By News Team
26th November 2020
Another weekend approaching means we’re all set for another round of Strictly Come Dancing.
It was the turn of Men Behaving Badly star Caroline Quentin to face the axe last time out, with the judges instead choosing to save Maisie Smith in the dance-off for a second consecutive week. Maisie had wowed the judges with her original performance last week, which shows that nobody is safe.
Ahead of this weekend, we’ve taken a look at who’s the favourite in the betting to face the next elimination as well as who’s in the running to get their hands on the Glitterball Trophy.
What a night it was for Made in Chelsea star Jamie Laing last week, who, along with partner Karen Hauer, delivered an excellent performance of the Couple’s Choice to ‘Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)’ by C+C Music Factory. That display saw Jamie awarded the top score of the night by the judges with 29, including two 10s – his highest score of the series so far.
Despite his heroics, Jamie finds himself heading into this weekend as the favourite to face the next elimination at odds of 11/10. Clearly something isn’t quite clicking with viewers at home and he may have to pull out another star show when he dances the Tango to ensure his safety.
Following Jamie at 7/4 to be kicked off the show next is television presenter JJ Chalmers. Despite achieving two nines following his Quickstep to ‘For Once In My Life’ by Stevie Wonder last time out, he was also awarded a seven, which brought his average down somewhat. There’s been talk by some of a lack of chemistry with dance partner Amy Dowden – can they turn it around on Saturday when they Viennese Waltz to ‘Rescue’ by Lauren Daigle?
When it comes to winning the Glitterball Trophy, it’s comedian Bill Bailey who still sits clear at the top of the betting at 4/6. Bill and partner Oti Mabuse’s overall score of 25 last week was bettered by a number of his fellow contestants, but it’s not all about dancing on this show; likeability comes into play and Bill has bucketloads of that. He’ll be looking to continue his rise when he Jives to ‘One Way or Another’ by Blondie next.
That said, second favourite in the betting is HRVY and after a strong Tango to ‘Golden’ by Harry Styles last week alongside Janette Manrara, the YouTuber has closed the gap to Bill slightly with his odds for victory now 10/3, having been 9/2 ahead of last week’s show. Expect that trend to continue if he can master his Couples’ Choice routine to ‘Sky Full of Stars’ by Coldplay on Saturday.
But while HRVY has seen his chances of glory increase slightly this week, the same can’t be said of radio DJ Clara Amfo. Last time out saw her finish bottom of the pile with just 18 points – the lowest score out of the eight performances by the Strictly judges. As a result, Clara has seen her odds drift from 5/1 to 8/1, though she is still joint-third favourite alongside television presenter Ranvir Singh (8/1), and there is of course plenty to play for this weekend.