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Strictly Come Dancing Betting – Outright Winner Odds
To Win SCD 2019 on BBC1; Best odds bold; Each-Way Place Terms: Bet365: 1/4 odds 1,2,3; Others Win Only.
SCD Betting – Next Elimination Odds
To Be Eliminated from Strictly Come Dancing Next; Best odds bold.
SCD Odds – Top Man
To Be Top Male Contestant.
SCD Odds – Top Woman
To Be Top Female Contestant.
Strictly 2019 Preview: Kelvin & Karim Top Bookies’ SCD Odds
The former England and Arsenal footballer Alex Scott was the initial favourite in the 2019 Strictly Come Dancing odds, but not for long, writes Flo Fuller. She seemed less than delighted to get Neil Jones, Katya’s estranged husband, as a partner. This is the first time Neil has been entrusted with a celebrity to coach and only one new pro has ever triumphed on debut. Alex soon slipped from the top of the Strictly betting market.
Alex was awarded the MBE for her sporting achievements and is in good shape with an engaging personality that propelled her to Match of the Day as their first female commentator. She can rock Strictly gear and is hoping she can add the glitterball to her sporting trophies. She may do so even though her first dance score left her mid-division on the Strictly leaderboard. Crucially, Alex demonstrated her ability to perform and project emotion in front of an audience, other sporting stars have completely failed or taken ages to tick that box.
James Cracknell the gold medal-winning rowing machine suffered serious performance issues during his first dance. He correctly completed the sequence of tango steps but was rather painful to watch. His intense concentration was horribly apparent and his posture was sometimes more Antarctic expedition (he has trekked to the South Pole) than ballroom. James did say that he is much more used to doing things sitting down. He was marked lowest of all after his first routine.
Being partnered with another new pro, the Latin specialist Luba Mushtuk from Russia, is less than ideal but there could still be hope despite his SCD odds drifting to 100/1 after his tango. James is not just a celebrity but a living legend with an OBE to prove it, surely he merits support more than most. If Luba has the skill to help him overcome his issues this could be another momentous expedition for him. Strictly viewers love triers who improve, James has more room for it than any of them.
David James, the ex-England goalie, is another sportsman with work to do on the ‘performance’ front. He is a father of four who hopes to impress his grandchildren with his dancing. His pro partner Nadiya Bychkova said she was excited to get such a tall athlete. He is six foot five with ridiculously long legs that could prove problematic in Latin routines.
David found himself close to the bottom of the Strictly leaderboard after his foxtrot. It was a reasonably competent first effort but competition is tough this year. Footballers do not have a great record on Strictly Come Dancing and it would be a surprise if David bucks the trend.
Another sports star is Will Bayley, the gold medal-winning table tennis Paralympian. He has extremely dysfunctional joints but they did not stop him gaining the highest score for an opening show quickstep in Strictly history.
Will and his entire family are massive Bruno Tonioli fans and the audience could sense his delight as he was dancing. There were no ‘performance’ issues at all. His pro partner Janette Manrara is a much better teacher than she used to be but she is still far from the best. It would be a massive achievement for Will to triumph with her in the class of 2019.
It was the CBBC presenter Karim Zeroual who deposed Alex Scott from the top of the Strictly Come Dancing betting odds market immediately after he was paired with Amy Dowden, the Latin-American specialist from Wales. The couple caught judge Craig Revel Horwood’s eye as a partnership with potential at the launch show.
Karim can certainly dance and has extraordinary musicality but CBBC presenters do not have much natural traction with Strictly viewers. He is very personable and smashed his first routine, a cha cha cha which included some moves more appropriate to a gymnasium than a dance floor. His score left him in second place on the leaderboard and in the SCD betting market.
The BBC breakfast sports presenter Mike Bushell is not so naturally well balanced and has fallen over on camera in his day job on a number of occasions. He likes jumping up and down to trance music, there is not much of that on Strictly. Tess Daly spotted that he was the most excited of all the celebrities at the launch.
Mike is not tall, has ‘sickle feet’ spotted by Craig and is going to have to work hard to achieve the necessary elegance for ballroom routines. Fortunately he is paired with the supremely talented Katya Jones and may do much better than his opening SCD odds of 50/1 suggest.
Anneka Rice, the high action presenter from Treasure Hunt and Challenge Anneka many years ago, is not fancied to do well either. She claims she does not dance, totally lacks rhythm and cannot even clap in time. She was barely visible in the opening group routine.
Her partner Kevin Clifton has his work cut out to maintain his extraordinary achievement of always reaching the final. He lifted the glitterball with Stacey Dooley last season but looks unlikely to retain it. He has inspired the previously dance-phobic Anneka with enthusiasm for the task but she is not endowed with much natural talent for it. She says she is ‘rubbish’ and her first score suggested she is not completely wrong.
The curvaceous Michelle Visage is a singer and judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race, a reality television show looking for potential drag stars in the US. Michelle appeared on Celebrity Big Brother in the UK and finished a respectable fifth. She admits that she is a very critical judge and says she is prepared to graft. Her daughters are extremely embarrassed that she is doing Strictly Come Dancing.
Michelle wants everyone to know that she is 51 and presumably thinks her age will endear her to viewers. Has anyone told her that Anneka is 60? Being American is not likely to be advantage nor is being partnered with Giovanni Pernice but they achieved joint third place after their first dance. Michelle has musicality and dance talent but will viewers like her? Probably not.
EastEnders actress Emma Barton is more likely to be popular. She admits she has ‘done a bit of dancing’ and is a mega Strictly fan. She feels she is living the dream by being on the show and thinks she has the perfect partner in Anton Du Beke. Anton looked genuinely pleased to be coupled with her and immediately said ‘book me in until Christmas’.
For once Anton has a celebrity with more than comic potential but his gentlemanly approach to coaching combined with her rigorous acting schedule make a win unlikely.
Viscountess Emma Weymouth was described on the opening show as a model and chef but she is also involved in her husband’s Longleat Safari Park and says she mucks out the wallabies. You have to wonder just how often that happens.
Emma has natural poise and rhythm and has the inestimable assistance of Aljaz Skorjanec who lifted the glitterball with the down to earth WAG, Abbey Clancy. Emma is the first titled contestant to take to the dance floor and has enjoyed certain privileges throughout her life. Her appeal to Strictly viewers is unlikely to be overwhelming.
The Radio 1 DJ Dev Griffin ought to be good at interpreting music but claims he cannot dance. The Australian ballroom pro Dianne Buswell who did well with Joe Sugg has the job of honing his moves. Dev has been late for practice but has superb musicality and had no problem mastering the footwork for foxtrot. The judges were impressed with his initial effort and he achieved joint third position. This partnership could be serious contenders.
The comedian Chris Ramsey’s first dance did not go down so well, new judge Motsi Mabuse said his face was good but his body was on holiday, leaving him with the second lowest opening score of 11 points. Chris is very likeable but does not like being watched when he is dancing, was he hoping that the judges would look away?
Partnered with Karen Hauer, Chris says he has never done so much exercise in his life. Increasing his fitness could be handy as he has just added 30 new dates to his stand-up tour next year after unprecedented ticket sales. His Strictly odds drifted from 16/1 to 50/1 after his cha cha cha but he should not be written off after just one dance disaster.
The 19-year-old social media personality and blogger Saffron Barker is extremely confident and nailed her first routine. She has over four million followers and knows how to project her personality to a live audience as well as her online followers. Before the competition got underway Saffron said she thought it would ‘be cool’ to say she can do ballroom and Latin and was delighted to be living her grandparents’ dream.
Her partner AJ Pritchard is not only a decent coach but a media savvy person who could help her go far but will Saffron appeal to Strictly viewers as much as last year’s social media star Joe Sugg? It seems unlikely.
Catherine Tyldesley is known to most people for playing Eva Price in Coronation Street. She admits that she is not as feisty and confident as her former Corrie character and comes across extremely well. Catherine enjoys dancing and is relishing the prospect of learning how to do it properly.
Patience was her top priority in a partner and Johannes Radebe is confident he has plenty of it. A new pro to UK Strictly viewers, Johannes has reached the final of the South African Strictly twice. He said in training that Catherine is doing her best which is all anyone can ask for. Catherine is also a singer and should be able to interpret music. They are an elegant couple which bodes well for ballroom and head judge Shirley Ballas thinks they have potential. This is a partnership worth watching closely despite their slightly disappointing start.
Made In Chelsea’s Jamie Laing, the biscuit heir, managed to get injured before the show even got underway. The actor Kelvin Fletcher was called in late to replace him under the guidance of Oti Mabuse. Kelvin is best known for his award-winning 20-year stint as Andy Sugden in Emmerdale but he has other talents too. He is a serious petrol head competing in the British GT Championship and has been a national champion in a niche form of hockey.
Kelvin is physically fit and performed his initial samba with verve and accuracy that put him at the top of the leader board. He raced to the top of the Strictly betting market too but early favourites do not always succeed, Peter Andre and Aston Merrygold from JLS come to mind. Kelvin is an obvious contender but not the certainty his SCD odds currently suggest.