Susanna Reid Is Favourite To Win This Year’s Strictly Final – the 43-year old BBC Breakfast presenter and mother of three is currently the bookie’s favourite to lift this year’s Strictly glitterball trophy.
Susanna is ahead of her 3 fellow female finalists according to the latest odds from both Paddy Power and Coral Bookmakers. Paddy Power quotes her as current favourite at odds of 6/5 and Coral is currently quoting 5/4. An insider has actually suggested that as much as 90% of all the bets placed in the last few days have gone on Susanna so this might make things fairly hard for the other 3 finalists as the winner is chosen by public votes and the judges’ votes tomorrow are only for guidance.
Despite this many people see tomorrow night’s final as being likely to be one of the closest in Strictly history. At this stage all of the dancers are capable of pulling off series-winning performance on the night and it is genuinely all to play for on Saturday evening.
Unlike many of the recent series of Strictly the pairings have been brilliantly worked out and without exception all of the celebrities have been thrilled with the dance professional they were paired with. Likewise the professionals this year have been able to relax without having to endure many of the prima donna antics inflicted on them by celebrities in previous years.
In particular Brendan Cole seems to have been a very different man this year and has loved his time working with Sophie Ellis-Bextor. She has not only been very hard-working but has caused him none of the problems some of his more temperamental partners have in other years.
All of this good-natured feeling has also taken in place in what is quite possibly the first year that there has been no big Strictly romance between a celebrity and their professional dance partner. However we may have spoken too soon on that score as there may yet be a surprise announced after this series of Strictly has ended!
All of the 4 women left have earned their place in tomorrow night’s Strictly final and it was clear from their appearances on tonight’s Strictly It Takes Two with Zoe Ball that the only sad thing for all 4 is not if they don’t win the title but the fact that whatever happens tomorrow it will be the end of the road for all of them in terms of their time on Strictly.
Actually that is not strictly true! In fact 3 of the girls are going to be part of the Strictly Live Tour 2014 which starts in January next year. Natalie Gumede, Abbey Clancy and Susanna Reid are all part of the Strictly Live Tour and will all be dancing with the same professional partners that have taken them all the way to this year’s final.
Natalie, Abbey and Susanna are going to be joined on the Strictly Live Tour by fellow 2013 Strictly celebrities Deborah Meaden, Mark Benton and Ben Cohen and will also be joined by Nicky Byrne from Westlife who danced with partner Karen Hauer back in Series 10 of Strictly.
The Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour 2014 starts in Birmingham on 17 January and is presently due to finish at London’s O2 Arena on 9 February. However due to the show’s phenomenal success this year we would not be surprised to see a couple more dates added to the current schedule if the celebrities can find any more room in their crowded schedules.
It is a certainty that whoever wins tomorrow night all 4 finalists have added greatly to their bankability by the time they have spent on the show. In particular Susanna Reid has been a revelation and is apparently the current subject of a bidding war between the BBC and rival channels ITV and Channel 5. Don’t be surprised if Susanna stays at the BBC though as she has always spoken of a very strong connection with the network, although we would suggest her greatly increased fanbase is sure to mean a fairly generous increase in her benefits package if she does decide to stay.
Another finalist who will find a great deal more money in the bank next year is model Abbey Clancy who has just been named as the new face and body for Ultimo lingerie. A rumoured £250k deal will first see her fronting the lingerie company’s Spring/Summer 2014 collection.
Whoever wins tomorrow night’s Strictly 2013 final we are sure to see one of the best evening’s entertainment the show has ever served up to Strictly fans. The Strictly Come Dancing 2013 final is on BBC1 tomorrow night with the first of 2 live programmes starting at 6.30pm.