Last updated December 19th, 2020
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Strictly Come Dancing Betting – Outright Winner Odds
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Strictly 2020 Preview: Eastenders’ Maisie Smith Heads Bookies’ SCD Odds
The actress Caroline Quentin is one of the few celebrities that most Strictly viewers will instantly recognise, writes Fiona Derek. She is particularly well-known for playing Dorothy in Men Behaving Badly and Maddie Magellan in Jonathan Creek. At sixty she is older than is ideal for the physical rigours of Strictly but is likeable and spent years doing ballet as a child. Unlike Debbie McGee she gave up when she was fifteen.
Caroline has been partnered with the relatively new but high-impact South African pro Johannes Radebe who has his own followers after strutting in high heels. We can expect them to excel in ballroom routines but Latin may be a challenge.
Another relatively familiar face for many is the former EastEnders actress Maisie Smith. At nineteen she has youth on her side, is a natural performer and is full of enthusiasm for the Strictly experience. She starts the show as the clear favourite in the Strictly odds and already has an SCD win under her belt, in the Children in Need special.
Maisie certainly shone in the opening group routine and is going to have fun with the Latin specialist, Gorka Marquez. If she puts in the hours in the training room and can master ballroom she has an excellent chance if people forgive her for saying that cooking and cleaning (Strictly has strict isolation protocols) for the first time is exciting.
Ranvir Singh, the Good Morning Britain Political Editor and newsreader, should not be camera shy but unlike Caroline and Maisie will have to learn the performance element of dancing. She has had plenty of practice at Indian weddings and should have good hands but is understandably terrified of dancing live on television. Paired with Giovanni Pernice she claims she has rhythm but is one of the outsiders in the Strictly betting.
Only Jacqui Smith, the one-time Home Secretary, is available at longer odds. Jacqui gained a medal for Scottish Dancing fifty years ago but has not done much dancing since and looks unlikely to acquire anything shiny here. The veteran pro Anton du Beke can be relied upon to provide entertaining routines but if Jacqui has any sense of humour or fun it was not immediately apparent.
Head judge Shirley Ballas wisely stressed the importance of ‘performance’ when commenting on the partnership. Jacqui’s initial effort made uncomfortable viewing and brought back memories of the equally wooden tennis specialist Judy Murray.
The Radio 1 DJ and music presenter Clara Amfo should have an advantage on the musicality front and is ready to embrace the glitter and glamour of Strictly. She is a high energy person and will need to be if she is going to continue broadcasting during training.
Clara has the massive advantage of the assistance of Aljaz Skorjanec. She is a huge Strictly fan and scored points by recalling his samba to George Michael’s Faith. Clara looked confident in the opening routine and should have a decent length of time on the show to perfect her dance moves. With Aljaz anything is possible.
Harvey Leigh Cantwell aka HRVY is the second favourite in the SCD odds. He is a popstar and presenter and has over four million followers on Instagram. Even if they do not vote for him, he should go far. HRVY loves dancing and is always first on the dance floor but is not a gym person and was anxious about having to do lifts. Having looked at his arms, his concerns seem to be justified.
HRVY was hugely relieved to be paired with the tiny, featherweight Janette Manrara but has already worried the Strictly production team. He contracted coronavirus after agreeing to commit Strictly but has fully recovered. Shirley Ballas thinks he already walks like a dancer and should do well. His performance in the initial group routine suggests she is right.
A man who will have absolutely no trouble with lifts is the US-born Jason Bell, the first former NFL player to appear on Strictly. His arms suggest that lifting a small car would be feasible. He loves dancing too and went to a dance class whilst at college. His daughter is too young to have seen him play but will be able to enjoy his exploits on the dance floor instead.
Jason has pointed out that NFL demands good footwork and balance and is hoping his skills are transferable. Craig Revel Horwood had his doubts about that but thought his experience of being coached would be helpful as would his sportsman’s physique. Unfortunately Luba Mushtuk has been tasked with converting his sporting skills to the dance floor. Luba failed miserably with the gold medal winning rower James Cracknell in her only Strictly season, they were the first couple to leave last year.
Jamie Laing from Made In Chelsea is the first person to have a second try on Strictly. The biscuit heir injured himself before the show even got underway last year and was replaced by Kelvin Fletcher, who took the glitterball. He claims he is physically fit and has been eating less cake in preparation for his second stint. Karen Hauer seems to have understandable doubts about his work ethic.
The gold medal winning boxing machine Nicola Adams likes breaking new ground and suggested that she should form part of a same sex couple for the first time in Strictly history. The producers agreed and this is going to be interesting, especially as she is partnered with the supremely talented and inventive Katya Jones.
Nicola has zero dance experience but seems to have natural rhythm. This pair have an unparalleled strength to bodyweight ratio that could provide some unprecedented moves and Katya has form on that front. Craig is hugely excited by the partnership – and not just because Katya can openly lead her partner for once.
The Scottish television presenter and former marine JJ Chalmers has various physical issues to overcome after being seriously injured by an explosive device in Afghanistan. The medics were unsure that he would walk again so his participation is a triumph. He admits he is not sure what he can and cannot do but is willing to give everything a try.
As an Invictus Games medallist his commitment to the task can be counted on. Amy Dowden will give him every chance to achieve his best possible outcome.
The stand-up comedian Bill Bailey is also a musician but he is more used to making music than moving to it. He has mentioned a bad hip and may struggle with physical demands of Strictly. His response to the judges’ comments could be entertaining. Oti Mabuse laughed out loud at the thought of retaining her title with him.
The singer Max George is not expecting to achieve the success enjoyed by his The Wanted bandmate Jay McGuiness who won in 2015 but it is far from impossible. He has humour and comes across well on screen. He thinks he will be better suited to Latin routines as no one has ever described him as elegant.
He has long arms and rather large hands. Expect caustic criticism from Craig if he does not place them correctly. Max delivered a decent performance in the first group routine and might be popular with the public. He is one for the shortlist in the Strictly Come Dancing odds as his partner Dianne Buswell knows what she is doing too.