Strictly Come Dancing Preview | 30th September 2017

Callum Wilson (@CallumWilsonSJ) runs the rule over this year’s Strictly Come Dancing contestants and looks for the best bets.

Strictly Come Dancing Preview | 28th September 2017

Sequins? Check. Dancing shoes? Check. Ballroom dancing? Check. Ed Balls gyrating to Gangnam Style? Thankfully, no. That’s right, Strictly Come Dancing is back to enlighten our Saturday nights with ballroom boogieing.

The new series got underway last weekend, with 15 celebrity dancers facing off to be crowned best dancer. If the Waltz, Cha Cha Cha and Quickstep aren’t enough to get you going, it turns out you can even have a flutter on it. 188BET have compiled a guide of the runners and riders for the Rumba. Let’s have a look:


Aston Merrygold (9/4)

Pretty self-explanatory that he would be good at this considering he previously fronted boyband JLS, and can backflip on a whim. Strolling to success in round one, he pipped surprise package Debbie McGee. A 9/4 favourite price looks justified.

Callum’s Score: 10


Alexandra Burke (7/2)

Alexandra Burke could provide value after besotting the nation previously in the 2008 series of X-Factor. She’s currently second favourite status at 7/2 with us.

Callum’s Score: 8


Debbie McGee (13/2)

The husband of the late Paul Daniels flourished in the opening week, and despite being the oldest contestant, only lost to a professional performer by a mere point. She’s third favourite in the betting at 13/2.

Callum’s Score: 7


Mollie King (13/2)

The Saturday’s songstress got off to solid start in Week 1 and looks capable of going far in the competition. We’ve already seen a number of bets for her to win.

Callum’s Score: 7


Joe McFadden (9/1)

Popular Joe is likely to gain a large chunk of the Scottish vote throughout this series but it’s questionable whether he has the ability to go far.

Callum’s Score: 5


Gemma Atkinson (9/1)

The soap queen has a real Northern charm about her and looks capable of potentially being the golden girl of the show this year but she’ll need to improve.

Callum’s Score: 5


Davood Ghadami (9/1)

Another soap star here and EastEnders actor Ghadami looks better placed than the above two to go far in the competition.

Callum’s Score: 7


Jonnie Peacock (10/1)

A 10/1 shot, Jonnie Peacock is more adept with sprinting than salsa, but an athlete should be kept an eye on, nonetheless.

Callum’s Score: 6


Charlotte Hawkins (33/1)

Newsreader, Charlotte Hawkins, has more chance of an amicable political interview with Donald Trump than winning the show – with 33/1 the kind of odds equivalent of Huw Edwards turning up for his BBC News at Six bulletin in a parka jacket.

Callum’s Score: 3


Ruth Langsford (66/1)

The daytime TV host is bound to have her army of fans but she’ll need to improve to go deep in this competition.

Callum’s Score: 5


Richard Coles (66/1)

The vicar/musician looks like the novelty act for this year’s pasadoble proceedings and he looks capable of outrunning his big odds.

Callum’s Score: 6


Chizzy Akudolu (66/1)

The British actress looks to have a massive task on her hands here and odds of 66/1 look fair. If she reaches Blackpool she will have done well.

Callum’s Score: 2


Susan Calman (80/1)

Scottish comedian Susan Calman winning would be the equivalent of RB Leipzig winning the Champions League this year – an 80/1 shot that should be well avoided.

Callum’s Score: 2


Simon Rimmer (80/1)

English chef, Simon Rimmer, is not cooking up a storm in the betting, with the 80/1 shot more looking strained after just the first week.

Callum’s Score: 1


Brian Conley (80/1)

Finally, Brian Conely rounds off our betting as an 80/1 shot, with the comedian competing for the wooden spoon and almost becoming the first celeb sent packing.

Callum’s Score: 1


The betting angles

It’s difficult to see past heartthrob Aston Merrygold, being well versed in performing and dancing, 5/2 looks reasonable. Past the obvious, Alexandra Burke catches my eye, with arguably one of the biggest fanbases of the show.

Purely for the value and sense of optimism, an each way bet on Richard Coles at 66/1 could prove fruitful, if anything purely for the thrill of backing a dancing vicar each week.