Strictly Come Dancing Odds 2023: Ellie Leach Back In Control Of The Betting
It took 11 weeks, but a Strictly Come Dancing contestant has finally achieved a maximum 40 out of 40 score - but it hasn't altered much on UK betting sites.
Layton Williams has been an outsider to win the Glitterball Trophy for weeks, despite being at the top of the leaderboard for an incredible seven out of 11 weeks in series 21.
But UK bookmakers still don't seem him as a possible winner, despite his perfect performance on Saturday night.
There has been plenty of talk online about Layton's musicals background, which is perhaps why punters don't favour him, but the star himself has always insisted Latin and ballroom dancing aren't his forte.
Ellie Leach has been odds-on favourite for Strictly victory for weeks and while it looked like Annabel Croft could be providing her some serious competition, the former Coronation Street star has shortened once again.
Elsewhere, former favourite Nigel Harman exited the competition without even knowing he had danced his last.
Just hours before Saturday night's live show, Nigel was forced to pull out of the competition and later revealed it was due to a rib injury.
Speaking to Strictly hosts Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman during the live show, he said: "I was leaping off a rostrum and was about to be caught by some very handsome men. And, as I flew, I was Peter Pan and as I landed, I was in A&E.
"So, I've done something to my rib basically and it's quite painful and I'm a little bit high on painkillers as well, but I'm having a lovely time!
"I've loved it, I've loved it and I'm loving it. It's too soon to say 'loved'. It hasn't really sunk in."
Ellie Shortens Again
As a result of Nigel's premature departure, Strictly bosses decided against eliminating anyone in last weekend's quarter-final, but their scores will be carried over to this weekend's semi-final.
After a slight drift last week, Ellie's price has decreased once again on Strictly Come Dancing betting sites.
She is now just 1/5 to win the Glitterball, from a best price of 5/18 last week.
Annabel remains second favourite, but she is now out to 5/1 with Bet365 after finishing bottom of the leaderboard on the weekend with 33 points out of 40, three away from Ellie's 36 score.
The former tennis ace had put in a couple of impressive performances, but her latest display could all but end her chances of Glitterball glory.
Layton Wows In Musicals Week
It was teased last week that Layton could well thrive in Musicals Week after he previously starred in the likes of West End shows Everybody's Talking About Jamie and Billy Elliot The Musical.
Strictly fans waited 11 weeks to see the first maximum score of the season and he duly obliged with a perfect Paso Doble on Saturday night.
Despite the 40 points achieved, the Bad Education actor remains third favourite on specials betting sites at a double-figure price.
He is now 14/1 with BetMGM to win the series, from 16/1 late last week, and admitted it was the "rough" trying to get back on track from landing in the dance-off the weekend before.
He wrote on X: "10's across the board! Fighting back from the bottom 2 is rough but what a perfect routine for it. All credit has to go to the most amazing dance partner & teacher ever - @kuzmin__nikita!"
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Bobby Hangs In There
Bobby Brazier was once a short-price favourite on betting apps to win the Glitterball Trophy, but he is now merely surviving in Strictly.
The EastEnders actor will be there for this weekend's semi-finals after Nigel pulled out of the competition through injury.
Despite this, it could be Bobby's time to go soon as he is 8/13 with Betfred to exit at the semi-final stage and a massive 20/1 with most UK bookmakers to win the series.
Despite being second favourite to win the show, Annabel is also second favourite to go at just 6/4, while Layton is available 8/1.
It would be a huge shock if odds-on favourite Ellie was to depart in the semis, and she is a massive 40/1 to do so.
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