Strictly Come Dancing Final 2013

This entry was posted on Thursday, December 19th, 2013

The annual acknowledgement that Brucie is still alive… 

The storyline of prim intellectual letting down her hair to become hottie extraordinaire is so tired that even Hollyoaks wouldn’t bother with it anymore. But that has been the narrative of SCD 2013, where a newsreader has ditched her specs, and become all about the sex.

Susanna Reid is now the red-hot favourite, despite finishing as the lowest scorer in two of the last three weekends (on scores alone, Natalie should be the winner, with Abbey a close second.) For parallels, consider Chris Hollins’ victory in 2009, despite being consistently beaten by Ricky Whittle. Even more than rival X Factor, SCD has now become a simple popularity contest, where talent counts for little. Reid has dominated the voting all series by all accounts, and has to be backed at 2.24 to win. It isn’t value, but it is the bet.

For the record, the final will comprise a judges’ dance, a show-dance and the favoured dance of the celebrity. Susanna’s set includes the paso to Los Toreadores, which was actually one of her best routines. She also has the Quickstep to ‘Good Morning’ and a Moulin Rouge show-dance. Abbey goes for the waltz, the quickstep and a Guns N’ Roses show-dance. Whilst Sophie Ellis-Bextor has the Viennese, the Charleston and a Whitney Houston crowd pleaser.

If you don’t fancy punting on the winner, have a bet on SEB (as nobody calls her) to finish in the top three at 1.28. She is the one act continually improving even in the latter weeks, and in Brendan, she probably has the classiest partner left.

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