Grab your low-cut tops, high-flying skirts and large bottles of fake tan, Strictly Come Dancing is back! As the latest batch of soap-opera cast-offs, middle-tier sports “stars” and one or two genuine celebrities get in the groove for the opening week of action, we bring you our betting tips and predictions for what will transpire in the 2015 season of Strictly Come Dancing. We’ve got all the latest betting odds on which couple will be good (or popular) enough to win the famous Glitterball Trophy, and our live odds comparison ensures you’ll get the best prices available. So, without further ado, let’s get dancing!
There are 15 couples lining up for this year’s Strictly, with an interesting range of contestants that include celebrity chef Ainsley Harriott, Aussie singer and one-time heartthrob Peter Andre and Sky Sports News presenter Kirsty Gallacher. But which of the celebs will turn out to have twinkle toes, and which will have two left feet?
The early favourite with the bookies is Peter Andre – who has been paired with the American rumba master, Janette Manrara – who is priced at best betting odds of 5/2 with Ladbrokes and others. Having been a pop star (of sorts!), Peter has clearly had plenty of opportunity to strut his dancing moves on stage before, and many purists see such performing history as an unfair advantage compared to the less-well-versed movers and shakers. But whatever your moral position, the fact remains that Peter has the moves and the visual appeal to get the women voting in droves, so he is a worthy favourite.
Call The Midwife actor Helen George is next in the betting and - after showing some nice footwork on the Strictly launch show - the blonde bombshell could be a decent bet at odds of 11/2 with Bet365. Not least because she is paired with the ever-consistent Aljaž Skorjanec (try pronouncing that name after a few glasses of prosecco!). He waltzed Abbey Clancy to Strictly glory in 2013 and he could do the same with Helen this year.
There will be stiff competition, of course, with Iwan Thomas and Harriott both looking like decent outside bets, each priced at odds of 40/1 with Bet365. Harriott’s infectious joie de vivre is sure to garner support, and he showed in the launch show that he has both the confidence and the rhythm to put in some meaningful performances. Thomas, meanwhile, will bring the grit and determination that made him the British 400m record holder, and his athleticism will allow him to not only throw himself into the tough training schedule, but also attract the attention of the predominantly female audience.
We are discounting the likes of boxer Anthony Ogogo (20/1 with BetVictor) and Jeremy Vine (100/1 with Ladbrokes), but there is a chance that Irish country and folk singer Daniel O’Donnell might ‘do a Widdecombe’ and be repeatedly kept in the competition by the voting public just for the comedy value. He’s priced at 66/1 with Sky Bet, which might be worth a cheeky fiver with a view to laying it off later in the series when he shortens drastically.
Overall though, we fancy it will be another female celeb who takes home the Glitterball Trophy (Caroline Flack won last year), and we like the look of 24-year-old Georgia May Foote, who is priced at best betting odds of 10/1 with BetVictor. We predict she will woo both judges and the audience with her demure elegance, whilst we also think she has the capacity to throw herself into the Latin dances with real gusto, something that never fails to attract plenty of votes. Paired with the 2012 Italian Strictly champion Giovanni Pernice, Georgia has every chance of going all the way.
While Helen George and Peter Andre have decent chances, we think Georgia May Foote has more universal appeal than either and she is therefore our main betting tip in the 2015 Strictly Come Dancing outright winner betting.Google+