Charleston To Seal Series Victory For ‘Team Cola’

Dec 17, 2009 by

It came as a bitter blow to see three of our betting beauties, and long range punts over the course of the last four months, all wiped out in the space of two nights, having come so far, with Stacey (25-1), Ali (12-1) and Jess (10-1)  all finishing third.
Still, if you followed our advice you would have made a healthy profit on Ali for top female at 5-1, backed her each-way on the outright, and covered on Jess to finish 3rd in SPOTY at 11-4. We also advised keeping Joe green on the outright X Factor market.
Jess was scuppered by multi-voting Man Utd fans and Giggs backers on a night that set a dangerous precedent for the BBC trophy and showed how easy it is for the vote to be manipulated.
The Buble duet did for Stacey’s chance to make the final, in a move by Cowell to ensure he didn’t end up with a third consecutive female winner, while Ali was the victim of Len Goodman’s desperate plea to the British public to vote for Ricky.
So it’s all down to Chris Hollins now defeating Ricky Whittle in Saturday’s Strictly final. Regardless of Whittle’s ever shortening odds – and at time of writing he is as low as 4-6 – we remain confident Hollins will see him off in the final.
It’s on the public vote alone and given he and Ola will be performing their hugely entertaining Charleston as one of their dances, this will stand Chris in good stead:

We expect the judges to praise Whittle lavishly and quite possibly back this up by giving him maximum points for his Quickstep and cha cha cha. But we don’t think this will be enough, and Chris will still take a higher percentage of the vote.
Our thinking is based not only on what we have learnt during this series – with Chris never dropping into the dance off – but previous Strictly series too. Chris and Ola as a partnership possess that key intangible – chemistry – Chris is the journey contestant in the same sort of mould as Darren Gough – and he ticks all the right boxes for the BBC’s and Strictly’s middle England audience.
There’s little value on the total points markets and if you followed our previous advice to cover on Whittle when he drifted to 11-2 at the semi-final stage, you should be in position to still profit on the outright market if the unthinkable happens and Chris doesn’t win.
If Whittle’s odds go shorter during the in-running betting on Saturday night, and Hollins drifts to anything around the 7-4 mark or bigger, we suggest going in and backing Hollins again. Last year, in a similar sort of scenario, Tom Chambers drifted out to 2-1 and greater on the night. Our only proviso is if Whittle produces something out-of-this-world during his showdance, but even this may not be enough for him to outpoll Hollins.
Rob Furber

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