Strictly Come Dancing Betting Guide

Strictly Come Dancing

Betting On Strictly Come Dancing

Len Goodman may have retired his sevens but Strictly Come Dancing continues to be one of the most popular reality TV shows, not only on the BBC but also on UK television. The show first came to our screens in 2004 and is loosely related to the popular ballroom dancing show "Come Dancing", that aired on the BBC from 1950 up until 1998. With the modern version regularly attracting average viewing figures of over 10 million viewers, Strictly appears to be a fixture for some time to come on our screens. Keeping us company through the Autumn and Winter months, Strictly sees 15 celebrity “amateurs” team up with professional dancers to battle it out for the Strictly crown in front of a panel of expert judges and the watching public. Contestants receive scores from the judges after each dance they perform before phone lines are opened up for public voting. The dance partners battle their way through weekly elimination rounds to the showpiece final held in Blackpool Tower Room for the glory of lifting the Glitterball Trophy.

Strictly Fun Stats

  • The show owes its name to a combination of hit ballroom film "Strictly Ballroom" and the aforementioned predecessor "Come Dancing"
  • In a series of Strictly Come Dancing an estimated 504 cans/252 litres of hairspray are used, that's enough to fill the petrol tanks of 6 Mini Coopers!
  • The lowest score to date is 8, achieved by Quentin Wilson and Hazel Newbury. The pair received scores of just 1,1,3,3 from the judges
  • The oldest contestant to take part was Johnny Ball who was aged 74 when he took part in 2012
  • Louisa Lytton is the youngest, aged just 17 when she took part in 2006

Strictly Come Dancing Betting Markets

Reality TV shows are an incredibly popular form of show in the UK, be it Strictly Come Dancing or the X Factor viewing figures are always towards the top of the ratings. Betting on reality TV is also becoming increasingly popular with bookies offering markets on:

  • Strictly Come Dancing Winner Odds: Bet on the celebrity you feel will win the whole series
  • Strictly Come Dancing Professional Winner Odds: Bet on the professional you feel will win the whole series
  • Strictly Come Dancing First Elimination Odds: Bet on who feel will be eliminated first
  • Strictly Come Dancing Next To Be Eliminated Odds: Bet on the next pair to be eliminated, this can be done round by round

How To Pick The Winner Of Strictly Come Dancing

From the very beginning of the series, you will normally see a front runner who is favoured by the bookies. With Strictly Come Dancing though there is almost always a “novelty” act, a celebrity who is not the most talented at dancing that comes through as a favourite of the public. With the public vote playing a key role throughout how do you pick a winner? Take a look through the stats below for an idea of who the previous winners have been:

Winner History


Winners: Stacey Dooley & Kevin Clifton


Winners: Joe McFadden & Katya Jones


Winners: Ore Oduba & Joanne Clifton


Winners: Jay McGuinness & Aliona Vilani


Winners: Caroline Flack & Pasha Kovalev


Winners: Abbey Clancey & Aljaz Skorjanec


Winners: Louis Smith & Flavia Cacace


Winners: Harry Judd & Aliona Vilani


Winners: Kara Tointon & Artem Chigvintsev


Winners: Chris Hollins & Ola Jordan


Winners: Tom Chambers & Camilla Dallerup


Winners: Alesha Dixon & Matthew Cutler


Winners: Mark Ramprakash & Karen Hardy


Winners: Darren Gough & Lilia Kopylova


Winners: Jill Halfpenny & Darren Bennet


Winners: Natasha Kaplinsky & Brendan Cole

Betting On The Winner

The battle for the Glitterball Trophy does not always go to plan and the favourites do not always conquer all. There have been some notable shocks along the way, with Darren Gough (2005) and Chris Hollins (2009) notable mentions here.

Looking at a gender breakdown for winners also doesn’t really clear things up as to where to look for a potential winner. Female celebrities have won on 7 separate occasions, with male celebrities lifting the Glitterball Trophy on 9 separate occasions. A slight advantage to the men there but not a big enough one to indicate any dominance.

How do you go about picking a winner? Given the variables involved, individual performances, public perceptions and the public vote the odds and favourites for the show can change drastically throughout the series. There is a way though that you can take advantage of the Strictly Come Dancing bookmaker offers and come out in profit regardless of the outcome of the series. This can be achieved through the technique of Matched Betting.

What is Matched Betting?

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