As the debate rages over whether Strictly Come Dancing should feature same-sex couples, we make it odds-on that the show will – but next series.
Our traders make it 4/6 that the 2018 series features a same-sex couple, and evens for two dancers of the same gender to be matched in this year’s Christmas special.
Ahead of the show’s kick off on Saturday night, JLS singer Aston Merrygold is favourite (3/1) to win, ahead of Saturdays popstar Mollie King and X Factor winner Alexandra Burke (both 4/1).
— Radio Times (@RadioTimes) September 10, 2017
Actress and model Gemma Atkinson is next in the betting (11/2), ahead of Paralympian Jonnie Peacock (9/1).
Paddy Power is also 2/1 that the show is struck by the now infamous ‘Strictly Curse’ at least once.
Spokesman Paddy Power said: “I don’t know about same-sex dance partners, but I guess it is one way of tackling the so-called Strictly Curse.
“Generally, I don’t see a problem with it anyway. When I go out for a few scoops, I end up dancing with a load of lads anyway.
“Especially if I’m in Coppers – you’ve no choice in that place.”
WHEN WILL A SAME-SEX COUPLE APPEAR ON STRICTLY?
4/6 The 2018 series
Evens 2017 Christmas Special
TO WIN STRICTLY 2017
3/1 Aston Merrygold
4/1 Mollie King
4/1 Alexandra Burke
11/2 Gemma Atkinson
9/1 Jonnie Peacock
10/1 Davood Ghadami
16/1 Debbie McGee