Author: Joe Kizlauskas
Last Updated: 16th October 2023
Four weeks into the latest series of the beloved dance competition Strictly Come Dancing, betting odds and favourites to win the coveted Glitterball Trophy continue to see shake-ups and surprises. With high-scoring routines, shock eliminations, and standout performances, the race remains wide open.
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Examining the Current Front-runners
Former early favourite Bobby Brazier has once again claimed the top betting spot after previously drifting down the odds. The young EastEnders star sits at 5/2 odds, knocking actor Nigel Harman to second. Despite Harman earning impressively high scores for his quickstep and salsa, his odds have lengthened to 11/4.
Other early hopefuls like TV presenter Angela Scanlon and actress Amanda Abbington have also seen their odds drift after initially strong showings. Scanlon scored just 28 points for her jive, while Abbington underwhelmed with her paso doble. But at 9/2 and 13/2 respectively, both still remain in contention.
Next Elimination Odds Point to Backmarkers
Reality star Zara McDermott is the favourite to get the boot next at 2/1, followed by comedian Eddie Kadi at 7/2. After landing in the bottom two dance-off, Kadi’s odds have diminished. Meanwhile newsreader Krishnan Guru-Murthy remains an elimination risk at 8/1 odds.
The betting suggests established dancers like Abbington and Scanlon are safe, with odds of 125/1 and 150/1 to be eliminated next. The same applies to early breakout star Ellie Leach at 150/1, despite her momentum slowing.
Standout Performances Shake Up Odds
Layton Williams set the dancefloor alight with a quickstep that earned him the second perfect 10 score of the season. His odds promptly shortened to 12/1, putting him back among the contenders. Actor Adam Thomas also showed immense improvement, leaping up the odds from 150/1 to 100/1. His elegant waltz earned an impressive 32 points.
Conversely, a disastrous American smooth saw early hopeful Eddie Kadi plummet down the odds board to sit at a distant 150/1. While at the other end of the age spectrum, 79-year-old Angela Rippon continues to impress and defy expectations. Her elegant rumba earned 31 points, boosting her outside odds.
What Lies Ahead as Competition Heats Up
Looking ahead, Strictly will continue with themed live shows each weekend, combining judges’ scores and viewer votes to determine eliminations. As the difficulty increases in the coming weeks, more surprises can be expected. Bettors will be watching closely to see if current favourites like Brazier can maintain momentum, or if dark horses emerge to shake up the odds once again.
Final Thoughts on This Unpredictable Strictly Season
While Bobby Brazier holds the top betting spot for now, the competition remains wide open. As we’ve seen already, the odds can change dramatically week-to-week based on performances. Compelling stories like Angela Rippon’s odds comeback prove anything can happen. With many weeks to go, Brazier has by no means locked in the Glitterball Trophy. Expect more dramatic dances, betting fluctuations, and elimination shocks as Strictly 2023 continues.