By William Hill
Last Updated: 13th December 2019
We’re down to the final three in this year’s series of Strictly Come Dancing as Kelvin Fletcher, Emma Barton and Karim Zeroual bid this weekend to land the crown. We preview their chances of dancing to glory.
“I’m buzzing. We’re just so happy to have got as far as we got.” Last week, fans waved goodbye to comedian Chris Ramsey in the series’ semi-final.
Ramsey and his dance partner Karen Hauer faced the dance-off against Zeroual and Amy Dowden but they were sent packing following a unanimous verdict from the judges.
The eagerly anticipated final takes place on Saturday, when ex-Emmerdale star Fletcher, Eastenders actress Barton and CBBC presenter Zeroual fight to be crowned champion.
Regular CBBC viewers will be cheering on 19-year-old Zeroual, who is a regular presenter on the channel, though his odds of 9/2 from before last week’s semi-final have risen to 12/1 after he landed himself in the dance-off for the second time in the series.
However, Zeroual did come back fighting the last time he was nearly eliminated, earning himself the first perfect score of the current series with his jive to Hairspray track ‘You Can’t Stop The Beat’. Only time will tell whether he’s got what it takes to repeat such a feat and win the big prize this weekend, though as the outsider of the final three, the odds would suggest not.
The three final contestants will perform three routines, with Zeroual’s judges’ pick ‘Mr. Pinstripe Suit’ by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, his showdance ‘A Million Dreams’ by Pink and his favourite dance to be announced on the show.
Partnered with Anton Du Beke, Barton sits middle of the betting going into the weekend and could still scoop a shock victory in Saturday’s final. Momentum has been gathering in support of the pair and they are currently backed at 9/4 to emerge victorious ahead of Zeroual and Fletcher.
Veteran Du Beke has been on the show since 2004 but has never won the title in that time and, given that Barton was as long as 9/2 last weekend, the Eastenders actress’ growing popularity in the market could see the Strictly veteran land his first ever Glitterball Trophy.
As for Barton’s judges’ pick, she’ll be performing along to the Charleston, while her showdance will be Irving Berlin’s ‘Let Yourself Go’ with her favourite dance also to be announced on the show.
Even villainous judge of the panel Craig Revel Horwood has been singing Fletcher’s praises this series and has even tipped him for Strictly glory, with the betting seemingly following suit. Fletcher is the overwhelming favourite, available at an odds-on price of 2/5, following him and partner Oti Mabuse receiving their first 40 of the series last week.
The duo had previously recorded multiple triple-10s but now look primed for victory in the final where they will be dancing the Rumba to ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’ and their showdance to the Isley Brothers’ ‘Shout’ in their quest for Glitterball glory, with the favourite dance also to be announced on the show.
As well as being 2/5 to be crowned champion, Fletcher is also 4/7 to be the top scorer on the night and lift the Glitterball Trophy.