by Sarah Shaffi
Strictly Come Dancing's James Jordan is hoping for the support of people across Medway as he competes in this weekend's final of the show.
The Gillingham-born dancer, who admits he had given up thinking he would get to the final, will be performing with psychologist and comedian Pamela Stephenson on Saturday night.
It is the first time James, who went to St John Fisher Catholic School, has made it to the final in the five years he has been a professional dancer on the programme.
He said: “It’s been unbelievable this year. To be honest with you I thought I was going to be one of the professionals that never managed to quite get to the final.
“I am proud to be a Medway boy and I just hope that everyone is going to enjoy our performances and just hope that I do you all proud. Please, please vote because we are going to need the votes because we are the underdogs.
“It has been a fantastic series and it’s going to be a great final. We are the underdogs and we know we are the underdogs. Obviously born and bred in Medway hopefully everyone is going to pick up the phone and hopefully support us and give us a good chance to pick up that trophy."
James is married to fellow Strictly professional Ola, who won last year with BBC Breakfast sports presenter Chris Hollins, and hopes he can add to the couple's trophy collection with his own Strictly glitterball.
“It’s fantastic getting to the final, especially because obviously my wife won it last year. It would be sweet to take home another trophy to the Jordan household and it would shut her up because I have had to put up with her for a year telling me that she’s won and I have never won, so it’s been an interesting year with her.
“There’s definitely room for two trophies in the Jordan household. There’ll be one on her bedside cabinet and one on mine or we can use them as matching bookends, one or the other."
Pamela and James have been rehearsing 12 hours a day this week to perfect the four dances they will hopefully perform on Saturday.