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Strictly Come Dancing Betting – Outright Winner Odds
To Win SCD 2018 on BBC1; Best odds bold; Each-Way Place Terms: Win Only.
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Strictly Come Dancing Preview: Vick Hope & Ashley Roberts Head SCD Odds
The long-awaited Strictly Come Dancing 2018 is underway and the bookies’ SCD odds are typically competitive at this early stage as punters and bookmakers alike try to get a handle on who will fail and who can go far, writes Fiora.
The first to find a partner on the SCD launch show was the likeable BBC news presenter and journalist Kate Silverton. She is slightly older than ideal for the physical rigours of Strictly at 48 but she was sporty in her youth and her enthusiasm for the task is massive. She will presumably have to juggle Strictly training with the day job but being partnered with Aljaz Skorjanec, her favourite pro and a former glitterball winner, has to be a major plus. Standing at 5 foot 10 inches with size 9 feet, Kate throws herself into everything and Strictly fans love a celeb who is a real trier. Her opening odds of 25/1 in the Strictly Come Dancing betting seem quite generous.
Vick Hope, the striking radio presenter, seemed very comfortable in her minimal silver costume and is clearly happy to have her long limbs on show. She loves music and can move well but is also going to have to continue her day job before hitting the training room with the new pro from Sicily, Graziano Di Prima, a Latin champion. If Vick were partnered with a more experienced pro she would be on anyone’s shortlist but we have no idea of Graziano’s coaching and choreography skills. The long-haired couple certainly look the part together but it has to be a wait and see brief, especially as they are one of the favourites in the opening SCD odds.
The 56-year-old fashion journalist and presenter Susannah Constantine admits to losing her confidence when she hit her 50s and wants to acquire a new skill. She has strong views on all things clothing related and has banned high necklines and showing her arms. Unfortunately, the way she descended the stairs made it obvious that she is not endowed with natural elegance once she is on the move. The seasoned but so far unsuccessful pro Anton Du Beke will make the most of whatever talent she has and can be relied upon to keep her in the competition for longer than would be expected. Susannah is an outsider in the Strictly Come Dancing betting odds for good reason.
Faye Tozer is excited to be dancing with a male partner for the first time having been part of the girl group Steps. She admitted to crying (with joy) when her participation in Strictly was confirmed. Giovanni Pernice said he was ‘super-happy’ to be partnered with her. If Faye is a Strictly superfan she should know that she has drawn the short straw with Pernice. He is not the best choreographer and still tends to showcase his own skills rather than those of his celebrity trainee.
The first man to find a partner was Lee Ryan, the singer from the boy band Blue who has also done a stint on EastEnders. Lee was fidgeting nervously when he met Tess. He will be assisted by the raunchy Nadiya Bychkova who is still learning her trade as a Strictly pro. Lee became romantically involved with a couple of his housemates in Celebrity Big Brother, if Nadiya succumbs to his dubious charms there could be plenty of tabloid inches to follow. She is in a relationship with a professional footballer at the moment but she has history that suggests that may not prevent sparks from flying.
Dr Ranj Singh used to be on children’s tv and graduated to This Morning. He is an emergency paediatrician who fortunately quite likes dressing up. He is not the tallest and was thoughtfully partnered by the diminutive Janette Manrara. This couple lack the stature for ballroom elegance and are among the outsiders in the initial Strictly betting odds.
The actor Danny John-Jules is fancied to fare better on the dance floor and was the shortest priced male celebrity before the action got started in earnest. He did a long stint in Red Dwarf but most recently has been playing the policeman in Death in Paradise. Danny has plenty of disco dancing experience but has never attempted ballroom. Partnered with Amy Dowden, another relatively new pro, he had to halt his foxtrot training after damaging his toes. He is a very sprightly looking 58-year-old who has a passion for clothes and some impressive disco moves but encountering physical issues this early does not bode well. At least he will have no fear of dancing in front of a live audience.
The YouTube blogger Joe Sugg has 13 million subscribers and wants to learn a skill. His nan used to dance in Blackpool so he has a target in mind for week nine when the show moves north. Joe has the help of the redhead Aussie Diane Buswell who is doing her second Strictly stint. Joe admits that he has only ever danced when he has been under the influence of alcohol. He is 27 but looks so young that the more mature Strictly viewers will probably want to parent him. If his many online followers decide to support him he could do better than his double figure opening Strictly odds suggest.
Katie Piper founded a charity for people suffering from burns after being seriously injured by an acid attack. She has presented television programmes on the subject and done a lot to raise awareness of burns victims. Perhaps it was just her nerves but Katie tends to talk in clichés which can be irritating. She was obviously very nervous on launch night. Gorka Marquez has the job of helping her to overcome them but her husband does not rate her chances.
The Paralympian silver medallist Lauren Steadman has not let being born without part of her right arm stop her achieving great things. She is used to hard work and likes eating a lot. She admits to being super-competitive and is ‘in it to win it’. AJ Pritchard nearly dropped her in their first ever dance move when the partnership was announced. It was not an auspicious beginning but AJ’s newly acquired culinary skills from Celebrity Masterchef could come in handy.
The investigative journalist and presenter Stacey Dooley reported that her mother is over the moon that she is doing Strictly. Stacey is fairly pleased too as she loves dancing but doesn’t think she is any good at it. Stacey managed to inject some much-needed humour into the partnering process. The phenomenal Kevin Clifton (from Grimsby) will give her every chance of achieving the best possible placing. They have great chemistry and were genuinely delighted to be paired up. They should be on the shortlist.
The American singer from The Pussycat Dolls Ashley Roberts is one of the favourites in the early Strictly betting. She was the runner-up in I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, her personality and determination came across well in the more testing environment of the Australian jungle. Her partner Pasha Kovalev is one of the best choreographers. This couple should go far but offer little value at their current price with the top United Kingdom bookmakers.
Seann Walsh, the comedian, hopes that inside him there might be a dancer. The beard and nose piercing may not be appreciated by Strictly viewers but at least he is humble. He is aiming not to make people laugh at him but has the mistress of comedy and reigning champion Katya Jones to assist him. If Seann has an iota of dance talent his opening price in the SCD odds of 66/1 will contract very quickly.
The actor Charles Venn aka Jacob Masters in Casualty thinks of himself as an action hero, he has had small parts in lots of films too but no one remembers them. He is a music fan and likes dancing and says that ‘there are more sides to Charles than meet the eye’. Speaking about himself in the third person is not endearing. Charles also had the audacity to put his arm around Tess and leave it there for the whole of the partnership process. The feisty Karen Clifton can be reassured that he has the strength to hold her aloft but his apparent arrogance is not going to be appreciated by Strictly viewers.
The former England cricketer Graeme Swann has been taught some dance moves by his young son who is a Strictly super fan. Graeme is desperate to make him proud and joked that his wife wants him out of the house until Christmas. The very capable Oti Mabuse has the job of keeping him in the competition as long as possible. Cricketers have a good record in Strictly but Swann is not fancied to follow in the footsteps of Darren Gough or Mark Ramprakash.