Now you must have been living on another planet if you have never heard of Strictly Come Dancing. It’s fair to say that this is now one of the most popular shows on the Planet. There’s a Strictly Come Dancing in Australia and America now and it seems we just can’t get enough of it.

Let’s get this straight here, Strictly 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. Put it this way, the show averaged around 6.5 million viewers in the first couple of years. But by 2017, there were over 11 million viewers tuning in to get their weekly fix.

One thing that is clear, is that 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 what so ever to make a fool of themselves. Hey, that’s a big appeal of Strictly in the early part of the series. That is until it gets super serious in the run-up to the finals.

Even I got sucked into the Strictly Come Dancing fever last year. Yes, that’s right I along with 11.3 million others sat for two hours on a cold December evening picking my final favorite.  I mean, there was some serious talent on show that night and I am proud to say that I chose the winner, the Emmerdale star Kelvin Fletcher early on in the show. Just a shame I didn’t have any money on him and Oti Mabuse, check them out in the video below. I’m sure you will agree, they are no slouches.

2019 Strictly Winners

Betting On Strictly Come Dancing

So, as I mentioned, I picked the winner last year really early on in the series and wondered what I would have got if I had placed some money on. Well, there’s no surprise here, you can actually place a bet on Strictly. Pretty much all of the online bookmakers offer Strictly to bet on. Let’s be straight, with viewers close to 12 million it makes sense. Just check out Paddy Power, they will offer bets on Strictly, X-Factor, Love Isalnd 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 favorite. 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 now going to be amazing but if they are significantly better, it would be like choosing the favorite horse in a race.

However, the favorite 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 Five Strictly Winners

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

Strictly Come Dancing Contestants 2020

Now, due to the obvious situation experienced by everyone in 2020. Bosses at the BBC have not been able to confirm if Strictly will go ahead in 2020. Let’s be fair, it’s hard to social distance doing the foxtrot. But, you can be sure that they will do everything that they can to bring to the show to the screen this year.

It’s fair to say that the BBC will try to follow the same format if they can. The show runs over a period of 13 weeks and usually carries out varied themed dance-offs until the final in December. This means that in this format, the show would need to start in September.

So, who is on Strictly this year? Well, this is never confirmed until the month before. However, I would say that Jamie Laing is a safe bet. Jamie was a contestant in 2019 but had to pull out of the show and his replacement Kelvin went onto win it. Let’s be fair, he deserves a second chance after that. I mean, it’s just rude not to.

Paddy Power Odds for Strictly Contestants 2020

Paddy Power Odds applicable as of 19/06/2020
Jamie Laing 4/9 Maya Jama 1/2 Vanessa White 8/15
Jack P Shepard 8/13 Emily Atack 4/6 Jamie Carragher EVS
Fearne Cotton 5/4 Steph McGovern 2/1 Lucy Verasamy 2/1
Chris Hoy 2/1 Michhelle Keegan 2/1 Kimberly Wyatt 3/1


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