Last updated October 18th, 2021
Compare 2021 SCD odds for outright winner, gender of winner, next elimination, top woman and top man from the top bookmakers for Strictly Come Dancing betting. Read our Strictly preview plus claim free bets from the bookies.
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Strictly Come Dancing Betting – Outright Winner Odds
To Win SCD 2021 on BBC1 TV; Best odds bold; Each-Way Place Terms: Win Only.
SCD Betting – Next Elimination Odds
To Be Eliminated Next from Strictly Come Dancing, Next To Leave; To Be Voted Off; Best odds bold.
SCD Odds – Gender of Winner Betting
Who Wins: Man or Woman?
SCD Odds – Top Man
To Be Top Male Contestant.
SCD Odds – Top Woman
To Be Top Female Contestant.
Strictly 2021 Preview: Rose Ayling-Ellis Favoured In Bookies’ SCD Odds
Tom Fletcher may be a new name to many Strictly viewers but he gained a narrow lead in the initial Strictly odds for obvious reasons, writes Fiona Derek. He is a singer, songwriter and guitarist and was the founding member of the album chart-topping English pop group, McFly. His bandmate and drummer Harry Judd won Strictly Come Dancing 10 years ago. His wife and childhood sweetheart Giovanna won the latest I’m A Celebrity – so no pressure!
Tom is a Christmas-loving, young-looking 36-year old and a father of three who should appeal to viewers. If his two million Instagram followers support him too then he should go far.
EastEnders actress Rose Ayling-Ellis aka Frankie Lewis is also popular in the SCD betting odds, leading the ladies and heading the lists with some bookmakers. Rose is the first deaf Strictly contestant and is likely to challenge people’s misconceptions about her disability. She is keen to learn a new skill and is certainly going to look the part. This 26-year-old is slim and elegant and is looking forward to having gorgeous clothes made to fit her.
Another popular contestant is the children’s television presenter Rhys Stephenson. He can act too and should have no issues with the performance element of the show. Strictly judge Motsi Mabuse has been doing her homework on the new contestants and believes that Rhys is likely to do well.
The youngest 2021 Strictly contestant is Tilly Ramsay, the 19-year-old daughter of star chef Gordon. She presents her own cooking programme Matilda on the BBC and is extremely experienced in the media. She has appeared on a variety of other programmes ranging from Blue Peter to This Morning. Fortunately she is more considered in her use of language than her potty-mouthed father. It will be interesting to see how viewers react to her. Ballet lessons as a child did not go well.
Anyone who has only seen the comedian, actor and author Robert Webb playing Jez on the hugely successful Peep Show may wonder about his suitability for Strictly. A quick look at his performance of the Flashdance number, ‘What A Feeling’, for Comic Relief in 2009 will be reassuring. Robert will be 49 when the show starts and had surgery to fix a heart murmur in 2019. If he retains the level of physical flexibility demonstrated in 2009 and can work on his timing he could go far. Performing live is part of the day job and his humour could endear him to viewers of It Takes Two.
Presenter AJ Odudu should have no problem with performing live either. She is best known for her work on Channel 5’s Big Brother’s Bit on the Side with Emma Willis and Rylan Clark-Neal. AJ appeared on the gruelling Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins in 2019 and is always up for a challenge, especially since Big Brother was axed. Any Strictly pro should be delighted to partner her, she is a big fan of the show and able to handle extreme physical demands. She is a 10/1 shot in the opening Strictly odds with the bookies.
The 2012 Great British Bake Off winner John Whaite is set to be one half of the show’s first all-male couple. He is quite tall and is hoping to be paired with one of the more statuesque dancers. John initially studied modern and medieval languages at Oxford but left to study law at Manchester as he wanted to be closer to home. He gained a first class degree while filming Bake Off.
John sensibly ditched law and banking to make cookery his career and has done rather well for himself. His dancing ability is unknown but he is a habitual high achiever so anything is possible.
Adam Peaty is another extraordinary achiever with two Olympic gold medals in the 100 metres breast stroke. He was the first ever British swimmer to retain Olympic gold. This 26-year-old from Uttoxeter is 6 foot 3 and has 15 stone of solid muscle. His pro partner can feel confident he will not lack the strength for demanding lifts. Adam will be the most physically fit contestant by a mile and is used to training hard but it is difficult to imagine him nailing the rumba.
Soap actress Katie McGlynn should have no problem striking a sensual pose and giving her partner smouldering looks. She has appeared in Waterloo Road, Coronation Street and joined the cast of Hollyoaks this year, playing Becky Quentin. Most recently she has hit the headlines for damaging her foot when kicking the Glitterball for a Strictly promotion. Reports of her ‘horrific injury’ were massively exaggerated. She soon silenced them by posting a pic of two tiny cuts on her big toe on social media. Not an auspicious beginning but she could do well.
The 55-year-old actor and producer Greg Wise could be popular with viewers. He married Emma Thompson after starring in Sense and Sensibility with her. They tied the knot in 2003 and are still together. If he has an ounce of ability on the dance floor viewers are likely to support him if he comes across well. He is appearing on the show for very personal reasons, his sister Clare died five years ago and he signed up for Strictly in her memory.
Sports journalist and television presenter Dan Walker is an interesting contestant but he looks unlikely to follow in Chris Hollins’ footsteps. Fellow BBC sports presenter Hollins won Strictly with Ola Jordan in 2009. Like Hollins he is extremely personable but Dan is nearly a foot taller at 6 foot 6. Height is handy in ballroom dances but controlling long legs in Latin routines is going to be extremely tricky.
The former rugby player Ugo Monye is now a pundit and may soon be seen as a team captain on the BBC’s Question Of Sport. He does not lack personality or humour but may struggle to impress on the dance floor. He claims to be completely comfortable donning an ‘outfit’ so the sequins should not faze him. Appearing on Strictly is a dream come true for him, if he loves dancing and is good at it he could defy his initial SCD odds of 20/1.
Another outsider in the Strictly betting is the actress and comedian Nina Wadia. She has appeared in EastEnders, Still Open All Hours and Goodness Gracious Me. Aged 52, the physical rigours of Strictly could pose a challenge. She may be very fit but does not look like a person who goes to a gym regularly. She is a mother of two and may have a longer spell on the show than her starting odds suggest if viewers take to her.
Dragons’ Den investor and craft business queen Sara Davies is not fancied to win either. She might be more comfortable being creative than going to the gym but is refreshingly down to earth despite her success in business. She has received numerous awards for her entrepreneurial skills and comes across as a decent and compassionate human being on Dragons’ Den. Anything is possible but a place in the final looks unlikely.
The same sentiment applies to the comedian and presenter Judi Love. She is another big personality with a body that suggests she enjoys food rather than exercise. She took part in MasterChef and reached the semi-final. This Loose Women panellist should entertain and have a talent for comedic routines. Fingers crossed she gets a pro who can exploit her strengths.
Bill Bailey’s 2020 Strictly Come Dancing victory surprised many people, including his pro partner Oti Mabuse who initially laughed at the prospect of retaining the Glitterball she gained with the more feasible Kelvin Fletcher. Strictly is ultimately a popularity contest and unlikely but likeable prospects should not be discounted, even if they are overlooked in the opening SCD betting prices by the bookmakers.