Everybody in the UK has heard of Strictly Come Dancing. It is one of the most popular shows on the planet and has spawned a Strictly Come Dancing in Australia and America. And it seems we just can’t get enough of it.
Strictly Come Dancing is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as being the most successful reality TV show. Since 2004 the show has increased in popularity every single year. The show averaged around 6.5 million viewers in the first couple of years. But by 2020, there were over 13 million viewers tuning in to the finale.
Strictly has a huge list of celebrities queuing up to get on the show, even though they may be totally out of shape and terrible dancers. It’s certainly going to do their career no harm whatsoever to make a fool of themselves. That’s a big appeal of Strictly in the early part of the season. That is until it gets super serious in the run-up to the finals.
Even I got sucked into the Strictly Come Dancing fever in 2020. Yes, that’s right I along with millions of others sat for two hours on a cold December evening cheering on my favourite.
Strictly Come Dancing Contestants 2021
You can’t keep a good thing down so we’re delighted that Strictly Come Dancing is back for 2021.
15 celebs started the journey to the dancefloor in 2021 and all were hoping to impress the judges. First though, they needed to know who they are paired with.
- Adam Peaty and Katya Jones
- AJ Odudu and Kai Widdrington
- Dan Walker and Nadiya Bychkova
- Greg Wise and Karen Hauer
- John Whaite and Johannes Radebe
- Judi Love and Graziano Di Prima
- Katie McGlynn and Gorka Marquez
- Nina Wadia and Neil Jones
- Rhys Stephenson and Nancy Xu
- Robert Webb and Dianne Buswell
- Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice
- Sara Davies and Aljaž Škorjanec
- Tilly Ramsey and Nikita Kuzmin
- Tom Fletcher and Amy Dowden
- Ugo Monye and Oti Mabuse
Making history was Bake Off winner John Whaite whose pairing with Johannes Radebe made them the first all-male couple to dance in the show. Also making history is Rose Ayling-Ellis, the first-ever deaf contestant on the show.
How Strictly Will Play Out In 2021
Strictly Come Dancing started on September 25th 2021 and giving all of the celebs a chance, there was no elimination in week one.
With 13 weeks of dancing, all hosted by Claudia Winkle man and Tess Daly, the finale should take place on December 18th.
But before any of the celebrities can dream of winning, they first have to get past the judges. For 2021 the judges are Craig Revel-Horwood, Oti Mabuse, Shirley Ballas and new to the panel, Anton Du Beke. Du Beke replaces Bruno Tonioli for this series.
So who will win? Clearly, even after such a short period of time, there are some dancers that are better than others. So fans wasted no time in checking out the odds for the favourite celeb. Of course, those odds will change a lot over the next few weeks as some improve and others stumble.
But for now the Strictly Come Dancing 2021 odds are as follow…
Paddy Power Odds for Strictly Contestants 2021
|Paddy Power Odds applicable as of 13/12/2021|
|Rose Ayling-Ellis||1/8||AJ Odudu||7/1||John Whaite||10/1|
|Rhys Stephenson||Out||Dan Walker||Out||Tilly Ramsay||Out|
|Tom Fletcher||Out||Sara Davies||Out||Adam Peaty||Out|
|Judi Love||Out||Ugo Monye||Out||Katie McGlynn||Out|
|Greg Wise||Out||Nina Wadia||Out||Robert Webb||Out|
Betting On Strictly Come Dancing
So, as I mentioned, I picked the winner last year really early on in the series. I wondered what I would have gotten if I had placed some money on them. Well, there’s no surprise here, you can actually place bets on the outcome of Strictly.
Pretty much all of the online bookmakers offer Strictly Come Dancing Odds and with millions of viewers, it makes sense. Just check out Paddy Power, they will offer bets on Strictly, X-Factor, Love Island and much more.
But, what is the best betting tactic for betting on Strictly Come Dancing? Well, this may seem obvious but you need to be making your choice early in the competition.
The odds are going to reduce significantly as the field reduces. On top of that, there is always going to be a clear favourite.
Let’s say that there is an incredibly popular celebrity who is paired up with the best partner. Then, in the first show, they dance like a pro. It goes without saying that the odds are not going to be amazing – it would be like choosing the favorite horse in a race.
However, the favourite does not always win. So, keep your cool and work out who is not quite as obvious but does have the ability, consistency, and is working hard. The chances are you could pick the winner and get a much better payout by doing this.
Generally, it’s a good tip to listen to the judges, the responses of the audience, and not just their dance moves.
Last Six Strictly Winners
2020 – Bill Bailey & Oti Mabuse
2019 – Kelvin Fletcher & Oti Mabuse
2018 – Stacey Dooley & Kevin Clifton
2017 – Joe McFadden & Katya Jones
2016 – Ore Oduba & Joanne Clifton
2015 – Jay McGuinness & Aliona Vilani
Don’t forget that all major bookmakers in the UK will also be offering odds on a host of other events.