Three of the top four seeds and a multiple ranking title winner will vie for a place in the 2017 BDO World Final on Saturday, while the women's final also takes place at Lakeside.
Forty came, now just four remain in pursuit of the BDO's most prestigious trophy and £100,000 top prize at the spiritual home of world darts.
Runaway BDO number one Glen Durrant remains the bookmaker's front-runner for glory despite a series of unconvincing displays in reaching his second Lakeside Semi-Final.
The two-time World Masters winner began brightly with a 97 average in a 3-1 win over Nick Kenny, before being forced to battle back from three sets and two legs down against Paul Hogan in Round Two.
The Middlesbrough ace then dispatched Lithuania's Darius Labanauskas 5-2 on Friday night, but knows he must raise his game against Jamie Hughes - an opponent he knows all too well.
The duo have met in the latter stages of four ranking tournaments this season, including the Semi-Finals of the World Masters and the final of the Zuiderduin Masters - with 'Duzza' coming out on top on all four occasions.
Hughes brushed aside Martin Atkins and Jim Williams for the loss of just two sets, before edging out three-time champion Martin Adams 5-4 to book his place in a second Lakeside Semi.
Danny Noppert of the Netherlands reacts (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
The opening Semi-Final sees Dutch sensation Danny Noppert take on crowd favourite Darryl Fitton in the afternoon session, with both also bidding to reach their first Lakeside final.
Noppert has dealt admirably with the weight of expectation on his debut Lakeside campaign, surging into the business end of the proceedings with a tournament average of 94.89.
After powering past David Cameron 3-1 and Richard Veenstra 4-0, 'Noppie' ended the reign of Scott Waites as defending champion with a 5-3 victory and is now aiming to join an illustrious list of Dutchmen to have appeared in a Lakeside final.
Fitton is appearing in his third Lakeside Semi-Final, a first since 2009, notably producing a 170 checkout in a deciding-set triumph over Geert de Vos in the Quarter-Finals.
The 54-year-old World Trophy winner is now out to defy the odds and utilise his vast experience over the 26-year-old on this historic stage.
The Women's World Final sees Lancashire's Lisa Ashton bidding to secure her third crown at the expense of Australian underdog Corrine Hammond.
Winner here in 2014 and 2015, Ashton has again underlined why she remains the dominant force in women's darts, averaging in excess of 81 in each of her three victories en route to the final.
Hammond, though, has also advanced to her first Lakeside decider without dropping a set and is the first Australian ever to appear in a Ladies Lakeside World Final.
The action gets underway from 2.30pm GMT, with men's Semi-Finals to be contested over the best of 11 sets (best of five legs per set) and the Ladies final best of three sets.
BDO Lakeside Championship 2017 match schedule
Saturday January 14
2.30pm Lisa Ashton v Corrine Hammond
3.30pm Danny Noppert v Darryl Fitton
7pm Glen Durrant v Jamie Hughes