Strictly Come Dancing as Robbie Savage dedicates performance to late Gary Speed

Strictly Come Dancing contestant Robbie Savage has revealed that his performance this weekend will be a tribute to his late friend Gary Speed.

The Wales manager was found hanged at his home last weekend, news that rocked the world of football, with tributes pouring in for the popular 42-year-old.

Savage was close friends with Speed and has been visibly upset in the last week or so and he has insisted that this weekend’s Strictly Performance will be for one man and one man only.

The former football tweeted: “So hard to concentrate on dancing this week. Head’s all over the place. Going to be so emotional, as the last place I seen Speedo was in studio.”

“I’m going to make him proud of his mate. He loved Strictly. My performance is for him. Still stunned.”

It is certainly set to be an emotional evening for Savage who is set to dance the a quickstep with partner Ola Jordan in a bid to remain in the competition for another week.

One of only six couples remaining, Savage has certainly made it further than he expected on the show and will be keen to impress the judges and the public on Saturday evening.

Elsewhere on Strictly, judges Alesha Dixon and Craig Revel Horwood have been arguing ahead of this weekend’s show. The topic they were bickering about? Rival show the X Factor.

Speaking on Alan Carr Chatty Man, Revel Hoorwood said: “They should go back to having auditions just as plain as they used to be.”

Alesha disagreed though, hitting back by saying: “When there’s a bit of change people get a bit funny with it but next year you will be used to the new judges’ line-up and everyone will be cool with it again.”

The X Factor will be the furthest thing from the duo’s mind on Saturday evening though as they get ready to watch the remaining six couples perform as the series nears its end.

In terms of who is in danger of going home, Holly Valance is the favourite after her performances have continued to stutter in recent weeks. The likes of Harry Judd, Jason Donovan and Chelsee Healy are expected to fly through.

Strictly Come Dancing is on our TV screens from 7pm on Saturday evening on BBC One.

Tommy graduated from Sheffield University in 2009 with a Journalism degree and has worked in various professional industry posts including the football print media.