertaining. WATCH DENISE AND CO IN ACTION ABOVE.