How the Bookies See it
- Winner: Danny Mac 8/15, Louise Redknapp 2/1, Claudia Fragapane 12/1 - Betfred
- Next Elimination - Ore Oduba 4/5, Claudia Fragapane 5/4, Louise Redknapp 12/1 - Ladbrokes
- Top Man - Danny Mac 1/25, Ore Oduba 9/1 - Sky Bet
- Top Woman - Louise Redknapp 2/9, Claudia Fragapane 3/1 - Bet365
Claudia Fragapane - A winner of four Commonwealth gold medals and the youngest-ever Strictly contestant at 18, gymnast Fragapane clearly has the ability to do things that her other competitors can’t. She has consistently impressed both the judges and the viewers and finally achieved her first 10 of the series when Bruno Tonioli awarded her top marks for a spectacular Lion King-themed Salsa in the quarter-finals.
Danny Mac - A former Hollyoaks actor, Mac quickly emerged as one of the favourites when, like a duck to water, he took to the dancefloor like Fred Astaire. He has consistently topped the leaderboard, scoring perfect 40s for both his Charleston and Samba. However, his background in theatre school and stage acting may not go down so well with viewers, who often like to see contestants go on a journey and develop throughout a series.
Louise Redknapp - There has always been a suspicion that Redknapp may already know what she is doing, having previously been a judge on So You Think You Can Dance. However, the public seems to have accepted that she is not a ringer, and she has sailed through to the semi-finals without ever being in the dance-off, performing a number of impressive routines alongside perennial finalist Kevin from Grimsby.
Ore Oduba - A sports presenter who spent most of his summer standing around in some sort of car park with a microphone at the Rio Olympics, Ore has been a revelation so far. His astonishing jive in week four earned him the first tens of the series and was perhaps one of the best dances in Strictly history. Alongside professional partner Joanne Clifton, he remains a contender but has to survive being in the bottom two on two separate occasions.
Judge Rinder - ELIMINATED IN WEEK 11
Ed Balls - ELIMINATED IN WEEK 10
Greg Rutherford - ELIMINATED IN WEEK 9
Daisy Lowe - ELIMINATED IN WEEK 8
Laura Whitmore - ELIMINATED IN WEEK 7
Anastacia - ELIMINATED IN WEEK 6
Lesley Joseph - ELIMINATED IN WEEK 5
Naga Munchetty - ELIMINATED IN WEEK 4
Tameka Empson - ELIMINATED IN WEEK 3
Melvin Odoom - ELIMINATED IN WEEK 2
Will Young - QUIT THE SHOW
Danny Mac has established himself as the clear frontrunner with the bookies ahead of the final two rounds of the competition and the scores he has been getting from the judges would suggest he is the man to beat. His Charleston and Samba, alongside professional partner Oti Mabuse, will both live long in the memory of Strictly fans. However, the fact that he has usually been top of the leaderboard means that he has not had to rely on public votes, and viewers often prefer to see contestants learn as they go along rather than enter the competition as the finished article.
Louise Redknapp is clearly a popular figure, having never been in the dance-off, but Claudia Fragapane is much better value at around 12/1. She has found herself in the bottom two once before and may not have been quite as dazzling with her performances as Danny, but there is a sense that she may have been slightly under-marked throughout the series and the viewers could rally round her in the final two rounds. Her sporting background will stand her in good stead in the big moments and her gymnastic ability is likely to produce some very dynamic routines.
- Sports.net’s top tip: Claudia Fragapane to win Strictly Come Dancing - 12/1 at BetVictor
*Please note, odds may fluctuate.