After Victoria Pendleton was sent packing, we are now down to the final seven celebrities and it’s time to look for the best betting tip for the next Strictly Come Dancing elimination.
In case you missed it, cyclist Victoria found herself at the bottom of the leader board on Saturday with a total score of just 21.
Her salsa to Robbie Williams’ Candy provoked some distinctly sour comments from the judges. Craig Revel Horwood said that ‘the prop candy sticks had more fluidity’ and scored her a four.
Even Bruno Tonioli appeared to lose patience with her abject failure to master the art of dance bewailing ‘but when you stand still you look gorgeous’. Sadly it is a dancing programme and the salsa claimed its third victim in as many weeks.
TV presenter and musical performer Denise Van Outen is the 40/1 outsider to depart this week. She was at the top of the leader board again on Saturday with a score of 37. The ten awarded by Bruno Tonioli for her American smooth to ‘Imagine’ proved what we have always suspected. He focuses on the whole performance rather than the detail, leaving it to head judge, Len Goodman to study the finer detail of the footwork.
Meanwhile, fellow judge Craig Revel Horwood has a fixation with hands. He chose to criticise James Jordan’s thumb placement rather than any aspect of Denise’s dancing. She admitted afterwards that she had got her heels in a tangle at one point.
This week Denise will be tackling the salsa. She may not achieve the top spot but we can be confident that the salsa will not claim its fourth victim. She is equally at home with Latin routines and, as an Essex girl, has no problem getting into the party spirit. She is set to stay.
Olympic gymnast Louis Smith (20/1 to go) failed to wow the judges once again with his paso doble. He finished in joint fifth place with a total score of 27 – his lowest since his first dance. He seems to have hit a road block. The downward trend that started at Wembley has gathered momentum.
He executed the steps of the paso doble proficiently enough but lost the character of the dance within seconds. Len said that there was ‘no fire in the blooming thing’ and Craig told him that he needed to learn to act if he is to progress.
The charleston he will be dancing on Saturday demands more facial expression than comes naturally to him. Fortunately his athleticism will come in handy and we can expect some gymnastic moves to be included in the routine which will go down well with the public if not the judges.
Actress Dani Harmer (11/1 to get the boot), is a professional when it comes to ‘getting into character’ and performing. She can dance too. She has finished in second place for the past four weeks and has scored nothing but nines in the last two shows. Bruno Tonioli said that she was ‘bubblier than Babysham’ and Craig praised her perfect ‘bounce action’ in the samba (and there were no structural issues with her scanty costume).
She will be spinning around the dance floor with ‘papa smurf’ aka Vincent this week in a Viennese waltz. She is ultra consistent and equally comfortable with ballroom and Latin routines. She looks a likely finalist.
Fellow thespian Lisa Riley (7/1 to be eliminated from Strictly Come Dancing this week) finished in joint fifth place with the rumba. The judges agreed that the dance did not suit her. They were right. Wardrobe did her no favours either. There is something less than romantic about a red marquee.
She needs a fun dance to give of her best and is dancing the quick step this week. She has natural rhythm but is definitely not designed for speed.
Singer Kimberley Walsh is 6/1 to leave the show. Unlike Lisa, she definitely looks the part. She delivered a stunning tango with head turns so sharp that she probably had whiplash. Bruno commented that she had ‘the meanest pout since Joan Collins in Dynasty’. If she had not had one little wobble in her routine she would have finished higher than her fourth place on the leader board.
This week she will be dancing the jive. Her professional partner, Pasha Kovalev, coached a former celebrity to a score of 39 with this dance. It is likely to suit her so we can expect a pretty high score.
Westlife’s Nicky Byrne is the second favourite in the Strictly Come Dancing elimination betting at 7/2. He produced the biggest surprise last weekend. Having his first experience of the dance off at Wembley seems to have motivated him. The extra hours spent in training paid off.
For the first time, he found himself in joint second place achieving a personal best score of 36. His potential train crash charleston was anything but. The extra help on the choreography front probably helped too. Bruno described his routine as imaginative, fresh and brilliant.
This week he is dancing the Argentine tango. He is the right height and shape for this dance. His footballing ability could also be useful with the precision kicks. If his focus is maintained and his professional partner does a decent job on the choreography I would not be surprised to see him finish in the top half of the leader board.
Cricketer Michael Vaughan is the 11/10 favourite to leave the field for good this week. He made a couple of mistakes in his Argentine tango and, as predicted, ended up at the wrong end of the leader board. He simply cannot do sexy and smouldering. It is ‘not cricket’.
He did manage at least to perform his routine correctly in the dance off and the judges were unanimous in deciding to save him rather than Victoria.
This week he is attempting the samba. Natalie was upbeat about their chances in It Takes Two on Wednesday but the video footage suggested that she was being hopelessly optimistic. It did not take a professional to spot that his timing was appalling.
The samba will definitely be the killer dance this week. Michael has put the hours in but, unlike Nicky Byrne, he lacks the ability to keep time out of hold.
- Our Strictly Come Dancing Elimination betting tip this week has to be for Michael Vaughan to hang up his dancing shoes for good at 11/10 with Ladbrokes, Coral, Blue Square or William Hill.