Strictly Latest Odds: Bill Bailey drifts as bettors back top-scoring HRVY

  • Max Liu
  • 3:00 min read
Tess Daly and Claudia Winkelman
Next weekend it's the Strictly semi-finals

After a few weeks as odds-on favourite Bill Bailey is drifting in the Strictly betting while HRVY and Ranvir Singh are receiving support from bettors reports Max Liu...

"HRVY 2.8415/8 was on song against in Musicals Week - top scoring with 29 - and has seen his odds shorten."

Bill Bailey is still the favourite to win Strictly Come Dancing 2020 but he has drifted in the Exchange betting after finishing tied for fourth place in week seven.

The comedian is 2.111/10 to win the Glitterball after a few weeks as the odds-on jolly. At the same time his nearest rival HRVY 2.8415/8 was on song against in Musicals Week - top scoring with 29 - and has seen his odds shorten.

JJ Chalmers became the sixth celebrity to be eliminated after losing Sunday's dance-off against Jamie Laing. It was the second successive week in which Laing 65.064/1 appeared in the dance-off.

HRVY tops the leaderboard two weeks in a row

This was HRVY second week in a row at the top of the leaderboard. The 29 he and partner Janette Manrara received from the judges on Saturday followed their maximum score in week 6, so they've dropped just one point in two weeks. You can back him to pull off a hat-trick at the top of the leaderboard in week 8.

They've finished top for three weeks over all so they have been the best pair so far. On that basis, you might expect HRVY to be odds-on with punters. But bettors know from previous series that the best dancer doesn't always win.

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Bill and Oti Mabuse haven't been bad but they have been a little, dare we say, lacklustre. Their tied-fourth place finish on Saturday was exactly the same position they achieved in week six. It's hardly dazzling stuff which explains the drift out to marginal odds-against.

Bettors sense that the public are on the pair's side and that seems correct. Is that enough to take them all the way though?

Is Ranvir the one to watch?

There are more compelling stories emerging, such as that of Ranvir Singh 7.413/2 whose price has halved in the past week.

Ranvir and partner Giovanni Pernice reduced at least one judge (and at least one viewer - sob) to tears with their heartfelt Viennese Waltz on Saturday and she is arguably the most improved performer left in the show.

Then there's Maisie Smith 13.012/1, the antepost jolly who survived two dance-offs and is steadily becoming a star performer again and could yet win the public's affection. She's certainly always retained the judges' approval.

Next weekend it's the semi-finals - the hardest stage at which to lose in any competition - and it will be a tough call to see who departs in the seventh elimination betting.

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