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 2017, there were over 11 million viewers tuning in to get their weekly fix.

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. 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 2019. 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. It’s just a shame I didn’t have any money on him and Oti Mabuse to win.

Strictly Come Dancing Contestants 2020

Despite a large number of restrictions in place, Strictly Come Dancing is back for 2020. We’ve had our first glimpse at this year’s hopefuls and we now know who they are paired with. In a change to the usual format, the celebs found out their professional partners in a pre-recorded segment.

Then they had a little chat with Claudia and took to the dance floor in a group number.

Olympic gold medalist Nicola Adams made Strictly history after being paired with professional dancer Katya Jones as part of the show’s very first same-sex couple. Jamie Laing has been given a second chance at glory after he had to withdraw last year due to injury.

Strictly Come Dancing started on October 24th and will finish with the final on December 19. There was no elimination in the first week as per usual, so the first Sunday results show were on week two.

Unfortunately, political commentator Jacqui Smith and her partner Anton DuBeke were the first to leave. The following week they were joined by Jason Bell as Strictly Come Dancing 2020 lost another contestant.

Despite their best efforts, Nicola Adams, Max George and Caroline Quentin soon followed and then there were just seven left dancing for the glitter ball trophy!

One week later and fans were disappointed when Radio 1 DJ, Clara Amfo, became the next celeb to waltz off the show.

JJ Chalmers was next to leave. But more controversy followed as tv presenter Ranvir Singh was eliminated in favour of keeping Jamie Laing, despite him being in more dance-off than any other contestant in the history of the show!

That leaves four dancers heading to the final as Bill Bailey put in another great performance. That was enough to see him move into the betting market as the favourite to win Strictly Come Dancing 2020. So who is your fav and can they win this year?

Paddy Power Odds for Strictly Contestants 2020

Paddy Power Odds applicable as of 14/12/2020
Bill Bailey 5/6 HRVY 11/8 Maisie Smith 5/1
Jamie Laing 50/1

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 to bet on and with viewers close to 12 million 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 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 not going to be amazing – 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

Don’t forget that all major bookmakers in the UK will also be offering odds on a host of other events. So whether it’s the Mercury Music Prize, Sports Personality Of The Year or even I’m A Celeb, they have them all!


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