We’re stepping away from sports and looking at some Strictly Come Dancing betting tips. December in the UK means lots of top reality television – and lots of top opportunities to cash in from reality TV betting. One of the most popular shows on which to make a bet is BBC Strictly come Dancing. A show that’s full of glitter and sparkles – with a few sequins thrown in, it can be so much more than just light entertainment. Of course, there’s always fun to be had watching the winners and losers, but betting on the show adds that little bit extra. Here we are checking out all the movers and shakers with our SCD betting tips and odds.
Strictly Come Betting
The show is over half way through and there has been no end of drama so far. Where do we start? Who would have put money on Seann Walsh and Katja Jones getting on quite so well off the dance floor. However, it’s not all been love… Judge, Shirley Ballas has been accused of hating on Vick Hope and Faye Tozerand under marking their performances; then of course there’s the bullying furore involving Danny John-Jules who allegedly brought his partner to tears. Well, as if there wasn’t enough drama going on, we’ll be adding even more with some exciting Strictly betting tips.
Picking the Winner
Trying to pick the winner of the show is going to be tough, as not always the best dancer wins. Sometimes a great dancer has one bad week and suffers for it and favourites can be lost by the wayside. The best way to try and figure it out is by looking at what has created the previous winners.
What we sometimes forget is that this isn’t just a talent competition, it’s also a popularity contest. People look at who they like; who has improved (or had ‘a journey’); and of course, dancing skills also help. History has shown time and time again that the best dancer doesn’t always win. Often, the audience like to vote for people who are new to dancing and haven’t had previous dancing experience. This was evident last year when Joe Mcfadden, who was a real beginner and started off as an outsider, ended up beating top contenders Alexandra Burke, Gemma Atkinson and former ballet dancer, Debbie McGee.
Other winners that started off slowly and rose to the top include Ore Oduba, Abbey Clancy and Jay McGuiness – with top dancers like Danny Mac falling at the final hurdle. All of these winning dancers had decent enough dance moves to get good marks combined with likeability factor and a journey on the show. No matter what show you look at, it’s ‘the journey’ that makes the winner.
Ashely Roberts is definitely a dancer to keep an eye on as one of the favourites. She is already well-known to UK audiences because of her successful stint in another reality TV show, I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here. She obviously displayed the likeability factor by coming second in the show. Since then, she’s been on Saturday Night Takeaway and has been on our UK screens regularly. There is a case to be made that this former Pussy Cat Doll is one of the most famous on the show this year.
However, despite the fact that she is popular, famous – and undoubtedly has the moves and skills, there is a problem. Ashley was a member of the PCD who were known for their complicated choreographed routines. She has been dancing at a professional standard since she was young and so she was always going to be one of the best in the show.
Herein lies the problem – and why she has odds of just 25/1 with Bet365 . Time and time again, the public have failed to vote for those who are perceived to have an unfair advantage over the competition. This was first evident when West End and dance trained star Denise Van Outen failed to garner public support. A similar lack of success has awaited Aston Merrigold, Simon Webbe, Alexandra Burke and Danny Mac. All of these have either had a pop video or stage school education – which has been a hindrance rather than a help when it comes to the voting public. When it first started out, this didn’t seem to be a problem, which is shown by the act that Jill Halfpenny and Alisha Dixon won…. but in recent years, there’s been a turnaround.
To date, this has to be the most the most likely contestant to face the backlash. She may have said that she has no experience in Latin and Ballroom, but look at her past shows, such as Dance Time, and she performed pretty much all dances that exist. Sure, she’s bound to be out in front at first, but the fact that Craig Revel Hallwood refuses to bring out his 10 paddle for her speaks volumes. Watching her, she’s clearly every bit as good as the professionals and considering the Britons’ love of an underdog, it’s unlikely she’ll be victorious.
Faye Tozer is another that may have similar issues to Ashley Roberts. The former Steps singer may not be quite in the same league as Ms Roberts, but being part of the all singing, all dancing cheesy pop band won’t help her. Faye has already admitted to having experience and having attended The Anne Gale School of Dance – where she qualified in ballet, tap and modern. Not only this, but she has also danced professionally for two years with the Belinda King Dancers and has a decent amount of experience in Salsa and Burlesque dancing. She may be making all the right steps on the dance floor, but she’s also got too much experience for the public to handle – hence her odds of just 10/1 with Ladbrokes .
Now, this is a girl that ticks all of the winning boxes for us. Not many people will probably have heard of her before the show…. she doesn’t have those A list credentials. However, so far on the show she’s come across as a thoroughly nice young lady with a recognisable Essex accent. Not only this, but she has shone on the dance floor with no previous experience to speak of. She has been consistent every week in getting high up on the leaderboard and has garnered public support from nothing. She also has the advantage on being partnered with the ever popular pro, Kevin Clifton from Grimsby.
In our eyes, this girl may not be the best on the dance floor, but she has the winning combination: she has the likeability factor; decent moves… and the all important journey, with Kevin Clifton as the icing on the cake. It’s no surprise then that she is now odds on favourite with 4/5 at Coral .
Worth a Punt… Joe Sugg
Many of the older folk may not know who Joe Sugg is… a young man who has skillfully managed to garner over 13 million people to watch him play pranks. It can be assumed that his YouTube audience and the Strictly audience won’t see much overlap. However, like Stacey Dooley, he has managed to win the audience over with his delightful partnership and decent dance floor skills. He’s not an obvious outright winner, but stranger things have happened – we wouldn’t have put down Dominic Lawson as an obvious winner either. In fact, despite his lack of fan-base and lack of previous experience, he’s coming in as second favourite with surprising odds of 11/4 at BetFred… Definitely worth a look.
|Stacey Dooley||4/5 with Ladbrokes|
|Joe Sugg||11/4 with BetFred|
|Ashley Roberts||25/1 with Ladbrokes|
|Faye Tozer||10/1 with Coral|
|Lauren Steadman||13/2 with William Hill|
|Lauren Steadman||Evens with Bet365|
|Ashley Roberts||9/4 with Bet365|
|Faye Tozer||9/2 with Ladbrokes|
|Joe Sugg||7/1 with Bet365|
|Stacey Dooley||50/1 with Bet365|
|Stacey Dooley||2/7 with William Hill|
|Faye Tozer||7/1 with Bet365|
|Ashley Roberts||14/1 with Unibet|
|Lauren Steadman||8/1 with Unibet|
Obviously, everything changes all the time. Favourites can come tumbling down and surprise results happen… check out next week for all the updates!
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