Lauren Steadman has already made Strictly Come Dancing history by being the first disabled star to make it to the semi-finals – but now shes going for gold.
The tri-athlete, who never had an arm, has revealed that she hopes to make history once again by making it through to next weeks grand finale.
Speaking to Metro.co.uk, she said: The competitor in me always wanted to make it as far as I possibly could. Every week has brought challenges but together with AJ, who has been nothing short of amazing, we have managed to overcome them.
Her Strictly dance pro AJ has made no secret of finding the star as an inspiration after helping normalise disabilities, and persevering with difficult lifts and routines despite being born without an arm.
Her level of commitment is immense and we are both focused on going all the way and making it into the finals next week, he told us. Laurens message is an important one, dont let anything hold you back, she has educated me constantly along the way.
To have her dancing in the finals, making history as the first time someone with a disability has done so would be an amazing achievement – not only for her, but for the show.
Lauren added: Its been such an incredible journey and Ive been overwhelmed by the amount of support weve received. Normalising disabilities was one of the reasons I wanted to do the show and I hope that Ive helped in some way to achieve that.
To make the finals would just be the icing on the cake, she added.
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Lauren and AJ will be performing two routines tonight as a final push to win votes and get through to the finale.
Theyll perform a Tango to Nutbush City by Tina Turner, and then a Samba to Rock The Boat by The Hues Corporation.
Strictly Come Dancing continues at 6.35pm on BBC1.
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