Discussion in 'Special & Novelty Betting' started by Steve_uk, Oct 4, 2016.
This will sadly be Head Judge Len Goodman's last performance, exuding as he does a reassuring avuncular persona along with a gruff sandpaper voice, a dash of cantankerousness and unsurpassed knowledge of ballroom dancing, which combine brilliantly with the other judges' skills-Darcy's ballet, Craig's musical theatre and Bruno's choreography. It might not be too much of an exaggeration to say that Strictly's future may even be in doubt should the producers fill the void with the wrong person, faced already with the crushing blow of Bruce Forsyth's departure last year and an ever cringeworthy Tess as she asks the distraught reject couple each week to "come on over" and forgetting sometimes to vary the "how do you feel?" patter as Claudia does her best with a superior brain to counteract and engage the audience with a seemingly impromptu comedy routine.
Danny Mac 8/11 Louise Redknapp 6/4 Ore Oduba 6/1
1.86 Danny Mac
3.75 Louise Redknapp
4.6 Ore Oduba
I still think Danny has had the edge over the fifteen weeks. True he was in the bottom two last week but so was Abbey Clancy in 2013. The difficulty is knowing where the housewives' votes will go-they may go proportionately more to Louise Redknapp, who is the weakest of the three.
Ore Oduba wins, the betting patterns were a little bit suspicious there and I strongly suspect insider trading on Betfair. Mainly small amounts being matched on Redknapp and Oduba until out of the blue a £5k bet matched on Oduba and then another £2k forcing the price down. Every time his price tried to bounced out it was backed back in.
He was a worthy winner, but my sympathy lies with Danny, the better showman and dancer overall.
I think people were voting more than once, and Danny and Louise must have cancelled each other out. I won't spoil the Christmas show but a similar scenario happened there.