Compare 2017 SCD odds for outright winner and next elimination from the top bookmakers for Strictly Come Dancing betting. Plus claim free bets from the bookies. Odds tables updated 16/12 8.31pm.
Strictly Come Dancing Betting – Outright Winner Odds
To Win SCD 2017; Best odds bold; Prices subject to change; Each-Way Place Terms: Win Only
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SCD Odds – Top Woman Betting
To Be Top Woman in Strictly Come Dancing 2017.
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SCD Betting – Gender Of Winner Odds
Strictly come Dancing 2017, Sex Of Winner Betting Odds.
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Strictly Come Dancing Preview: Aston & Mollie Top SCD Odds 2017
We kick off this 2017 SCD preview with Aston Merrygold, the pint-sized member of the boy band JLS and early favourite in the Strictly Come Dancing odds, writes Fiora. He could well follow in the footsteps of The Wanted’s Jay McGuinness and McFly’s Harry Judd and win the show.
Aston not only has obvious musicality and performance credentials but has also been on the judging panel of the talent show ‘Got to Dance’. He is going to have to stretch to his full height to assume the elegance required for ballroom but is perfectly proportioned to excel in Latin routines.
His partner Janette Manrara is not the shrewdest operator and his odds in the opening SCD betting markets drifted when the pairing was announced. Janette has partnered a Strictly favourite in the shape of Peter Andre before and he failed to reach the final.
Aston faces competition from another songster, Mollie King from the girl group The Saturdays who was persuaded to take part by her band mate and Strictly finalist Frankie Bridge. Mollie was shaking like a leaf on the SCD launch show but there is more to her than meets the eye. She did not let her dyslexia stop her gaining top grades in all her A levels and she has skied for Britain. AJ Pritchard must be genuinely pleased to be partnered with her but will Mollie’s relatively posh accent be a hit with less well-heeled Strictly viewers?
Another contestant from the music world is the 2008 X Factor winner Alexandra Burke. She is a SCD mega-fan but is concerned that she is really a singer rather than a dancer. Burke has appeared in a number of musicals and is able to do much more than stand still and belt out a tune. Her SCD starting odds shortened slightly after her pairing with Gorka Marquez was announced, expect to see them in the finals.
Hollyoaks and Emmerdale actress Gemma Atkinson is another strong contender. She comes across as wonderfully down to earth and has the good fortune to be guided by the well-liked and highly skilled Alijaz Skorjanec. He lifted the glitterball with Abbey Clancy and is not without hope of getting his hands on it again. Gemma may not start as strongly as her rivals from the music world but she has the potential to blossom with Alijaz’s help. Strictly fans appreciate improvers and Gemma’s intro VT put her in the top grade for likeability. This partnership has the potential to go all the way.
Chizzy Akudolu from Holby City is another actress who has done well in the pairings. She will be coached by the master of choreography and all round good guy, Pasha Kovalev. Kovalev guided Caroline Flack to victory but will not be holding the more substantial Chizzy aloft. The lively Chizzy was once placed in a disco dancing competition but does not have the profile of a likely finalist, Blackpool yes but anything beyond that will be a bonus.
The pro Kevin Clifton has the best record in Strictly although he has never won it. All four of his previous partners have reached the final but he faces a considerable challenge with comedian Susan Calman. Susan starts as one of the SCD outsiders in the outright winner betting. Calman adores Clifton but she is not a naturally elegant mover. Kevin can be relied upon to add humour to their routines if her technique is lacking. We can expect this partnership to be saved by the viewers’ vote.
TV presenter Ruth Langsford, wife of Eamonn Holmes, has been paired with the popular veteran pro, Anton Du Beke. Du Beke is delighted to be guiding someone who is less of a liability than many of his previous partners and has tweeted high praise of her dancing prowess. Ruth is 57 and contestants beyond a certain age struggle with the physical demands of SCD. Ruth looked rather uncomfortable in the opening group dance but will probably be much happier in hold.
The comedian and presenter Brian Conley is going to have similar trouble aged 56 and he is not the most mentally robust either. He left the I’m A Celebrity jungle prematurely in 2012 after dumping the anti-depressant medication he had been taking for years. On the positive side Brian can sing and has appeared in musicals but the new professional Amy Dowden from Wales has a challenging task ahead of her.
Paul Daniels’ widow and former assistant Debbie McGee is also a bit long in the tooth aged 58 but she is the most qualified of all the Strictly celebrities on the dance front. Debbie graduated from the Royal Ballet School and joined the National Ballet in Tehran, dancing as a soloist until the Iranian Revolution kicked off in 1979. Yes, that was a long time ago and it was ballet not ballroom but she may be the only Strictly contestant who has actually danced for a living.
If the voting public forget about that part of her CV she could be the first older woman to be there until the bitter end if her partner Giovanni Pernice does not mess things up. Debbie could well top the judges’ leaderboard in ballroom routines early on but Pernice’s shortcomings are a concern.
The sprinter Jonnie Peacock was soon backed into single figure SCD odds in the 2017 betting but he is vying to become not only the first Paralympian but the first athlete to lift the glitterball. Cricketers Mark Ramprakash and Darren Gough and the gymnast Louis Smith have succeeded but will Strictly viewers warm to him? His beard and ponytail may not look appropriate for the ballroom but he is partnered by the very capable Oti Mabuse. Jonnie coped well with the initial group routine and might have an advantage: someone who can dance well without half a leg has to command massive respect.
The Sunday Brunch presenter and chef Simon Rimmer was the initial favourite in the Strictly elimination betting odds but he looked more comfortable than some in the launch show. Simon is very unlikely to win but it would be a surprise if he were the first person to leave the show.
Charlotte Hawkins, the TV presenter and newsreader, is also more fancied in the Strictly elimination betting than the win market. She did some dancing as a child but did not sense it coming back to her in the group routine and it was not evident to spectators either. Paired with the fiery but popular seasoned pro Brendan Cole she could do much better than her initial price suggests if she overcomes her nerves.
The Reverend Richard Coles is another outsider in the Strictly betting. Richard is a regular radio host and occasional TV presenter who used to be a musician. He can play the saxophone and keyboards and spent a year with Bronski Beat before joining Jimmy Somerville to form the Communards. Richard was not known for dancing about back then and now aged 55, new pro Dianne Buswell has work to do with him.
Katya Jones did a great job with Ed Balls and has a more obviously promising partner this time in Joe McFadden from Holby City. Joe has done musical theatre, appearing in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and should be able to move freely in front of an audience. Joe has to scrub off the fake tan for his day job and will not be able to immerse himself in Strictly but he seems a likeable character who could prove popular with voters.
Davood Ghadami from EastEnders is more popular than Joe in the opening Strictly betting, starting at single figure odds. Davood has done theatre work and, as the pictures of him online suggest, he enjoys getting his kit off. He has already said that he will undo another button of his shirt every week that he gets through. Arrogance is not going to help his cause even if his over-muscled torso appeals to some. His Ukraine-born partner Nadiya Bychkova is not shy either, she has twice posed naked for Playboy and has been branded a maneater in Slovenia. This couple could be great on the dance floor but may have limited appeal to Strictly viewers.
- It is hard to reach a betting tips’ verdict for this SCD preview, but it is worth noting that initial favourites in the Strictly betting odds have often been overturned. Gemma Atkinson, Alexandra Burke and Joe McFadden are all possible candidates to get the better of Aston Merrygold but Gemma could have the edge.