A Value Offer, Shirley

Aug 2, 2017 by

A Value Offer, Shirley
With the autumn run of tv betting shows upon us soon, EntertainmentOdds is offering readers the chance to subscribe to exclusive investment advice on the 2017 editions of Strictly Come Dancing, X Factor and Sports Personality of the Year for the value price of £40.

It has been a noticeable trend in recent years that the odds are being cut with the bookmakers rapidly after recommendations are put up on the site. Away from the prying eyes of the odds compilers, subscribers will get first dibs on selections via email, and hopefully more of a window to grab the advised prices.

Over the years, EntertainmentOdds has consistently produced the goods profits-wise covering the main tv betting events. Strictly, XF and SPOTY yielded an overall profit of +47.2pts in 2014, +72.7pts in 2015, and +81.9pts last year.

With the site’s onus on a ‘value’ approach, Strictly has been the biggest profit earner in recent years, yielding a profit figure of +56.9pts last year and +52.4pts in 2015.

Shirley Ballas, nicknamed the ‘Queen of Latin’, will replace Len Goodman as head judge for the 2017 series of Strictly (joining Bruno, Craig and Darcey) and it was stated on the official press release that she will have the casting vote in the dance-off. Natalie Lowe, Oksana Platero and Jo Clifton have left the show and have been replaced by Dianne Buswell, Nadia Bychkova and Amy Dowden.

It will be 15 couples competing again this year, most likely 8 female celebs and 7 male. The red carpet premiere is slated for August 28 with the launch show filmed on September 5. We usually see a spoiler list of the pairings on Digital Spy around this time.

X Factor is going to have a different format this year with eliminations said to be planned on both the Saturday and Sunday nights. Audition shows are likely to get underway on ITV on or around Saturday August 26. All we know so far is Simon has the Groups, Nicole the Overs, Sharon the Girls and Louis the Boys.

There will be a pre-lives analysis offered on both Strictly and X Factor 2017. So be sure to subscribe to get the exclusive ante-post investment advice. Last year, Ore Oduba (winner, advised at 12-1 e/w), Danny Mac (joint runner-up, advised at 10-1 e/w) and Louise Redknapp (joint runner-up, advised at 100-30 Top Female) were flagged up and they turned out to be the 3 finalists. Matt Terry was also advised to win X Factor at 9-4.

Subscribers will receive an email each week throughout the Strictly and X Factor run. It is usually the case with Strictly that after Thursday or Friday’s It Takes Two show has been on, the picture becomes clearer in terms of the weekly elimination markets. If the bookmakers play ball, value occasionally turns up earlier in the week. Regardless, if you subscribe you will receive the investment advice first.

X Factor investments are often more speculative in nature as the aim is always to try and unearth a value elimination punt like Relley C (20-1 advised) or Gifty (8-1 advised) last year. Selections usually come to light once the weekly song choices have been revealed.

As for SPOTY 2017, there will be a pre-show analysis of this market, again offered to subscribers prior to the article appearing on the site. Anthony Joshua is red-hot 8-15 favourite to win at time of posting, his re-match with Wladimir Klitschko pencilled in for November 11. If he wins that re-match he will likely prove hard to beat, but there will still be a window to unearth the top 3 value.

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  1. James

    Hi Rob

    Just for fun, here are my predictions on which Strictly professionals will perform well in 2017

    A) The Katya’s Out of the Bag – Katya must have been disappointed last year when she found out that she was to be partnered with the firm favourite for the first elimination. She could have sat back and accepted the early exit, but instead she created a series of innovative and entertaining routines, pushing Ed to far exceed all expectations, and made Strictly ‘must see’ TV. Surely her reward for this will be a partnership with a male contender in 2017?

    When female pros in their second year were partnered with celebrities aged under 45, their finishing positions were as follows: 5th, 1st, 1st, 2nd, 5th, 12th, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 5th, 1st, 2nd.

    B) Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year – Janette, along with Aljaz and Kevin, will be the 18th, 19th and 20th professionals to complete five years on Strictly. Each of the previous 17 professionals reached at least one final and/or had at least one top three placing in their first five years on the show. Aljaz is a former champion, and Kevin has been runner up on four occasions, however to date, Janette’s best finish is 5th place, and a semi-final exit with Jake Wood.

    In 2016, Janette became the fourth professional to be eliminated first in a series before then winning the Christmas special in the same year. The other three professionals (Kristina in 2010, Vincent in 2011 & Aliona in 2014) went on to reach the Strictly final in the following year.

    Not only did Janette win the Christmas special, but she also received a perfect score of 40. Only five other female professionals have scored a 40 at Christmas before being partnered with a celebrity aged under 35 in the following series. Those five professionals finished 2nd, 1st, 1st, 1st and 2nd in that following series.

    C) The Reign in Spain? – Gorka had an undistinguished rookie campaign in 2016, finishing in 14th place. His main headlines coming from an eventful night out in Blackpool.

    Professionals who finish outside of the top 10 in their first series either do not return (Andrew, Jared, Hayley) or see a large improvement in their second campaign. These returning professionals finished 5th, 2nd, 5th, 2nd, 7th, 5th, 8th, 1st & 2nd

    Gorka carried Anastacia to her best score (when he stood in for a poorly Brendan) and achieved a perfect 40 with Frankie Bridge in the Christmas special. These performances suggest to me that, if partnered with a contender, Gorka could be one to watch this year.

    • Rob

      Top stats, James. Thanks for posting. We will start to discover this year’s contestants starting on Monday. Likely to be one a day over the following 2 weeks.

      • Stoney

        What’s everyone’s pre show selection for this series?
        Ive gone ew on Joe Mcfadden. Seems to tick a lot of boxes, and id be surprised if he didnt go deep into the competition

        • James

          Hi Stoney

          This video, from a couple of years ago, suggests that Joe has room for improvement if he is to make it into the latter stages.


          On the positive side, he has been paired with Katya, which worked wonders for Ed last year. I felt that TPTB would reward Katya with a good celeb this year, and was expecting her to be paired with Jonnie. Also, with Neil not receiving a partner, Joe will have the added advantage of having the support of two pros.

          • Stoney

            Hi James. Room for improvement is exactly whats needed to go on a journey. Greg had plenty of room for this last year but failed to deliver or get the producer help needed. Ore on the other hand got lucky on both fronts. My biggest concern would be the producers wanting a 3rd male win.

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