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Strictly punters in a spin for most competitive final ever

| 20.12.2013

The first all-female final in Strictly Come Dancing’s 11-series history is almost upon us and fans are still no closer to knowing who is likely to win.

The betting reflects how close Saturday’s finale is likely to be with favourite Susanna Reid priced at 11/10, Abbey Clancy 9/4 and Sophie Ellis-Bextor chalked up at 7/2.

After starting the series as the jolly, Natalie Gumede is now unconsidered at 10/1, despite registering the second perfect score of the series in the second round.

It’s easy to see why Reid spearheads the betting as the 43-year-old breakfast presenter showed her credentials two years ago when wiping the floor with fellow newsreaders when winning a one-off Children in Need dance special.

Ladbrokes also are quoting odds on which of the dance-floor quartet will suffer the ignominy of finishing in fourth place.

Gumede is a shade of odds-on to depart the earliest at 5/6 with Ellis-Bextor apparently the next most likely to take off her dancing shoes early at 3/1.

Abbey Clancy is 7/2 to make her way off the stage first while the layers think it’s inconceivable that the outright market-leader won’t be hanging around with the popular newsreader given a morale-boosting 8/1 price.

What could be crucial come judgement night are the dances chosen by the teams. To give you a preview of their choices they have been listed below.

Abbey and Aljaz:
Judges’ Choice:  The Waltz to “Kissing You” by Des’ree.
Showdance: “Sweet Child of Mine” by Guns N Roses
Couples’ Favourite: The Quickstep to “Walking On Sunshine” by Katrina and the Waves

Natalie and Artem:
Judges’ Choice: The Cha Cha to Boney M’s “Rasputin”
Showdance:  “Steppin’ Out with My Baby” by Christina Aguilera and Tony Bennett
Couples’ Favourite: American Smooth to Jennifer Hudson’s “And I’m Telling You, I’m Not Going”

Sophie and Brendan: 
Judges’ Choice: Viennese Waltz to “My Favourite Things” by Julie Andrews
Showdance: “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” by Whitney Houston
Couples’ Favourite: The Charleston to “Rock It For Me” by Caravan Palace

Susanna and Kevin:
Judges’ Choice: The Quickstep to Tommy Steele’s “Good Morning”
Showdance: “Your Song” by Ewan MacGregor
Couples’ Favourite: The Paso Doble to Carmen’s “Los Toreadors”

Whatever happens it looks a safe bet that a women will be waltzing away with the prize and television immortality.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Sam Foster