By News Team
22nd October 2020
Strictly Come Dancing is back. After last week’s launch, the eagerly awaited live shows begin on Saturday.
12 celebrity contestants are battling it out for this year’s Glitterball Trophy – and we’ve taken a look at the latest odds for the series below.
Still sitting at the top of the market after the launch of the new series last week is none other than EastEnders star Maisie Smith at 7/4. Maisie, who is paired with dancer Gorka Márquez for the upcoming series, will be dancing the samba on Saturday to Gloria Estefan’s ‘Samba’ in her opening performance. Having won the Children in Need version of Strictly last year, she will fancy her chances of a strong start to the show.
Sitting second in the betting behind Maisie is singer and YouTuber HRVY, who officially goes by the name of Harvey Leigh Cantwell and is now 3/1 to claim the Glitterball Trophy this year, with his odds shortening from 5/1 last week. HRVY and his dance partner for the series, Janette Manrara, will be performing the jive to ‘Faith’ by Stevie Wonder featuring Ariana Grande. HRVY has over a billion combined streams to his name, has released an album and several singles, but how will he take to life on Strictly?
The top three favourites remain the same from last week with Maisie and HRVY’s fellow early frontrunner at this stage still being Max George at 11/2, formerly one-fifth of popular boy band The Wanted. Singer-songwriter Max’s partner for the series will be Dianne Buswell and they will be kicking off their campaign with a tango on Saturday to ‘Best Fake Smile’ by Dua Lipa. Things have not started too well for Max, who has reportedly injured his wrist ahead of Saturday’s show, but the setback won’t apparently be getting in the way of him taking to the dancefloor.
Outside of the top three there has been some movement with BBC Radio1 DJ Clara Amfo climbing up to fourth in the betting with her odds dropping from 12/1 to 10/1 this week. Another Dua Lipa track will feature on Saturday, with Clara and her dance partner Aljaz Skorjanec set to perform the Cha Cha to ‘Don’t Start Now’. As well as DJing, Clara has a wealth of experience in TV presenting, having hosted the likes of ITV2’s coverage of The BRIT Awards and BBC’s coverage of Glastonbury Festival, but how will she make the transition to the ballroom floor?
Rounding off the top five is former NFL star Jason Bell, who is 12/1 to go all the way this series. Jason, who will be teaming up with Luba Mushtuk this year, is set to perform the American Smooth dance style to Motown classic ‘My Girl’ by The Temptations. Jason is no stranger to success, having represented the Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans and New York Giants during his playing days and he will be looking to transfer his sporting speed and power to the Strictly dancefloor.
Best of the rest
Elsewhere, double Olympic gold medallist boxer Nicola Adams, Men Behaving Badly star Caroline Quentin, comedian Bill Bailey and Made in Chelsea’s Jamie Laing follow behind at 14/1, with Royal marine turned sports presenter JJ Chalmers and Good Morning Britain presenter Ranvir Singh at 50/1, while former MP Jacqui Smith is priced at 200/1.