By News Team
Last Updated: 14th February 2020
A celebration of dances from around the world, last week’s show was a sparkling festival of culture, history and performance. With a wealth of unexpected dances, more series-firsts and a dramatic skate-off to match, week six continued the action-packed spectacle that the shows’ viewers have come to expect.
Ahead of this weekend’s episode, we summarise each of the current favourites before running through the shortest odds for the next elimination.
The professional dancer outdid himself yet again last week. Exceeding the sky-high expectations he and partner Vanessa have set for themselves throughout the series, this may have been their most ambitious skate yet.
The pair’s jive-style performance knocked socks off across the board, earning an eye-popping score of 38 out of 40 from the ice panel. It would seem that Kiely is incapable of stepping onto the ice without attaining the highest score of the series, as he yet again topped his own record. At 4/11, the market’s confidence in favourite Kiely’s victory prospects remain high.
At some point in our lives, every one of us has been mercilessly subjected to a crowd of debauched drunkards chanting ‘Boogie Wonderland’ by Earth, Wind & Fire at the top of their voice. Joe and Alex’s impressive skate to the tune therefore provided us with a welcome alternative context for the song.
Their lavish routine featured a succession of connected roly-polys, wowing the discerning judges into awarding them a score of 32 – their highest of the series so far. At 7/2, Swash remains second in line for victory according to the odds.
Soap star Lisa George, best known as Beth Tinker from Coronation Street, tackled the technically challenging Charleston on ice alongside partner Tom Naylor. Skating to ‘Hot Honey Rag’ from the Chicago Orchestra, they received 30 points from the judges.
George, who says she intended to use the show as a self-confidence booster, also appears to have raised the market’s confidence in her chances of victory, currently standing in third place at 9/1.
Last week’s public vote landed two couples in the dreaded skate-off: Ian ‘H’ Watkins and Matt, and Ben Hanlin and Carlotta. In the end, it was the latter who the judges decided to save, meaning the show’s first ever same-sex couple were evicted in seventh place.
Although Ben and Carlotta’s Morris-themed skate saw them achieve a personal best of 30.5 from the judges previously, it did little to improve their odds of victory as the pair are currently Evens to be eliminated next. Maura Higgins, meanwhile, is the next celebrity most likely to face elimination at 7/4.