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Strictly Come Dancing Betting Odds – To Win
To Win SCD 2016; Best odds bold; Each-Way Place Terms: Win Only.
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Danny Mac the Bookies’ Favourite in SCD Odds
Danny Mac has become a strong favourite in the Strictly Come Dancing odds after the first few weeks of the series, writes Fiora.
Mac (pictured) found ‘fame’ as an actor in the long-running Hollyoaks. He has appeared in musicals and studied dance at college but will need to contain his apparent self love. Strictly viewers prefer slight shyness to rampant egotism. Teamed up with the relatively inexperienced Oti Musabe, who did not last long in her one previous SCD stint, Mac’s performance off the dance floor will be as important as his moves on it.
Thus far the heartthrob has played a good game and the bookmakers are taking no chances. His chance was made that much easier when singer Will Young dropped out of the contest, citing stress as the factor. His slightly vitriolic dance partner seemed to think he pulled out after realising he was not going to win. Certainly he had drifted from favourite before a step had been taken to an unfancied 14/1 at the time of his departure.
He had been strongly fancied in the 2016 Strictly Come Dancing betting to follow in the footsteps of Jay McGuiness, The Wanted’s vocalist, who lifted the glitterball last time. Like McGuiness, Will had some dance training, but not in Latin or ballroom.
His dance experience ought to have come in handy and the bookmakers made him a 7/2 favourite in the Come Dancing odds. The one negative was that Will has been teamed up with the slightly dodgy Mambo World Champion, Karen Clifton, who is not the best at coaching ballroom. Will, 37, had an obvious head start on many of his rivals but he needed to win the Strictly popularity contest too. The similarly talented singer Peter Andre started as the bookies’ favourite last year but failed to reach the final. Now Will has gone one better and just thrown in the towel. Where there is a Will there may not be a way.
Louise Redknapp was a member of the girl group Eternal some time ago and, married to an ex-footballer, has some hope of emulating fellow WAG winner Abbey Clancy (2013). Redknapp did not initially look as competent as Young but she has the assistance of one of the best pros, Kevin Clifton, Karen’s husband. She starts the competition as a 7/1 shot in the SCD odds.
Kevin has not put a foot wrong since joining the Strictly Come Dancing line-up three years ago. He has yet to win but has always reached the final. Redknapp said that she wanted someone kind and patient and has hit the jackpot with him. Now a 41-year-old, Redknapp admits that it is a long time since she ‘put any shapes down’. Bruno Tonioli picked them out at the very beginning as a perfectly matched couple and they look likely to enjoy a long partnership.
Another celebrity from the music industry is the 47-year-old Anastacia Newkirk from Chicago. She has already experienced Blackpool with Strictly, singing her single I’m Outta Love rather than dancing. She comes across as a typical pop diva, loving the bling but voicing her reluctance to work too hard from the outset. She has been partnered with the fiery Brendan Cole whose work ethic may come as a shock to her. American celebrities and divas have not gone down well with viewers. She is unlikely to need her dance shoes for Blackpool.
Contestants from the sports world have thrived on Strictly too and there are a couple from the Rio team in the line-up. If medals counted for anything the long-jumper Greg Rutherford would be at the top of the Strictly Come Dancing betting market after winning gold in London and bronze in Rio, but starting the contest at 18/1, he is not.
Rutherford will obviously be fitter than most and liberally imbued with competitive spirit but he looked ill at ease in the first group dance and was shaking on launch night. The statuesque Natalie Lowe has the challenge of helping him to relax, if she succeeds he could do far better than his starting odds predict.
Teenage gymnast Claudia Fragapane failed to fire in Rio, falling off the beam and the uneven bars, but was one of the Strictly Come Dancing favourites from the moment her participation was announced. Gymnasts have a 100% record in Strictly but only one has previously graced the dance floor, the London and Rio silver medal winner Louis Smith in 2012.
Smith had the advantage of being paired with an experienced, extremely shrewd Strictly pro, Flavia Cacace. Fragapane has been partnered with a new boy on the block, the 21-year-old AJ Pritchard from Stoke-on-Trent. Not many pros have won on their debut. They look likely to do well in high energy routines but the elegance of the ballroom could be tricky, she is only four feet seven inches tall. SCD viewers may well warm to this unusually young couple but the sensible approach is to adopt a watching brief until we see them in action.
At the other end of the age scale is the 70-year-old actress Lesley Joseph aka Dorien from Birds of a Feather, the oldest female contestant ever. She is very unlikely to win but is a lively character and probably has a sizeable fan base. Partnered by the popular veteran, Anton Du Beke, comedy is definitely on the cards and we can expect them to be saved by public vote on a regular basis.
EastEnders’ Tameka Empson is another high energy thespian who could add to the entertainment factor. She immediately expressed her enthusiasm for the cha cha cha and the showdance, which is only performed in the final. Mention of the showdance seems aspirational, especially as she is going to be guided by another of the new Come Dancing pros, the latin specialist, Gorka Marquez. They are likely to struggle with ballroom routines. The 33/1 available in the Strictly Come Dancing odds, at the time of writing, does not appeal.
Sports presenter Ore Oduba has plenty of experience of talking on camera and looked more proficient than most in the initial group routine. His ability was noticed by a former Strictly pro who thinks he will go far. He is paired with Joanne Clifton, Kevin’s sister, who is having only her second try at coaching. She did not do too badly with her rhythmically challenged first partner Scott Mills, going out in week six. This couple look set to go much further.
Strictly mega-fan, Irish television presenter Laura Whitmore is another capable talker but she did not initially look a natural on the dance floor. If she can master the moves she should do well but her pairing with Giovanni Pernice is a concern. Fortunately he has recently split up with Georgia May Foote, whom he continued to partner after they reached the final. It was Foote’s talent rather than his coaching expertise that got them there.
Breakfast television presenter Naga Munchetty has definitely been lucky to get Pasha Kovalev. He won with Caroline Flack and has reached the final twice. Naga, 41, does not immediately resemble a potential winner but she is a big music fan and plays the jazz trumpet as well as classical piano. If her musical talents enable her to perform on the dance floor Pasha’s choreography is second to none.
The diminutive DJ Melvin Odoom is used to outrageous costumes and once taught street dance to youngsters but did not look particularly comfortable on the launch show. Partnered with Janette Manrara, who has never reached the final, he looks very unlikely to break her duck.
Former shadow chancellor Ed Balls will not be wearing anything outlandish and has been banned from wearing sequins by his wife, MP Yvette Cooper. He has plenty of time to rehearse his routines, having lost his seat at the last election, but will need it. He initially looked stiff as a board and is unlikely to give his new pro partner, Katya Jones a particularly long experience of the show. He starts the show at treble-figure odds, and that is not at all tempting.
Robert Rinder, aka Judge Rinder, looked surprisingly flexible for someone who is used to sitting down pontificating for most of the day. He has already lifted his shirt to show off his torso and said he was praying for a Russian partner who would be outrageously cruel to him. Fortunately he was paired with the Ukrainian Oksana Platero. She is new to Strictly and should have some fun with Rinder but they are not a serious SCD betting proposition.
Lingerie model Daisy Lowe and Aljaz Skorjanec make an attractive couple but she is not fancied to impress the viewers. Aljaz won on his Strictly debut with Abbey Clancy who was also a model (but she always kept some clothes on). Abbey was not an early favourite either but she won the public over with her ability on the dance floor and refreshingly down-to-earth personality. Whether Daisy can do the same is debatable but she claims to have ‘natural rhythm’ and says she is willing to work hard.
There are always some surprise partnerships and the SCD odds are sure to get a major shake-up as the series progresses. Keep an eye on the comparison table above in case you can spot some value as the betting matures.