Series 9 of Strictly Come Dancing featured the usual mix of sports people, actresses and dubious celebrities, although just three couples now remain and they will be in Blackpool for the final of the show this weekend.
There was some breathtaking dancing last week as Alex Jones and Holly Valance bowed out of the competition, although it didn’t come as a huge surprise considering that the three other participants were racking up big scores.
Chelsee Healey and her partner Pasha produced a Paso Doble of the highest order to score a maximum 40 from the judges, with many people looking to back the Waterloo Road actress to now claim the glitter ball at odds of 3/1 (bet365 – £200 free bets).
Healey has certainly come a long way since registering 27 for a waltz in Week 1, with the 23-year-old regularly being the top scorer throughout the series and she certainly has a chance of claiming victory.
Even so, Harry Judd has been the hot favourite for the last weeks and his performances with Aliona last week were top drawer, with 39 points being awarded each time.
The McFly drummer has breezed through the contest and will clearly command a large slice of the female vote which is the reason why he is a best price 3/10 (Ladbrokes – £50 free betting) to become the second person from the band to win a reality TV contest this term.
As for Jason Donovan, it is hard to put a finger on exactly why his odds are so big – perhaps it is more down to Judd’s popularity than anything else.
The Australian was originally favourite to win Strictly and a score of 40 for one of his dances last weekend illustrates that he is capable of pulling something special out of the bag. However, his performances were pretty good to begin with and marginal improvement does not win you these sort of competitions.