Steve Backshall could be the next Strictly celebrity to bite the dust despite being a better dancer than several others
Twelve couples are left on the dancefloor in Strictly Come Dancing following the exit of Tim Wonnacott, something that we tipped last week at odds of 9/4.
Indeed, we’re on a roll after plumping for Jennifer Gibney the week before although working out the celebrity to exit stage left this weekend is a much more complex puzzle.
The first instinct is to assume one of Scott Mills or Judy Murray will be voted off and they are clearly the worst two dancers left on the show.
However, the pair are hovering around the 2/1 mark and that reflects the fact that neither celebrity have been in the bottom two yet, with Mills banking on a big Radio 1 supporter-base and Murray having a popular tennis-playing son.
Therefore, it is worth looking at the next tier of dancers to find the next one out and we have come to the conclusion it could be Alison Hammond and Steve Backshall in the bottom two.
Simon Webbe and Mark Wright have both danced with fire but that should get the viewing public ensuring that the same thing doesn’t happen again, although there is no real reason why Hammond or Backshall will be kept in by fans.
Both celebrities managed a modest 27 points last week and a repeat will put them towards the foot of the leaderboard, with Backshall potentially the one to bite the dust in a dance-off.
He’s certainly worth chancing at odds of 16/1 with bet365, despite the popular Ola Jordan his dance partner and one of the best when it comes to choreographing a routine.
Hammond is a 10/1 chance with Ladbrokes and the ITV presenter might run out of gas, with punters able to profit by backing both dancers. Surely one of them will be among the relegation candidates this time around.
Naturally, there will be some outrage should Mills and Murray keep dodging bullets although this is 50% down to popularity in the end and there is some pleasure to be derived from Mills prancing around like an drunk uncle at a wedding or seeing the stiff-backed Murray attempt to inject some enthusiasm into proceedings.