It’s that time of the year where we struggle to get through winter. Nights are long and dark and cold. We don’t even have Christmas to look forward to anymore. However, instead, we have Dancing on Ice to keep us entertained. So, we have produced this year’s Dancing on Ice betting tips, odds and predictions. Obviously, there will be a mix off all sorts – presenters, soap stars and reality stars. Obviously, some will have more chance than others. However, every year there’s someone that surprises us – and is better than we think – or goes through ‘a journey’, Then there’s the one that’s a little bit rubbish but makes it through on the popularity or ‘entertainment’ vote (yes, you Ms Collins!). So, who will be the winner this year?
There were a few issues last year – and as a result, Jason Gardiner isn’t on the panel of judges this year. Therefore, this year, the panel will consist of Torvill and Dean, Ashely Banjo and new judge John Barrowman… who will be sure to bring some showbiz sparkle to the panel dahling. He’ll probably be a little kinder than Gardiner as well. So, with Gardiner gone will we have the dramas of last year? Who knows? We’ll find out soon enough.
Dancing on Ice… Who Will Win?
Like it is in each season, there is a variety of talent and a different level of skills and potential. There are people that have dancing and performing backgrounds, with the obvious advantages it brings (case in point, James Jordan who won last year). This year, we have pro dancer Perry Kiely of Diversity – a trained dancer, and besties with one of the judges! Will Mr Banjo favour his prodigy? Or will he be extra harsh to stave off the expected criticism and controversy? Then we have those of unknown skills – Maura Higgins, (who does have a dancer boyfriend in the shape of Curtis Pritchard who might help her), Libby Clegg and Joe Swash. Then there are people that might have trouble keeping up, such as Trisha Goddard – however, she may surprise us!
So, who will make it to the top of the table? Will another dancer dance his way to the title? Will we have another reality Love Island Star reaching the grand finale? Right now, we don’t know. It’s all possible – so the odds on all are as good now as they are ever going to be – so it’s a good time to get your money down on the winner. So, let’s look at the main contenders this year – and who might be struggling to keep up with the rest…
Perry Kiely first leapt onto our TV sets in 2009 as the little dancer with big hair that got thrown all over the stage by his Diversity dance crew. The street danced their way to victory, beating the favourite, Susan Boyle in the process – quite a feat! It’s been over a decade since then, and the boy has grown up into a tall and talented dancer., who now stands at the front of the troupe, throwing the new small members around. Dancing isn’t his only skill though apparently as he won the reality diving series, Splash in 2017. Sporty lad apparently!
Seemingly, his chance of success this year is pretty good. Not only can the boy throw some shapes, but having been thrown through the air, he’s obviously not a scaredy-cat so will take on some of the bigger moves. With all of this going his way, the bookmakers believe he is one with a big chance. This clearly will make him one of the favourites with people and bookies alike. With a fierce first dance, it’s looking like he’s the hot fave. So, right now, he’s marked up as 3/5 favourite with 888sport.
Last year we had Wes Nelson from Love Island, this year our Islander comes in the more feminine shape of the lovely Irish lass, Maura Higgins. Maura was known for having her heart broken on a few occasions, lots of cheeky flanter, and then making it to the final with her beau Curtis Pritchard (who is still with her now). One of the few couples to have made it together thus far. It was believed that Amber Gill, the winner was lined up for the show originally, but was replaced by Maura for reasons unknown. Despite not winning the crown, Maura seems to have won the nation.
At the moment, we don’t know what skills Maura has. She isn’t a trained performer, and we don’t know her skills on ice or as a dancer. Having said that, her boyfriend Curtis is more than capable of helping her with the dance moves. Furthermore, she’s a girl with a lot of craic and isn’t afraid to give things a go. She’ll also have a fair bit of support from the younger audience too. So, we think there’s a good chance she’ll make it to the later stages of the show. At the moment, the best odds for her are 22/1 at Bet365 .
Most people will remember Joe Swash as mouthy Mickey from the ‘Enders. However, that was quite some time ago and he’s remained relevant since. Following his departure from the square, he went into the I’m a Celeb camp back in 2008 where he stole the nation’s heart to become the King of the Jungle. So popular was he, that he joined the ITV 2 sister show, I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here Now / I’m a Celebrity Extra Camp as the presenter between 2009 and 2019. Furthermore, he’s known for his relationship with ex-factor finalist and Loose Woman panellist Stacey Solomon.
However, how is he on the ice? We don’t know. We know neither of his talent or potential at this stage. Having worked in the soaps, chances are he’s had some training in performing arts – so he’ll certainly give it some character. He doesn’t look like a skater, but that doesn’t mean anything. What we do know, though, is that he can win an audience around. He’s very well-liked and as such, this alone will see him through the early stages of the competition. He made it comfortably through his first week. Therefore, he’s been given odds of 20/1 at Betfred.
Ian H Watkins
Band members of Steps tend to do well in reality shows as they have a cult following. Can’t see H being different. Furthermore, he has a strong background in performing arts and has learned a few ‘steps’ in his time. However, he’s not in his hay day right now, so has he still got what it takes? Have his performing skills gotten a little bit rusty over time?
What does make it interesting – even more so – is that he will be the first celebrity on this show (or any other) to perform in a same-sex couple. His partner is Matt Evans so there will be some pretty groundbreaking stuff going on here. It will be interesting to see how this affects the routines. Things such as lifting and tricks might be a little tougher. So, what will they do instead? Also, it will be very interesting to see how the audience will react to the partnership. Will they be ready for this? Let’s hope the world is ready for this and it leads the way for the future. His first week was a success bringing tears to the eyes of all. Bookies such as Bet365 has given him best odds of 9/2.
The Other Contestants:
Radzi Chinyanganya: This young man came in as a late replacement for injured Michael Barrymore. He’s worked on Blue Peter, Songs of Praise and Cannonball as a presenter. His best odds are 33/1 at Bet365.
Ben Hanlin: He might be able to perform a decent trick or two on the ice as a well-known magic man. Hanlin is known for his role on ITV 2’s Tricked. Currently, he has odds of 40/1 at Bet365.
Caprice Bourret: Caprice isn’t really known for her performing skills, although she should look good in the outfits. This underwear model/businesswoman of unknown years is an unknown quality. How will she do? Who knows… bookies such as Bet365 has her at 22/1.
Libby Clegg: People may be unfamiliar with Libby Clegg, but she is a successful Paralympian that suffers a declining eyesight issue. She only has a slight peripheral vision in her left eye. Although this is a disadvantage, she will be used to coping with it. Her best odds are 7/1 at Bet365.
Kevin Kilbane: Sports personalities can do well in this show as they tend to have perseverance and a winning attitude. However, often they have to work harder on their acting and presenting skills. This Premier League player is best odds 66/1 at Bet365.
Lisa George: Coronation Street stars tend to have quite a decent following in reality TV shows, and so she could make it quite a way. However, she doesn’t seem to be the sportiest of characters as Beth Tinker, but who knows? Her first week was heaps better than expected and she’s not such an underdog anymore. She has best odds of 16/1 at Ladbrokes.
Trisha Goddard: Trisha has been off our screens for some time but was once very well-known for her daytime chat show. She’s been pretty quiet since, with a few appearances here and there. She may be popular with the older audience though. She had a very poor start taking a tumble and is in the first skate-off. She’s been eliminated.
Lucrezia Millarini: As an ITV journalist, she isn’t the most well-known of the celebs, and probably won’t have the following of some of the others, which is a disadvantage. However, she’ll be looking to make her own headlines with newsworthy performances. She has now been elminated.
|Perri Kiely||Best Odds 3/5 at 888sport|
|Maura Higgins||Best Odds 22/1 at Bet365|
|Joe Swash||Best Odds 25/1 at Betfred|
|Ian H Watkins||Best Odds 9/2 at Bet365|
|Radzi Chinyangana||Best Odds 33/1 at Bet365|
|Ben Hanlin||Best Odds 40/1 at Bet365|
|Caprice Bourret||Best Odds 22/1 at Bet365|
|Libby Clegg||Best Odds 7/1 at Bet365|
|Kevin Kilbane||Best Odds 66/1 at Bet365|
|Lisa George||Best Odds 12/1 at Betfred|
Next Elimination Odds:
|Joe Swash||Best Odds 10/1 at Bet365|
|Ian H Watkins||Best Odds 33/1 at Bet365|
|Radzi Chinyangana||Best Odds 11/2 at Bet365|
|Ben Hanlin||Best Odds 17/2 at Bet365|
|Caprice Bourret||Best Odds 6/1 at Bet365|
|Libby Clegg||Best Odds 33/1 at Bet365|
|Kevin Kilbane||Best Odds 10/11 at Bet365|
|Lisa George||Best Odds 20/1 at Bet365|
|Maura Higgins||Best Odds 33/1 at William Hill|
|Perri Kiely||Best Odds 66/1 at Bet365|
Top Male Odds:
|Perri Kiely||Best Odds 4/9 at William hill|
|Ian H Watkins||Best Odds 7/2 at Bet365|
|Radzi Chinyangana||Best Odds 22/1 at Bet365|
|Joe Swash||Best Odds 16/1 at Bet365|
|Ben Hanlin||Best Odds 25/1 at Bet365|
|Kevin Kilbane||Best Odds 50/1 at Bet365|
Top Female Odds:
|Maura Higgins||Best Odds 9/2 at William Hill|
|Lisa George||Best Odds 3/1 at William Hill|
|Caprice Bourret||Best Odds 6/5 at Bet365|
|Libby Clegg||Best Odds 7/4 at Bet365|